Monday, April 18, 2016

Still Stitching

Honestly, I can't believe how fast time flies, but then I look at my blog and realize it's been 3 weeks since my last post.  Spring is trying to get here but there are the typical set-backs with bouts of cold and snow.  

Last week found me helping hubby put up rain gutter - yes, that was a fun day (not), followed by 2 days of yard work.  By the end of those days I was tired and sore but still able to stitch on Roseville Album blocks.  I have 12 of the 16" blocks finished now so there is just one more of this size and then the 4 long ones.

 I still use the applique method I first learned - freezer paper templates ironed to the right side of the fabric, mark along the edge, remove the paper, cut out with a small seam allowance and attach by needle-turn.

I'm still trying to finish drawing a design for a new wool wallhanging.  Almost all of the drawing is complete along with the templates being cut.  The last 4 blocks of Roseville Album may have to wait as I'm really excited to get started on the wool.

Last week I taught my "Crazy for Embellishment" class at My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe in Midway, Utah.  This was a really fun group and we spent the day learning embroidery stitches with an assortment of fibers.  If you want to visit a fun shop in a beautiful area, head to My Girlfriend's in Midway.  They carry a colorful assortment of hand-dyed wool along with a large assortment of threads for embellishment.  I look forward to returning there in October to teach a 2-day retreat.

OK, I'm off to stitch some more applique.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Wow! I'm on a Roll

Sometimes it seems as though not much is getting accomplished but my planet must be aligned with my stars just now.  This past week I have been in my sewing room getting more projects ready to work on in the summer while I'm away.



Here's the definition of a perfect "quilting" storm.  The Gardenvale  quilt was on the dining room wall at the Winter Quilfest Retreat I recently attended. Add to that, I was given a free pattern and a 30% discount coupon from the local fabric store.  Really, who could resist?  Not I.

I don't have many specialty rulers as piecing isn't my "thing" and honestly, I find them confusing.  But this Dresden ruler was invaluable in cutting out the pieces for my Gardenvale Dresden Plate blocks.

 After running all the pieces through my machine, this little gadget made cutting them apart so fast and easy.  This was a gift at the American Quilting Retreat a few years ago.  I'm willing to bet you have all the parts in your sewing room right now so you can put one together.

 The blocks are pieced, glued to the backgrounds and in a box just waiting for a nice summer day on my deck to be appliqued.

That's enough to make this girl feel pretty good but wait, there's more.  Two more Roseville Album blocks finished.  


 Just 3 more of the square blocks to finish then it's time to start on the 4 long blocks.

Right now, I'm headed back to my sewing room to get the next project in the summer box.
 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Where Have I Been............

And, what have I been up to?

It was a shock to see that I haven't posted here since the end of January!  Winter just seems like the best time for cocooning away and that's what I've done.  We did make a trip in February and March to our cabin which is always an adventure in the winter.  We can drive within about one-half mile of the cabin but from there it's a snowmobile trip the remainder of the way.  

Luckily, our friends arrived first and had their snowmobiles ready to take us and our "stuff" in.  Can you say "dogs on snowmobiles"?  Yes, we hold them and they are not little dogs - a Springer Spaniel that doesn't like the ride and a Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix that likes it only if she gets to be on the lead sled.  Me, not so much. I like being in the cabin with the fire going, a good book, stitching, and playing cards, not zipping around.


March was a busy month teaching, twice at the American Quilting Retreat, where I focused on stitches for the Tea Rose Garden cover for a Yazzii bag and Crazy for Embellishment once again at K&H Quilt Shoppe.  You just can't beat a day with other stitchers.

There have been many hours prepping blocks for the Roseville Album.  Each block has so many pieces and colors that my sewing table becomes a jumble of fabrics.  I decided that it would be a good idea to prepare all the square blocks so they are ready when I am.  That's a big project - but the pieces are cut out and glued on with 2 more finished.

 The circles are crooked on this basket but I'm pretending that it was planned this way.  

 
 Also in the "finished" column is a new Yazzii bag cover that will be a pattern available in 3 sizes for the Mini Craft Organizer Petite (CA10), Mini Craft Organizer Large (CA14) and Crafters Companion (CA230) which is the big sister measuring 10 x 13 x 3.5" pictured below.

I will be teaching this project in a 2-day retreat at My Girlfriend's Quilt Shop in Midway, UT in October.

Spring is trying to arrive here in Utah and I'm desperately rushing to prepare more projects for my summer deck time.  What's on my list?  Welcome to my Parlour by Wendy Williams, GardenVale a Moda pattern with Jen Kingwell fabric, Clambake by Crazy Old Ladies and.........a new wool wallhanging that I'm designing.

I'm better about updating on Facebook so check out the Kerry Stitch Designs page there.
 

Friday, January 29, 2016

My Journey To Enchantment

My Enchantment quilt is finally finished and hanging on the wall where I can enjoy it each day.  It is prominently displayed in my kitchen where I "unfortunately" spend many hours, but it is on a wall where I pass by often on my way to other rooms.  This has been a journey of almost 2 years, mostly because I get side-tracked and work on other projects.

The journey begins with a pattern by Suzanne Cody which I purchased from Material Obsessions in Sydney, Australia.  


 The pattern provided the inspiration but I made a few changes and added quite a bit of embellishment.  I have shared photos along the way and here is the final result:

My version doesn't have the wide top and side border, there is another "hill" at the bottom, and more vines hanging from the branches.  The background is pieced using a Yoko Saito print in the center with a variety of fabrics surrounding it.  The background fabric and tree are cotton while the applique is primarily felted wool with bits of cotton and silk.  The finished size is 50 inches by 58 inches.
 
A few close-up photos of the amazing quilting done by Cindy Paulsen at Quilted Connection:







I think it's important to label your quilts because who knows where it may end up years from now.  Someone will want to know who made it, when and where.  


I've tried printing my labels from the computer directly onto the fabric, printing the design from the computer onto paper and then tracing to fabric, but my best results come from just writing directly onto the fabric.  I used a fine-point Sharpie and drew a bird like the appliqued birds on the quilt.  I think it's nice to have it in my own hand-writing even though it's a bit crooked.

I mentioned getting side-tracked.............. another finished block for Roseville Album.


 and, I just returned from classes with Jen Kingwell at the Winter Quilt Fest retreat with even more projects on my "to do" list.  But, more about that later.

Enjoy a stitchy weekend.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Tea Rose Garden

 It's time to get ready for spring!  Yes, it's only the beginning of January, but the days are getting a few minutes longer, and I can only get through winter if I dream of spring. Just think how nice it would be to sit in the garden with the scent of tea roses, hollyhocks, and lavender blooms, listening to the buzzing of bees.

While you're dreaming, stitch up your own garden with my new pattern and kit.  Once again I rely on the handy Yazzii bag with 6 compartments to hold my needles, threaders, scissors, etc.  The embroidery is completed with your coordinating print stitched onto the 5" x 6" x 2 3/4" bag.

 I chose a purple bag primarily because it's the only color I didn't already have - but believe me, this embroidery coordinates beautifully with the colors shown below.


Kits include a pattern, felted wool and Yazzii bag in your choice of color, are only $24.00 in my  Etsy Shop

A kit with full skeins of each thread I used along with a packet of #24 Chenille and #1 Millener needles is also available for $74.50 which is a 15% discount on the threads and the needles are free.  Click HERE to see the kit in my Etsy Shop.



 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Only 3 kits left!


There are only 3 Dove In Bloom kits left in my Etsy Shop.

Sometimes I have ordered a kit and find that I can't begin until I run to the store for more supplies.  No need to get in the car if you buy Dove In Bloom.  This kit is complete with the pattern, Yazzii Bag, all the wool and velvet, bird's eye bead, the threads are on a handy card with the colors clearly marked and I have even included a packet of both the chenille and millener needles.  

Will I make more kits?  The truth is - I don't know.  If I do it won't be soon.

 

Monday, December 28, 2015

I'm Still Here

It has been a busy month here - fall turned into winter, Christmas with all the preparations, good times with friends and family.  But you know me - there was still time for stitching.  

I pieced together the Lorna Doone pattern by Kaffe Fassett and remembered why I prefer hand-work.  Do you ever see a quilt you can't get out of your mind?  For me it was Lorna Doone.  I even used the exact fabrics - no substitutions.

Then there is the Roseville Album.  I began this block 2 months ago and only enjoyed stitching the pot.  Oh, those little flowers were a lot of work.  To help ignore it's calls from my sewing room, I read 5 books but finally had to get back to it.  I finished it today and look forward to starting something new.

My fabric choices could have been better.  I like the pot, birds, and stems, but the flowers are quite ugly.  I will live with it though as I never want to do this one again.


I just finished a very limited number of kits for Dove In Bloom that are now for sale in my Etsy Shop for $40.00  The kit includes the wool and velvet, cotton and silk embroidery threads, bird eye, 1 packet each of Chenille #24 and Millener #1 needles, pattern and Yazzii bag.  

I love the Yazzii bags and have an assortment for various projects.  This once is 6" wide x 5" high x 2 3/4" wide with 6 zippered pockets.  This is the one I keep with my embroidery projects, with needles, threaders, scissors, thimble pads, emergency chocolate, etc.

Go ahead, buy yourself a gift and have some stitching fun.



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