Thursday, May 28, 2015

Let's Book It - May 2015


I hope you are enjoying re-visiting those long forgotten books, patterns, saved files, and magazines.  Although I don't have a large library, there is enough there that have sat on the shelf being ignored to last a few years of new projects.

  

This was the book I chose for the May challenge.  I love plaids, stripes, homespuns, and shirting mixed with muslin - I think it was the applique on each of these projects that made this book sit for so long.


This was the project that caught my eye for inspiration.  I was tempted to do machine applique, but this really needed the proper technique so I did work the piece with needle turn - and I didn't parish into nothingness!


I wanted to stay with a small project, so downsized to just a one block wonder.  And that was enough for that 'I can do needle turn' claim.  I so admire those that do those marvelous, large Baltimore Album quilts.


Sandwiched up and a day of 'slow stitching Sunday on Monday'.  The large stitch worked up very quickly for a lazy afternoon of hand quilting.


Finished off with a black binding - and if you look closely you cn see a 4" strip of the red plaid added into the binding.  Not a design purpose (yes, it was), but I was working scraps and I had no more of this black.  And not every black is a black - if you know what I mean.  Normally I use a heavy craft felt and a layer of batt with wall hangings to make them 'lay' nice against the wall, but with the thickness of the flannels, shirting and homespuns I didn't think I would get a needle thru it for hand quilting so just used one layer of cotton batt - thus I am not happy with the lay of this piece.  I found an old hand carved wooden button for the sunflower center. 


I chose the Pastel Penny Rug Charm for this Month to go with the Vintage Sewing Machine Pin.  A lot of people have asked where I purchased these - they are from The Pin Peddlers and they have a wonderful selection of sewing and quilting pins,charms and fun items for gifts (or yourself).  I am very pleased with the high quality and their service - just a very happy customer.

Now it is your turn to share:
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

   

                 

15 comments:

  1. Beautifully done! I'm still plugging away on my year old Let's Book It project. Maybe I'll have something to show next month.

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  2. Very cute applique block!! I'm still saying I am going to do some applique - some day!! :-))

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  3. Lovely block! Choice of fabrics makes it look good to cuddle up to.

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  4. I see the red in the binding....it is a good and close choice with the black. but then I love mixed bindings. Very cute block with your adaptation. I also see what you mean about how the block lays with only one layer. thanks.

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  5. I love the big black stitches on this piece... it is absolutely perfect!
    I agree that hand quilted projects don't lay as still and flat as machine quilting with good batts, but that is part of the country/primitive charm :)
    Congrats on a fabulous finish!

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  6. I love how it turned out. So very pretty.

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  7. Oh! I have that book! And that is one of the quilts I have marked to do! I think yours turned out beautifully! A great idea to make a smaller version. Love the quilting!

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  8. Your sunflower is beautiful Sharon! I love the warmth of the fabrics you chose, and the button in the center is the perfect touch. I love big stitch quilting too - it has such a nice folksy look to it and goes very quickly :*) Every month I think, Darn! I haven't done anything for Book It!

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  9. Afraid I didn't get to mine this month. Love the challenge, however, and I love your sunflower. Very cute.

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  10. Wow.....an excellent job on your quilt! Gorgeous!

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  11. Cute wall hanging. Hope to link up in the next few days.

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  12. Love the project. Plaids are so pretty in quilts. The hand quilting just pushes it over the top. Love it.

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  13. Great project. I love that you are using what you have to complete projects. I also like the Book It idea. I have several books on my shelf that I would love to use, there was a reason that they are on my bookshelf.

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  14. Brilliant project. I love it.

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