Thursday, October 30, 2014

Part 10, free sew along!

Good morning! Here is part 10, A life of Plenty, primitive sew along!

The house block is made the same as the previous house block, so you can find those instructions in the part 2 post. The word HOPE is on the template page if you need it. The pumpkin block background is cut 7" x 7", do the applique, then trim down to 6 1/2" square. I used hand dyed pumpkin wool, and a dark brown plaid for the stem. I embroidered the lines on the pumpkin with brown wool thread and a back stitch. The templates should be on very soon, so keep checking over there! I sent them over to my awesome web gal late last night, so hopefully, she'll be able to get it up there today for us!


Here is a photo of all my blocks so far, except a few flying geese units, that I fell behind on, working on my book. I plan on chain sewing those up in the next couple days! I can't wait, because all of the photo's you all have been sending me are so pretty! Keep them coming!!


Thank you all so much for following along, and for being patient through my technical issues!

Have a great day!!



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Retreat Survey!

Good morning friends! I have a survey for you! We have done several quilting/Rughooking retreats in the past years, and would like to start planning again! If you would go to this link and take the survey, it will help us in our planning!
Thank you!!!
I'm working on the next blocks for the sew along! I'll be posting that soon!!!
Thank you for your patience!!

(Chester is tired of waiting on those blocks too!)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Finally! I think my technical issue with my IPad is resolved!

I have been on the phone with Apple, AT&T, and my internet provider. I got a new router, and a new modem. I installed the latest software through iTunes. I've emailed back and forth with the developer of Blogsy, which by the way, that man has a ton of patience! I could just imagine him shaking his head in disbelief that I could be so unknowledgeable about my technology, but was still so very nice and helpful! This evening, I said out loud in a very frustrated voice so everyone in my county could hear...."I wish I had a tech guru in my house!" My Daughters fiancé's Son said, "what's wrong? I told him, and he started chuckling. Seems he changed the date on my iPad two weeks ago when he was playing a video game and forgot to put it back!!!!! I chased him through the house of course! He is 13 and an athlete, and I'm a 50 year old woman! Haha! So, all this commotion has caused me to not get much done all week! So your next part to the sew along will be a couple more days delayed. I'm sorry! Have mercy on this poor un-savvy quilter, and I promise to get on track!! Here is the picture of part 9 from last week, that I posted on facebook.....


The backgrounds are cut 5"x 7", do the stitching with the templates provided on my website, and trim to 4 1/2"x 6 1/2" and soon, we will start sewing them together! I'm going to sew like the wind tonight, now that I'm not stressed about technology, and the next part will be up soon!!

Thanks so much for your patience!



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!!

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, 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!!!




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!




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..........


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

Leeanne, if you will email me your info at, 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!