Tag Archives: embroidery

January 2017 UFO Goal

I have chosen to work on Aunt Sukey Spins Off for my January UFO Goal.

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

This quilt is already under the needle, and most of the top is quilted.  I need to get the borders quilted, and that will be my focus.

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

The bonus will be to get the binding on, too, and be finished, but I’ll be pleased to get the quilting accomplished.

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

Linking up will keep me accountable, focused, and motivated, so I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts – One Monthly Goal.

Another goal this year, is to embroider the blocks for Aunt Bea’s Parlor.

I have two blocks done.  I will be working on this project on Sundays.

Kathy’s Quilts will keep me company.  I am linking up with her Slow Sunday Stitching.

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 3

May your New Year be filled with blessings and the achievements of your goals!

Sitting Pretty – Finished!

Slow and steady wins the race.  I can take Sitting Pretty off of my UFO list.  Hooray!

Sitting Pretty

Sweetness isn’t normally something I would want to make, so it must be the floral theme of the design that attracted me to it.

Sitting Pretty

In any case, I enjoyed working the hand embroidery, and the wall hanging turned out cute.

A few close ups:

Sitting Pretty

Sitting Pretty

Sitting Pretty

Hmmmm.

As I upload these photos, I see that I forgot to add a few button embellishments.  I’ll take care of that soon.

Sitting Pretty

Sitting Pretty

Sitting Pretty

Sitting Pretty Update

I have finished embroidering two more blocks from the Sitting Pretty pattern by Cynthia Thomaszewski.

Sitting Pretty

Sitting Pretty

On to the borders!

To refresh your memory of this project, or if you are simply wondering what the heck I’m updating, click here.

Sitting Pretty

These days sewing is a rare treat for me. So I pulled out a pattern from my long list of ‘somedays’, and I’ve been sneaking in some enjoyable hand work.

Sitting Pretty

I bought the pattern, Sitting Pretty by Cynthia Thomaszewski, many moons ago.

This sweet little number can be done entirely by machine of course, but I’ve chosen to embroider the raw edges of the applique pieces by hand.

Sitting Pretty

It is a serene event for me. It wouldn’t take very long, except I don’t have a lot of time.  No matter.

Sitting Pretty

It is the process that brings me pleasure.

How about you?  Is it the process, or the finished product that you enjoy the most?

It is okay to have unfinished projects.  I give you permission.

Washington State Quilters Spokane Chapter Quilt Show Part 1

Attending a quilt show is so inspiring, and the Washington State Quilters Spokane Chapter’s quilt show is no exception.  In fact, it is exceptional!  Art quilts, antique quilts, traditional quilts, embroidered quilts, youth quilts, modern quilts, wearables…I love it all!

Hubby took a lot of photos for me (my camera is big, and I didn’t want to carry it), so I’ll be sharing with you for the next few posts.  I don’t have the names of the makers…I do apologize for that!

For the most part, I will show detail photos, rather than the entire quilt.  Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look.

My first example is a machine embroidered beauty.  The color, shown off by that black background caught my eye first.  Looking closer, the machine embroidery is exquisite, and the piece is embellished with beads.

WSQ October 2013

I was going to show the next quilt in its entirety, but have somehow lost it during editing.

I have made a 108″ applique quilt from these very colors so, again, the color drew me first.  What is so wonderful about this next quilt, is that it is hand quilted.  I am so impressed by quilters who still hand quilt!

WSQ October 2013

The next two photos are taken from a beautiful memory quilt.  Memory quilts are awesome gifts and family heirlooms!  What I particularly love about this one, is the detailed quilting; for instance, the quilted tree representing the family tree and the homestead.

WSQ October 2013

WSQ October 2013

The next quilt is a modern quilt.  I like the subtle background against the intensity of the blocks in the foreground.  This is a great example of how important contrast is.

WSQ October 2013

In the next modern quilt, the space cried out for showing off quilting, and the maker doesn’t disappoint.  What a terrific quilting sampler!

WSQ October 2013

WSQ October 2013

One more example of how quilting ‘makes the quilt’.

WSQ October 2013

What princess wouldn’t want to live here (or have this quilt hanging in her retreat)?  There is lots of detail to draw one in…so fun! 

WSQ October 2013

I thought the suns were mosaics, so I took a closer look.  It is machine embroidery over applique. 

WSQ October 2013

This next quilt, called ‘Those Eyes’ by Nita Deen is for all of us cat lovers (and there are a lot of us)!

WSQ October 2013

Nita hand painted the cats.  Way cool!  I’ll leave you with a close up of one of these cats.

And happy quilting…no matter how you like to do it!

WSQ October 2013

Cross Stitch Swan Song

I bought a cross stitch scissors fob kit on a vacation several years ago.  I used to do a lot of intricate cross stitch, so I knew this kit would be a simple souvenir keepsake for me.

Scissors Keep Kit

Uh-huh.

I began working on it during a stressful time thinking it would be a relaxing thing to do.  Right off, I stitched quite a bit using the wrong color and had to undo everything that I had done.

Can I use macular degeneration for my excuse?  I could not see to rip it out, actually cried tears of frustration, had a temper tantrum, and put the thing away.

Fast forward to this week.  I am working a new job…split shifts six days a week.  Stressful.  Out comes the cross stitch project so I can relax. 

Uh-huh.

I still can’t see as well as I used to.  Surprise.

I have run out of thread from the kit, stitched in the wrong places, ripped out stitches, and lost my very sharp, expensive embroidery scissors that I wanted to use this with in the first place.

But I’ve persevered.

It is finished.

Scissors Keep

Be Mine – Part 3

Slowly.

Very slowly.

There is progress.

Bead Closeup

Attaching ribbon with beads.  I probably should have waited until after quilting to do this.

I’ll deal with it.

Naturally, this was meant to be done by Valentine’s Day, 2014.

Naturally.

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Part 2