How to Stitch a Nut House #4

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Every Nut House needs a woven walkway.

My Nut House is coming along nicely, thank you! After adding the Fern Stitch to the trees and shrubbery, the front walk is stitched. This stitch is called Needle Weaving wherein you make long stitches for a warp and then weave across the warp with your needle and thread and stitch down the other side. (Someday I’ll make a tutorial for you.) But right now I’m admiring the front lawn made with this snazzy green batik. Isn’t it great?

Libby's Leaves by Laura Wasilowski

Libby’s Leaves by Laura Wasilowski is now up for auction.

On a side note. Today is the first day of the benefit auction for Libby Lehman. You can see the online auction here. Check out my contribution, Libby’s Leaves, along with many other beautiful quilts for sale to aid Libby with her medical bills. Be sure to bid early and often!

How to Stitch a Nut House #3

nuthouse5There is so much work to be done on my Nut House! You’ll note that the roof is one of those traditional woven collages available from the Chicago School of Fusing Parts Department. I found mine in the debris pile, left over from the Acorn Pattern project.

After I Blanket Stitch down the roof edges, I really must tackle the yard work. If I could hire someone to do the yard work, I’d do it. But, no. I guess this is something I need to do myself.

How to Stitch a Nut House #2

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The first stitches on my Nut House.

The hand embroidery on my little Nut House begins with the focal point- the house. You’ll see straight stitches around the windows in True Blues size 12 thread. The front door knob, windows, and roof are stitched with a Sunflowers size 12 thread.

To give you and idea of scale, the windows measure about 1/4″square. I’m thinking very small people live in my Nut House. But. They have very large imaginations.

How to Stitch a Nut House #1

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If I lived in a Nut House, this is what it would look like.

And now back to the Nut House. This small quilt top is steam set to wool batting and ready to hand stitch. Notice that arch shaped top? Can you guess why it’s shaped that way? That pink/coral background fabric was once a shirt sleeve. I had dyed a white shirt and loved the fabric so much I started cutting it up and using it in quilts.

The moral of the story: I would give the shirt off my back for a decent nut house.

Oh, The Possibilities!

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This lovely design by Susanna was made in my Zen Doodle Quilt class.

I wish I could say I made this. But this beautiful design is by Susanna who took my Zen Doodle Quilt class at Penn National. (Thanks for sharing Susanna!) Today I’m teaching that same class at the Palmetto Quilt Guild in Hilton Head, SC. And I’m betting a few of my students will be a little scared. Why?

Because you design and construct your quilt top in one day. No fussing around. No second guessing. You make the work right then and there.

My theory is that you only learn by doing. Thinking too much about a quilt project can stifle your ability to create. You just need to get in there and get it done!

Back to My Old Self

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My Nut House ready to stitch.

It is with great relief that I return to my real self, a fuser on a mission. You’ll be happy to know that my latest little quilt involves a nut house. Here it is ready to hand stitch. Ah….. it feels so good to use a hand embroidery needle again.

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Graffiti by Laura Wasilowski using Graffiti fabric designed for the SAQA Urban Textures line from Andover Fabrics.

Piecing a quilt with the Graffiti fabric from the SAQA Urban Textures was a engrossing distraction. (Thank you for the fabric Andover. Thank you for the pattern e-Quilter.) But lets face it. At heart, I just want to make pictures of things. And fusing is the best way to do it in fabric!