Two more pillows were completed and delivered to my client. One was a small print of random color splashes (sure, there is a word for it, but it eludes me at the moment). The other was a hound dog / beagle that was challenging to to the nature of the needlepoint stitching not having a solid background. For this one I ended up lining a cut of white cotton sheeting with fusible interfacing then doing a reverse applique to give both body and a regular rectangular shape. From there I stitched random quilting lines to set off the border from the main picture. It turned out fairly well I think. My client certainly seemed happy with it.
I have recently taken on some commission work of turning completed needlepoint canvases into pillows for a neighbor. It started with 4 canvases and a couple more have been added. Three are done and given back to her. Two are on the blocking board. The last came in when I gave her the first 3 and still needs to be blocked. It’s been fun digging through the stash to find the right backing and, in one case so far, trim.
Here are the three that are done.
The mystery quilt was packed up and shipped off in November, not directly to its intended recipient but to a nearby family member who was in on the surprise. Jane had agreed to properly wrap it and deliver to Beth for Christmas. Since it has been received, I can share full pictures.
This is my own design. I looked long and hard for fabric that had sheep that was not meant for a nursery and finally found just what I wanted on eQuilter.com. I ended up sourcing all the cuts from them that I needed, and as I tend to do, overbought slightly, but that meant oopsies weren’t causing stress. The batting is Warm & Natural Cotton batting. This I buy off the bolt when I have those 50% off coupons from Joann’s and get several yards of the largest width available. The woolly sheep shapes are all appliqued onto the black and red checkered background (one is actually reversed applique). The quilting was all done by hand using variegated perle cotton in sizes 16, 12 and 8 and selections of red/black or white/black cuts. The size 16 is a Presencia Finca thread and the 12 and 8 are Valdani – all sourced from Needle in a Haystack.
Visual Recap of the process:
And somewhere in my many files there’s a photo of the matching pillow. I will add it to the port when I finally come across it.
(Five minutes later) I found the pillow pic!
The Baa’s Have It Pillow
All the quilting and binding are done and it even got packaged and shipped off. Here is a shot of the back. I hand quilted using three sizes of perle cotton: 8, 12, and 16. The size 16 is a variegated black/ grey/ white from Finca. The size 8 and 12 were also variegated in black/ red and black / grey/ white from Valdani.
The fabric was all sourced via eQuilter.com
The perle cotton was all source via Needle in a Haystack.
I will share the front once it has reached its intended recipient!
I have all the sashing on and the rows together! I was going to put a border on but love the way it looks as it is. So that makes another top done! The fabric I was going to use for the border is now going to be the backing. I’m toying with a couple different ideas for the border.
All nine rows are assembled with blocks and sashing. Now to cut the sashing that goes between the rows. Once that is done and all stitched together, I will move on to the borders.
The quilt top is done!
For now it is tucked away until stacking. I am also waiting to hear in whether otlr not the fabric I want for the backing will be reordered. I can source it elsewhere but would rather not.