Hello Friends, Happy Monday to you! I hope you had a great weekend, and are still staying well and healthy.
I am very happy to share with you the news that I had my first editorial feature in a cross stitch publication – Just Cross Stitch.
My project is a “scrappy” blue and white stitching project that is based on an antique quilt. You know, scrappy isn’t just for quilting!
And of course, some of you probably remember seeing this work-in-progress sampler I have been working on for years…. another scrappy blues! This will be my magnum opus, as Gwen would call it!
The really sweet thing about the editorial feature in Just Cross Stitch is that it is actually a mother-daughter feature — because Gwen also contributed an easy pillow ornament project to entice the little people in your life! Stay tuned, as Gwen is doing more with her original designs!
The reason I started teaching Gwen to stitch when she was a mere 5 year old was because I want her to have a quiet hobby she can have from her childhool after she is grown! Stitching opens up another world of connection for the stitcher, and it is my hope that Gwen will find for her a support group through stitching when she is grown. It will also serve as her connection to me after I graduate to heaven. In fact, she sweetly told me she would finish some of my projects for me in my memory in case I don’t get to them before I go to heaven. So, I am now making sure the new projects I start are ones Gwen likes to, haha!
Gwen’s curated embroidery floss collection for Aurifil is available for purchase and ships free HERE:
Speaking of SPOOLS — did you see my Spools Quilt on Aurifil’s blog this past week? The pattern in pdf format is available HERE.
I designed the quilt to celebrate my love of threads as well as my latest thread collection, Candies! Available for purchase and ships free HERE. I have two boxes available at the moment, and as far as I know, I won’t be able to get more until shipping from Italy resumes.
These blocks were so fun and FAST to make. I actually made mine as leaders and enders while piecing other quilts. Truth be known, when I am not in a rush meeting deadlines, I am piecing 3-4 quilt tops at the same time. It keeps things from getting boring for me. I love keeping track of the Math for the different quilt tops I am making!
In CANDIES, you get the following threads:
5 spools of 50wt (orange spools) – because the 50wt is my go-to all purpose thread! I use 50wt for machine quilting, piecing, and button-hole stitching around my fusible applique shapes. I even used the 50wt for hand needleturn applique until Aurifil released their game-changing 80wt a few years ago.
2 spools of 40wt (green spools) – I use 40wt mainly for machine quilting and general sewing for my crafting projects. 40wt gives such a striking definition to my quilting when I want my quilting show a little more than the 50wt. While I personally do not construct garments, I know garment sewists love the 40wt.
2 spools of 28wt (gray spools) – Many find interesting that I use 28wt for hand sewing my binding! I do! Many of my quilts have been made for editorial features in magazines, and so my quilts pass through many hands before they return to me. So for extra durability in holding down the binding, 28 wt is perfect!
I also use the 28wt to machine baste my hand applique pieces. Machine basting eliminates the use of pins to hold down my needleturn applique pieces. The 28wt creates the perfect “perforation” for me as I cut away the excess fabric before turning the raw seam under for a Hawaiian-type quilt! Yellow shows the basting stitches done with 28wt.
1 spool of 12wt (red spools) – I mainly use 12wt for hand embroidery. The 12wt stitches up beautifully for all handwork.
Keeping with the Staying at Home theme recently, I shared a free House Quilt last week on Instagram. It is one I had designed for Windham Fabrics a couple of years ago. In case you missed it, it’s this Annies House quilt.
Pattern is available for download HERE.
I am making mine with slightly different fabrics – I am trying to use only reproduction fabrics. I hope my small stash of reproduction fabrics can do the job!
And that’s all for now, My Friends! I hope you have a lovely week ahead! Till next time!
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