6.21.2009

quilt blocks

I love to find vintage stamped-for-embroidery quilt blocks, even if it's just one or two blocks from a set. I might feel differently if I were making quilts but the single blocks are perfect for pillows. I can embroider them to match whatever fun fabrics I choose to use for the rest of the pillow, and they work up very quickly.

sailor duck

The cute blocks shown here are from a batch I found on Ebay last week. Forty four blocks in all, a few of which were already embroidered (and not very well, either) but most were undone. Just a couple of repeats and most were images I hadn't seen before.

playful pig

I love the combination of cross stitch with simple embroidery on these and they'll make wonderful children's pillows after I've finished embroidering them.

I finally finished the big custom embroidery job I was working on and now I'm trying to finish up all the bits and pieces of projects I started and never finished. Some just needed a few French knots; others just facial features on animals (I don't know why I always save these for the end—I should do them first!) Most of these almost-done projects are baby things and you'll soon find them for sale on my website. I've been neglecting the baby section lately and this is my attempt to fix that.

I'm seriously sick of all this rain we're having here in the northeast. My sinuses hurt, the strawberries in the garden are waterlogged and bursting, weeds are sprouting like crazy—everything is a mess. I'm getting lots of embroidery done but a little sun would be nice. Please!

6 comments:

Rita said...

These are so sweet. Thank you for posting them. I pray the sun shines in the northeast soon. Nice ripe red strawberries were what you had in mind. Yum!

First Fruit Flowers said...

Hi Janet - I hope you received my note and payment for the beautiful
"Home Sweet Home" sampler. I love it and thinks it's perfect. I really like the color choices that you made. I posted a blog entry about your handiwork - please visit soon.

Karen at Firstfruitflowers.blogspot.com

Melody said...

Hi Janet! Love the blocks that looks like fun! Hope you get some sun soon too. We keep getting rain late evening til morn then the sun comes out and mushrooms have been sprouting like crazy. It's so bad with those and mold that my allergies sent me to the Docs then couped upo in the house in the Air-conditioning. Felt soo bad no sewing for me....I'm tired of the rain too. Have fun with the projects!

Melody said...

Hi Janet! Love the blocks that looks like fun! Hope you get some sun soon too. We keep getting rain late evening til morn then the sun comes out and mushrooms have been sprouting like crazy. It's so bad with those and mold that my allergies sent me to the Docs then couped upo in the house in the Air-conditioning. Felt soo bad no sewing for me....I'm tired of the rain too. Have fun with the projects!

Karin said...

That little piggy is adorable! Hope the sun comes your way soon! /Karin

Kim said...

Thank you for an amazingly useful blog! It gives me a wonderful resource to refer to parents. We include sewing and handicrafts in the art section of our Montessori teaching albums, but most people need a refresher on the actual stitching techniques before they can present the exercises to their children.