Friday, September 16, 2011

This and that ...

I've been playing with some stitchery lately and having so much fun with it.  I traced Kaaren's First Friday Freebie pattern Apple 5 cents some time back on calico but only now I've earnestly completed it.  Actually I pulled out all my previous stitches and replaced it DMC 498 Perle Cotton #8.  I like the thicker texture of the stitches.

And I am currently working on Primitive Friends (freebie) by Jennie Baer.  Just the love that pig!  Working with Anchor 381 Perle Cotton #8.  The satin stitches were a challenge but Helen's tutorial definitely helped.

I also completed Barbara Brackman's block for a gift quilt that the Civil War Quilts 2011 Flickr Group is planning for her.  It was mailed out to Becky on Monday.  I've not been catching up on the blocks unfortunately but I will ...

I did a test Jacob's Ladder block.  And I think it has great potential.  I've even cut more prints and shirtings to make a few more blocks.  This will be quite interesting and we'll see how far I go with these blocks.  Their 6" finished.
Just by moving the HSTs around, you get a different colour arrangement.  Neat!


  1. I love that little stitchery with the pig and chicken, very cute. I agree, that Jacob's ladder has great potential, I have seen some fabulous versions on different blogs. Have fun with that one.

  2. Anonymous7:40 pm

    Agree, that's a very attractive pig!

  3. Your embroideries are beautiful Barbara! A lovely block for Barbara's quilt too, a nice addition! Always loved the J.L's block, so simple with a great effect!!!

  4. Love your stitcheries!! I sometimes fill up larger areas with Colonial knots, they do the trick just fine! They make sure that the area is raised a bit. Read your earliers posts and oh boy, have fun quilting all of your gorgeous little quilts!! Love the border on the cross stitch! Have a great weekend, hugs, Daniëlle

  5. Great job on the embroidery blocks! I want to try my hand at it--I did it years ago--but just haven't gotten to it yet. There are such fun patterns out there! Love the Jacob's Ladder blocks!

  6. You've been busy with some lovely projects! I love the redwork towel!!