A big thanks to Mdm. Samm as usual and to Marlene for all her hard work organizing this gift exchange/hop and cheering us on! First, I am thrilled to share with you this lovely and very generous collection of gifts I received from Deonn of Quiltscapes!
A very pretty apron, embellished with ric-rac:
A mini-quilt with a lovely flower:
A clever tree made from folded fabric (front and back view):
The absolute sweetest cardinal pincushion:
And to top it off she included a Mormon Tabernacle Choir Holiday CD; and she sings in the choir!
Please let her know how wonderful her projects are! Thank you so much Deonn!
Next, I'll discuss what I made for this hop!
It was fun to come up with ideas for small gifts, and I came up with two different sets. The first are a pair of ornaments that I sent to Patty of Stitch In Time ...which I can't show you! But she will, so check out her post after mine. I will be making the patterns for those ornaments available for free to you all soon.
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I'm so happy to be participating in another blog hop after the summer off, and not joining the last two! A big thanks to Mdm. Samm as usual and to Wendy for cheering us on.
I purchased two of the fabrics from the Maywood Studio Black Cat Crossing collection, and also used some National Nonwovens WoolFelt for my projects.
Here's the palette I used: (The dot fabric color is a bit off in the picture; it's the Orange Dots)
And here are the projects I made:
My first, and major project, is a 24" square wall hanging. I wanted to do something with owls, and this is what I came up with!
The 15" center square is the Black Spider Webs fabric with WoolFelt appliques. I used buttons for the eyes and embellished the owls with some embroidery. Most of the applique, as well as the owl embroidery, was done with Valdani Perle Cotton Size 12 Variegated Faded Brown. I backed the square with fusible fleece before appliqueing; the square holds its shape and the applique process is much easier. I then added wide border with the Orange Dots fabric (again with fusible fleece as the batting), and then backed and bound it the black spiderweb fabric again. I did a very simple stitch-in-the-ditch quilting. Finally, I embroidered a spider web in the upper right corner with a running stitch and black floss.
If you have any interest in using the owl applique for your own project, here's the link. This is for the applique shapes only; there are no instructions or materials list included.
I had a small amount of fabric left over so I made two other projects: A folded hexagon candle mat and a small pumpkin. The candle mat has layered folded hexagons, which were made from 7" and 3" circles. I used this Riley Blake tutorial to make the hexagons, (scroll down on the page to the second tutorial). To attach the smaller hexagons onto the larger ones I used large stitches of black floss. Then I added black buttons in the centers. Finally, I whip-stitched the hexis together on the back. The mat measures approx. 10" at its widest point.
For the 5" pumpkin, I cut six of these sections from the Orange Dots fabric. I sewed the sections together with 1/4" seams, leaving an opening at the top. Then I turned the pumpkin right-side out and stuffed it with poly-fill. I rolled up a rectangle of black WoolFelt, stitched it closed with black floss, and then inserted it into the pumpkin for the stem. It is inserted through a star-shaped "top" which I also attached with black floss. Finally, I cut a leaf from the black WoolFelt and stitched it on as well. (It's probably difficult to see the leaf and the star top in the photo, sorry about that!)
So those are my projects...and I had a wicked good time making them!
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I have a new pattern available in my Etsy and Craftsy Shops for my whimsical wool felt candle mats that appeared in two issues of Create & Decorate Magazine. Pattern includes diagrams and instructions for all four seasonal candle mats: Tulips for Winter/Early Spring; Iris for Spring; Cone Flowers for Summer; and Sunflowers for Fall!
National Nonwovens was kind enough to send me a fat quarter bundle of their latest collection "Zenergy WoolFelt." I knew the colors would inspire me quickly, and they did! I've created two projects, each of which use all the colors in the collection. And each is stitched with DMC's color variations floss.
The patterns for both are available for free to anyone who wants to download them. Just click on the images below.
The first project is my "Rainbow Trout Pillow." The soft aqua and green make a great water backdrop for the brightly colored trout.
The second project is my "Butterfly Candle Mat" that features butterflies and flowers:
Before I answer that question, I'd like to thank Madame Samm and Pauline for cheering us on in another fun blog hop! I'm excited it involves embroidery, since the very first craft I embraced (many years ago) was cross stitch. Since then, I have periodically completed embroidered projects and even developed a few original designs of my own. Now back to the question at hand...what is my superpower? I think all creative people feel compelled, on some level, to create. What they create doesn't really matter, but the need to create is ever-present. I personally feel lousy if I'm not working on creating something. Is that a sickness? A compulsion? No...it's a SUPERPOWER! So my superpower is, quite obviously, CREATIVITY! For my project, I designed a simple stitchery that I'm calling "Creativity in Bloom."
I stitched it up using DMC six-strand floss (three strands at a time), and three simple stitches: back stitch, fly stitch, and french knots. At the end of this post you'll find a link to the pattern (for the stitchery only) and a list of the colors and stitches that I used. This is my giveaway to you all!
After completing the embroidery, I turned it into a wall hanging. I used green cotton fabric, and some very simple straight line quilting and binding.
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...but I've been working! I've got quite a few projects going on right now, none of which I can show at this time.
I'm finishing up an embroidered piece for an upcoming blog-hop (my posting date is 4/14), as well as developing several projects for Create & Decorate Magazine for 2015. Actually, I'll be making something for every issue in 2015, how exciting is that?!
This year, I'll be in four issues, starting with the May/June edition which will be coming out very soon.
I'm so happy to be participating in another blog hop. A big thanks to Amyand Madame Samm for all their efforts! I was fortunate enough to win this Riley Blake gingham fabric from Vickie during the Kona blog hop. It looked like the perfect fabric to use in this ruffle hop...so that's what I did!
I made two small projects: A pincushion and a tea cozy, (shown here with two cups from my collection of Nicholas Mosse pottery).
The tea cozy was made using Madame Samm's lovely tutorial. I used the turquoise gingham for the lining, binding, tab top, and ruffled flower, and a grey solid for the body. The ruffled flower was made using a 3" x 36" strip, which I folded in half (wrong sides together) and then hand-gathered on the raw edge with a waxed hand-quilting thread. I formed it into a flower and stitched it to the tea cozy. Then I added a button in the center.
For my second project, I designed a square pincushion with a ruffle (made from the grey gingham).
This ruffle was made in a slightly different fashion from the one on the tea cozy. I used a 6”
x 20” strip and folded it in half, right sides together. I sewed it with a
1/4" seam, and then turned it right side out. I pressed it with the seam
in back (slightly off center), and then gathered it by hand-stitching it up the center. The center is then covered with a fabric strip. Here's a link to the
detailed pattern on how to make the pincushion, which is my giveaway to you