Carving a spider?

Why not have a spider jack-o-lantern for Halloween?

Why not have a spider jack-o-lantern for Halloween? I promise there’s plenty of time, even at the last minute. Using bias tape for the web and legs speeds up this wall hanging. It’d also be really cute on a sweatshirt or Halloween bag if you know a little Spiderman! On sale for just $1.50 this week–don’t let it climb away up the waterspout. Click here

Halloweensie-Weensie Spider by LJ Christensen

Don’t look for my pics of spiders–that’s not going to happen. I do have some lizards, bees, and once got a dragonfly, but spiders at MY house get squished.

However, I want to praise Bias Tape. What was used in this project was the double-folded type for the web, pressed open for the legs. It’s also used to make quick hanging loops. I use it for music lines, too, and piano keys. It’d make good stems for flowers, and because it’s bias (“bias” tape, get it?), you can curve it by steaming and pressing. I’ve even printed names and/or sizes on white and attached it as clothing tags. Hmm, how about vinyl siding or roofing? I’ve used it for window sills on house appliques.

So, I salute my friend, Mr. Tape, who comes in many colors and is occasionally on sale…and don’t forget that the bias tape makers come in many sizes. Basically, they hold the strip in proper folds as you iron it. I’ve made my own many time to get the precise color or even print that I want. Homemade or store-bought, it’s a good friend.

GREAT–it’s that time!

That would be “GREAT Pumpkins Runner” time. This runner is made to the same measurements exactly as the “Running to Fall” one last week, so I actually made mine reversible–I just had to quilt the leaf veins on one layer of Warm’n’Natural and the pumpkin indentations on another. I then quilted all the layers together down the stripes!

However, if you just want to do one, it’s easy enough–just follow the colored, step-by-step diagrams. Made only of 2 1/2″ strips and squares, it’s “jelly-roll friendly” and really invites the autumn colors to the table.

On sale for $3.50 until Oct 31, the witching hour!, click here for more info.

Great Pumpkins cc2403 by LJ Christensen

Here are some other GREAT PUMPKINS! Anyone hungry for pumpkin pie?

“Great Speckled Pumpkin” by LJ Christensen
“Squash Medley” by LJ Christensen

Fall fell! I promised and

…now it’s here! Fall fell and so did the new pattern. I call this runner “Running to Fall”; it is the promised match to the “When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall” Platter Pad. I love how it turned out with so many colors. Every one came from my stash–the stripes only take about 5-6″ and except for backing, every color in the runner is just 1/4-3/8 yd. It’s all 2 1/2″ stripes and squares, too, so it’s “jelly roll friendly.”

On sale the rest of October for just $3.50 and if you use the latest GUILD1 , you can get it $3 off. Do the math! That is practically free for my followers. (By the way, a special welcome to Eve and Tina!)

Here’s the latest pattern. Click here for info or to buy.

Running to Fall: Runner in 3 sizes by LJ Christensen

I’m happy with the way the leaves turned out; they’re simple but evocative. Sometimes just a few leaves or even just one can speak to you, like the brilliant colors, contrast or mood in my photos:

Colored and Curled by LJ Christensen
Raining Cats and Dogwood by LJ Christensen
“One is the Loneliest Number” by LJ Christensen

Another couple of fall quilted items are in process–keep watch!

Changing seasons…

…or maybe it’ll be hot summer forever here in Alabama. The only leaves in MY yard are sickly dry brown ones from the drought. However, it finally rained… and was dark and cool for a little while this weekend, which made me think of autumn. In celebration, I’ve put “When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall” Platter Pad on sale for just $1.00 the rest of the month. It’s super easy and really lovely–a nice seasonal touch for your kitchen or table. Keep watching because within a few days there will be a pattern for a matching runner. (It’s ready to quilt right now!)

Click here for more information:

“When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall” by LJ Christensen

While I miss the bright colors of flowers, I have to admit that autumn has its own magnificence and is inspiring my designs this month.

Autumn Branches by LJ Christensen
Country Colors by LJ Christensen

and especially for quilters!!!

Quilted Barn by LJ Christensen

HUGE SALE–2 days left

More than 50% of over 50 patterns are on sale for 50% off through Monday. Check out this latest one–it’s luscious! In honor of the last breath of summer (HOT breath here-3 digits this week!), I designed a “Hydrangea Block Wall Hanging or Lap Quilt.” I adore hydrangeas. This one has directions and supply list for both sizes and can be made with regular half-square triangle or puffed up with extra batting and 3D folded triangles for more dimension. It’s really a beauty and only $3.50 until mid-October: Click here for more info.

Hydrangea Block Wall Hanging cc2105 by LJ Christensen

I do love hydrangeas, so I was so sad when I recently lost my hydrangea bushes to mold and a nest of rattlesnakes. (Right by my house–ick!) So I really HAD to finish this pattern to get some hydrangeas back. Here are a few of my favorite hydrangeas:

Carol Hickman’s stunning hydrangeas by LJ Christensen
Hydrangeas in Las Vegas by LJ Christensen
Lace Wings in the Lace-Top Hydrangea
by LJ Christensen
Libby’s hydrangea needlepoint (from a kit)–
but so much fun to see grow

Still celebrating 50/50/50 sale!

…with roses! It’s nearing the end of summer, but the bloom is never off THIS dramatic 3D rose. It’s actually very easy to fold and roll if you follow the Christensen Creations diagrams. Use it as a 12″ quilt block, a wall hanging, or a great embellishment on clothing. Added to the half-price sale until the end of the month, it’s only $1.75: Click here for more info.

“Origami Rose” cc1002 by LJ Christensen

I am no gardener, but I adore roses. My wonderful father-in-law used to raise them in all colors, but his favorite was the lavender one. I like them ALL, the more, the better!!

“Coral Chorale” by LJ Christensen
“Linda’s Wedding Roses” by LJ Christensen

“Butterscotch Bright” by LJ Christensen
“Tasting the Yellow Rose” by LJ Christensen
“A Lavender Rose for Dad” by LJ Christensen

It’s THAT season!

In Alabama, there are TWO seasons–baseball and football. As we are right on the verge of football season, I designed a great portable lap quilt to carry to the stadium (or to the easy chair). It comes in a petite (36″) made of 8 simple pinwheel blocks or a roomy medium/large (48″) for maximum cover, yet it’s CURVED so it won’t drag. It’s a easy solution and easy to make with lots of diagrams to guide you along.

What a great gift for the fans, especially since it’s made in TWO COLORS, perfect for ANY team colors. I, of course, had to do an Auburn one and one for University of Alabama, just to be PC. Mine are being donated to the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce for the Draw Down auction this week. Since I’m celebrating the over 50 patterns posted, I put it on sale with the others for 50% off until the end of September (just $2.5o). CLICK HERE to see more.

“Team on a Lap Quilt” cc2306
by LJ Christensen

NO FOOTBALL or pinwheel pics in my stash of photos, so I’ll pass along a couple tips instead. As I was cleaning up these two lap quilts, I was thinking about what I needed (final clean-up, not finishing the sewing):

  1. Tiny scissors for clipping the stray threads. (I have several pairs of embroidery scissors that work well, but my favorites are still my Ginghers.)
  2. Fine-tipped tweezers (I got great Martelli ones from Nancy’s Notions.com, and Tula Pink seems to have some similar ones that are colorful like her creations.) Use tweezers to pull the loose threads, especially ones stuck in a seam.
  3. Scotch tape. I keep it near my sewing because it’s great for picking up fluffs and tiny threads. I prefer the HEAVY dispenser because I can pull tape off with one hand. I imagine a sticky lint picker-upper would also be good, and masking tape or packing tape would work.
  4. Magnifying glass? No, I’m not there yet, though it might be a good idea. It’s not too practical to hold, though–not enough hands unless you have a mounted one. If you do, GO for it!
  5. GREAT lamp. I don’t think I could sew without my big gooseneck Ottlite, especially at night (and I do regularly sew at night). It’s hard enough to see those stray threads, but forget it without good light.
  6. Washer/dryer? I don’t wash my wall hangings, and I don’t wash every quilt, but I DID do these lap quilts. I used Warm’n’Natural cotton batting, which crinkles up a little and gets softer every time it’s washed. So THIS time it was part of my “cleaning up” process.
  7. Then there’s the room/sewing space to clean up–UGH. Different story and I’m definitely not one to advise on THAT!!

Of course, you’ve got to finish sewing before cleaning up the quilt. So I’m off to NEXT project. Will it be the lavender castle? Maybe the hydrangea blocks? Possibly even “Wedgewood Plates”? Today, though, instead of finishing one, I started working on an idea for “Whirlygigs on a Slide.” So much easier to dream up than to finish up!