Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Heartbreak Hotel and The Traveling Bunny


The World Of Charity Stitching Group decided to do an Elvis-themed quilt after finding some interesting Elvis-printed fabric.  I wasn't planning to sign up for that one.  Seemed too complicated to find an appropriate pattern.  But they were short a couple of stitchers and no one had done anything for "Heartbreak Hotel", so I took it as a challenge.  I now have a ton of drawings and ideas for this theme.  But nothing that I wanted to stitch.  My drawings all required too many large one-color blocks for my taste.  I finally settled on an adaptation of the Charlotte's Web Needlework design, "For My Friends", from the 2006 JCS Ornament issue. My rendition kind of looks like a candy shop rather than a hotel.  That's why I had to stitch in the words at the top.  I changed the stylized tree in the front to a heart with a zig-zag crack... get it?   And there was a wreath on the front door that became a heart as well.  Doesn't look like the end of lonely street exactly, but I think it works.

   

 I've signed up for a number of those 'traveling patterns', but I was never lucky enough to get in on the fun until now.  Lee selected me as one of the next group to stitch "The Littles Bunny" by Bent Creek.
He arrived  safe and sound from  Gracie and he couldn't be cuter.  I stitched him in one night on tea-dyed Monaco.  He made a cute little card.  In real life the card is more cream-colored and looks a lot more impressive.    I used all DMC, but changed some of the colors and just did French knots for the middle of the flower instead of beads.  Stitchers have each added some little things to the package as it hops around the world... floss, beads, charms, fabric, needles, etc.  I'm adding a few goodies myself.  Since there are already three more stitchers on the list, I won't run a contest myself to choose the next one.  I'll leave that for a stitcher further down the list.  Next up is Lelia and the bunny will be hopping on the bunny trail to her house soon.





Lee also included a lovely little fob as a gift for me.  She comes up with such clever ideas and does a perfect job of stitching and finishing.  I could not find a way to show this photo in a vertical position.  Blogger drives me crazy these days.


23 comments:

Lee said...

Good to hear Little Bunny is continueing its travels. You did well to stitch it so quickly

Anne said...

Very cute little bunny. How nice of a gift to receive! So pretty. :)

Loopylou said...

I love the idea of the traveling bunny, nice to have a quick stitching project.

Mii Stitch said...

Nice little bunny gift!!

Michelle said...

I love Heartbreak Hotel - such a great idea! The bunny is also so cute!

Mylene said...

Lovely heartbreak hotel!

Such a cute bunny and you finished it off perfectly!

Siobhán said...

That Heartbreak Hotel is too clever! Very fun. The bunny is adorable, and I love the fob! I'm always so impressed with your ability to change things around, like you did with the hotel design. I am never that creative!

Vickie said...

Neat hotel idea. The bunny has been to me already. He sure is well traveled isn't he? Love the fob from Lee.

Annette said...

YOu hotel is great... love the idea also... beautifull colors
Hubby bunny travel... cute!!!
You little gift looks great...

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your Heartbreak Hotel! CUTE!!!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Your Heartbreak Hotel is amazing! I love the way you've stitched the tree.

Cute bunny too!

Liz said...

I love the bunny! He's so charming. But now I have the tune of Heartbreak Hotel running in my head. Aargh!

Carol said...

You come up with the most creative pieces, Annie--Heartbreak Hotel is adorable. Especially love the poor heartbroken tree :) I hope you'll post a photo of the entire Elvis themed quilt when the group has it all finished up?

And the bunny--I've stitched him several times and he always makes me smile with that sweet face... Lee's fob is gorgeous, too. I am always so impressed with her amazing finishing.

Hope you have a great day, Annie!

Melanie said...

Awwwwww! That might be the cutest Heartbreak Hotels in the history of Heartbreak Hotels. lol It's adorable! I wouldn't have known what to do for such a different challenge. Elvis?!? Very well done!!

Lelia said...

Good afternoon: Yes, I follow your blog Annie! I am just behind in reading ; )

Looking forward to housing the little bunny. btw, is there another stitcher in line for our bunny - or, should I put it on my humble little blog as a giveaway once stitched?

Pls advise. I'm looking forward to the mail now!!!

Always, L

♥ Nia said...

Such a cute stitching :D that first design made me smile :)
hugs&smiles to you

Karen said...

I just love that pink and blue hotel, Annie. And the tiny bunny and little rose fob are very cute, too!

Brigitte said...

You came up with a great idea for stitching Heartbreak Hotel. With such a kind of theme you always have to be a bit creative, and you really did it!
Love the little bunny card. Nice little guy.

zoomcity said...

I love your Heartbreak Hotel changes, especially the heartbroken tree. Love the bunny in the card. What a pretty fob Lee sent you!

Rachel S-H said...

That hotel would be a nice place to recover from life at the end of Lonely Street. And the bunny is so sweet.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Congrats on finally getting your hands on a travelling pattern they're a challenge to land!

Great stitching!

Sandra said...

So nice you got the traveling pattern! The bunny is so cute :D

That scissors fob is so pretty, even if we have to tilt our heads to admire it lol I know blogger is obnoxious some times when it gets to them to upgrade the software and add new features and we get clueless on how to do stuff...

Nicky said...

I love your Elvis piece, such a clever idea, I wonder what the finished quilt will look like?!
Cute little bunny, congrats on getting in on the travelling pattern action.