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Vintage Embroidery Monday and Stitchery Link Party #3

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on April 27th, 2015

When Dave traces out the patterns, if they are too big to fit on a single 8.5″X11″ sheet of paper he divides them up onto two (or more) sheets.  I usually then post the sections in successive weeks but with Mother’s Day coming up in a little less than two weeks, I thought I’d post both sections for this lovely Pansy Dresser Scarf so that it could be completed in time.

Workbasket Pattern for a Pansy Dresser Scarf - left sectionWorkbasket Pattern for a Pansy Dresser Scarf - right sectionThe left section of the pattern can be downloaded as a pdf here.

The right section can be downloaded here.

We had another thirteen wonder projects (14 if we count mine) linked up last week.  I hope you had a chance to go check some of them out!

Thank you to those who were new who linked up.  And a special thank you to the lovely ladies who returned for a second week.

I’ve had a few comments and e-mails from readers saying they don’t know how to add their link to the party so I’ve written a quick tutorial called How to Link Up to a Link Party to help you not only link up to my Stitchery Link Party but to any link party you might like to participate in.

I’m looking forward to being inspired again this week.

The rules are simple:

1. The project can be anything you’ve made as long as it includes embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Stitcher Link Party ButtonSimply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. I would, of course, love it if you decide to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party. (If you do decide to follow me, you can subscribe to e-mail updates in the box on the upper right hand side bar. Buttons to follow me on other social media are in the upper left hand side bar.)

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How to Link Up to a Link Party

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on April 26th, 2015

I’ve had a few people comment and e-mail saying they don’t know how to link up to my new weekly Stitchery Link Party that is being held in conjunction with Vintage Embroidery Mondays.

So I thought a quick step-by-step photo tutorial might be helpful… not just for linking up here but anywhere you might find a link party you’d like to participate in.

I use Inlinkz so that’s what I’ll use to illustrate the steps but most link party sites work pretty much the same way.

First, at the bottom of the link party you’ll see a button that looks something like this:

Blue Add Your Link button

 

 

Click on that button.

You will be taken to the link up page:

Adding your post's url
Next, open a new page or tab in your browser and go to your blog.  Click on the title of the post you want to link to.  This will refresh the page and the url of that post will appear in the info bar at the top of the page.

Copy the url of your post

Highlight the url, right click on your mouse and select “copy.”

Go back to the link up page.  Paste the url of your post in the “Link” box.

Paste the url in the area indicated

After that you’ll want to give your link a title.

Add your e-mail address.  (It is only visible to the person who is hosting the link party.   And just so that you feel safe, please know that I would never share or distribute any e-mail addresses that are entrusted to me.)

Now we’ve gotten to the fun part… in the section titled “Image source”…  select the photo of the project you want to feature in the link up.  You can crop it if you like by clicking on “Crop.”

Once you’re satisfied with all the information you’ve added and the photo you selected, click on the Done button.

Done Button

That’s it.  Your link should appear in the link party within a moment or two.

Now let’s say you don’t have a blog, Inlinkz allows you to link to one of your instagram posts by clicking on the instagram icon in the image source section.Instagram button

I hope this tutorial is helpful to anyone who would like to link to Monday’s Stitchery Link Party or any of the many other wonderful link parties that are out there in blogland.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer.

 

 

 

 

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My New Aloha Apron

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on April 24th, 2015

It has been a productive couple of days and I’ve managed to clear a few things off Wednesday’s list so they didn’t go back on the cutting table after I cut out my new apron.

First of all, I made this block as the base for an Under the Sea crazy quilted block…

Under the Sea block and floss

This was actually #5 on the list and I have no idea if I did it correctly. The crazy quilted base blocks that Renee showed on her blog looked like they had been paper pieced, so I drew up a simple pattern, numbered the sections and started adding fabrics.

Dave and I are scuba divers so I had this idea in my head that I wanted the sandy bottom in two different colors and for the water to look like the sun was shining through the water and illuminating those “branches.” If you’ve ever been diving you’ll know what I mean.

There was supposed to be another blue silk fabric but I searched through every drawer of my fabric dresser and every plastic tote and I couldn’t find it anywhere. So I made do with the light blue I had and just used the sections of the print that worked for the water. That dark greeny/blue is supposed to be a deeper area of water.

After I got the block pieced, I fused a piece of light weight interfacing to the back of the block to give it some stability.

Now I just need to start embellishing it with embroidery to create my underwater scene.  The two clear buttons will be turned into jelly fish!

Number 2 on Wednesday’s list was adding extra length to the t-shirt. That’s completed and I’ll have a short post soon about how simple it is to do.

Number 3 was serging the edges of a small pile of fabric so that it could be pre-washed.  Done!

Numbers 1 and 4 are still on the list but I hope to get to at least one of them this weekend.

Finally, I have a brand new apron… though the plan for it changed a couple of times along the way. As I mentioned on Wednesday I had planned to make the apron using this pattern.

Fabric and pattern for my new Aloha Apron

Well… I got the pattern all cut out and tried one those triangle pieces for the top up against my chest and let’s just say the pattern was designed for someone who has not been quite so generously blessed in that department as I have.

Already having my heart set on a new apron from that particular fabric, I decided just to make another like the one I use every day. Now I have to confess, this is one of the few aprons I’ve made from an actual purchased pattern. But as you will see, even that didn’t go as planned.

There wasn't nearly enough fabric

I was sure that when I bought that hibiscus fabric, I had gotten at least a yard. But now I think perhaps that might have been one of the sale fabrics that I purchased whatever was left on the bolt.  There was only 28 inches of it; not nearly enough to make the apron I wanted to make.

I thought about making the skirt of the apron in the hibiscus fabric and the top and ties in the second fabric pictured above. (That was going to be used for the ruffles in the first apron.)

But then I remembered the blue fabric that I’d used to bind my Flying Zebra quilt. An afternoon of sewing and I have a brand new Aloha apron.

My new Aloha ApronI couldn’t be more pleased with the way it turned out.  I’m going to have to do some baking tomorrow to break it in!

I wish you all wonderful, heart-centered weekend with much Aloha!!

 

This post has been added to the following link parties:

Finish It Up Friday      Fabric Frenzy Friday     Creative Goodness Link Party

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WIP Wednesday – Too Many Things!

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on April 22nd, 2015

I think I’ve got too many things on my list of things I want to get to this week!  First up a new apron.

I had purchased the fabric in the spring of 2011 with the intention of making an apron with it but life happened and later that year everything went into storage for three years.

Fabric and pattern for my new Aloha Apron

Usually when I make a new apron for myself or others, I’ve just made the pattern up as I went along.  But Terry, my partner in the Santa Sack Swap 2014 included this pretty apron pattern along with all the other lovely gifts she sent so I’ve been wanting to try it out.

Before I could even start cutting the apron out, I had to clear off my cutting table.

On the cutting table

1.  One of the Workbasket pattern transfers included a pattern for a stuffed donkey.   The instructions included were not as detailed as what is expected in patterns today, so I’m going to make the donkey in order to be able to write a complete set of step-by-step instructions to share with you all.

2.  A t-shirt that I’m in the process of lengthening.

3.  Fabric that needs the edges serged before I can pre-wash them.  (Done!)

4.  Another little sew-in purse frame that I’m hoping to turn into something cute.

5.  I’ve been so inspired by the beautiful work that Renee from Living My Dream is doing on the blocks for her partners in the Under the Sea Round Robin that I decided I wanted to try my hand at crazy quilting.   I didn’t have much in my fabric stash that were in the colors I wanted to use, so I had a rummage through the remnant bin at the fabric store on Sunday.  I also found some buttons to make a couple of jelly fish just like the one she made (you’ll have to scroll down a ways to see that post on her blog.)

And then of course, I also need to make progress on quilting and binding my Sampler Table Runner as it is my ALYofF April goal.  I’ve started the stitching in the ditch and once that’s done, I’ll be practicing free motion quilting some leaves in the white with gold stars areas.

Quilting the Sampler Table Runner

It’s going to be a busy few days to get these checked off my list!

If you want to see what else I’ve been up to today… click on over to SuperMomNoCape on instagram.

What are you working on today?

 

This post has been added to the following link parties:

WIP Wednesday     WIP Wednesday #190

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Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #2

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on April 20th, 2015

It’s going to be fun to see what flowers make their appearance in the various little gardens of the house that we’re renting. I’ve been checking daily and there are a few tulips making buds but any other bits of green poking through are still too small to tell what they might be.

Maybe they’re waiting to be sure that our warmer weather is here to stay. Friday and Saturday we had temperatures in the 20s ⁰C (upper 60s/70s ⁰F) and were wearing short shirt sleeves and not having to worry about jackets.

But Sunday morning when I went for my walk, not only did I need a jacket but a pair of gloves to keep out the wind. As I rounded the corner to head for home I spied these two brave little daffodils in the yard across the street.

Two Brave Daffodils

So today, for Vintage Embroidery Monday I’m sharing two small patterns; one for a daffodil and the other a basket of flowers with a pansy, tulip and lots of daisies.

Vintage Workbasket Pattern for Daffodils and a basket of flowersThe pattern is available to download as a pdf here.

Last week for our first Stitchery Link Party there were 13 lovely projects linked up (14 if we count mine.)

I visited each one and I can only say that I’m sure that others were as inspired as I was!   I know that I’m certainly going to be trying out some new projects as time and money allows.

In the comments on last week’s post Sally had a couple of really good questions that I answered at the time but I thought I’d answer again in case anyone missed them.

First… is linking to machine embroidery allowed?

While there are many beautiful patterns and projects for machine embroidery, I would like to keep the Stitchery Link Party to hand embroidery only.   So the answer to that question was a no.

But I was happy to be able to say yes to Sally’s second question.  She wanted to know if she could link up projects where she had taken a vintage embroidered piece and re-purposed it into something else.

I hadn’t thought along those lines when I decided to create the Stitchery Link Party, but I imagine quite a few of us who love embroidery have such items and it would be great to see new creative ways to use them.

I’d also like to mention that your project doesn’t have to be vintage; as long as it’s done by hand, you’re welcome to link up.

The rules are simple:

1. The project can be anything you’ve made as long as it includes embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4.  This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

5.  Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post.  Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Stitcher Link Party ButtonSimply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar.  You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.

6.  As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7.  I would, of course, love it if you decide to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party. (If you do decide to follow me, you can subscribe to e-mail updates in the box on the upper right hand side bar. Buttons to follow me on other social media are in the upper left hand side bar.)

Let’s have a Stitchery Party!

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A Lovely Morning to Sit Outside and Write

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on April 17th, 2015

It is a glorious spring day here today and for the first time since last fall, I was able to sit outside this morning to do a bit of writing. The sun was warming my skin, there was the gentlest of breezes and the song birds were providing background music!

Business card holder beside note pad and pen

I have lots of sewing and quilting projects in the works but only one small finish to share with you this week.

At the end of a writers’ meeting that I attended recently, one of the other writers asked for my website and e-mail address. I tore off a piece of paper from my notebook and wrote it down for her but at the time I was thinking how much more professional it would have looked if I’d just been able to hand her my business card.

The problem was… I don’t have business cards or rather I didn’t. A package of Avery Clean Edge Business Cards, design help from our son and I now have new business cards.

Then, of course, I needed something to put them in to keep them organized in my purse. I looked at several different tutorials but couldn’t find anything that I really liked. Then I remembered the sew-in frame pouch (scroll down to see it) that our future son-in-law had requested for Christmas a few years ago to carry his business cards in.

I rummaged through the scrap drawer of my fabric dresser and turned up a small piece of the Laurel Burch panel that wasn’t used in my Holiday Celebrations quilt. It was just the right size for the front.

Another search through my craft supplies and I found a black sew-in purse frame the correct shape and size. An evening of cutting and sewing and this is the result:

Close-up of my new business card purse

For the side gussets and back, I used LB Basics Black w/Gold Dots by Laurel Burch for Clothworks. The lining is made from a scrap of lovely, bright, candy apple red with gold dots that I found in my stash.

My new business card purse with cards inside

My business cards slide in and out easily any time I need them.

My business cards fit perfectly inside my new business card purse

I think I may just have to make a couple more of these to carry in my laptop bag and to store the extra cards.  Maybe one with some pretty embroidery.  Or with ladybugs!  Maybe one with both!!  :)

Oh I guess I do have one more non-sewing finish to share with you. In addition to the 7 quarts chicken vegetable soup we canned earlier this week. We also canned 8 pints of homemade pea soup.

8 pints of home canned pea soup

I am so enjoying being able to can again and adding healthy, nutritious food to our cold room.

The pint jars you see in the background are plain water. We use them to fill up the space in our All American Canner. The bonus is that we also have clean, sterilized water in case of emergency.

 

This post has been added to the following link parties:

Finish it Up Friday          Fabric Frenzy Friday     Can I Get a Whoop Whoop!  

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WIP Wednesday – Seeds of Friendship

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on April 15th, 2015

Before I get to what’s happening in my sewing room this week, I want to thank everyone who linked up their projects for my new Stitchery Link Party being held in conjunction with Vintage Embroidery Monday.   The party is open until Sunday night at midnight so if you’ve got a project that you’d like to share, I’d love to have you come link up.

It doesn’t have to be something you’re working on right now.  It could be something you completed a while ago.

Or it could even be a project that you’ve remembered is tucked away in need of finishing.  Posting about it and linking up could be a great incentive to bringing it back to life and into use.

And don’t worry… if you don’t have something to link up this week, this is going to be a weekly party.  I’ve got ideas brewing for some themed stitchery parties and even some giveaways.

I know it will take time to build and get the word out.  So I also want to thank the sweet ladies who wrote blog posts to let their readers know about it.  I can’t tell you how much that touched my heart and was truly appreciated!

This “Seeds of Friendship” embroidery was completed on our trip back from spending the winter in Florida back in 2013.

Seeds of Friendship Bring Flowers of Joy embroidery

I tried something new at the time in that before leaving on our trip, I traced out a bunch of embroideries to work on while on the road and in hotel and then serged around the edges to keep the  fabric from fraying.   Kona cotton is my favorite fabric to embroider on but it does have the tendency to fray.  Serging the edges worked like a charm!

I’ve had the bolster pillow form it’s draped on for years.  It’s time to put both of them into use.

Yesterday I started hand-basting my Sampler Table Runner.

Sampler Table Runner being hand basted

I should have the basting finished by the end of today and be ready to start quilting.

And sometime this afternoon I need to remove the rings from these quarts of organic chicken vegetable soup Dave and I pressure canned yesterday.  The homemade stock for the soup simmered on the back burner of the stove all day Monday.

Quarts Jars of Homemade Organic Chicken Vegetable soup

The jars will get a quick wipe down with a damp cloth and dried before being taken down to the cold room.  They’ll make a nice quick lunch for us some rainy spring day.

What are you working on today?

 

This post has been added to the following link parties:

Scraptastic Tuesday       WIP Wednesday        WIP Wednesday #189 @ TNTN

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Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on April 13th, 2015

Pansies are one of my favorite flowers.  They are among the first available to buy in spring and the last to survive the frosts of fall.  When we were at the grocery store a couple of days ago, they had lots and lots of pansies in containers.

Pansies for SaleSo today, I’m sharing a vintage Workbasket pattern for pansies.

Vintage Workbasket Pattern for Pansies from Page 77This pattern is available as a pdf here.

I love Spring and the new, fresh things it brings.

I’ve had such fun and discovered so many blogs through link parties and for a while now, I’ve been thinking about adding a link party to Super Mom – No Cape.  The thought then occurred… what could I do that would be different from all the other great link parties already out there.

Quilting… there are lots of those. Sewing… lots of those too. General craft link ups; more of those than I care to count. But after doing some research, I discovered that there don’t seem to be any link parties specifically for embroidery in its many forms and variations.

So I’m going to give this a try and see if anyone is interested in linking up each Monday on my Vintage Embroidery Monday post.

The rules are simple:

1. The project can be anything you’ve made as long as it includes embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4.  This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

5.  Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post.

6.  As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7.  I would, of course, love it if you decide to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party. (If you do decide to follow me, you can subscribe to e-mail updates in the box on the upper right hand side bar. Buttons to follow me on other social media are in the upper left hand side bar.)

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One Small Finish and Three Teeny, Tiny Finishes

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on April 10th, 2015

Very late last night, I finished hand sewing the binding to the back of my Christmas Mouse wall hanging.

Christmas Mouse Wall Hanging finished Earlier in the evening, getting the binding sewn on so that I didn’t cut off the points of the diamonds was an interesting challenge.

When I was sewing the half square triangles (hst) together, I used Pat Sloan’s How to Keep Your Points tutorial and was so pleased with how most of my points turned out.

But adding the binding to the front, completely covers the points making it impossible to see them.  So what I did was baste the binding on using 1/8″ seam and then I flipped the wall hanging over and stitched the 1/4″ seam on the back using the quilting lines as a guide.

Back of my Christmas Mouse wall hanging

I only had a few points that got cut off… but I know that the more I do this, the better I’ll get at it.

The Christmas Mouse was a free pattern from Joy Patch back in 2009.  I still have two more from that set that I want to embroider and turn into wall hangings.

Joy Patch patterns from 2009

Unfortunately the pattern for the Dec 25th Christmas Mouse no longer seems to be available but Dec 24th can still be downloaded for free here.  Dec 26th is here.

For the frame around the wall hanging, I used fabric leftover from making Judith’s stocking for the 2013 Santa Sack swap and some left from making my Holiday Celebrations quilt.   The binding fabric was a recent purchase because after three more small projects (that I’ll be posting about soon), I didn’t have enough of the first two fabrics left to make binding.   The background fabric is my favorite Kona Snow.

Each of those little hsts finishes at just 1 1/4″ square.  The completed wall hanging is 13″X13″.

When the sun finally shone late this afternoon (after a week of gloomy, cloudy, yukky, cold, blahhh weather), my trusty quilt holder-upper and I rushed out to the backyard to get a couple more shots to share.

Christmas Mouse Wall hanging

Close up of Christmas Mouse wall hanging

Can you tell I’m really pleased with how this turned out.  :)

Yesterday and today, I also had three tiny knitting finishes.   In Wednesday’s WIP post, I showed you the start of some tiny Christmas socks.

I was converting a pattern I’d been given by Stephanie to knit them in the round, but when I got to the last few rows, I thought I was doing something wrong because the toe of the stocking was coming out way too short.  So I did a bit of googling about turning the heel of a sock and made some adjustments and ended up with this little sock.

Tiny Christmas Stocking

But I wasn’t ready to give up on the original pattern.  Stephanie had told me that her mother made lots and lots of these, so I knew it must be something I was doing wrong.

I decided to knit one in the flat and I was still stumped, until the light bulb went on… what I thought was the flap to make the heel of the sock was actually the top of the sock.  Finally it made sense!

Tiny White Knitted Christmas Sock

Once I realized how the pattern worked, I was able to finish converting it to knitting in the round.

Tiny Red Knitted Christmas Sock

Now I can use up the rest of the yarn I have leftover from making the mini mittens, hats and scarves when I was testing my pattern for Elven Winter Wear.

Three Tiny Christmas Stockings

But that can wait until tomorrow.  Right now it’s time to pop some popcorn and get back to reading Neil Gaiman’s Stardust.

Wishing you all a great weekend filled with Aloha!

 

This post has been added to the following link parties:

Finish it Up Friday           Fabric Frenzy Friday          Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop! 

Creative Goodness Linky Party    Pet Project #15

Scraptastic Tuesday

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2015 Finish Along Quarter 2 Goals

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on April 9th, 2015

I’ve been going through my UFOs/WIPs trying to decide which to put on the list of my 2015 Finish Along Q2 Goals and I’ve decided to throw caution to the wind and add them all!

As it states in the Finish Along rules:  “You won’t be punished if you don’t finish your entire list, so feel free to make a big list and roll projects over from one quarter to the next if you need to.”

I don’t have any of the large projects to roll over from my Q1 list.   And I managed to turn 3 of the small embroideries into finished items… two sweet bird ornaments and my Love and Laughter mini.

But there are a few left to finish plus I discovered two more unfinished embroideries while going through my craft binders:

Small embroideries for my Q2 goal

I couldn’t figure out what to turn the larger embroideries into so they are being rolled over too.

Three Large Embroideries

My Christmas Mouse wall hanging was pictured with the small embroideries in Q1 but since it’s still a WIP, it goes on the list again as well.

Hand quilting the Christmas mouse wall hanging

For the rest of the list, I’m thinking that I’ll be doing some marathon sessions of sandwiching and hand-basting so they can be quilted and bound before the end of June.

This Sampler Table Runner is my ALYofF April Goal. 

Sample Table Runner

It will be backed with a piece of a thrifted sheet since no one sees the back when it’s on the table anyway.  As I mentioned in my ALYofF post, I’ll be using it to practice free motion quilting some more leaves.

Once I feel confident quilting leaves, I want to finish my One Big Cabin quilt.

Raccoon, Owl, Squirrel quilt top and backing

The leaves will be in those large beige/cream blocks.  I may quilt the multi-colored blocks with leaves or they may just end up stitched-in-the-ditch.   And now that I’ve seen how hand-quilting with #8 perle cotton around the Christmas Mouse makes it pop out so much, I plan to hand-quilt around the squirrel, owl and racoon.

I’d really like to finish my Holiday Celebrations quilt that I made for the Tree Bird Blog Hop.

Holiday Celebrations Snuggle QuiltUp next is one of the tops that was in storage.

Smiling Sunflower quilt

Back in September 2011, I named it my Smiling Sunflower quilt.  I added the border in March of this year.

In the photo above, the border may look like it’s solid black but it has little sprinkles of candy that match the colors in the quilt top.  Here’s a closer look:

Border of the Smiling Sunflower quilt

And then finally, the Disappearing Nine Patch quilt top that I completed in the spring of 2011.

Disappearing Nine Patch finished quilt top

This is a difficult quilt to photograph because of how busy the fabrics are.  That busy-ness was the reason I added the narrow black sashing between each of the disappearing nine patch blocks.

Disappearing Nine Patch - close-up of the squares in the border

The above photo and the one below gives you a better idea of how pretty these fabrics are in real life.

Disappearing Nine Patch Corner Blocks

If I get this top turned into a completed quilt, in addition to all the others listed here, I will have gotten to a point where I only have current WIPs.

 

 

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