Monday, May 4, 2020

Scissors and Piecework Buttonhole Sampler

Velma on my NEW project
I have a couple new projects to tell you about!
I have been heads down stitching - and enjoying every minute.

First, it seems to take longer as Velma wants to be in the center of it ALL!  Yes, that's an all white project...needless to say it is a bit fortified with cat hair.

That's OK.

See more details below.




Ad for one style of scissor

Second, I have a web article for Piecework magazine - just out today.
You can read it HERE.

What does my project and article have in common?

BUTTONHOLES!
I was happy to write about buttonhole scissors.




Magazine Preview Page
Photo Credit Matt Graves

The summer 2020 issue of Piecework has the pattern and instructions for a buttonhole sampler by Deanna Hall West.  The informative article by Susan J. Jerome is equally fascinating.


I have admired these hand stitched decorative buttonholes for a LONG TIME.

This was the perfect motivator to get me stitching.  I have been finishing a series of red counted thread samplers - this project is the perfect compliment.


The issue includes full instructions with detailed stitch diagrams so you can make one too!  Since I was at home, I used materials from stash - proof it is a timeless flexible pattern.






My start on the decorative buttonhole sampler

This is my start.

 The tan threads are my basting threads marking my place on the linen.

I have more eyelets and the red alphabet to add.

To further personalize it, I plan to make a decorative pulled thread hemmed edge.

Because you stitch over several threads at a time it works up fairly quickly.


Cover Summer 2020

If you want to stitch it, you can start right now - the issue is available several ways -

* Newstands & Bookstores
* Needlework shops - I know Stitchville USA carries it and does mail order

* From their web store HERE
   Indivisual Paper and/or Digital issues

* Subscribe HERE
    (you get access to 10 years of back issues!)







I hope you enjoyed my web article.
Please take a look in your sewing supplies and check for various buttonhole cutters.
I'd love to hear about yours!

Happy Stitching,
Dawn
PS
More new projects and patterns coming soon!

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Apron Challenge

Four of the aprons - Chicken Scratch Embroidery
Hmmm....It wasn't a hard decision, I immediately said YES!

Last month I was invited to join extraordinary quilters Allison Aller and Rhonda Cox Dort making quilts from aprons.  I added a caveat I would also make some sewing smalls.

The aprons are from Deborah Turner Ursell's fantastic selection.





Aprons embroidered with rick rack

The first step was to checkout the aprons and start developing some inspirational thoughts.

The colors, rick rack the soft feel of the woven gingham made me think of a stash of men's shirts I had left from a previous project.

Maybe I could use them together - like "his and hers"?  Her aprons and his shirts - together....and so it began....






As I thought about my project, I examined the construction of the aprons.
So much hand stitching!
Not just the embroidery, the construction too.  Hand mitered corners included.









I took the aprons apart so I had all the pieces available for my projects - separating the waist bands, ties, pockets and main body.


I discovered other interesting features.
The pink gingham was hand gathered with a double strand of thread.





Chain Stitch





The green gingham was stitched with a machine chain stitch.

Anyone still stitching on a chain stitch machine?




Yardage 




With everything dis-assembled I sorted ties, waistbands, pockets etc into separate piles.

Each apron is about 1 yard of fabric.  However, being cut into ties and smaller pieces I wanted to use the small pieces for piecing, maximize the decorative portions and have plenty of fabric for larger areas I might appliqué.




To selective cut or not?



I had to decide if I would selective cut the woven gingham on the thread lines.

I decided not to - I then decided to do the same on the men's shirting.


One hexagon has a chicken scratch center


I love hexagons and decided to make a few and see how the gingham worked.  I used floral hankies for the hexagon centers.

Then I placed a few of the completed hexagons on the men's shirt pieces.

I liked the look!













Next, I made a few pieced blocks.

The chicken scratch embroidery is rather bulky - usually stitched in pearl cotton.  I featured it in the larger pieces of the quilt.

The crochet rosette's are off the edge of a sheer white batiste apron.











I added to some of the blocks, layered and off center.

The green is a pocket.
The pink is a man's pinpoint oxford dress shirt.
The center of the hexagon is a lace hankie.


I left plenty of pink space for some quilting fun.











It was time to play on the design wall.

 Move things around.

Think about the "story" I was working with.

Make more blocks.

Leave some open space for quilting fun.









Feather Stitch around Gingham Heart


I mixed some hand and machine work.

In the finished quilt, I hand quilted this block and a few others.











While the design wall rested and I considered my options - I made some sewing smalls.

Velma approved of them.

Sewing rolls, pinch purses, pin cushions and more.

So pretty to work with!








These are some lace examples from pillow cases and hankies.

Seems appropriate to use vintage embroidered linens to make sewing smalls for our needlework!

Some embellishment from the original linens, some added by me.






This sewing roll uses pockets from aprons as pockets for the roll.  Love the needle pierced strawberry.  The binding is quilters cotton.

The hexagon pin cushion sides are gingham apron pieces and the top is an embroidered doily.

What about the pieces that are hard to use?





Two dye lots of embroidery thread


This waistband was embroidered after the apron
was made.
The embroidery went through all of the layers.

Taking the band apart would have ruined the embroidery.








Needle Roll



I finished the ends and added a tie.  I embroidered the wool and scalloped the edges.
The finished wool was invisible stitched by hand to the waist band.

Wa-La  A Needle Roll!

Then... It was back to the quilt.

All this time Allison and Rhonda are zipping ahead on their masterpieces!









I ended up with this layout with a few changes as I went.

I moved a few pieces around as I assembled it in sections.

All the while I kept to my his and hers - opposites attract theme.















With the top assembled, I started machine quilting.

I did all of the ditch sewing to get the pins out of the way.  Then I added some free motion quilting.  Last, but not least - I also added some had quilting.








This is my finished quilt.
Scrappy binding.

I think of it as a child's quilt or adult's lap quilt.  Family fabrics - aprons, shirts and hankies - all filled with memories.

It was great fun to step out of my normal project line up and join such talented quilters in this challenge!













This is Allison Aller's Finished quilt.

The center is beautiful chicken scratch embroidery.  The white round is a Quaker Lace table cloth.  Allie followed the lace design in her machine quilting.

The more you look, the more you see in this beauty.

Pattern, texture and color!

Back of Allie's Quilt





Rhonda's quilt features the apron in the center medallion.

She made the nine patch blocks and added vintage Dresden plate blocks to the corners.

She did the long arm quilting herself.

Beautiful, isn't it?





I told you they are extraordinary quilters!!
I am thankful for the opportunity to play - Thanks Deborah, Rhonda and Allie!

Happy Stitching!
Dawn

LINKS:
Rhonda's Blog HERE
Deborah's Sale Pages
      Click HERE
      Click HERE
Also see the Facebook Group Quilting Vintage!  HERE

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Projects From Stitching Friends


Ferns and Berries - Florence Block 1
Checking in with my stitching friends!
Wishing you all the best, thinking of you.

A couple stitching friends sent me photos of their current work and gave me permission to share with you.

Florence shared her Ferns and Berries project.  She's using a small reproduction indigo print with red berries and reverse applique.

For the berry stems, she's using an embroidered chain stitch.



Antique Quilt from our collection



This is our original - from our pattern cover.

The antique quilt is very heavily hand quilted with detailed motifs.

The original had embroidered stems that connect the berries to the foliage.












Florence shared her berries in process.

There is no one best way to do berries.

She is enjoying the berries - and the project!









Just like that... she has a pile of berries ready to applique.

I often find repetition relaxing for a portion of my day.  The Mary Witherwax quilt had many berries.  Doing a few each day, broke it down and before I knew it - they were done!





Ferns and Berries In Process



This is the block before the vase, berries and stems.


It's pretty as is - but completed - it's a stunning block.

Looking forward to seeing the next block!

Blackbird Designs





My friend D is a quilter and does embroidery.

She's enjoying a lot or red these days!

I've shared her work here before, so I think your will like
seeing what she's up to this month.









Part of D's Stitching Stash

More from her stitching stash
I don't have to worry about D running out of things to do.  She's a prolific and talented stitcher.

WIP - Close to a finish
Ready for framing
I bought this chart and antique ivory linen
This sampler is so sweet - Check the name - then the sampler motifs!
Little Red Chair Sampler

And - there's more!  I told you she's a prolific stitcher!
Will Update with Chart Source


Will update with chart source
Thanks to D & Florence for sharing their work!
I've been busy too!  How about you?
In my next post I'll show you several of my projects...The apron challenge, some embroidery and more.

Stay Home and Keep Stitching!!
Dawn
LINKS:
Stitchville USA currently taking mail orders by phone and email. HERE
Pattern:  Ferns & Berries HERE

PS
I'm still having problems leaving comments on blogs.
Not sure if you can comment here.  Feel free to email directly.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Radical Rose

Original Quilt from our Collection 
We love seeing quilters making projects with our patterns.
Our 'Radical Rose' has been a popular pattern for us.
One of my favorite things is seeing the fabric selections, and how they add their own personal choices.
Since we published the pattern, a few blocks and one similar quilt have turned up.  They appear to be "newer" and have the look of a "traced" pattern where the shapes and lines are thinker and less pronounced.  We are proud of the accuracy of our pattern to the 19th century original in our collection.
We also include all of the detailed original quilting lines.


Kelly's Dot Version

Kelly at Pinkadot Quilts blog is using Dots! (Here).
You can read about her process, trying a new to her technique and some changes she might make.

She also has additional photos and steps on her Instagram feed - pinkadotquilts

She's aiming for a modern, yet traditional - I think she's nailed it.
Dots are a favorite of mine, I think Kelly has a winner with her project!  Don't you?



A Pair of Janet's Blocks

Janet at Mrs Sew n' Sew blog (HERE)
Has her version of Radical Rose moving along nicely.
Janet, like me, rotates between projects - fun in variety for us.

She is making her blocks in scrappy fabrics, sticking to traditional red and green prints.
Another beautiful interpretation.


My Kaffe Version


The pattern also looks wonderful in fabrics like
Kaffe Fassett.

This smaller version is also available in the pattern package.

I like how the border blocks create s secondary pattern.

I machine quilted this wall hanging and bring it to my workshops.






Karen's Wool Version




Karen, Log Cabin Quilter  (HERE)
Made a table mat in wool.

It too is very popular, and I bring it to workshops.

She walks you through the appliqué method she used in the linked blog post.  It gets RAVE responses when I show it.

She used the smaller of the two block sizes in the pattern.  It has a finished edge and not quilting - a beauty!










I also have some blocks completed in indigo.

So rich, for this variation I left iff the floral arms - yes, make it your own!






Thank you for following along this 'Radical Rose' journey.
If you finished one, and would like it featured, please let me know - I would love to share your work.
If you have one started - We would love to share it as well!

Link to Pattern HERE
Link to Pattern Release post (HERE)

Have a great week!
Dawn

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Starry Hearts FREE Doll Quilt Instructions

My Valentines gift to you - Starry Hearts Doll Quilt instructions with a template for a seven pointed star

Have you ever made a seven pointed star?
It was a first for me - I enjoyed it and I think you might too.

The original vintage quilt was found at a local antiques shop.  Too sweet to pass up and not share with you.

The little bear has lost all most all of his mohair...and ears!
Shoe button eyes are a little loose.
She has lace trimmed sleeves and a plaid scarf - it is cold here.

The dolly is a printed/sewn panel, slight glaze remains - she is straw stuffed.
They love their bed, covered in bedding.










The bed headboard has the maker "Amsco"
with a decal "Doll-E-Bed"

The company made several styles of doll beds, many available online and antique shops.  Just in case you want a little bed to go with a quilt you might make.















The bed is on wheels.

Maybe for doll bed races?
Ease of redecorating your room?

I keep mine in my sewing studio.











On the foot of the bed is a little one patch all hand sewn in flannel squares.  The little gem is hand tied in colored pearl cotton.

There are a variety of flannels in the quilt.
Possibly left overs from previous sewing projects.












Starry Hearts has several quirky features:

French Knots embroidered at the center and tips
A blanket piece was used as batting

Running Stitch Applique
None of the four hearts match
Squares are stitched on top of the background fabric

The backing is folded to the front to create the "binding"
Mitered corners
Instructions and a free download for the seven point center star is HERE

Enjoy!
Happy Valentines
Thank you for your support and encouragement over the many years we've been here!

Dawn

One of my Starry Heart Reproductions