"Hollyberry House" by Lynette Anderson Designs is a small quilt, so it just needs a small label. I like to incorporate elements of the design from the front of my quilts when I'm doodling ideas for my labels, and this one was no exception! I loved the cute reindeers, so added one to my label - he just needs a few more stitches to be added and he'll be finished! The words have been written freehand using a Micron Pigma pen and I've hand embroidered over the lines. I've used the same variegated Valdani Threads stranded embroidery threads that were used on the front of the quilt too. Now this just needs to be trimmed to size and appliqued to the back of the quilt and it'll be ready for a photoshoot.
I've been busy in my sewing studio this afternoon, basting and quilting my Hollyberry House quilt. The backing fabric is also designed by Lynette, and was bought from Sew and So's of Bungay. I tend to spray baste my smaller projects, and once this was layered up I was ready to start the machine quilting. There's enough backing fabric for the quilt sleeve too, which will be added oncew the quilting is completed and the binding stitched in place..
I've been doing some stitching in the evenings after work, and this is the result. This gorgeous pattern is the Badger Cottage Journal Cover by Lynette Anderson Designs. I've used a few fabrics from Lynette's Hollyhock Cottage collection, and quilted it very simply in a cross-hatch design with a variegated teal coloured YLI quilting thread. The centre panel has been hand embroidered using DMB stranded embroidery threads, and the appliquer was completed using the Apliquick method. The centre panel was then hand appliqued into place. And I just LOVE those tiny Suffolk Puffs! Now I just need to make the matching pencil case and this will be ready to be wrapped up as a gift for a very special person!
It's been a rather prickly weekend over at Foreman Towers as all of these holly leaves have been hand stitched into place on my Hollyberry House quilt. The appliqued leaves were made by fusing 2 pieces of fabric together with Steam-a-seam Light inbetween the layers. The leaves were cut out and hand stitched along the centre using a variegated Valdani green thread - I really like this 3-D effect. Now these have all been stitched down, I can trim the centre square to size, add the pieced border and layer it up ready for quilting.
I bought this pattern absolutely ages ago. Looking through my previous posts, I realised it was back in 2017 from Lynatte's stand at the Festival of Quilts! The fabrics were from Cross Patch, in Wales, and both the pattern and the fabrics had been packed away safely in my "Lynette Anderson" box - and yes, in case you were wondering, my LA box is a very BIG box haha! Anyway, a few weeks ago I decided to make it ready for Christmas, but life got in the way, so it's going to be one of my projects to get finished by the end of January. As you can see, over the past couple of weeks most of the applique and hand embroidery has been done. I need to stitch the centre into place, then I can add this jolly Santa and sleigh, and applique all though holly leaves into place! I haven't bought any fabric for the backing yet, so that may require a quick trip to Sew and So's at Bungay on my day off, then I can deliberate whether to machine or hand quilt it.
Thank goodness Julia (the owner of Cross Patch, my favourite online shop) is back from her holidays! My poor postman had almost forgotten who I was while she away! Anyway, normal service has been resumed and this fabulous book arrived in the post from Cross Patch yesterday morning. Just Be Claus, by Robin Kingsley of Bird Brain Designs, is packed full of festive sewing projects using hand embroidery, and it's perfect for browsing through while I'm curled up on the sofa with a cuppa while everyone else is still asleep - I may be some time ohhing and ahhing over these pretty designs, and you may see one or two of them stitched over the next few months.
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