Saturday, October 25, 2014

Hang in there with me please!

Good morning!
   I'm still having some technical difficulties, and really it is all me, just because I have so little knowledge about this stuff! I finally got my internet problem solved, and now today, I hope to have my Ipad problems solved! If you wondered where part 9 for the sew along went, I posted it on my Woolen Willow Designs Facebook page, and the templates are on my website! I will get part 10 up this weekend, and hopefully that will be the end of my difficulties with it! Thanks so much for hanging in there with me and being patient! I am loving all the photo's that are being shared with me of your blocks, so thank you so much for that! Gretchen and Judy are at Market in booth 328 if any of you are there, they will also be at Festival! So stop and see them! I stayed home to work on my book, which is somehow coming along!
    Have a great weekend, and stay tuned for the next part of the sew along!!
 Jeni

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Free sew along Part 8!

Good morning friends!

Here is the photo of part 8, "A Life of Plenty" sew along! The stitching isn't complete yet, but I wanted to get this posted before I started the Spring 2015 issue PQP Photo shoot today! The template will be on my website soon...www.woolenwillowdesigns.com, so keep checking, my internet was down, so I couldn't get the document emailed to my wonderful web designer! She will wake up, and see it in her email this morning though, so hopefully it won't be long! She is a busy lady!

 

The background.....cut 5" x 17", mark with chalk, or something that will disappear at 4" x16," so you'll know where to lay your leaves and flowers! The stem finishes at 1/2" wide, and is about 11 1/2" long. I used a clover bias maker, and cotton fabric. The rest...leaves and flowers are wool on my block! You'll see when I was writing on the templates that I got sidetracked and stopped writing after the word "wool" and then forgot I wasn't finished! But I meant to say wool for the leaves and flowers! Ta Da! I used wool thread to appliqué all the wool! I love that stuff! After stitching is complete, trim to 4 1/2" x 16 1/2" and I'll post where it goes!

I hope you all have a wonderful second half of your week, and weekend! I will try to get more blocks up quicker, but I have to let you in on a little secret!..... I'm working on a book! It will be quilts, wool appliqué, one hooked rug, and some other fun things! It's due out next Fall, or December! So bear with me, because it's a lot of work, and my part needs to be done by January! And I know you all know that I NEVER procrastinate! Haha!

Thank you so much for following along, this has been so fun for me!!!

Jeni

 

 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Free Primitive Sew Along, layout so far, and part 7!

Some of you have asked how the layout will be. I haven't sewn the parts together yet, so don't worry! That will come! Here is how I plan to lay out the blocks we have so far! I would wait to sew anything together though, so it will fit nicely once it's ready!

I'm including directions for the next part, but the templates may not be up on my website yet.... Maybe in the next day or so! But so you could see the photo, I'm including it!

 

For each of the little blocks below, you will need a 5" square background. My basket is made from brown textured hand dyed wool, whip stitched down with brown wool thread. The flower is red hand dyed wool, stitched down with long stitches held together in the middle of the flower with a small tack stitch. The stem is back stitched with hand dyed green perle cotton thread, from my Valdani Collection on my website, and lazy daisy stitches for the leaves! After the appliqué is complete, trim the block to 4 1/2" square!

For the pumpkin, I used hand dyed velvet, I purchased from Blackberry Primitives, and a tiny piece of hand dyed brown wool for the stem. I turned the edges under for the velvet appliqué, so I needed to add 1/4" seam allowance to the template. If you are using wool, you won't need the addition of the seam allowance. I used cotton brown thread to back stitch the detail lines on the pumpkin. Trim block to 4 1/2" square, once appliqué is done!

Enjoy!!

Jeni

 

Monday, September 22, 2014

The winner, and the next blocks!

The winner of the "Name the Quilt" Contest is.........

And just so you know, it was very very hard!!!! I enlisted a lot of help going through the names, and I apologize for not getting the winner posted until now!

Drum roll please..........

 
L

Leeanne! " A Life of Plenty" was the overwhelming favorite!

Leeanne, if you will email me your info at woolenwillowdesigns@gmail.com, I will send your prize when I get back from the Winter issue Press check Friday!

 

Here is a photo of one of the four blocks you will be making!

 

I don't have all four of mine made, but will after the press check later this week!

Here are your instructions!

Here are mine! (The template includes a 1/4" seam allowance!)

 

 

 

I just stuck my scissors there so you can see the unsewn part of the first two patches!

 

 

Now finish up that partial seam and voila!

 

TaDa!! Don't sew them together though! They look neat all sorts of directions! I'll show you how I plan to put them in the quilt soon!

Have fun making them, they are addictive!!!

Have a great week, and if I can get any sewing done while out of town, I'll post again at the end of the week!

Jeni

 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Free sew along, Part 5!

Here is part 5!

 

Cut the background 7" x 13" and mark a line (with a disappearing pencil) at 6"x 12" so you know how close the appliqués can be to the edge. After stitching is complete, trim block to 6 1/2" x 12 1/2"

The stems are on bias, and finish at 3/8" wide x 10 1/2" and 3/8"x 7 1/4." I used the clover bias maker tool for my cotton stems, but you may use your favorite method!

The leaves are several colors and are made from wool, whip stitched down with my favorite wool threads! If you would like a set, we have them for sale on www.primitivequiltsandprojects.com. The flowers are also made from wool!

I love the photos some of you have been sending! Feel free to post them on my www.woolenwillowdesigns.com FaceBook page!!

Enjoy!!

Jeni

Don't forget the "Name this Quilt" contest a couple of posts back! There is still time!!

 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Surprise! Block #4!

Since #3 blocks were so quick, here is another to work on over the weekend! You can see that I'm not done stitching either! I'll be finishing that up, and getting the next one ready for you as well! Are you having fun yet??? I've been getting beautiful show and tell photos from some of you! I love that, so thank you! Feel free to post your pictures on Woolen Willow Designs Facebook page!!
For this block, cut your background 7" x 13" , draw lines in it for 6"x 12" so you know not to put your pieces too close to the edge! After you appliqué, trim to 6 1/2" x 12 1/2" ready to add to your quilt! Don't sew this on just yet though! That will come in due time!! The template page is up on my website, www.woolenwillowdesigns.com! The middle and right side bias stems are 3/8" x 5 1/4", and 3/8"x 3 1/2" finished. The left stem is 1/8" x 2 1/2" finished. There are no seam allowances included in the pot or leaves.

Have a great weekend, and happy stitching!
Jeni, who is loving this cooler weather!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Part 3 Primitive Sew along quilt, and a contest!

Hello friends! This is a small one, but we can have more fun later in the week with a second installment! We will be making three flying geese units, as the one in the first post, only one of the units will only have 5 flying geese, and the other two will have 6! Go to the first post, and get those instructions, if you didn't write it down! The other block is a cute little basket block! You will find the instructions below the picture!

For the contest.....help me name this quilt! You must be a follower of both the primitive Quilts and Projects blog, and of my Jeni from the Willow blog, post a comment, on either blog, with what you would name the quilt......there will be lots of things in the quilt such as, pumpkins, a cat, a flag, more flower type blocks, and etc... So let's see what you can come up with! We will go through all the titles, and judge to find the one we like best! That will be the winner, who will receive a beautiful package of my assorted 10" square hand-dyed wool pieces! So get thinking! I will pick the winner on Sept. 20th.
Here are your blocks....and don't sew these onto the previous units just yet!

Step one....
* make a half square triangle unit (HST) by cutting one light, and one medium 4 1/2" square. Draw a diagonal line on the back of the light square, put them right sides together and sew a seam 1/4" away from the drawn line on both sides. Cut on drawn line, press open, and square to 3 1/2". You will only need one for this block.
Step two...
*make two (HST) units, as above, using a light and medium 2 1/2" square. Square up to 1 1/2" each. You will need both for this block.
Step three...
*cut two rectangles from the light fabric 1 1/2" x 2 1/2", and one 1 1/2" square.
Step four...
Lay pieces out as in the diagram above, and sew together.
Step five...
* make a bias strip from the medium fabric (I use the Clover Bias tape makers) that finishes at 1/2" x 4 1/2", and curve it with an iron and spray baste. Pin in place and appliqué!
Happy sewing, and good luck with the contest!
Jeni...who is loving all the photographs you are sending me!! Thank you so much!!