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!

Piecing Urban Textures Fabric #4

saqafabric10It’s so great being back in the studio for a few days. It gives me the chance to add one last border to finish the SAQA Urban Textures quilt with the rich blue Graffiti fabric. The entire top now measures about 44″ x 60″. Next up: machine quilting!

saqafabric12I’ve decided to use some of the left over strip sets for the back of the quilt and have combined them with the third Graffiti colorway in charcoal and white. My plan for quilting is simple: stitch in the ditch. There’s no time for fancy stuff…….even if I had the skills to do it.