How to Stitch a Nut House #5

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Nut House (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

My last bit of hand embroidery on the Nut House is around the outside edges of the design. All it takes is a few Running Stitches and Straight Stitches  in a True Blues Size 12 thread to give it a neat, finished look. You gotta love a neat Nut House.

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Nut House by Laura Wasilowski

The background fabric (formerly a hand-dyed shirt sleeve) is now machine stitched. That smooth arch at the top is made possible with Timtex, a stiff interfacing placed behind the batting to hold the shape.

I could see living in this sweet little Nut House. And you can see it in person at the Artfabrik booth (#1739) at the IQF show in Houston next week. Stop in and say “hi” and I’ll give a tour of the house!

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!