Thursday, March 5, 2015

Free sew along, last Block!!!!! (19)

I hope you are all staying warm if you live where it is Winter! We got about 10-12" of snow during the evening last night until this afternoon. I think it's beautiful, and I don't really have to go out in it except to go out to my sewing room. I did some shoveling though, and threw snowballs at Chester! He loves the snow! I wish I had taken a picture of him having fun, but I couldn't take them while playing! Maybe when the hubby comes home.

This is looking out my sewing room/office window! Pretty!

I didn't realize I was looking through the screen! Haha!


Since I was busy preparing for the Spring time Blog Hop, I procrastinated on the last block of the sew along. But here it is! I hope you know how to paper piece! If not, we will be making a video for our Primitive Quilts and Projects YouTube channel very soon! If you wanna make it RIGHT NOW, there is a wonderful paper piecing tutorial at Fons and Porters website! It's not a tough one, but you will want to give yourself bigger pieces of fabric than you think, just to make sure it covers! The foundation pattern will be downloadable from my website, any time now...just sent it to the web lady!

This block finishes at 4" x 6" once sewn into your quilt! Make sure when you trim the sections while paper piecing, that you leave 1/4" seam allowance past the dark solid drawn line! I'm thinking a bunch of these would make an awful cute quilt! I designed the block with EQ-7, just so you know!

Next week sometime, I'll start posting how to sew it all together! Then........the borders!

Thanks so much for following along, and keep warm!




Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Day 4 of the Spring Blog Hop!!

Thanks for hopping over to see me today on day 4 of the Spring Blog Hop! Since I didn't get my questions answered for Stacy in time, I'll tell you a little about myself!

I love to quilt, rug hook, and work with wool, along with dying wool! I also like to cross stitch, make jewelry, and play with rubber stamps! Those are my crafty hobbies. I also love to cook, bake, and play in the flowers around my home, and around the building we own that holds the Primitive Quilts and Projects offices, and The Painted Cupboard shop! And I can't forget my Golden retriever Chester......I love to take him for walks when it's not freezing outside! So you can just imagine the cabin fever here at my house! Poor guy!

What do I collect? Anything old and sewing related! I also have a bunny, and sheep collection! I love red ware pottery, and ironstone....especially ironstone platters! I love putting my veggies and home made ranch dressing on them!

What's coming up? I have a book coming out in the Fall through Martingale Publishing Company, and the best thing coming up is my daughter Kristen is having a baby in June! It will be a girl, and my first grandchild! I'm so excited!

So, I bet you are waiting on the yummy recipe! This came from Stacys stash of recipes she has been waiting to try! She shared it with me, and my husband Glen and Son Kris will tell you that it is YUMMY!!! Chester liked how it smelled too!

And here is your free Pattern! This is a little bunny penny mat!




I used two different pieces of neutral wool for the background, stitched together with a running stitch. Then I used the template to cut out the oval shape. Next I placed all the applique pieces on, and stitched them down. You may use your favorite method. I like to whipstitch my pieces with matching wool thread. Then I layer the whole piece onto a piece of thick army blanket, and whipstitched it down. Next....trim away the excess army blacker to about 1" from the stitched piece. I just eyeball it as I cut! Then with sharp scissors, make little cuts about every 1/4" around the piece to mimic grass! Does anyone know what grass looks like? Sure haven't seen any for a while! Haha!


Now, if you all remember, I don't have much technical ability, so if this doesn't click and download to print, I will have it fixed by this afternoon, when my website lady helps me! I think I sent it to her too late last night! If it will print, my finished mat is about 8" x 9" before the backing piece is added!

I hope you enjoy this little spring project! Now, hop along over to Ali Strebel Designs tomorrow, and see what wonderful things she has cooked up!

Have a wonderful day!




Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Part 18 free pattern!

Is it warm anywhere yet? Brrrrrrr! My hands are so cold, I can't get my block stitched! I have half of the stem done, which is cotton, by the way, cut 7/8" wide on bias, and put through a bias maker tool from Clover to make a 3/8" wide finished stem! You will need about 18 1/2" of vine. I used wool for the rest in lots of pretty hand dyed colors! The template will be on my website soon,

The background was cut 7" x 13", and I drew lines with chalk, marking 6" x 12" which will be the finished size, so I know where to put my applique pieces. After the stitching is complete, I'll trim the block to 6 1/2" x 12 1/2." I do it this way, because I don't pre-wash my fabrics, and when I'm done with the applique I like to press the block with a touch of steam. Steam will make the block shrink a little after its dry, so I don't trim until after I steam press the block. That way it will end up the correct size to piece with the rest of the blocks! Now, if you steam your fabric, before you ever cut your block in the beginning, you probably won't have much trouble with shrinkage, but sometimes people may have a little shrinkage just during the process of the applique. So I like to give a little wiggle room for just in case! Better to have more, than not enough!

I hope you all stay warm and cozy, and stitch a lot!




Monday, February 16, 2015

Update to part 16 Free sew along!

Good evening!

As I was catching up on my flying geese unit from last week, I realized that we need 7 flying geese in this unit, so add another!! Here is a picture of last weeks blocks and this weeks!

Have a good night, and sweet dreams of stitching!

See ya soon!



Part 17, A Life of Plenty!

Happy Snowy Monday! Well, happy for me, since I don't have to go out in it! I have to say that I am really looking forward to spring though! So in honor of spring, here is a sweet little Robin for our next block!


Her background should be cut 5" x 9", and trimmed to 4 1/2" x 8 1/2" after applique is complete! You will find the template on my website, Her body is a black print cotton, needle turned. Her wing is a grey velvet, I bought from Blackberry Primitives, also needle turned, and her breast is a textured pumpkin hand-dyed wool from my stash of my hand dyed wools! I stitched her feet with pearl cotton and a stem stitch! Happy stitching!



Monday, February 9, 2015

Are you ready? Part 16 free Sew Along!

Silly question, I know you must have thought I forgot you! I promise I have not! I got my quilts and wool projects all finished and sent off! I'll get right to it.......

For this cute little sunflower block, you will need to cut your background fabric 7" x7", get the templates from my website, ( they should be up soon!) and after you applique, trim the block to 6 1/2" x 6"

For the flower I used a mottled gold wool, with a cotton black print center. I needle turned the cotton center onto the gold wool. I used two different hand dyed green wools for the stem and leaves.

Also, you will need to make one more house block ( directions found in "Part Two") with the word "Faith" embroidered on it. This can be found on the template sheet with the sunflower.

We also will need one more unit of 6 flying geese! I'm working on these today, and will post a picture of them with the next block all together!

Just three more blocks after these, then we are on to the borders! Yippee! I can hardly wait to see what it will look like all completed!

Let me know how you plan to quilt your quilt! Will you hand quilt, or machine quilt? If you machine quilt, will it be on your regular machine, or will you use a long arm machine?

Thank you for your nice emails, while I took my break to finish my book projects, and squeeze in Christmas! I really appreciated it! And again, thanks for sharing your photo's!!! I do have a facebook page for Woolen Willow Designs, so be sure to check over there and share your sew along pictures!

It's great to be back!!




Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas to All!


Merry Christmas to you and your Families!
Thank you for reading my blog and following along with the sew along! I appreciate it so much, as well as your sweet comments! I still have a few blocks to go, and the finishing, but will need to take about two weeks off or so to finish my book. The deadline is very soon! So I hope you can hang in there, until I'm back in the saddle!!
Thank you again, and may you all have a Christ filled Christmas and Happy New Year!
Hugs, and blessings!
PS...the sweet Nativity was made for me, by my wonderful niece Bethany! I love it!