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.


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