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.
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