Sunday, April 21, 2013

Zoo Line Up and Holiday Card

When I saw the latest theme for a WOCS quilt, "wild animals", I figured I would pass on that.  I'm not crazy about stitching animals.  But then I discovered the Line Up series from the Trilogy and the Zoo Line Up design kind of stole my heart.  I pictured a gorilla at the Zoo police station, picking out the critter that attacked him!   This was really fun to stitch.  I used DMC of course instead of the hand-dyeds.  Hand-dyed floss is just not a good thing for a quilt that will be washed many times anyway.  I adjusted colors as needed to give good contrast on the 32-ct Jobelan lambswool fabric.    The group is doing quilts for adults with realistic animals and quilts for kids with cartoon/silly whatever animals.  You be the judge for the placement of this one.


In between other projects and for the sake of using up some of the old hand-dyed Aida, I stitched up the "Partridge 2011" design by Jannie Hubble from the 2011 JCS ornament issue.  Turned it into a quick card by cutting a funky opening and adding a few stickers.  I love the hat on the birdie!  This will sit quietly til the season for sending comes around.



24 comments:

Jackie said...

Love the Zoo LIne Up! It features many animals that I haven't seen a lot of in cross stitch!

Claire said...

They both look great.I like stitching animals.x

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

I don't know which animal is guilty but I'm sure they will claim "it's a stitch up gov!"
Your card is cute too, nice embellishments,.

Margaret said...

Love both pieces! The zoo piece is so much fun. And I love how you framed the piece in the card.

Karen said...

I love those little animals, Annie, they look perfect! I'm sure someone will love the quilt that these critters end up on. The partridge with the hat looks very jolly!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Darling finishes, Annie! What fun to stitch!

Jane Galley said...

I love the way you've cut the mount for the card, makes it so interesting. Someone is going to be very happy to have that zoo in their quilt, it's lovely

Carol said...

Oh, isn't that the cutest design, Annie--it looks like it was such fun to stitch... I'd say that the panda was the culprit--he is looking rather sheepish about something :) What a great addition to either quilt!

Good to see you're getting a head start on your holiday stitching, too--cute little partridge card. I had the best of intentions to stitch ahead, too, but they seem to have vanished as the year progresses :)

Vickie said...

Such fun stitching Annie. Great job.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Great job on both pieces the zoo line up is very cute!

♥ Nia said...

Sweet stitching! =)
hugs&smiles

ArchangelDecker said...

What fun finishes! They both look like they'd be a blast to stitch. :)




Melanie said...

Oooo, my favorite is the giraffe. Or maybe the hippo. Or the elephant family. Gosh, that is just a super adorable little finish.

Deb said...

Very sweet finishes!! I love how you turned that Partridge into a card!!

Anne said...

You stitched a lovely wild animal sampler. I agree, the hat on the little bird looks adorable! :)

Gina E. said...

That Zoo pattern is so sweet! You've motivated me to start a new cross stitch project...don't know if that's good or bad. Manka sent me the PDF file for the Peacock sampler you told me about, and I started it last night. Goodness only knows if I'll ever finish it though!

Nima said...

wow...that is a lovely zoo animals...cute

Tea norman said...

Very pretty~

Anne said...

Those zoo animals are adorable! I bet you will find an interesting way to finish it up :D Love your little partridge card too!!

Olga said...

Thank you very much for your kind words, Annie.
The animals are so cute, love these two pieces.

Sandra said...

What a pretty, cheery block, it reminds me of Noah's Ark, one of my favorite subjects.

The card looks very sweet. Nothing can beat a Partridge in a Pear tree...

Michelle said...

I love the animal 'line-up' and the card is so cute!

Brigitte said...

Line-Up is really a great series by the Trilogy and I'm sure that the Zoo Line Up was a real fun stitch. At least I love the result.
Hmm, using up small pieces of AIDA for little designs for cards - a great idea. I'll keep that in mind. Your card is lovely.

averyclaire.org said...

Hi Annie..love ALL of your stitching projects...especially the one covered tin one from a previous post. Nice work.