Something New from the Studio

For the past few weeks I’ve been doing something sinfully wonderful…..making new art work! Of course, Frieda and I will have our pattern quilts on display in our booth at the International Quilt Festival. But we will also show our newest pieces. This little number above is part of my Small World series. Please stop into the Artfabrik booth (#434) to see the final stitched quilt.

I made this quilt during a visit by a good friend. We stood side by side at the fusing table and both made small pieces of art work. My fusing table is just at the right height to stand at comfortably and is covered with a large teflon sheet that you can fuse onto. It was her second fused quilt and my 12th in the Small World series. I am slowly winning her to the dark side.

Something New from the Studio

For the past few weeks I’ve been doing something sinfully wonderful…..making new art work! Of course, Frieda and I will have our pattern quilts on display in our booth at the International Quilt Festival. But we will also show our newest pieces. This little number above is part of my Small World series. Please stop into the Artfabrik booth (#434) to see the final stitched quilt.

I made this quilt during a visit by a good friend. We stood side by side at the fusing table and both made small pieces of art work. My fusing table is just at the right height to stand at comfortably and is covered with a large teflon sheet that you can fuse onto. It was her second fused quilt and my 12th in the Small World series. I am slowly winning her to the dark side.

Thread-u-cation Thursdays: Snail Trail Stitch

The Snail Trail Stitch is a linear stitch that looks like a string of fish or little ribbons to me.  When you use it around a flower dot, the flower looks as if it’s winding up for take off like these above. (Where the reference to snails came from is lost on me. Any ideas?)

Here’s how I make my Snail Trail Stitches: bring the needle and thread up at point A. Insert the needle at point B which is about 1/8″ to the right and 1/8″ up from A. Bring the needle under the fabric and exit at a point about 1/4″ up from A at point C. Slip the thread over the needle and then snugly under the needle. Now pull the needle and thread gently through point C. Don’t pull too tightly or you loose your loop.

What was point C now becomes point A. Repeat the above directions to form a loopy line across the fabric. I noticed that this stitch requires a lot of the right hand working with the left hand. (You’ll be happy to know that so far they are getting along.) This stitch also reminds me of a song from my youth by Dale Evans. Maybe you remember it. “Happy Snail Trails to you, until we meet again. Happy Snail Trails to you, keep smilin’ until then!”

Thread-u-cation Thursdays: Snail Trail Stitch

The Snail Trail Stitch is a linear stitch that looks like a string of fish or little ribbons to me.  When you use it around a flower dot, the flower looks as if it’s winding up for take off like these above. (Where the reference to snails came from is lost on me. Any ideas?)

Here’s how I make my Snail Trail Stitches: bring the needle and thread up at point A. Insert the needle at point B which is about 1/8″ to the right and 1/8″ up from A. Bring the needle under the fabric and exit at a point about 1/4″ up from A at point C. Slip the thread over the needle and then snugly under the needle. Now pull the needle and thread gently through point C. Don’t pull too tightly or you loose your loop.

What was point C now becomes point A. Repeat the above directions to form a loopy line across the fabric. I noticed that this stitch requires a lot of the right hand working with the left hand. (You’ll be happy to know that so far they are getting along.) This stitch also reminds me of a song from my youth by Dale Evans. Maybe you remember it. “Happy Snail Trails to you, until we meet again. Happy Snail Trails to you, keep smilin’ until then!”

Stitching Backgrounds


Solid colored background fabrics can make for some interesting hand stitching. Here is a great example of stitching on a black background, it really makes the colors pop. This detail is from a piece by the group called Mapula which means Mother of Rain. It’s called Mandela’s Children’s Foundation (the number 46664 was Nelson Mandela’s prison number). 
Valerie Hearder sells these hand embroidered and appliqué wall hangings to help the women of Africa create a dignified living to support their families. Visit her new web site and blog: “Stories from the Women of Africa” for more information. Valerie is also leading a tour to South Africa with Odette Tolksdorf next April. For more information check out her web site. Better sign up soon! Registration closes Dec 7th.

Stitching Backgrounds


Solid colored background fabrics can make for some interesting hand stitching. Here is a great example of stitching on a black background, it really makes the colors pop. This detail is from a piece by the group called Mapula which means Mother of Rain. It’s called Mandela’s Children’s Foundation (the number 46664 was Nelson Mandela’s prison number). 
Valerie Hearder sells these hand embroidered and appliqué wall hangings to help the women of Africa create a dignified living to support their families. Visit her new web site and blog: “Stories from the Women of Africa” for more information. Valerie is also leading a tour to South Africa with Odette Tolksdorf next April. For more information check out her web site. Better sign up soon! Registration closes Dec 7th.