Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Two needlepoint pillows finished...

I actually *finished* some needlepoint projects!

This handpainted canvas was stitched in 2013.  I used metallic-blend (or Kreinik) threads for all the ornaments and silk/wool blend (I think it was Impressions) for the ornament ribbons and background.  I really love how it turned out.  I don't know the canvas artist - let me know if you know who painted it!  It might be Needlepoint of Back Bay?

This canvas was painted by Michael Wilhoite of Needlepoint of Back Bay.  I stitched it all in silk fibers and basketweave.  

As it is a gift for Travis, I tried to make the finishing masculine but also youthful.  (He's 7.)

Pinch pleat edge on the corners with twisted cording edge. 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Colourful Quilt / Over & Under Variation Quilt Finished...

I finished "The Colourful Quilt" this last week.  It is designed by Jacqueline de Jonge and is paper pieced.  I did it with black instead of limey-green batik.  It measures about 50" square.  The back is a variation of the Over & Under quilt design from Quilt Sampler Fall 2011 magazine (Deb Burton).   It is photographed at a gorgeous beach - Picnic Point in Edmonds on the Puget Sound.

This quilt was my first time using batik fabrics so that was kind of fun to not really worry about right side/wrong side.  I did end up using several needles throughout the top when usually 1-2 per top is fine.  I did the quilting using overdyed cotton threads for the background stuff and shiny rayon on the colored pieces.  

It won a Blue Ribbon at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe 2013 (99/100 points!) I was thrilled!

Thanks to Susan for taking a picture of me with the quilt!  This is at one of my favorite shops - Gathering Fabric in Woodinville.