Monday, September 30, 2013

For The Love of Hand Embroidery-Guest Poster-Brenda

Happy Monday to everyone. 
 I hope you had a nice weekend and did something you loved.
On to our next guest for
The Love of Hand Embroidery.


Today
I would like to welcome
Brenda who blogs at

Good Morning, I am Brenda and I blog at Ladybug Dreams. http://brtowsleyblogs.blogspot.com/
I am excited to have been invited by Jane to guest post here at Jane's Fabrics and Quilts blog.  This is the first time I have written a guest post so I will try not to ramble too much. 

I learned to embroidery when I was a girl.  My mother taught me the basic stitches and from there I learned any new stitches from books.  I stitched many samplers and counted cross stitch pictures in my 30's but just recently got back into hand embroidery in the past couple of years.  It quickly came back to me how much I love embroidery and have been adding it to quilt blocks and pillow tops.



For my project I went to my Pinterest board ( http://www.pinterest.com/brendatowsley/hand-stitching/for Hand Stitching to pick out the design I wanted to use for this project.  I found the perfect free design from Bobby Socks Quilt Company.

The next step was to pick the thread colors I was going to use from the samples that Jane sent along with other Presencia threads that I already had on hand.


I really love using these threads they come in such pretty colors and do not tangle while stitching with them.  I was able to  pick colors that matched the MaryJane Glamping fabric that I was using to finish my project.


I stitched the design on flour sack cloth with a light weight fusible interfacing backing it.


Next I bordered it with the mini charm pack squares and some yardage.



After getting the top put together I decided it needed a little something more and did a running stitch along the edge of the flour sack fabric.



I used the same fabric that I used on the side boarders to make the pillow back, this is my favorite from the line, I love red!




I have enjoyed seeing everyone's projects that have been posting in Jane's "For the Love of Hand Embroidery" series.   I hope you will all come over to Ladybug Dreams to see some of the other embroidery and quilting projects that I have shared on my blog and I wish you all a wonderful week. 


To our readers.  After you leave your comment, Brenda will come back to her post and hit reply to answer your comments and questions. So make sure to come back later in the day!


Brenda thank you so much for sharing with us today. I just love that fabric line and I have that camper on my to do list. Thank you for the inspiration to get started!  


PS  Presencia Thread is on sale in my
Stock up for the holidays


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Rocking Around the Clock!


I have missed everyone, sure am glad to be back!

No I do not mind telling you my age, I was born in 1955. So too little for the poodle skirts but old enough to remember a few things from the late 50's.  I used to love to go to diners where every table had their own jukebox!  Do you remember those!  I would make my poor family sit and wait until our song was played!  Oh such fun memories.

This one plays the radio and cassette tapes.


It also lights up!


Well...
I had some of
Barbara's Diner (Elizabeth's Studio) in my stash that I had been saving. But, not any more!  
I fussy cut some darling pictures, grabbed some Riley Blake gingham, and went to work.


I choose a pretty Kona blue for the back. Did a simple crosshatch quilting and she was ready to go!
A cute retro table-runner.


When I was a little girl our kitchen floor was made of big tiles, black and yellow!


My Mom tried all sort of colors for that kitchen.


She settled on aqua.


After we moved from that house my Mother never had anything aqua again!
Funny, I love aqua!

Now I may have shown you this before but when my in-laws moved out of the home they had lived in for 55+ years I just had to have the kitchen table. Not only is it retro but it is original piece from the 50's.  My FIL made a secret drawer underneath where he kept some valuables, just in case they were robbed!
I love this table.


I bet it looked like this when my husband was little.



This is how it looks now! A perfect place for us to play games and visit. It is being loved and cared for in our game room.


Happy sewing!

Monday, September 23, 2013

For The Love of Hand Embroidery-Guest Poster-Sandie


Happy Monday to everyone. 
 I hope you had a nice weekend and did something you loved.
On to our next guest for
The Love of Hand Embroidery.


Today
I would like to welcome
Sandie who blogs at
crazy'boutquilts.



Good morning everyone!
I'm Sandie and I blog at crazy'boutquilts (http://crazyboutquilts.blogspot.com/)
I love, love, love quilting! But my second love is hand embroidery.
My Grandmother taught me to embroider and she had a whole lotta
patience!
I am the only lefty in my family and no one really knew what to do with me. LOL
We finally figured out that if I sat across from her, I could mimic her actions, and that was how I learned. I probably don't hold my needle the 'right' way or make my French knots like everyone else, but I enjoy stitching so much that I just don't think about it. :-)

I was so excited when I received the sample of Presencia threads from Jane for this hop~
I had the perfect project ready and waiting!
I'm not sure where I picked up this apron kit~ it was when I was traveling last year somewhere!
It had the apron and chart, but no thread~ and Jane's selection was perfect!! Thanks Jane!!



The thread colors were perfect and I was really happy that they didn't twist at all!
Twisting threads can be so frustrating when you are stitching. The other thing I loved was the ease~ no pulling floss apart to get the right amount of thread. The no. 12 was just perfect!

I have embroidered everything you can imagine and probably more!
I don't have a photo of the overalls I did for my DD when she was younger, but they were a fun project. :-)

Lately, I've been doing Christmas ornaments~


Pattern from Quilter's World magazine


I have a lot of holiday projects and love to decorate with them!
My snowman pillow~


pattern from Crabapple Hill Studio

And cardinal wall hanging~


this was done with the twilling stitch~ something new to me!
I can't remember whose pattern it is, sorry. :-/

Well, I guess it is safe to say ~
I just love to decorate with embroidery!


This little quilt is Madame Sam's Wee Tot's embroidery pattern.
I did it for a hop and turned it into a little quilt.

I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea that I love to embroider. LOL
Jane, thank you so much for inviting me to be part of your hop! 
I have really enjoyed seeing everyone's projects and sharing mine. :-)
Happy Stitching!



To our readers.  After you leave your comment, Sandie will come back to her post and hit reply to answer your comments and questions. So make sure to come back later in the day!


Sandie thank you so much for sharing with us today. I love your work. I think the snowmen ornaments look like little stamps!
Now I have no idea what the twiilling stitch is but I am going to click the link on my left side bar and see how Mary Corbett shows us! 
Here it is,  HERE
I love to learn new stitches.

PS  Presencia Thread is on sale in my
Stock up for the holidays



Monday, September 16, 2013

For The Love of Hand Embroidery-Guest Poster-Daryl

Happy Monday to everyone. 
 I hope you had a nice weekend and did something you loved.
On to our next guest for
The Love of Hand Embroidery.


Today
I would like to welcome
Daryl who blogs at
Thank you so much for sharing with us today.


Hello, I am Daryl and I blog at Patchouli Moon Studio. I am one of the volunteers that Jane asked to embroider something using Presencia perle cotton in size 12, that Jane provided. I found a design that I had wanted to embroider and I colored it first using crayons and then did the embroidery. Then I made the embroidery into a zippered bag.

Some things that I do when I embroider by hand is to iron a fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric before I start the embroidery. Whisper Weft is a good one to use, but if I don't have any on hand I will use any light weight fusible interfacing. This helps to both stabilize the fabric while stitching and helps to hide the threads. I personally do not use an embroidery hoop.

Here is my embroidered zippered bag~


I actually chose the border and backing fabric for this bag after I did the embroidery. I found a small piece of this fabric in my pile of pink fabrics and it was just the perfect choice not only because of the colors, but the flowers in the embroidery look a lot like the flowers in the print fabric. 

I quilted the bag too.



Back of the bag. I love how this fabric goes so well with the embroidery.



A closer look.





I had leftover Presencia thread, so I decided to embroider the stacking teacups design. Instead of coloring with crayons, this time I used watercolor pencils to color the teacups before I did the embroidery. I used a little water on a paintbrush and then dabbed the paintbrush on the pencil and painted it on the fabric. I added a fabric border and then decided to turn this into a large pincushion. I filled the pincushion with crushed walnut shells to weigh it down and keep it in place. 


Thanks Jane for letting me be a guest on your blog and share my embroidered creations with you and your readers.

To our readers.  After you leave your comment, Daryl will come back to her post and hit reply to answer your comments and questions. So make sure to come back later in the day!

Thank you Daryl, These are new to me techniques and cannot wait to try them!





Friday, September 13, 2013

I Just Took a Little!

I could not help it! I just took a little piece of each fabric from the Flower Sugar Line. It is so pretty, I could not help myself! But no worries I ordered more so there would be plenty for all!
I saw this on Pinterest and just fell in love with this pillow.  


I thought it would look beautiful in Flower Sugar, so I got busy.

I worked on them while I sat by the lake last week.


This is all I allowed myself to make, otherwise I would have used more of the fabrics I am saving for you!

Now for a layout?

The traditional...



Scattered...



I decided on scattered but in rows!


Even scraps for a string block!


I hope to show you my pillow if the next few weeks.
In the meantime have a wonderful weekend and do something you love.

PS  All my Presencia thread is on sale in my eBay store.



Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Quilt Show

What a wonderful time Elaine and I had at the quilt show.  We went to Nancy's Zieman's Quilt Expo in Madison Wisconsin.  It was only about a two hour drive.
Elaine has a lovely friend, Linda, we were invited to stay at her lake front cottage. It has four bedrooms, so plenty of room for all, but it was just the three of us! We each had our own room. We spent most of our home time on her enclosed back room overlooking the lake. This is the view from right out her back door.  I sat outside and worked on hexies and watched boats sail by. It was just beautiful. With an afternoon temperature of 75 degrees.
That is what we did the first day. Sat, sewed, talked and had a wonderful meal.






The rest of the day was spent sewing, snacking and chatting.
All too soon it was the morning and we had to say our good-by's
Thank you to Linda for her hospitality and fresh coffee every morning and to Elaine for the invitation.





Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

For The Love of Hand Embroidery-Guest Poster-Kiera

Happy Monday to everyone. 
 I hope you had a nice weekend and did something you loved.
On to our next guest for
The Love of Hand Embroidery.


Today
I would like to welcome
Kiera who blogs at
Thank you so much for sharing with us today.


Hi everyone!  I'm Kiera and I blog over at Sew Very Kiki.  I'm so excited to be able to share my embroidery projects with you and so thankful to Jane for asking me to join in.  I had never worked with Presencia before and was eager to try it.

My love of hand embroidery started at my mother's knee.  She kept all of her flosses in an old Christmas Cookie tin.  Oh how I loved to just go through that tin and play with all the beautiful colors.  She taught me all the basics...stem stitches, french knots, lazy daisy.  And mom always pointed out that the back of my work should look as good as the front!  Her handwork graced our home in the forms of pillowcases, doilies, tablecloths and so much more.  How I wish I had some of those pieces now.

For my project I decided to make a couple of tea towels.  We recently moved into a new home and I wanted something to spruce up the kitchen with.  I found some patterns that I thought looked kind of vintage and stitched away. 

The towel with the rooster in in honor of my Mom and all she taught me.  She collected roosters, so when I saw the pattern I knew I would have to make it!


Presecia was a dream to work with and was colorfast when I washed the towels.



I'm on the lookout now for more vintage patterns to stitch!

To our readers.  After you leave your comment, Kiers will come back to her post and hit reply to answer your comments and questions. So make sure to come back later in the day!

Thank you Kiera, I still have my grandmother's floss tin.
I love your tea towels, they are just darling. Thank you again for sharing.