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Friday, July 12, 2013

Daisies and Leaves

A few posts back I had written that I was the lucky winner of Anne's Cottons 'n Wool giveaway. The prize was a kit of Primitive Gathering's penny rug design called "Just Picked". Well... even though I had mentioned in my last post that I was going to finish everything I had already started before starting a new project... I could not resist starting AND finishing this little piece...

After all, who can resist daisies in a classic ball jar during the Summer months?!? This runner finishes up at about 18" x 8"... so, a nice size for a summer table setting. I'm sure you all already know... but the wool that Primitive Gatherings puts in their kits is so soft and beautifully dyed... a real pleasure to stitch with! The instructions in the pattern are clearly written too... and there is usually a tip or two to make the prep process that much easier! :-) Sooooo... a huge thanks to Anne for picking me as the winner of your giveaway! And also another huge thanks to Lisa Bongean for sharing her talents... I absolutely adore this design!!!! :-)

Yesterday I made some progress on the Pretty In Leaves Runner. I sat at the ol' Kenmore and played with some of the stitch settings. Since it is an older machine, it does not have too many fancy stitches. In fact, none of them really work as an applique stitch. So, I decided to straight stitch just inside the edge... in hopes that after a few washes, the edges of the leaves will curl up and give them a softer look.

I had originally wanted to hand blanket stitch around these appliques, but the fusible web that's on these pieces made the fabric a bit too stiff for my hands to get the needle through comfortably. Maybe on my next project with these pre-fused lovlies (called Silhouettes) I can try a different needle... or a better thimble...

Learn by doing.

Until next time... Stay Healthy and Keep On Smiling!



  1. Wow, those daisies in the jar are so cute. And enlarged the pics to see your beautiful stitches.

  2. Love your finished runner. It looks fabulous!

  3. Lovely! I have "Just Picked" on my to do pile and you have now inspired me to start it!
    Blessings, Patti

  4. Two beautiful projects from your noble hands. I love, love those leaves and I enlarged the photo also to look at the stitching. lol/
    Have a great weekend.

  5. You did a beautiful job on the mat, love that design and the colors.


  6. Sharon...you did a great job on the Just Picked runner! And, the raw edge applique should work well with the other one. Good work. As always. Have a great weekend!

  7. Your Just Picked finish looks amazing. You should be so proud. What can I say...it's just stunning. I am in love with the ball jars on it. OMGOSH :)

  8. So pretty. I really do love that mat. You do such nice work.

  9. Fun!!!
    Happy weekend to you

  10. Oooooooh, I do love the finish! One can never do awry with freshly picked daisies tucking inside blue canning jars! Your work is absolutely WONDERFUL!!!
    Happy day to you...

  11. Oh! I wouldn't be able to resist making your wool runner either. So cute.


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