I've been kind of in a wool frenzy lately. A few weeks ago, I pulled out this kit I've had for a few years. I bought it at Huckleberry Patches in McCall, Idaho, back when we lived in Idaho. I thought it would be a good car project, but realized it's too floppy for the car. I had better results stitching it at a table where it could lay flat. I'm waiting for some pumpkin orange perle cotton to arrive, then I'll be able to finish the applique stitches. I'll show a picture when it's finished!
This is another oldie! A few of us bought these at Back Door Quilts in Indianapolis a few years ago during retreat. Mine sat in the package until recently. The draw to these kits were the fact that they were pre-cut AND had fusible on the back of each piece. Well...it turns out, I didn't like it! It's very thick and if you look closely, the black background wouldn't "stick" to the grey backing and now it's kind of puffy and loose. Weird. I've tried steaming the heck out of it to shrink it down, but so far no luck. It's okay...it fits nicely on this table with a vase on it, and then you can't see the puffiness too much. I've used fusible with other projects, but I prefer to cut most of the inside of the shape out before fusing, then the piece isn't overly stiff from all that fusible. Click here for an example of cutting away the fusible, it's with a cotton project, but it's the same process.
Now....Here is a NEW project to share. Primitive Gatherings is hosting a 10th Anniversary Stitch Along. This one is a freebie and she'll be posting steps about every 2-3 weeks. This is the center block and she hinted that it will be a small, medallion style wall hanging. I've heard of some folks doing it in cotton and embroidery too! This block will finish at 6"! Those are some teeny tiny pieces! I used wool from my stash and did the applique with DMC floss. There is one boo-boo, but my daughter said I have to stop pointing out my boo-boos so I'm not going to tell you where it is. LOL Can't wait to see what's next!
I also joined Primitive Gatherings Block of the Week called Sunflower Gatherings. If you haven't checked it out on her blog, you must go see. She hasn't revealed the whole quilt yet, but there have been plenty of peeks and it's gorgeous! I couldn't resist! I'm waiting for an order of a few colors of perle cotton before I can finish the applique on these, but they are cut and ready to go! More small pieces, as these blocks finish at 10". This is week one...
and week two....there is some overlap to the blocks as there is a setting block in between each applique block. Aren't they gorgeous!?
And as a bonus...this little freebie block is included each week! There is an adorable little quilt to make with these at the end...you can see it here. These need stitching as well...and they will finish at 2.5"!
See why I couldn't resist??!! I'm so enjoying these wool projects right now...I hope I keep up the momentum! :)