Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Quilted Beads and a Cross Quilt, too!

These past two weeks I have been revisiting some favorite paths. First I stitched up this newest Cross Quilt. I used some lovely "Aged Muslin Cloth" from Marcus Brothers, in varying shades of blues and grays, and quilted the piece in an all-over irregular grid pattern

My favorite part of this work are the little subtle bits and pieces of fabric, added here and there!

Next, I stitched up a few new sets of Quilted Fabric Beads...


It's been a while and I have really missed making these! 
My hands have been doing fairly well as of late, so I decided to give it a go...


This time around I used some pretty woven fabrics from India that I found at one of my local quilt shops. The weave is a bit more easy to needle then some of the quilting fabrics I previously used.


I love the results, but alas, after sewing a few batches, the hand pain is returning... of course I went at it like a mad dog, stitching up a bunch all at once, (I stitched more then twice as many as what I am showing here) and so I need to take a break again... and learn to pace myself! 

(Maybe the key is simply stitching one or two a week.) 
(Note to self: Need to work on moderation.) 
(Hey! That can be a New Year goal!)

And remember, if you want to try your hand at making your own quilted beads,  you can find my Quilted Fabric Bead PDF Tutorial Pattern in my Etsy shop.

Hope Everyone's New Year is off to a great start!
Happy Stitching!