Good Friends and Giveaway #3

There is an old proverb stating that “the road to a friend’s house is never long”. This aphorism reminds me of the many friendships I’ve made over the years as a traveling quilt teacher. No matter where I go, my quilt friends are always welcoming and kind.

In celebration of those friendships, I came up with this design for my new book, Playful Free-Form Embroidery. A Friend’s House is embroidered on a wool background with felt shapes for the sheep and birdhouse. The free-standing stitched shapes like the bird, fence, and sun are made with thread alone. Complete directions are given in the book.

Did you know I’m giving away items for the Playful Free-Form Embroidery projects every Tuesday until the end of May?

This week the gift is a skein of size 8 pearl cotton called Prinky Phlox used to make the fence for A Friend’s House.

Leave a comment below, and you may be the lucky winner!

Please note that the giveaway closes on Thursday and I announce the winner on Friday. Meantime, please check out my online class, Little House in the Woods, and learn how to make this sweet little house design on the front cover of the book.

Who Won the Pinking Blade?

I really loved making the embroideries in my new book Playful Free-Form Embroidery! Like this detail from the Nuthouse design, each of the 6 projects gives ample opportunity to play with color, texture, and pattern. My favorite part of creating the Nuthouse was adding these colorful garden flowers sprouting from the pinked edge of the green felt.

And speaking of a pinked edges….

Winner of Giveaway #2!

The winner of our second giveaway, a pinking blade for the rotary cutter, is Barb W. May your edges always be pinked!

In celebration of my new book, Playful Free-Form Embroidery, I’m giving away items for the book projects every week until the end of May.

Stay tuned for our next giveaway next Tuesday.

What Nut House? Giveaway #2

My lively grandchildren inspired the Nuthouse project in my new book, Playful Free-Form Embroidery. Their visits are a bevy of activity, never-ending gymnastics, and joyful chatter. I love them dearly, but sometimes I think I live in a nuthouse!

In celebration of my new book and nuthouses everywhere, I’ll be giving away items used in the book every Tuesday until the end of May. The first give-aways are all about the tools and materials you’ll need to complete projects like the Nuthouse. Leave a comment below, and you may be the lucky winner!

What I’m Giving Away!

An unusual tool you may not have in your sewing room is a pinking blade for your rotary cutter. In Playful Free-Form Embroidery, the pinking blade is used to trim the edges of the nuthouse design for the ladybug road.

The pinked fabric edge not only makes a rocky road for the ladybugs, but it is perfect for embellishment with a Fly Stitch.

Leave a comment on today’s blog, and you may be the lucky winner of a pinking blade for your rotary cutter. Please note I’ll be closing the giveaway on Thursday and announce the winner on Friday.