Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Inspiration






Last week Lavinia sent me an email to let me know that she made my Acorn's Promise pattern into a stained glass panel and was now going to make the quilt.  Of course, I had to see the glass and asked her to share some photos.  The photo below shows how the light comes through the glass.
She also shared another glass art project inspired by quilt blocks.  The light coming through the glass just brings them to life.

From a tree, to a quilt, to glass art - that's inspiration!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Kits for Vera's Hollyhocks

I went out of town for a few days but before leaving, I gave my sister an assignment - make up some kits for Vera's Hollyhocks.  She was a good girl and got them ready.





The Vera's Hollyhocks Kit includes hand-dyed wool for the bag and applique, ric-rac, roving balls for zipper pull, zipper, fusible fleece and a cute cotton lining.  The Vera's Hollyhocks Thread Kit has 3 full skeins (20 yds each) of hand-dyed Silken Pearl thread and 1 ball (63 meters) of hand-dyed Pearl Cotton.  I will add a sufficient amount of thread to stitch the bees. 

The bag is about 12" wide x 9" high with a 2" square bottom.  It is the perfect little clutch, sewing project bag, or even a classy way to carry lunch.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Kits

Who doesn't love a kit?  Especially if it has hard to find colors of wool?  Lynda will be at the Gardner Village Farmer's Market on Saturday with kits for Vera's Hollyhocks and other fun projects.  She also has new color packs with some great textures and solids in 6" squares.  While you're Shop Hopping at Pine Needles, make a stop at Lynda's Hand Dyed Wool.

For those of you that don't live in Utah, I will have complete kits in my Etsy Shop in about 10 days.  Next week I leave for a few days to help my son move home from Chicago!  Last year when he moved I pulled out all the stops to talk him out of it.  I told him he would miss the mountains, wouldn't like a big city, and when that failed, I even cried.  Well, he went anyway, but found out that Mom and Dad were right.  He didn't like the big city.  We didn't help him move to Chicago - he was on his own - but we are helping him move back.

Lynda's going to cut wool while I'm gone and when I get home I'll get the kits packaged.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Road Trip Projects

I don't mind a short trip or a short wait without my stitching, but a road trip - for that I need a project.  My husband prefers to drive as he thinks I "will get us killed", and that's OK with me, I'll keep him scared so I can stitch.  I set up a little sewing area, open the glove box door for the pin cushion and find that bobbins and embellishment threads fit in that little space with the door handle.  I have friends that quilt and bind in the car but at my age, I'm too hot for that.

Before each trip I get an applique project together that's easy to fit in the front seat with my snacks and Diet Coke.  My bucket, filled to the rim with all my supplies gets to go too, just not in the front seat.

If you're looking for some quick and easy take-alongs, I have 2 new patterns on my Etsy site.

"Take A Note" has instructions and applique templates for 3 1/2" wide x 4 1/2" high notebooks, perfect for your purse and sewing kit.  All four are made from 100% felted wool, with easy embellishment stitches.  It's always a good idea to have a little gift on hand - especially one that is hand made.

"Vera's Hollyhocks" is a great little bag for almost anything.  In fact, it could carry your next road trip project.  Wool applique is embellished with a few stitches that are easy to do in the car.

If you need some help with the embroidery stitches, you can also find the very best embroidery instruction book on my Etsy site too.  The Right Handed Embroiderer's Companion" has excellent step-by-step instructions and diagrams for many stitches.  Just in case you are left handed, The Left Handed Embroiderer's Companion is available too.

In about a week, I will be traveling by plane followed by a road trip.  I'm busy getting my projects ready!

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