Sunday, January 25, 2015

Antique Ducks Design

Debbie from Woolen Sails has a new punch needle design called "Antique Ducks".    It is a downloadable design and a very reasonable $3.00 charge for it.  I kept the design the same size but made it into a wool applique pin cushion.  I can picture it enlarged and used for a quilt block too.  The pin cushion is stuffed with crushed walnut shells.  The shell pieces give it weight so it won't slide around easily.

I used a brushed cotton plaid for the backing.

I think it would be an easy design to do punch needle style.  I borrowed Debbie's picture of the piece she made.  

Join me in some stitching this evening.  I will be doing some embroidered words on a small quilt I am making.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Redwork Pillow

I recently purchased a new Cheri pattern for a redwork bunny pillow.  Not much in the line of instructions for making the pillow but I was able to do it without problem.  It is done with a combination of redwork embroidery and wool applique.  Prairie points with buttons.  A sweet piece for spring.

I finished twelve applique baskets from my small version of a Blackbird Designs basket.  I placed them on the design wall for a photo but this layout has nothing to do with how I am thinking of setting them.  I am planning vertical rows of baskets with a strip of a variety of the prints between each basket.  I have a larger piece of the gray stripe and one of the florals.  I am thinking of a spacing vertical row of the stripes between basket rows and then the large floral for the border.  I hope it doesn't look too busy when I sew everything together.  The yellow baskets are my least favorite.

I have several projects going at one time and stitching as fast as I can.  Happy, happy!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Catch Up Time

I am playing catch up and am back working on the Pieceand Plenty Basket quilt.  Here is the 7th basket block.  This block was designed by Minnick and Simpson.  They made their block a sand pail instead of a basket.  There are 15 main block patterns in the set and lots of setting blocks.  So eight to go.

I purchased some Field Notes by Blackbird Designs fabric last year.  It was not a new fabric line at the time so not a lot available.  I purchased a layer cake, background fabric, and two pieces for border and sashings.  All this with no design in mind.  I thought some kind of basket design might work.  Blackbird Designs has a pattern for a very large basket shaped much like the one I settled on only the big basket has lots of flowers in it.  I worked from a small layout diagram in the book and simplified the basket design drawing it to fit and eight inch by twelve inch block.  I have the first one done and fourteen more prepped for applique.  I am not sure how I will set them yet.  Possibly in a strip style.

The last thing I finished is a wool snowman applique door knob hanger.  The pattern is by Oley Valley Primitives and is a downloadable design.  Stitching was easy and finished in an evening while watching television.

I am back working on an applique project I started on vacation last summer and will share that with you soon.  It is at an awkward stage right now for pictures.

See you soon.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Catherine's Garden Block of the Month

I made the first two blocks for "Catherine's Garden" which is a new block/blocks of the month by Dawn and her daughter Nora (Collector With A Needle).  They are block designs from an antique quilt and you can read about it here.  The monthly designs are very reasonably priced.

I am going for a prim style look and will be using some plaids and stripes.  Mostly pinks and browns.  The blocks are eight inches finished.

Enjoy your day.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Number Two

I recently made one of the small quilts that Temecula Quilt Co. gave block instructions for making a quilt to represent the 12 Days of Christmas.  If you remember, the block pattern started with a one piece block, and the number of pieces in each block increased by one each day.  So day two was a block with two pieces, day six had six, etc.  I decided to make another one as they go together fairly fast.  This time in red and white.

This is the first one I made.

I am working on a new project and will have a block to share soon.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Noah and Matilda Update

Time for a Noah and Matilda update.  The quilt project got set to the side when I started on Christmas gift making and got into full swing.  Time now to get back to it.  I did the machine stitching on two more blocks.

And to get a feel as to how they will all play together.

I may do the cactus block  again with a different placement of greens.  The reason I want to make a change is I think it is a little boring the way it looks now.

Dawn still has the patterns available here.  The block designs are from an antique quilt and those type fabrics would be a good choice.  I decided to go with a more prim style look for something different.  Many of the fabrics are from Kansas Troubles lines with a few other pieces tossed into the mix.  If you would like to see what others are using for fabric choices, look here.

I am doing some embroidery.  Back to stitching.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Easter Mat

I go from finishing Christmas projects to making a wool Easter mat.  I used the same pumpkin seed pattern I shared with you here and used it as a border around an Easter rabbit stitchery design that was free on Bird In the Hand Primitives.  Thank you, Robin.

I enlarged the pattern to fit a 8 1/2" by 11" sheet of computer paper.  The seeds were already made.  I placed the pattern sheet on the white wool background and then began placing the seeds around a short and adjoining long side of the paper to get an idea of how much space to leave in the middle.  I traced around the paper with a Frixion pen and then took the paper pattern away while I got all the seeds placed and fused on.  Then I placed the rabbit leaving room for the alphabet letters.  The piece was then ready for stitching.  I did the lettering with embroidery floss and then added backing.

I am ready for spring!