Monday, April 11, 2016

Made it! But Barely!

So, it's the second Monday and the next installment of Little Wooly Baskets is due today. I really wasn't sure I would get it done but I made it. I don't like to share a ton of personal stuff here on the blog since you guys come here for quilting stuff but a bit of an update is due. I am sooooo behind! I am behind on shipping orders, magazine deadlines, book work, you name it. As you all know my dad became ill in January requiring we care for him at home until his passing. We brought in February with his funeral. We were just getting back to some sort of normal when my mom's cancer took a turn and suddenly I found myself taking her for extra chemo, doctor's appointments and helping with additional errands that were difficult for her to do. Follow that with her needing to go to the hospital, follow that with her developing a sudden and terminal complication. This meant 12 days at the hospital around the clock- real life on hold. I think I slept at home 2 nights. Along with this I have had to juggle her finances, make funeral arrangements and all. Somewhere along the way I just crashed! Grief coupled with physical and mental exhaustion took over. I am now trying to get caught up, one thing at a time. It is a huge list of to-dos along with cleaning out my mom's apartment. So for today I am posting the Little Wooly Baskets, hoping to get several things crossed off the list including shipping ALL orders and I am striving to have a tear free day. We'll just have to see about the tear free thing. But anyway- here's Block 5- Strawberries!
I cut all my stems for both blocks freehand. You do what feels right for you. One of the great things about this BOM is seeing how everyone has made the blocks their own.
Block #6
The patterns can be found HERE.
I will be back soon with some info on new patterns!
Happy Quilting,

Friday, March 25, 2016


For those of you who are waiting on orders from me, I ask for your patience. I am at the hospital around the clock with my mom. Please bear with me and know that I have not forgotten you!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

So, About That Block of the Month

I have to tell you that I am OVERWHELMED at the response to Little Wooly Baskets! I had no idea that participation would be so huge. Thank you to all of you who are stitching along. Several people have posted photos of their blocks on Facebook and I love seeing all the different stitches and colors being used. I know that many of you don't use Facebook so I have created a Pinterest board where I am posting all the photos. The link is on my sidebar. Please email me photos of your blocks and I will add them to the board. It is fun to see all the blocks in one spot to see all the differences.

What's this block above, you ask? Well, I am heading to Little Rock Arkansas tomorrow to teach two workshops and do a trunk show and I won't be home until Tuesday evening. The new blocks are supposed to post on Monday and I didn't want to be late with them so I am releasing them today. The block above is Block 3.
This little basket of tulips is Block 4. You can get your patterns HERE.
Remember to check your printer settings- the block should print out at 6". I cut my stems on both blocks free hand. 
I hope you enjoy these blocks.
Happy Quilting,

Monday, February 15, 2016

Little Wooly Baskets Blocks 1 and 2

Okay quilters, here we go. After much ado the Little Wooly Baskets BOM is starting. Basic BOM information can be found on the tab above labeled Little Wooly Baskets. Above is a photo of Block 1. The patterns for both block 1 and 2 is HERE. On the pattern page I have labeled the color of wool I used. You of course can use any color you like. If you would like the background fabric, Buttermilk wool for the baskets or the thread combo I am using, Primitive Gatherings has those on their website. Go to the Block of the Month page and choose Little Wooly Basket supplies.
Here is Block 2.
Use your favorite applique method. Keep in mind these are primitive designs. Placement does not need to be precise, only pleasing to the eye. I cut my berries on block 2 free hand and I also cut all the stems on each block freehand. This lends a folk art feel.
For those new to wool - when using felted wool you do not need a seam allowance. 
For those wanting more info on my method, here is a quick rundown of how I do my wool applique. My way is not the right way, just what works for me.
1. I cut my blocks 6 1/2" and seal the edges with Fray Check to prevent raveling and distortion.
2. I don't use fusibles. To me it's just another step and another expense. Not to mention that one of the great things about wool is how easy it is to stitch and I think you lose that with a fusible.
3. I trace my templates on freezer paper, shiny side down. Iron to the wool, (no right or wrong side to wool). Cut out on the drawn line. Layout the shapes on my background piece and either pin or glue in place.(I find glue sticks to work nicely.) Start stitching.
4. I don't buttonhole. I don't care for the look personally. I prefer for my stitches to be less visible. I use two strands of floss and just do a little applique stitch. I find this to be quicker and to use less thread. Just my personal opinion. You do what works best for you. 
5. Start stitching and share, share, share your photos!
Happy Stitching, Dawn 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Basic Materials for Little Wooly Baskets

Okay, I have had several questions regarding the wool I am using on the baskets so I thought I would give a quick run down of the materials I am using.
The blocks are only 6" so most of the applique can be done from scraps and bits which is what I am doing. I am making all the baskets from a bundle pictured above. The colors are a little softer than the photo above shows. Soft, dull yellow and gray. Keeping all the baskets in the same family gives continuity and lets me be super scrappy in the hues used in the rest of the applique. The bundle is called Buttermilk Texture Bundle and is from Primitive Gatherings. I love these texture bundles! I buy these a lot at market in various color families.
My background fabric is  Rustic Homespuns2 from Diamond Textiles. These come in different textures/colors and really add a lot to your project. I chose a dark grey with a stripe. You only need a half yard to make your quilt top. The stripe lets me create interest using one fabric by orienting the stripes in different directions from block to block. I get mine from Homestead Hearth.
I do my stitching with Valdani threads. For my wool applique I use the 3-strand floss. It comes in a cute little ball and is 3 - strands versus the standard six. I find it easier to separate the strands than a lot of floss. I tend to stitch with 2 strands but if I am doing little detail work I can use 1 strand and if I am doing a large piece that needs a heavier thread, 3 strands is perfect. The floss is variegated which means one ball will mix nicely with several different shades of wool. And it's colorfast. And of course points for being in the cool little ball. This is also what I use for punch needle. The colors I am using for Little Wooly Baskets are:
Red- 0510- Terracotta Twist
Green- H202 Withered Green Heirloom Collection
Gray- 135 Beaver Gray Dark
Gold-  P5 Tarnished Gold- Vintage
Yellow (baskets)- JP1 Sunwashed Muddy Monet or JP8 Spring Leaves ( I know this has green in it but it works.)
Pink- JP5 Nantucket Rose 

So, gather your supplies. The patterns will launch on Monday, February 15 with a link here on the blog. 
Happy Quilting, Dawn

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Little Wooly Baskets BOM

Wow! What a response! Little Wooly Baskets BOM is a go.
Later this week I will post fabric requirements as well as some info on wool and threads. A bit of a info will be added for those new to wool as well. The pattern will launch next week. I will post everything here on the blog and then a link on Facebook so that the followers on Facebook will know to look here for each pattern. 
I am so excited to share this project with all of you! 
Happy Quilting,

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Thank You and a Free BOM

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who left a comment or sent me an email regarding my dad. I did not have time to send a note to each of you personally so I hope you don't mind a group thanks. It was comforting to know so many of you were thinking of us and we were not alone. After a very tough struggle we said good bye to my dad. As much as he will be missed, and as hard as this was for all of us to let him go, I think it was even harder to see him suffer. He had a big personality and was full of life. Thank you all again for your thoughts and prayers.

I got to thinking that I haven't done a free project for a long time. As a thank you to all who have read my blog over the years, bought books and patterns, invited me to your guild/shop, taken my workshops etc. I would like to offer a Free BOM.
This is a sneak peek and a little info to see if there is enough interest. 
The quilt is called Little Wooly Baskets. I will offer two 6" blocks each month. Every block will be a little basket of flowers. The applique is done in wool on cotton. Because these are so small and wool is so fast I think two blocks a month is doable. They are really fast and fun. The program will run for six months and at the end you will have 12 blocks and the setting instructions. If you think you would like to participate, please leave a comment so I know that there is enough interest. With all the sew -alongs available, I am not sure that there will be many who want to do this.  I will be back next week with all the particulars. 
Happy Quilting,

Friday, January 29, 2016

Quick Heads Up

Just a quick note-
We have my dad at home in hospice and are caring for him. If you have ordered patterns, they should be on their way. I am a bit behind as my time is pretty full. Also, I don't want anyone to think I am neglecting the blog again. I will be back soon!
Thanks to all who follow and read!
Happy Quilting, Dawn

Friday, January 22, 2016

Primitive Quilts and Projects

The new issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects has hit the stands. If you make primitive or folk art quilts be sure to check it out. Not only is it a great magazine but this issue has details about submitting your quilt for the Primitive Quilt Exhibit in Houston this fall. Last year was the first time for this long overdue exhibit. Often primitive style quilts are not included in shows but this is not the case anymore! The girls at PQ&P have set up this showing just for those of us who love the primitive style. Pick up an issue and enter your quilts!
And just in time for Valentine's, they are offering Kathy Cardiff's "Hearts and Vines" as a pattern for only $4.99. This was featured in the Spring 2013 issue and it spoke to me. I love the softness of this piece and being made from wool makes it quick to stitch up. I am tempted to pull out some wool and get started on this. I really love it. If only I didn't have deadlines looming. 
However, I did take the final stitch in the binding of this yesterday. This is a tiny peek at my quilt "Harvest" that will be in the fall issue of PQ&P. Soooo maybe I will reward myself with a little break and stitch Kathy's wool piece.

Happy Quilting, Dawn