Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along

My new Lone Star Tree Skirt pattern launched recently and due to the great response I’m hosting a Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along.  I intend to give you the little push you might need to make yours before the holiday season.

The tree skirt is a fairly quick project to make.  Our Sew Along will run for five weeks, with the kickoff on Monday October 7, 2019.  I will post a video every Monday with detailed tips and instructions for completing the week’s steps.  You may sew at your own pace, but if you keep up with us you will have a finished tree skirt in early November!  It’s going to be lots of fun!

If you’ve already purchased the pattern, choose your fabrics now.  If you’d like to join in, you can purchase it here.


The Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along will follow this schedule:

Before October 7:  Purchase the pattern and select your fabrics

October 7-13:  Cut & Sew Strips

October 14-20:  Piece Diamonds

October 21-27:  Piece Star & Add Background

October 28- November 3:  Quilt Star

November 4-10:  Cut Tree Skirt and Bind

November 11: Share finished tree skirts


If you haven’t made a lone star, this is a great way to start and if you have made one, you will know that one star is not difficult.

In addition to the weekly videos here on the blog, you can follow along on Instagram @hopefulhomemaker, and follow the hashtag #lonestartreeskirt.  Links will also be posted on the HopefulHomemaker Facebook page.  Right click on one of the images below to save and share on social media.

Purchase your pattern here, select your fabrics, share that you’re in, and let’s get ready for some fun!


Garden of Quilts at Thanksgiving Point

Last weekend I attended a fun new quilt show at Thanksgiving Point, called Garden of Quilts.  The quilt show was part of Riley Blake’s 10th Anniversary celebration.  It featured quilts from their collection as well as the Fat Quarter Shop collection, in addition to quilts submitted by individuals and a few other special exhibits.

The Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point are a gorgeous, 55 acre collection of gardens located in Lehi, Utah.  I have always loved walking through them.  Gardens and quilts:  can there be a more beautiful combination?

I submitted four quilts to the show and it was fun to wander until I found all of them.

My Prosper in Solids Quilt was in a pretty spot.

I wish I had a backdrop like this every time I photographed a quilt!

I found my Indigo Lone Star quilt hanging among some trees, and the moment I snapped this photo was perfect.  Do you see the dappled sunlight in a circle, highlighting the lighter ring of the star?  Perfect moment!

My Light quilt top is now a finished quilt, finished in time to submit to the show.  I was thrilled to find it with two of my dear friends who also worked on it.  I’ll share more of this quilt soon, as well as the fourth quilt I submitted.

In addition to hundreds of beautiful quilts and acres of lovely flowers and shrubs, The Ashton Gardens also feature a special Light of the World Garden.  The time I spent there was the most peaceful of all, among masterful statues of Jesus Christ, my Savior.

There were a few quilts that caught my eye, like this antique flag quilt in the Secret Garden, part of the private Ashton quilt collection.  The blue fabric faded, but the red is still vivid.

Watch for Garden of Quilts again next year.  I heard it will return, bigger and better, and I’m excited to see it.  I love being a part of the quilting community!

Twelve Days: Partridge and Pear Felt Ornaments

A year or two ago I saw the MmmCrafts Twelve Days of Christmas felt ornament series for the first time and was smitten.  The colors!  And detail!  I’m drawn lately to work with felt in my sewing, and these patterns are a great way to do it.  The first in the series are the Partridge and Pear felt ornaments.

I purchased the felt pack for all twelve ornaments from Benzie Designs on Etsy.  The patterns themselves I purchased from MmmCrafts in her Etsy shop.  I was nervous about the embroidery, but the patterns have you use a great product that sticks to the felt so you can embroider right on it, then soaks off in water.  So cool!

I actually started my yellow set back in February, but had a mishap with my felt.  The patterns call for a product from Sulky called Sticky Fabri-Solvy.  I ordered some from Amazon when I couldn’t find any locally.  Then I stitched away and soaked my felt to remove the adhesive paper… and it didn’t dissolve. Instead it was sticky with white clumps and smelled strongly of glue.

This was frustrating, but led to the best customer service experience I’ve had in a long time. I found a phone number and called Sulky headquarters.  Imagine my surprise when someone answered the phone!  She explained that the manufacturer had switched glue products without consulting them.  They have repackaged the product with the correct glue as this Stick’n Stitch you see pictured below.  If you order the Fabri-Solvy directly from Sulky, it is also the correct glue.  But there is still some of the bad stuff out there, and she said they often have problems from sellers on Amazon.  It was very informative.  She asked for my address and mailed me a new package of Stick’n Stitch! I was so impressed.

SO, if you ever need Sulky Fabri-Solvy, just pick up a package of Stick’n Stitch.  It’s the same product but sure to work properly.

A couple of weeks ago I opened my box of felt and began again.  I remade the yellow set of ornaments and decided to make the pink version as well.

I now have these four adorable partridge and pear felt ornaments.  My goal is to finish the entire set before Christmas so I’m adding “2019” to the back of each ornament.  I hope it helps me reach my goal!

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