Tuesday, March 24, 2015

My Favorite Cross Stitch and Appliqué Projects

First of all I would like to apologize to Madame Samm and all of you who visited earlier expecting to find this post. An unexpected trip and illness resulted in no internet service until now. I tried to post via smart phone but couldn't make it work, but I'm home now, all is well and I'm finally able to post.
 I have loved to cross stitch for many years, so when Little Miss Shabby came up with a project combining cross stitch and quilt blocks I started right in. The result is my favorite stitchery yet. I personalized many of the blocks then added my own sashing and border. I surrounded the project with fabric borders and quilted it.
 A closer look!
Another project that I love is a sampler of my own devising. I took bits and pieces from a variety of patterns and combined them.
Again a closer look.

I made a couple of mug rugs for an earlier blog hop of Madame Samm's. These are my first real effort at designing my own cross stitch charts and I'm very happy with the results.
Over the years I've made Christmas stockings for all of my immediate family. Here are three of them. Mine is the needlework themed one.
Now on to the hand applique. I'm by no means an expert but I really enjoy designing and making them. First is a project that I designed and made about eight years ago for a miniatures contest sponsored by the Robert Kaufman fabric company. I won first prize in the competition! It was great fun.
My next project was in memory of my Mom. She loved thirties fabric and Dresden Plates. I love that it reminds me of her every time I look at it.
Finally my latest project is still a work in progress. It started with a block of the month class that I attend. My goal was to design an applique overlay for each block. It was fun and challenging because I didn't know what blocks we would be doing until each month's class. I still need to design and add borders. I want to included applique in them as well.
Finally how about a give away! I have two cross stitch charts. First is a Christmas one.
Next is a lovely chart called "A Day Without Stitching".
If you would like one of these patterns, please leave a comment letting me know which you would like. I must have a way to contact you so please leave your email address unless I can find it on your blog. The contest will close on March 31st. I will contact the winners as well as post them on this blog.

8 comments:

Clare said...

Thank you for this giveaway. I love both but first choice would be Jardin Prive Christmas pattern `Patchwork Hiver`. Having stitching in a quilt makes them more interesting and I so enjoy the process. Happy Stitching.

andrea @ tideline quilts said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! I find all of these projects incredibly lovely, but the Christmas stockings actually made me choke up. They are so very beautiful...I just loved having the chance to see them!

Marsha said...

Your projects are all beautiful! I use to do a lot of cross stitch but now I've added quilting to my crafts. Thank you for a chance in your giveaway. My favorite is the Christmas one, it is so pretty!

Crickets Corner said...

Oh my goodness! So many wonderful projects that it would be hard to pick a favorite. I love them and each for a different reason. From the tiny cross stitched quilt to the appliqued BOM to the enchanting Christmas stockings they are all very special. Well done!

I love both the patterns but I'm a Christmas crazy person at heart so that would be my choice. The reindeer and snowman is just to cute to resist. Thanks so much for the chance. Rina edrin1932 at gmail dot com

Quiltsmiles said...

Your stitching is incredible as is you designing most of them with your unique style. Absolutely Beautiful! If chosen, I'd love the Christmas one as my preference. Thanks for the chance.

Your quilt is lovely too and I appreciate the applique addition on it really makes it sparkle.

Jill Hicks said...

Both patterns are cute. The day without stitching is probably my favorite.

Terri Ball said...

Thank You for authorization for pdf of dresden pin cushion. This will make a beautiful Mother's Day gift. I may just make one for me too....Could not believe how fast it came through. Thank You again and Have a wonderful Easter.

Ivory Spring said...

Oh my - your stitchery blew me away!!! How beautiful!!

Thanks for your kind words on my Star Struck design. :) I actually didn't expect to win...

Happy Stitching and Quilting!