I have been busy doing lots of handwork and a little machine stitching. I finished two pillows. The pineapple pillow is for my family room sofa. It sure needed something besides the pillows that came with it. I think this will add some life to it. The pattern is by Sandy Gervais. I used a plaid homespun for the background and wool for the appliques. It was a very fast and easy project. The second pillow is going to be sent to a friend who really likes the primitive style. It is a Buttermilk Basin stitchery pattern. It is the July block from the "Sheep in the Willows thru the Year" set. I enlarged the pattern to make it easier to do wool applique. The background and the plaid border are also wool. The blue plaid was a thrift store find. It is also on the back of the pillow. This was a one day project. Really easy!
Kathie http://inspiredbyantiquequilts.blogspot.com/ is working on a four block quilt applique project. I want to share a quilt that was supposed to be a four block quilt. I had not been doing applique very long when I started the project. I like the princess feather designs but I did not know that all the curves would take so long to do. I was tired of doing them by the time I finished one block and could not face making three more identical blocks. I decided it would make a nice wall quilt. The pattern is from a book entitled "Roots, Feathers & Blooms" by Linda Giesler Carlson. It is handquilted with a feather design and cross hatching. I really like where it hangs in our home. It is up high in the living room. In the picture you can see some vintage sewing machines that I have collected. I used to have many more machines but have sold or given away most when we down sized to this home.
I made some progress on the "Patchwork Garden" applique. I have it 2/3 done. I am taking a little break on it to finish another project that I had started. The other project has wool applique and is going fast. Maybe I will have a picture to post next time.
I purchased a new book yesterday. It is the "Fig Tree Quilts - Houses" book. Today I received three Fig Tree patterns that I ordered. My favorite pattern in the house book is the one with the coverlet looking center and a border all around with houses. Naturally I had to order some fabric for the center.
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