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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Yet more wool appliqué

The pattern I've been working on has three parts to it, and I've just finished the last of the three, a heart-shaped pin cushion that will be donated to a project for our quilt circle. I like this one a lot and am thinking about making it again, but adapting it to make a needle keep instead. 

Here's a photo of all three pieces together — a fun project! :) 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wool appliqué

Just over a week ago, I showed you a scissors case I made from wool. Now I've finished a matching pin cushion to go with it. It's rather a large pin cushion, so there will be room for lots of pins, and I'm hoping it will get good use when I send it to a good friend. I'm really enjoying doing some of this for a change; it's nice to have some very portable handwork. 

Soon, though, I should be able to begin doing the machine quilting on my basket quilt; I've given it to another friend, who is going to do the basting on her longarm. Basting is a part of quilting that I simply don't enjoy — though it's not so bad on small quilts. ;) Once this one is basted, I'll bring it home and quilt it myself. :)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Wool needle case

About six months ago, I posted this project. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to do more — especially after I found about a zillion really adorable ideas at Bird Brain Designs. :) I chose this one on the left, called Americana.

I've just finished making the scissors case, and I'm not unhappy with the result. :) I chose to do it in the same colors as the pattern, but it would look equally nice in pastels or some other color scheme, I think. Here's my scissors case, propped up on the perle cotton I used for the appliqué. What a coincidence that I had some green scissors to keep in it! 

By the way, some time ago a good friend of mine recommended a book that I've found very helpful, since I don't do a tremendous amount of embroidery and frequently forget how to do stitches I haven't practiced in months — or years. ;) It's Judith Baker Montano's Embroidery & Crazy Quilt Stitch Tool. It's spiral bound at the top and easily stands up on any flat surface, making it very handy to refer to when trying to figure out how to do certain stitches. What's even better, IMHO, is that all of the instructions are illustrated in both right- and left-handed versions — a great help for a lefty like me! (No more turning the book upside down to see how something should look.) There's also a free iPhone/iPad version, but it's quite limited unless you buy the add-ons for it, which I haven't done.