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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Peacock Embroidery Pattern

I finished stitching up the 2nd shirt that I bought at Kohl's a few weeks ago.  I used a peacock design from my collection of vintage embroidery patterns:

I used 2 strands of DMC embroidery floss for the peacock and for the tail, I added 1 strand of a variegated blending filament.

If you would like to stitch the pattern, here it is:

I guess I have to go back to Kohl's now and pick up a couple more shirts.  These are really pretty and perfect to wear in the Summer months!

I'll leave you today with a new photo of my Cotton:

This little white kitty is always into something!



Friday, April 01, 2016

Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine - Sneak Peek of Summer 2016

I thought you would like a little "sneak peek" of the Summer 2016 issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine which will be released on May 1st, 2016:

Our cover girl for this issue is Betty Pillsbury!

And here is a look at the contents page:


It's a wonderful issue!!!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Embroidered Dress Shirts

I've always loved wearing my husband dress shirts in the Summer months.   I don't tolerate the heat well and because they're loose and not so fitted, they're more comfortable than my own clothes. I decided for this Summer, I would buy a couple of my own men's dress shirts and stitch on them.

I have a large collection of vintage iron-on embroidery patterns so I sat and looked through them and decided on bluebird's for the 1st one:


I traced the pattern onto the shirt and stitched the design using 2 strands of DMC Embroidery floss.

The pattern came from an old Superior Transfer pattern Peacocks and Bluebirds:

I found this one at a flea market a couple of years ago.  The pattern is complete and uncut!  I love when I find them that way!  Anyway, if you would like to stitch this pattern for the bluebirds, here you go:

I converted it to black/white so it's easier for you to trace.

My next shirt will be the peacock from this same pattern!


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Umbrella Wall Quilt Update

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was making a little wall quilt for my bedroom.  I had a stamped embroidery piece in my drawer (from my mom's stash) of an umbrella with flowers.  I finished the stitching and all I have left to do on this is to add some little seed beads for the flower centers and on the umbrella:

Unlike the cat quilt piece that I did a few weeks ago, I don't think this piece is vintage.  I think it's newer.  I'll have to ask mom.

Anyway, it's just about done.  After Easter, I'll take a day and start putting it together into a quilt.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Free Patriotic Cross Stitch Pattern

In light of our current events, both domestic and international, I've decided to re-release a counted cross stitch freebie that I designed back in 2001 after the September 11th attacks here in the United States.  My sentiments remain the same as they did on that day:  United We Stand!

You will have to download each page individually.  Right click on each image and save to your hard drive.  Feel free to share the design but please, if you post this on your blog or social media, include a link back here to my blog.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Saving The Past

I think most of us have a fondness and appreciation of old things.  Especially things that are handmade.  Years ago, I found this little piece of an old appliqued quilt in an antique mall:

It was in pretty good shape at the time.  I brought it home, washed it and sewed a back on it.  I stuffed it with polyester fiberfill and called it a pillow.

Over the years it of course has continued to age.  Time is not always so kind to vintage textiles.  It was time for another good cleaning and some repairs.

I washed by hand in my kitchen sink and replaced the missing french knot for the birds eye.  It had a few tiny tears so I tucked a tiny piece of fusible web beneath the tears and ironed those in place.

Finally, I added a piece of lightweight iron-on interfacing to the back and squared it up.

I pulled a few of my 1930's reproduction prints out, soft shades of green and yellow:

I decided to do a border on the top and bottom of the vintage piece using strip quilting which I do on a foundation:

When I finished up the strip piecing, it kind of screamed "new fabric" against the vintage piece.  I didn't want to "olden" it by tea dying or running through my washing machine a bunch of times so instead, I pulled out some of my cream colored laces and sewed strips of that down over or next to the seams:

This definitely softened the look of the new fabrics also adding a feminine quality to it.  Once I completed that, I squared up my "sheet of fabric":

It was at this point that I realized I had made a much bigger piece than what I needed!  I really just wanted about 3 inches on the top and the bottom of the vintage piece.  That's okay though.  I'll save the rest for something else.

Here is the finished pillow:

This now sits in my living room in an antique spindle chair that my father in law gave me.








Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Easter Egg Robin Free Cross Stitch Pattern

While digging around through my pattern files last week, looking for my Good Luck Robin design, I found this little Easter Egg Robin pattern.  I don't think I ever published it.  Well, now is a good time isn't it?

Right click on the image and save it to your computer.  I hope you enjoy stitching it!  It's perfect for a little door hanger or as the focal point on a Spring Crazy Quilt block!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Good Luck Robin Complimentary Cross Stitch Pattern

I received an email from a nice lady asking if my Good Luck Robin Cross Stitch pattern was available anywhere online.  It wasn't until now!

With St. Patricks Day coming up, I thought everyone might enjoy this pattern so I'm posting it here on my blog.  This is one of my free complimentary designs from 2007.  Enjoy!

Right click on the image and save it to your computer. 

Monday, March 07, 2016

Umbrella Wall Quilt Update

I'm making progress on my latest little wall quilt.  I started on this last week:

If you click on the photo to make it larger, you should be able to see the umbrella design.  I have all of the pink flowers stitched now, thanks to mom who had an extra skein of DMC variegated thread #48!  I thought I had another skein but I was wrong!  Oh well, wouldn't be the first time!!

In other news, I was sitting here this morning, answering my email, all comfy cozy in my nice computer chair when Lucy wanders into my room.  She kept staring at the chair, then she moved around looking at the other chair in here and then the basket that I keep in the corner for her (or the others) to lay in.  She then came back to me and kept looking at my chair.  I know what she wanted.

Needless to say, she's all happy, happy and comfy cozy now and my butt is parked on a hard kitchen chair!  I really want to be a cat in my next life and live with someone like me! 


Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Another Embroidered Wall Quilt

Not be icky or anything but Lucy is the cleanest cat I've ever met!  She cleans herself constantly so once a week, she leaves me a little gift.

If you have cats, then you know what it's like to be woken up at 3 am to the sound of a hairball making it's way to your freshly washed floors! 

Needless to say, I took care of the mess and then made coffee.  No point in wasting time so I started a project.

I've been planning on putting together another little wall quilt like the one I made for my pink room last week with the kitty on it.  I had another stamped embroidery piece in my stash and thought it would be perfect for my bedroom.  I think mom gave me this from her stash:

I'm sure you can't tell what the design is....it's an umbrella with flowers.  When I finish stitching it, I'll sew it together using my 1930's reproduction prints.

Anyway, back to Lucy, she's 17 1/2 now and doing great!  Her kidneys are functioning normally with the help of a special diet and special supplement.  Her thyroid is up a little bit but I just started her on a supplement for that and we're hoping the supplement does it's job.  I have to take her back to the clinic for another blood test in 2 months.



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