Thursday, October 28, 2010

My Wool Garden

Everyone's been telling me that I haven't posted in awhile, so here is some of what I've been working on--frankly, I'd rather stitch than type.

I'm busy working on Primitive Garden in wool.  I've had such fun with it.

This is my favorite block so far--the watering can.  It was a little intimidating when I first started on this block, but I'm very happy with how it turned out.

This is a closeup.  Unfortunately my digital camer doesn't do a great job on close-ups.


Applique Wool

I've become infatuated with wool applique.  It's so easy and it's so beautiful.  I'm having a blast.  Sue Spargo has been so inspirational.  She is coming to Quilters Guild of Dallas in February and I've signed up for both her classes.  I've also signed up for her block of the month, which starts in January.

Here is one of her needle keepers.  It was in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  I'm adding the last of the embellishments... a few more beads, some couching, then it's done.  The light blue will be the inside (lining).  This is one of my hand-dyed fabrics.  I've been hoarding them but I need to get over it and use them so that I can dye some more!  The rose wool is the place where the needles go on the inside.  It will fold in thirds.

Can't wait to use this one.

Noah's Christmas Pillow

This one is for Romy!

Jack's Pillow

This is a pillow for Jack for Christmas.  The applique is wool.  I think it turned out so cute!  I hope he'll like to have it on his bed the whole month of December.

Christmas stockings

My friend, Bev, and I are responsible for the Winter Blocks for our friendship group this year.  So we decided to give everyone a piece of red wool and a piece of white wool and have them make a stocking block.  The idea is that they can decorate it any way they please.

The stocking on the left is one that I started decorating with some of the decorative stitching on my Pfaff.  The one in the middle is one that I tried to embroider some random designs on.  The stocking on the right is Bev's--she added the antlers and put an eye and nose on Rudolf!  You can easily tell who is more creative out of the two of us!

My pink string quilt

This is something I started with the idea that I would just grab any strips I had already cut. So I went to my drawer of 2" strips (those were for the blocks) and my drawer of 1-1/2" strips (those were for the sashing) and pulled out any that were pastels.

Can you tell which is the block and which is the sashing? Hint: the blocks have 2 fabric strips and the sashing has 3 fabric strips.