Monday, 29 September 2014

Sew-a-long: Project Three!

Hello! Today, it is time to share with you my third finished project for the 'Patchwork Loves Embroidery' Sew-a-long being hosted by Martina at Sunshine Quilting.  If you have been following the Sew-a-long, you will remember that last time, I had decided that my next project was to be the 'Little Blue House Wall Hanging'.


Photograph from the book of Gail Pan's Little Blue House Wall Hanging
and my chosen fabric

It is a really charming pattern and I had a lot of fun making it. I used some beautiful variegated silk thread which is hand dyed by Stef Francis and which, coordinated beautifully with the green/blue fabric (pictured above) that I had chosen for the border.


Stef Francis hand dyed silk thread

I did make a very slight deviation from the pattern in Gail Pan's wonderful book as, I was eager to use that delightful green/blue fabric from my stash and, I felt that there was not quite enough contrast between it and the embroidered panel. To solve the problem, I added an extra, narrow border of blue between the two and I think it has worked well.


My version of the 'Little Blue House' Wall Hanging


A close up of the stitches

Here is my finished version.  I am delighted with how it has turned out.


Showing the quilting from the back


I quilted it using both machine and hand quilting.  The quilting doesn't show much from the front, so I have taken a photograph from the back which highlights it better.

My next project is going to be the 'Redwork Tote'.


Photograph from the book of Gail's Redwork Tote 

It has another lovely embroidery to stitch and, it will be a very useful project!!  I have already selected these fabrics to use for it.


My chosen fabrics and threads

I have also chosen some fabulous red-toned Stef Francis variegated thread to use for the embroidery.


Close up of the threads to show the fabulous colours

I have the embroidery pattern all traced out ready to go and I can't wait to get started!!


The traced embroidery pattern on my chosen background fabric

Of course, I am not the only one participating in the Sew-a-long so, why not go and have a look at all the other beautiful finished projects over at Sunshine Quilting.

26 comments:

  1. Really lovely colours especially the extra border, in your wall hanging. Don't you just love the variegated threads, they add extra dimension to the embroidery - great project. Looking forward to your tote in the pretty colours you have chosen

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    1. Hi Dawn! Thank you for your lovely comment. I am REALLY enjoying this sew-a-long, the projects are such fun to make and it is great to get to know all the other quilters participating! :) x

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  2. It looks so beautiful and I love the added small border, too! Your borderfabric is so lovely and the stitching with this thread is wonderful!
    Hugs Martina

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    1. Hello Martina! Thank you very much! I was so determined to use the border fabric but it didn't look right without the extra border. I am really pleased with how it looks now! Thank you so much for the SAL I am really enjoying it!! :) x

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  3. Good Morning Christine, Varigated thread has just recently won my heart, so seeing what you have done with it, and how lovely it looks in your sampler has just made my day. I can't wait to see varigated thread in your redwork tote too!

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    1. Good Morning Shelly! Thank you for your lovely comments! I am having such fun with all the Gail Pan projects, they are just so lovely!! The threads are beautiful too. I love working with them. Enjoy your week! :) x

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  4. Beautiful stitching, both the embroidery and the quilting! I love using variegated threads too, and the ones you have picked look gorgeous. Such lovely projects!
    Happy week.
    Helen xox

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    1. Hello Helen! Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I really love using these Stef Francis threads, they slide through the fabrics so beautifully as well as being lovely colours. :) x

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  5. Another lovely project. I really like the look of the next one too xx

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    1. Thank you Janet!! I am really enjoying making all these cute little projects!! :) xx

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  6. What beautiful sampler stitching Christine! I love your choice of colours for the Redwork tote and those variegated threads are gorgeous!
    Alison xx

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    1. Thank you Alison!! I am really enjoying working on the projects and the threads are fabulous. You should try some if you get the opportunity! :) xx

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  7. Liebe Christine,
    der kleine Redworkwandhänger ist so zauberhaft geworden, wunderschöne Stoffauswahl und so schön passend farblich gestickt.
    Auch Dein neues Projekt wird sehr schön werden, das sehe ich schon an den Stoffen und dem schönen Stickgarn.

    LG Uta

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    1. Hello Uta! Thank you so much for your very kind comments! I really appreciate them! Christine :) xx

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  8. Dear Christine,

    this is another beautiful project! The fabrics are lovely and I like the way the wall hanging turned out with a different color shade. And... the back of your wall hanging is much prettier than mine! :D

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    1. Hello Christiane! Thank you so much for your kind comments. I only photograph the back of my projects if they look neat!!! :D Have a great week!! :) xx

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  9. Hello Christine,

    your wallhanging looks great.

    Greetings, Manuela

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    1. Hello Manuela and thank you so much for visiting me and leaving such a kind comment!! :) x

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  10. Ohhhh, your wall hanging is sooooo beautiful, dear Christine - I love it!!! Your stitching with this thread are very fantastic...
    Have a great week
    Warm hugs
    Deborah

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    1. Thank you Deborah!! I really enjoyed this little project and the threads are a dream to work with. I am looking forward to using them again in my next project! :) Loved your bag!! :) x

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  11. Liebe Christine,
    es ist eine wahre Freude deine wunderschönen Stickereien zu sehen.
    Viele Grüße aus dem Urlaub sendet dir
    Steffi

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    1. Dear Steffi, thank you very much for your kind comment and I hope you have had a lovely holiday!! :) xx

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  12. Hello Christine,

    your wallhanging looks beautiful!!! Your stitching is very nice.

    Greetings, Klaudia from Germany

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    1. Dear Klaudia, thank you for your kind comments and for visiting me here! :) x

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  13. Dear Christine,
    your wallhanging is marvelous, as all your previous projecs. Love to see your bag.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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    1. Thank you Sylvia! I am a little late with the bag but, it should be finished this week!! :) x

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