Saturday, March 19, 2011

Quilt Square for Lisa

One of the members at 123 Stitch has organized a project to make a memorial quilt for the family of Lisa Roswell, the owner of the Primitive Needle, who passed away recently, a victim of the Ohio floods. Volunteers were asked to stitch a square with a Halloween theme. I started with this freebie. Lots of nice patterns on this blog, by the way. I saved that spider and web for last, and it was just too much for me to get that back-stitching done correctly. I gave up and frogged some. Then I looked for little motifs to substitute for that portion of the design. The black bird comes from a Drawn Thread piece. The cauldron is thanks to Helga Mandl. The moon, key and star are all from works by Lisa. Only used two colors - DMC 3799 and 920. It was a little small and needed something to tie it together so I stitched a border. This is done on off-white Monaco.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Moulin Rouge Dancer

My latest finish is a Love Quilts square for a quilt with a music and dance theme. I fell in love with this graphic style dancer from the X-Plore Moulin Rouge leaflet. The designer is Stephanie Hedgepath and it's published by Jeannette Crews. I see that it is a download on Patterns Online too. This was just so much fun to stitch. Pretty colors used in such an interesting way. No fractionals, and almost no backstitching. And check out that super-model type expression on her face. I'm amazed there is any facial expression since the stitching is so simple, but that mouth is really pouty! She's just such a Parisian. The fabric is actually white but it may look blue in the photo. Hope she doesn't seem too risque for the quilt. I often seem to pick designs that are a bit edgy for these things.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Luggage Tag and Final Bookmark

I recently completed a fun exchange on EMS. I like their exchanges because they don't require sending a lot of extra goodies so it doesn't take so much effort to participate. I get to concentrate on the part I like best.. the stitching. The only requirement for this exchange was to make something using over-one stitching. I decided to stitch this old freebie, "Brite Birds" from Barrick Samplers. I had seen Barbara's rendition of this a while ago so it had been on my mind for some time. It's on off-white Monaco. It turned out to be the perfect size for a luggage tag and could even work as a scissors case. This went to Liz in the Netherlands.

On the receiving side, I am the lucky new owner of a very sweet, delicate scissors fob from a different Liz, the one in Tennessee. I've never made one in this diamond-shaped technique. Now I'll have to give that a try.

And one final bookmark got finished for the Literacy Challenge. This is a recent freebie called "Bird and Blooms" from Kincavel Krosses. This one is stitched on Aida.. no problem with floppiness!