Friday, July 10, 2015

Something Quaint and Quirky

It was bound to happen.
I had to do it. 
Marry punch needle with quilting.

This little punch needle embroidered horse needed a home, 
so I stitched him a tiny crazy quilt, just 11" high 
and stuck him in the middle 
where he can happily spend the rest of his life.

The horse started off as a simple traced shape 
from one of those vintage cookie cutters I posted about here.

The tiny quilt is made from assorted pieces of chambray shot cottons,
 all in various shades of grays, with tiny red zig-zag stitching.

This was a fun piece to make, a little quaint and a little quirky.
I might just do some more.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tobacco Road Quilt

"Tobacco Road" is the 3rd completed quilt in my "Lancaster County" series.

Just like the two before it, (see here and here) it takes its name from a local road, and it reflects my personal impressions of the shapes, colors and mood of this wonderful area.

Made from some cotton prints and assorted shot cottons, including some wonderful chambrays from Andover Fabrics, which are my currant favorite fabrics right now.

On all of the quilts in this series so far, I've included the exposed seams of some of the woven chambrays, as I think they are just too lovely to cover up.

I adore the subtle color changes, and the tiny flaws and imperfections, 
like that little area in the mid-upper right, along that blue selvedge shown in the photo below... 

I'm embracing these parts as they help reflect so tenderly the mood that I am trying to convey.

I bound the quilt with a pretty striped fabric.
It was an afterthought, once the quilt was completed, pulled from stash.
Much to my delight it reflects many of the colors used in the quilt's patchwork.

More details of my Tobacco Road quilt can be found here.