Productive weekend…yet still so much to do!

I feel I have done quite a bit this weekend.

For My Precious QAL hosted by KelbySews, I am finishing projects.  I’m still quilting my Dick and Jane, but have finished the baby quilt in Bliss!  Yay!  One down.

Dick and Jane … FMQ in progress

I’m free motion quilting (FMQ) the Dick and Jane and it isn’t going quite as well as I would like.   Seems like the tension is off, the machine is being persnickety or the fabric is bunching!   I finally took it out of the machine and will go back to it when I’m in a more patient mood.

I finished the baby quilt below for a grand niece.  Angela Walter’s new book came in so handy during the quilting phase.  Most of the patterns I tried in this quilt were from her book.  She does a great job of showing how to execute the patterns.  I’m already waiting for her next book!

Quilt for my great niece. Fabric is Bliss by Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabric

I worked on the block below for Kim Brackett’s Over and Under quilt using a William Morris jelly roll by Moda.  My husband and daughter both tried to claim this quilt.  My hubby won.  (I actually won this William Morris jelly roll months ago.  I believe I won this from FatQuarterShop.  The fabric is beautiful!)

1. William Morris fabrics from Moda, 2. Nightshade center block needs to take the place of pieced center block, 3. Side corners had to be pieced because of fabric design, 4. Fussy cutting these corners took more ‘fussing’ than you would imagine.

I actually wanted to make this quilt in Tula Pink’s Nightshade and needed to make a center block to verify dimensions since I will not be piecing this center square.  I had to cut the Nightshade as a diamond to get the sisters in the block and I also had to add small pieces to the side points.  I have all of this fabric line, but I can already tell I’m going to need some coordinates to create this quilt.  I’m on a serious fabric freeze.  I may have to window shop for now…and dream.  I’m really excited about this quilt.

I also worked on Liberty of London and linen squares for a quilt.  It took some nerve for me to use the Liberty charm pack I purchased from VeryBerryFabrics.  I was inspired by Ali at VeryBerryHandmade.  See the baby quilt she made using Liberty and linen here.  I just love it!

I worked on a muslin of Vogue 8689:

All in all a good weekend.  I’m looking forward to this weekend.  I have an

extra day since Monday is a holiday.  My “to do” list is long!

Happy sewing!

Jack Attack

Okay, I’m hoping this repost works.  Check out the quilt along at Lily’s Quilts.  Now I’m a Yank (that’s American, right?), but I love the Union Jack.  There have been some lovely Union Jack pillows shown online recently and I’ve really wanted to make my own.  I may have to play along with this QAL…it may only be a pillow size, but I may cave and do the full size version!

Jack Attack.

Enjoying a giveaway courtesy of SewSweetness and Lark Crafts

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I recently won a copy of New Crewel: The Motif Collection by Katherine Shaughnessy, courtesy of SewSweetness and Lark Crafts.  It uses relatively simple designs to show different stitches and techniques.  I really want to create a collage of the designs and give crewel a try.  My mother had done many different forms of needlework when I was growing up and I can remember some of the crewel pieces she completed.  I’ve only done cross stitch and embroidery and haven’t touched it in years!

This book inspired me to pick up embroidery again since I had many of the supplies on hand.  I started with an iron on design that allowed me to try a few different stitches.  When I started I told my daughter she could give it a try and she completed the red flower when I wasn’t looking.  Don’t believe Cumin has red flowers.  LOL.  I am using DMC Pearl Cotton #8 and #5 thread and playing with stitches and textures on this one.

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I actually completed most of Cumin during a trip to Florida and luckily had created a template for the bird piece below.  I found this design on NeedleCrafter.com.  They have a huge selection of embroidery designs.  Once I had finished Cumin, I started this in red.  I felt much more comfortable by the time I started this piece and think I will like it once finished.  I am using DMC Pearl Cotton #8 thread.

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I had really wanted to do this alphabet sampler, but could not get it transferred on this fabric.  It is Robert Kaufman’s Essex Linen in Camel.  I tried tracing carbon, which didn’t show, and then tried the transfer pen on a reversed design that should iron on.  That didn’t work.  I’m still trying to find a way to get this to transfer.  It just occurred to me to mark permanent design on organza and then use a blue quilting pen through the organza onto the fabric.  I will have to give it a try.

I found the alphabet sampler on SublimeStitching.com and thought it would allow me to try a great assortment of stitches.  I’m looking forward to working on it.

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There are so many wonderful giveaways online.  I want to thank SewSweetness and Lark Crafts for offering New Crewel.  I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to trying a collage of the patterns offered.

So, what about you, are there any embroidery or crewel books or resources you really enjoy?  And if you have a reliable transfer method that address my problem here, feel free to share!  I would love the tip.