Day 7 "Stitch Me Up" Blog Hop---MY day!----GIVEAWAY



It is finally here!!  It is my day to share what I have made up for the blog hop. Thanks to Mdm Samm, our fearless leader at Sew We Quilt and our cheerleader Jane of Jane's Fabrics and Quilts for putting this together for the hop participants.  Thanks also to our sponsor Colonial Needle!

Way back in January when we signed up we were sent a sheaf of patterns to select from designs by Cyndi of Bee Tree Designs,  Mdm Samm's adorable wee tots and sophisticated ladies designs as well as two pattern from Debbie of Busy As Can Be.

I have worked with Cyndi's designs before---her basket blocks that I am doing in 30's green---and began fooling with the elements block files she had sent.   In the end, however, the design that spoke to me most was the Victorian cottage---in red, classic embroidery.  It reminded me of a home my grandparents had lived in for a time in Missouri and a house I go by frequently on the way into town.  You know, one of those that you wonder what it looks like on the INSIDE?

I was recuperating from bilateral cataract surgeries and had also participated in the "It's All About Me" hop so did not get started on my piece till a month had already passed.  I had asked Jane if I had to actually make something with the finished stitchery, thinking I would add it to a mix of another designers blocks, some that I had downloaded in my files several years ago would have worked well.  I ordered the gorgeous Presencia Finca perle cotton #12 thread selection that was offered at a great price.  I had hoped to use it on my piece but was afraid that I would not have enough to complete the entire proposed quilt.  I dropped back to my standby two strands of DMC floss. 321 this time instead of 498, the more scarlet (Roll Tide!) color.

 Shown below marked for quilting but I am glad that I had tested that Frixion pen on something else recently or I would have freaked getting the black marks out after all that stitchery!




The stitchery was finished earlier in March, pressed and pinned to the design wall.  Finally last week it hit me what I wanted to do with the piece!   I have 3 other redwork/embroidery quilts waiting to be hand quilted and only have the first one started---- HERE for the Santas in 2011, HERE for Alex Anderson's 12 Days of Christmas in 2010 and HERE, Pieces of My Heart calendar cats circa 2006 maybe?  The thing is,  I don't need another quilt just yet unless it is going to be my goal to have one for each of my 7 nieces, some day!! You get the picture----I love to embroider!

BUT you came to see what I did with the stitchery piece THIS time.  I made an embroidery roll/tote out of it finally using up some redwork fabric that has been, er, antiquing for some time!  It IS rectangular---bad camera angle in spite of my standing on a stool atop it.

Quilted up, top side




Folded up



Opened up

The ziploc idea is from Fons and Porters book Quick Quilts From the Heart.  I had made one of their chatelaine and sewing kits for a secret pal years ago but never one for me!   The shape of the case with the needle case and zip pocket was modeled after something that was made for me by a quilting friend.  I just modified its components to make my own desired version!  Recently a dear friend had given me a red work panel piece that I had considered using on the inside pocket but instead I appliqued the adage on the pocket to dress it up.  (THX Maggie.)  It reads "I count the stitches line by line and watch the threads record the time".  One of Cyndi's baskets is at the ready on the left.  

                                                                             

Showing more detail
The scissors holder strap idea is straight off my old bandage scissors/pen holder from back in the nursing days.  It was blue velcro---this is color coordinated fabric with snaps. Must be quilt-y! Actually I had planned to use more of the strap/tab material  for a covered button closure but duh!  That would have landed right in the middle of the stitchery.  Scratch that idea!! The elastic spool holder idea is from my cosmetic case I use for hand applique and quilting.  Thread Heaven fits in it well.   



And then last Thursday, as I was putting the fabrics away, I decided that I needed to include a thread catcher similar to one I had made the preceding week for a guild challenge  project.  This thing twists to close up and I used the other half of the 4 inch embroidery hoop minus the hardware, taping the edge closed. I showed the first one so you can see it open and the new one, closed up and ready to slip into the zippered pocket.   Pattern can be found HERE in pdf format.   The fabrics coordinate with the needle case thing above.




I do have a little giveaway and am willing to ship wherever----the embroidery hoop is a 7.5 inch and the clover threader, well let's just say my missing one mine showed up a couple days after this one was ordered. My temporary loss is your gain, should you win.  I may toss something else in for padding too.  Please comment should you want to be entered in the drawing and make sure you are NOT a no-reply blogger.  You don't have to be a follower but should you feel inclined to do so, add a 2nd note telling me that for a 2nd chance. I'll have DJ and Skyler help me with the drawing on Easter Sunday.  Good luck!


So there you have it!  Thanks for stopping by to see how my project turned out.  Here are the participants that share the day with me----hop on over to see what they stitched up as well


THURSDAY MARCH 28th

Kristin @That Other Blog
Jane's Fabric and Quilts     sorry I messed up the link but corrected now!

Comments

  1. Love your redwork house! Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Fantastic work! Love all the red ;)

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  3. thats so nice, wats for a good idea

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  4. Your embroidery tote is so lovely with a very well done stitchery. Thanks for sharing

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  5. What a greta project. I liked the embroidery you chose but was a bit daunted by it.

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  6. I love your cottage very much and you made a beatiful piece of it.

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  7. It`s gorgeous! Redwork is the best!

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  8. What a very clever way to use that lovely red work. Nice job.

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  9. So lovely your brodery case is looking. I love it.
    Thanks for sharing'
    Frederika

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  10. Wow! So much work.. I like your creation! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Your cottage and roll up case is wonderful! GReat job! And thanks for the link to the thread catcher and the giveaway too!

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  12. I love your embroidery work! This is beautiful, and it is so practical. Thanks for the link for the thread catcher--clever--I want to give it a try. Also, thank you for the give away opportunity!

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  13. What a lovely idea to use your stitchery for a sewing kit. I love it. I'd love to be counted in the giveaway. Thanks for sharing your project with us.

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  14. What a great way to store all of your sewing stuff and I love the thread catcher, I have already downloaded the pattern and a hoop is on my shopping list. Thanks for sharing your project.

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  15. I didn't put my e-mail just saw that you want that included grecomara at gmail dot com

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  16. That looks like a great roll-up for embroidery. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Oh, goody, something else for my to make someday list! Love it. Thanks for sharing. vickise at gmail dot com

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  18. Wow! Cataract surgery and your stitches are so beautiful! I love the way you finished the whole piece off too. A really lovely project all the way around!

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  19. I love your project, redwork is my favourite :0)

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  20. I am a follower via GFC Thanks for the giveaway too. vickise at gmail dot com

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  21. Love your embroidery roll up! I wanted to do the house but it was a little involved for me.

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  22. great post as always Linda..thanks for including the pattern for your thread catcher!

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  23. What a great way to use your embroidered project. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. I love what you made with your beautiful stiched cottage, great work

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  25. Love your project. Thank you so much for the link to the thread catcher. Boy will that be useful.

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  26. I love the project!! You did such a fabulous job on it too.

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  27. Love your project. I need to make one. I had one many years ago, only the pattern required plastic canvas(?) for pockets and that did not sew well.

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  28. Love your project, great embroidery work! Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Your stitching is just beautiful and I love how you used it in your project.

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  30. What a great project Linda. I love, love your stitching.

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  31. What a great project and your stitching is lovely.

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  32. What a wonderful idea....I just purchased the cottage and you have made a lite bulb go off...thanks so much..have a great day.

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  33. Your rolled tote is beautiful! I love the embroidery!

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  34. Your redwork is beautiful! Your stitching is superb. I love how you used the stitchery in your project. I also make gifts for my stitching friends and almost never get around to making one of them for myself. What a wonderful project to carry with you.

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  35. nice project everyone on this hop has done nice work

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  36. LOVE your work! Just wonderful, thank you so much for sharing.

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  37. I Love Your House Quilt in Reds and your Organizer!
    Thanks for the Giveaway!

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  38. How cleaver! You did an amazing job! Your stitching looks perfect and your sewing is the same. Great Job!

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  39. Goodness me Linda...I could have added you too to the mix today..your pouch home is gorgeous....I raise my duster and sprinkle fairy dust on your lovely project...does that help lol

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  40. Really beautiful finish, I love what you did with your home :)

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  41. This is awesome, Linda! So pretty. I knew it would be. Good job on the embroidery tote.

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  42. Yes,I've been a follower for quite a while.

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  43. What fabulous stitching! I love redwork!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  44. UM WOW!!!! that is amazing! and then you worked it all into a nice storage for your projects. Beautiful!! You mentioned the Flexicon pen, did you imply that it works or not so much?

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  45. Love your redwork tote. A wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing.

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  46. Lovely work. Love that house. Thanks for the chance to win a goodie.

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  47. Sooooo beautiful !, I'm in awe!!!

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  48. Yes! Please enter me for the giveaway :) Hopping through all of these stiches have been itchin' to stich!

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  49. I love your tote... so many clever storage spots inside and of course your gorgeous redwork on the outside! I printed out the pattern for the thread catcher & can't wait to make one - thanks for including the link.

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  50. I'm a new follower and look forward to seeing more of your work!

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  51. The cottage is so pretty. I love your idea. You are very talented! Thanks for sharing.

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  52. You did a great job on your project.

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  53. This is beautiful! Lovely stitchery and a super idea to make a roll/tote. Thanks for sharing!

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  54. This is beautiful! Lovely stitchery and a super idea to make a roll/tote. Thanks for sharing!

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  55. Wonderful idea and beautiful work.

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  56. VERY nice!! I know that I have a snowball's chance but I'm a sucker for give-aways - so please enter me in your drawing anyway - ;))

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  57. I loved your project and what beautiful stitching. So much creativity. Thanks from Judy CinNC

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  58. What a great idea for a sewing kit! Lovely work, great idea, well done! Thank you for sharing!

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  59. Beautiful stitching and a great sewing roll, thanks for sharing.

    ukcitycrafter@live.co.uk

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  60. Love your project, just the thing I need. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  61. Oh how I love your stitcher's roll. Your work is fabulous.

    Vee

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  62. Great project! Love the threadcatcher also!!! May have to make a few as gifts:)

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  63. Your embroidery roll is beautiful. What a great idea!

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  64. Love your project.It`s just gorgeous.Great idea.Thanks for sharing!!

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  65. What a wonderful project. It is so practical and pretty. I would love to win .

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  66. I love your little red work cottage, and the creative use you made of it.

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  67. What a super lovely stitching idea. You did a fabulous job!

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  68. I'm thinking you were very inventive. What a useful item besides being cute. 3bakergirlsgo@gmail.com

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  69. great project! There is so much about it that I love! The redwork house is lovely

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  70. Love your redwork house. Thanks for all the details on how you made the roll too. Thanks for a chance at your lovely giveaway.

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  71. Beautiful redwork house and I love your project. Sew useful!

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  72. Lovely stitchery and great project! So sweet! Thanks for the give away too!

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  73. I look forward to see more of you as a new follower.

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  74. I LOVE your embroidery tote! And thanks so much for the pattern for the thread catcher-cute idea and I've already downloaded it and plan to make my own. Your redwork is gorgeous and works so well in that application. Great job!

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  75. Great job! Your embroidery roll-up looks wonderful! Thanks for the link to the thread catcher and for the giveaway.

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  76. Your redwork is just beautiful! I love the roll-up. One of these days, I'll just have to make one for myself!
    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!
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    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  77. I follow via GFC.
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    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  78. I have started using the Frixion pens for marking my redwork blocks now. If I happen to make an incorrect mark it is easy to remove with the iron. I am glad you gave Frixion a whirl.

    I love the embroidery roll/tote you made from your redwork block! What a great idea!

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  79. I am going to add best drawing in my collection. And it will be yours.

    My site - ARTORCA

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