Friday, April 14, 2017

Block 6, Farmhouse Threads and Friends, Summer blog hop!

Good morning stitching friends!

Today is my turn on the hop, thanks to Joyce Weeks, and Rhonda, for switching dates with me. I also want to thank all of you who sent up prayers of comfort for my family.

 

I was really happy to hear that this would be a patriotic themed quilt hop, because my Husband and I are both Navy Veterans!

Look how young! That was about 34 years ago!

Okay, on to what you have been patiently waiting for! Here is your block #6! I love flowers, and flags......

Click here for your downloadable pattern...http://www.woolenwillowdesigns.com/FTFblock6.pdf

And here is the link for a kit, if you would like one! http://www.woolenwillowdesigns.com/catalog.php?category=8

Don't forget to place your applique pieces on point! Here are your materials

2"x2" gold wool for star on vase

2 1/4" x 5 1/2" green wool for leaves

1/2" x 5" brown wool for flag pole

3 1/2" x 4 1/2" pumpkin wool for flowers

1 1/2" x 2" blue wool for flower centers

1 1/4" x 1 1/2" dark blue for star field

3" x 7" brown wool for vase

2 1/2" x 3 1/2" red wool for stripes

3 1/2" x 3 1/2" white wool for flag base and white star

3" x 5" green wool cut on bias for stems

 

Don't forget to reverse the pattern if you plan to fuse. You only need to cut red strips, and lay them on top of the white flag base.

When cutting the green stems....if you cut the whole piece on the bias, you can just cut strait stems, and then curve them as much as you need to, and pin in place. You can also still use a fusible web on this piece.....after you fuse, just cut the strips, peel off the paper and it will still curve to press in place!

Make sure to cut the stems long enough to tuck under the flowers and vase....for the leaves, I just butted them up close to the stems.

If you use a fusible, or want to try one...I love the "soft fuse" and do have some on my website! The next block will be at http://www.hearttohand.com with Kathi Cambell, next Friday!

 

Happy stitching, and Happy Easter,

Jeni

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Summer blog hop switch

Good morning stitching friends,

Due to a death in my family, my blog hop date has been switched with Joyce Weeks original date. If you go to Farmhouse threads blog, you can click on the link for Joyce's blog. I do have my block made....but it will be a week or so before I'm ready to make kits. Sorry for the inconvenience, and I'll see you all soon. Have fun blog hopping!

Jeni

Monday, August 15, 2016

So much to share! A give away, a sew-a-long, and of course, a sweet picture!

Hello stitching friends! I have a few things to share with you today! Many of you have asked for a sew-a-long, so I'm starting a new one! It's not too large, and I'll try to post a block each week if I can! Here is the first block....

You can click here for the template....

http://www.woolenwillowdesigns.com/LittleWoolSamplerQuiltJG.pdf

And click here if you would like to order a kit of the background fabric and wool!.... http://www.woolenwillowdesigns.com/catalog.php?item=59

Also, I have created a Facebook group called "Primitive Stitchin' with Jeni Gaston" where all the templates will be as well! There will be several free patterns there, and you can share photos! I'm a little challenged with links and things, so the Facebook group will make it easy for me to share, without asking for help, as I usually do! Haha!

On the Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine newsletter that goes out tomorrow, there will be a give away! It's for the Martingales calendar with my table runner pattern inside! Go to www.primitivequiltsandprojects.com, and sign up for the newsletter and take the survey!

Here is the calendar....

 

Last, but most certainly not the least........sweet Henley is growing so fast! She started walking a week or so ago! Here she is yesterday wearing a sweet dress from our friend Kay Harmon! She was getting a book read to her!

Whew!

Please share your pictures of progress on the sew along on the Facebook page! Just ask to be added in!

Thank you and have a great evening!

Jeni

 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Harvest Mystery Blog Hop!

Good morning friends!

Today is my turn for the..........

Farmhouse Threads and Friends

Harvest Mystery Quilt

Blog Hop!

Our Christmas Mystery Quilt Blog Hop was so popular last year - we are doing it again!! For 12 weeks, beginning June 17th we will share with you free patterns from some of our favorite designers to complete a Harvest Mystery Quilt just in time for the season. Each week, one designer will post the pattern to make a Harvest block using wool appliqué on cotton fabric. The patterns are free for you to download and print, and kits will be for sale by the designers. Week 12 will include the instructions to put all of these blocks together with some fun borders to complete your quilt. Finishing kits will be available from Farmhouse Threads. Make sure you sign up for each designer’s blog/website to receive the free patterns. Please share our blog hop with your friends and have them follow along!

Week 1, June 17 - Rhonda McCray, Farmhouse Threads

http://farmhousethreads.blogspot.com

Week 2, June 24 - Jeni Gaston, Woolen Willow Designs

http://jenifromthewillow.blogspot.com

Week 3, July 1- Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings

http://lisabongean.com

Week 4, July 8 - Joan Grenke, Bits and Pieces by Joan

http://bitsandpiecesbyjoan.com

Week 5, July 15 - Joyce Weeks, Geoff’s Mom Pattern Co.

http://geoffsmom.blogspot.com

Week 6, July 22 - Kathi and Taylor, The Cottage at Cardiff Farms

http://thecottageatcardifffarms.com/blog

Week 7 July 29 - Kathy Campbell, Heart to Hand

https://www.hearttohand.com

Week 8, August 5 – Shawn York, Rusty Crow Quilt Shop

http://shawn-rustycrow.blogspot.com

Week 9, August 12 - Debbie Busby, Wooden Spool Designs

http://woodenspooldesigns.blogspot.com

Week 10, August 19 - Gloria and Vicki, Olde Green Cupboard Designs

http://oldegreencupboard.blogspot.com

Week 11, August 26 - Linda and Donna, My Red Door Designs

http://myreddoordesignsblog.blogspot.com

Week 12, September 2 – Finishing Instructions from Farmhouse Threads

http://farmhousethreads.blogspot.com


I have made a cute pumpkin block! You can't have too many pumpkins can you? I know I love decorating my home with a lot of them come Fall! I think Fall themed projects might be one of my favorites to stitch! Here is my block......



Click here for the pattern templates...


http://www.woolenwillowdesigns.com/mysteryharvestblock2.pdf

Click here if you would like to purchase a kit! (I'll use the same fabrics, or a good substitute in kits!)

http://www.woolenwillowdesigns.com/catalog.php?item=58

To make the block you will need...

13"x13" olive green print for background

8" x 10 1/2" textured light tan wool for large pumpkin, moon and star

5 1/2" x 6" hand dyed pumpkin wool for medium pumpkin

4 1/2" x 5 1/4" red stripe or plaid wool for small pumpkin

3 1/2" x 4 1/2" medium brown plaid wool for the medium and large pumpkin

1 1/2" x 3 1/2" dark brown plaid for small pumpkin stem

Use your favorite method to prepare the wool pieces for applique, but don't forget to reverse the shapes if you plan to use a fusible web! I drew some dotted lines to help you with the placement of the shapes on the block! I like to use a whip stitch to applique, and I also used some wool threads to make curved detail lines on the pumpkins with a stem stitch!

Enjoy the hop, and visit Lisa Bongean next week! Check out all our Facebook pages as well, because some of the designers are posting their blocks there!

Happy stitching!

Jeni

Monday, June 6, 2016

The winner of #Mystashmystyle!

 

The winner of #mystashmystyle contest is...................

Laura of slicofpielife!!!!! Congratulations Laura! You will recieve some great gifts... A 1 year subscription to Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine, a beautiful curated bundle of fabric from Tonya Alexander, author of "Stash Lab," a bundle of beautiful hand-dyed wools from me, and a $50 gift card from Publisher Martingale, to spend at their website! Yay!!

Thank you to the contestants, and to all the people who "liked" and followed along! We also had many really nice comments! Thank you sooooo much!

Laura, please email me with your contact information so we can get your prizes to you! Here is a picture of Laura's great project!

 

 

Now that we have our winner, don't be shy! If you make a project from either of our books, and make it "your way" please share it with us! You can follow us both on Instagram!

Have a great week everyone!

Jeni

 

Monday, May 2, 2016

#mystashymystyle challenge is extended!

Hello! Good news! We have decided to give you a little more time to finish your #mystashmystyle projects! You have until Tuesday May 31! So get busy, and share them with us! I have one of the entry's posted below for you!!

 

 

This gal posted on Instagram.....so make sure and check out her post at #mystashmystyle! Thank you "sliceofpilife"

If you would like to get a refresher on the rules....look here...

http://jenifromthewillow.blogspot.com/2016/03/my-stash-my-style-contest-and-giveaway.html

When I was deciding on what to make from Tonya Alexander's book "Stash Lab" I wanted it to be something that I felt I could make my own, and that would go with the decor in my house. I chose her Dresden quilt project, because I thought It would be fun to do , and it had applique, which I love!

 

I had so much fun picking fabrics from my scrap bins and shelves, and decided on just doing three blocks. Sorting through my wool shelves, I found a lot of different colors and textures to make my leaves, and the vines are from an old army blanket. For the centers of the dresdens, I decided to do penny circles! After all the handwork, I felt a little hand quilting was in order as well!

You will want to go look at Tonya's blog, http://eyecandyquilts.blogspot.com/ to see what she made, just in case you missed it! I'm planning on doing another of the projects from "Stash Lab" myself, so keep watching, and don't forget to use the #mystashmystyle when you post your project! If you don't do Instagram, just email your picture to me at woolenwillowdesigns@gmail.com!

I finally had some time to lay out the "Churning Stars" blocks from my book...in hopes to get them all sewn together this weekend...no luck with that, but my sewing machine is still calling! Here it is up on the design wall...

If you missed my post about "primitive is not a color" click here!

And here is the runner from my book, made by one of my Wednesday stitching friends!

I love the fabrics she chose!

Today was my day to watch little Henley! Growing too fast, and on the move all day! Grammie is pooped, so have a good night and get those #mystashmystyle projects done and share them! We are very excited to give you a little more time, and see what you have made!

Good night!

Jeni

 

 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Take along projects

Here I sit in the waiting room.......why didn't I get my take along project to bring with me? I brought my I-pad, so I could check and answer emails. I brought my planner and spreadsheet for upcoming issue designers. I brought my "things to do" notebook, my "bamboo Spark" in case I wanted to play with new designs. What am I doing? Wishing I had some hand sewing along! There is a lady in the corner of the waiting room knitting away on what looks to be a wonderful sweater! I'm getting jealous!

This sweet grand baby Henley is getting a tiny tube put in her tear duct today, so it will quit getting clogged and infected. Grammie is sitting in the waiting room.

I usually have some hexagons to sew, or some applique to work on, but for some odd reason, it never crossed my mind to bring something. What do you have for your take along project?

Share your take along project in the comments!

Have a wonderful day of stitching,

Jeni