I love taking small embroidery designs and combining them into interesting shapes, especially in squares (quilt blocks) oval and circular ones. Most of my collections feature some type of edging or border, but as I add a border I am aware that I create a problem. Tiny circles, leaves and buds on the edge of… Continue reading Arabella Bullion design for a quilted mat (part 1)
Today I embroidered out one of the more simple blocks from Beatrice Quilt blocks 2. I wanted to check how this particular design looked with a large quilted background similar to one I had used in one of the Celtic Ivy blocks. I used Schmetz Gold embroidery needles, 75/11 and Tire Silk #50 threads. First of… Continue reading diary of a quilt block with a bird’s nest!
I am finishing off my latest 10 quilt blocks. These go through several stages of development, and I cannot release any designs until I am absolutely happy with the overall look of them. Some designs look perfect on my software even before their first stitchout after being digitised. Others do not quite look right, and… Continue reading more 8″ quilt blocks
Each year I make it my aim to embroider a very special Christmas card for my sister. This year I was inspired by some wrapping paper. It wasn't necessarily the design but the colour scheme that caught my eye. Something less traditional in grey, sage and bronze, with an element of metallic threads. I decided… Continue reading time for another embroidered Christmas card
A few weeks ago I decided it was time to find out all there was to know about quilt blocks, embroidering them out and joining them for a beautiful completed project. I have been asked several times what the back of my quilt blocks look like, and in this tutorial you will find out how… Continue reading a quilt block tutorial you cannot afford to miss!
I am currently finishing off the second set of Pamela's Joy Quilt blocks and have been giving a great deal of thought to how best they can be stitched out, joined and completed. Several of you have asked me what my preferred method is, and at present I am developing my own unique system for all the quilt blocks at Graceful… Continue reading creating more Pamela’s Joy Quilt blocks
I recently put the finishing touches to my first batch of quilt blocks based on elements from the Pamela's Joy collection. These comprise of small flowers and satin ribbons, and some lace types links for a special feature. I have taken this opportunity to test out several types of batting in readiness for a up and coming… Continue reading creating Pamela’s Joy Quilt blocks
Out of all the sets in this new Almond Silk Paisley collection I love the last set which is now near completion. With the larger hoops I am not so limited so I can combine and create much more detailed designs offering you some wonderful designs which I hope will inspire you to get embroidering. I enjoyed myself… Continue reading creating some Almond Silk Paisley quilt blocks