Do You Live in Jeans?

If so, it might be time to kick it up a notch with this sassy Christensen Creations “Log Cabin Band Denim Skirt.”  Here in sunny Alabama, the dogwood and forsythia are in full bloom, and it’s time to get the skirts out, but even if you’re in a rainy or snowy area, this skirt looks GREAT with BOOTS!!  This really creative pattern uses the fold for the waist, allowing it to be made easily for absolutely ANY SIZE.  Good directions for paper-piecing the colorful 8″ band of blocks, too.   On sale next few weeks for just $3.50, so click here for details!

Log-Cabin-skirt-detail-by-LJ-Christensen

Log cabin blocks are popular with quilters, but here in Wetumpka, Alabama,  with its huge pine forests, they were also popular with settlers in the early 1800’s.  This cute little log cabin sits by the river behind our library.  Imagine a whole trading town of these structures!

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Would You Like a Little Green?

GREEN MONSTER, that is!  “My Little Monster” is the latest Christensen Creation.  Is he a monster, an alien, or even maybe a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day?  Who knows–it’s up to the designer, and if you know a “Wild Child,” you know there are those out there who will relish making the head or neck wider, choosing number of horns, eyes, teeth, and funky skin color.  This 4’x5′ quilt is so easy and perfect for a child or even as a child’s first quilt project because it’s easy with really good instructions, diagrams and a colored grid to follow.  It’s on sale for $3.50 until the end of March.

For more info, click here:
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Sewing tip–for funky quilts, quilt in variegated thread.  I confess to using cheap serger thread for this one.  It works!  I did simple child-like zigzags for the “hairy” skin.  Hey, you gotta let loose sometimes!

Since the subject is green aliens…or whatever, what do you think of THIS one I found?

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“Alien” by LJ Christensen, 2018

 

March Blew in Like a Lion…

in the form of destructive and evil tornadoes here in Alabama.  Dedicated to the victims of the recent tornadoes, I designed this wall hanging called “Wicked Twister.”  I started with a central black and gray, but ended up mixing in other colors because tornadoes are fascinating as well as destructive.  It occurred to me that a twisted log cabin-derivative block is actually extremely versatile.  It can be any size and pieced with any colors.   For the rest of March, it’ll be on sale for just $1.50, complete with graphs and instructions, including how to do a little paper-piecing.   A quick project–  Click for more info:

Wicked Twister by LJ Christensen cI don’t have a photo of a real tornado because I hide when they come through, but I do have a picture of some of the destruction. This is called “Snapped Like a Toothpick,” depicting one of the church buildings that was recently lost in Wetumpka.

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Too many gray (or white) days?

How about  “Running for Color,” a Christensen Creations table runner?  SEW simple, this is a great project for a beginner or for an expert who wants to use up scraps, and it’s on sale for just $1.50 through March 15.    If you love color, this is one for you, but you don’t have to love jewel tones like this–when you CLICK ON THE WEBSITE, you’ll see it imagined in spring, fall, blue (batiks would be lovely) and even black/white for the stark modernist.  What a great gift idea, especially as it comes in FOUR different lengths and can be simply backed if you don’t want to quilt it.

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OK, NOT nagging, but seriously, it’s time to start working on Christmas projects (or Mother’s Day or birthday), and this one you can really personalize to fit the specific decor.  It sews up so easily but packs a punch of color.

Speaking of gray days, I have to share my photo.  It includes the Wetumpka Presbyterian church that we lost in the recent tornado.  It’s called “Crossing for Hope in a New World” and was published in a Best of Photography Annual 2009–such a shame to lose a historic building and what an ironic name.  (© 2009 by Libby J. Christensen)  By the way, I DO sell my photos, too.  Email me with questions (libbychr@sewgocreate.com) .

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“Crossing Toward Hope in a Cold World”

 

 

 

 

 

Why did Washington cut down the cherry tree?

To get the cherries for a cherry pie, of course!!  You don’t have to cut down a tree, though.  You don’t even have to bake.  You can SEW the most delicious cherry pie EVER!!  “Easy as Pie” #CC2014 downloadable pie pattern for a 12″ Platter (hot) Pad  is on sale for $1.50 through February.   HAPPY PRESIDENTS’ DAY!

Cherry Pie by LJ Christensen

Click here to take a peek on line!  What makes this so easy is that the pie is just two pieces, plus tea-dyed bias tapes and rickrack.  Doesn’t it look yummy? No cherries required, and it’s sugar-free!

Here’s the Tip:  just make up a big pot of strong, hot tea and let the white bias tape and rickrack soak.   Tip 2:  Use iron-on fusible tape to hold the pieces in place until they are  sewn.

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Have you made your valentines?

If not, here’s a quick and easy Platter Pad for mom, grandma, brother, husband, daughter, son–anyone who cooks or eats!  “Simply Sweet Heart” is a 12″ square huge hot pad in quilt form almost anyone would like.  Pattern on sale for just $1.50 (cheaper than a card!!!!) until Valentine’s Day.  There’s plenty of time to make one up, or a couple, or three.   Just don’t wait too long!   Click here for a peek:

Simply Sweet Heart by LJ Christensen

Hint–cotton eyelet lace not only doesn’t melt, but gathered lace is bound with bias tape.  All you have to do is topstitch it on.  Good choice for a beginner or someone in a hurry.

Embroider your own message:  “Be Mine,” “We love you, Grandma,” or even “Red Hot Lover!”

Do you have a little sweetheart?

February is the perfect month to make a sweet little heart quilt.  So quick to sew with only 25 pieces, this little quilt gets its charm from a border ruffle.  It also has plenty of space for embroidering name, birth date, etc.  If your sweetheart is a little BOY, it’s still a great choice because instructions include plain binding–just change to reds and blues or a “boy” print.  (If you don’t know the gender, make it yellow and mint.  Sometimes these details aren’t revealed!)

Have a wonderful February and remember that Valentine’s Day is not just about chocolate and romance.  It’s a reminder for everyone of every age to express love in some way.  Here’s a cactus photo I sold last year, called “Your Prickly Heart”:

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Doesn’t it make you wonder who bought that?  and for whom?  and the story behind it?

The Moon Enchants Us…

…because it’s ever-present, yet ever-changing.  Mankind has dreamed of the goddesses of the moon. and fables are taught to children about the man in the moon.  My newly published baby quilt is called “Goodnight Moon…and Stars” with 3D folded, appliquéed Christensen Creations’ 60º “Modified Prairie Points.”  It’s fun to make.  Here’s a peek:

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Goodnight Moon border by LJ Christensen

Speaking of the moon, I recently enjoyed seeing and photographing the eclipse of the “Wolf Moon” or “Blood Moon,” named for the reddish glow cast by the Earth’s atmosphere.  First I took the photo in the black night.  Then I photoshopped it for fun.

“Bad Wolf Moon” by LJC2019         “Under the Blood Moon” by LJ Christensent 2019