Category Archives: Inspiration

Primitive Pincushion

Here is a quick project.

This is a great project for a cold winter’s day.

Gather up all your scraps and sew them together in a random fashion.

Primitive Pincushion

Primitive Pincushion

Wool works great here because you don’t have to worry about the raw edges.

Russell Crow

This is Russell the crow.
**Russell Crow**

This is a great way to practice your embroidery stitches or you could stitch them with your sewing machine.

Okay, go have some fun.

Needlecae3

A quiet moment

It’s almost here. December!!!

I love December because it holds my favorite holiday. I love Christmas, the lights, the trees, the gifts, the meaning of the holiday, the FAMILY!

We have been busy around here ordering a few gifts, stitching a few gifts, working on the house in anticipation of guests. (No, not Santa.) My grandchildren are coming. Of course, their mom and dad will be with them too.

In case you haven’t heard Emma will be 17 months old and Remi will be 2 1/2 months old when they get here. We are going to have fun.

Sorry, I hate quilting blogs, that aren’t about quilting, but I hope you will forgive me.

I don’t have a lot of time to spare so I’m just going to share a few pictures of gifts I have been working on. Shhh…. don’t tell anyone.

 

 

 

These are small needle cases that are stitched entirely by hand. They have silk ribbon embroidery and a bit of beading. They are fun to make. Someday I’ll share how to make them if anyone is interested.

One thing I want to focus on next year (yes, it is time to start thinking of those things) is my photography skills. These little cases are much lovelier in person. The pictures just do not do them justice.

Have a Quilty Day!

Michelle

Double Stippling

May FMQ update

Double Stippling

May Free Motion Quilting Challenge

Hi everyone,

I have been MIA (missing in action) lately. I have so much to share that I feel like I am fairly bursting. I just can’t get in front of the computer for long enough to do it. Thankfully the end of the month is coming and therefore a deadline. I love deadlines, I get so productive.

The Girls!

All the girls!

The first weekend in May my DD #2 graduated from Asbury University. I hope to post more about that wonderful trip soon. I was able to not only see my daughter graduate with high honors, but also get to see my DD #1 and Dearest grandbaby, Emma.

We flew down and while I was stuck on the runway I took out a piece of paper and found the time quickly pass as I doodled free motion quilting designs. What fun!

I couldn’t wait to get home and try out Leah Day’s tutorial with actual needle, thread, and sewing machine.

When summer passes and the leisurely days of winter come upon me again I will definitely be spending some time at Leah’s website. I may find that I am soon parting with some precious greenbacks at her site very soon. I would have already parted with them, but summer allows me very little time to quilt.

Leah’s tutorial is a foundational design: (I am unfamiliar with this term, but I think it has to do with the fact that you stitch one line throughout the area and then go back and stitch more on that line.)

Leah’s very talented and her tutorial is full of helpful information for beginners and I’m sure more experienced quilters would glean many helpful hints also.

I loved the designs this month.

The first was very curvy and fun. It is called Double Stippling.

Double Stippling

Double Stippling

 

 

The second design was a little harder for me. It looks like railroad tracks, and in fact (after going to look it up) it is called Railroad Tracks. :) Perhaps if my DD has a little boy, I will put this design to good use on a little boy quilt. You can see that I got bored with it and did some more random practicing.

Railroad Tracks

Railroad Tracks

I used variegated thread in these samples. I have hording it for when I work on “real” quilts, but I have found that I sometimes have trouble seeing what I am doing. The variegated thread makes it so easy to see. It is so exciting to see the next color coming down the needle and for the design to evolve. It adds so much to the design by using the variegated threads. I wanted to see what feathers would look like in many colors, then flowers, then leaves…..

I got a little carried away.

 

I am definitely bitten by the free motion quilting bug. (You would laugh if you knew me any better.)

I have always been such a traditionalist. Hand Quilting, Embroidery, Crazy Quilting.

I sense a change in the winds…….

Happy Quilting!

Michelle

It is so hard

I find inspiration all around me. You may not know, but my husband and I own and operate a small farm here in Northern Vermont.

There are so many things that I find I would love to incorporate and share in my quilting.

  • There are geese flying overhead on a cool (cold) fall morning.
  • Cows mooing in the pasture.
  • Cats meowing and rubbing on my legs
  • Flowers in bloom.
  • Bright orange pumpkins.
  • Juicy red berries.
  • Buzzy Bees.
  • A Yappy, jumpy beagle pup wanting a walk.
  • Crisp red and green apples.
  • Crunchy corn stalks.
  • Roosters crowing and hens cackling.
  • Red and Yellow and Orange and Brown leaves on the trees.

It just goes on and on. There is so much to see and hear and smell and feel. How do you put all that joy into cloth and thread? I am not sure, but I am going to try.

The hard part is deciding on ONE project to work on. I need about 10 100 of me to do it all.

I guess one finished project that I can share with everyone is better than 40 unfinished ones…

Happy Sewing

Michelle