Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The End of Summer in Stitches

I am in the last week of Wild Olive's Summer Stitching Club. It's still hot in Tucson, and probably won't cool down until November, so even though it still feels like Summer, it makes me sad that Summer is over. There is something about the calm and quiet that comes with Summertime in Tucson that I just love. 

 It's been dark and cloudy the last few days, because of monsoon storms and such. Which means I can't be running around outside when there is lightning and thunder. Being indoors allowed me the opportunity to work on the finishing touches of this mini quilt.

This project has been a lot of fun for me. I was able to use up a lot of scrap pieces of fabric that I have and didn't want to part with. I have to decide which room to hang this mini quilt in. It's bright and colorful and I think it will be a fun reminder of the summer every time I look at it. 

I only quilted a few hexagons down the middle of the quilt. I trimmed the edges and am deciding which binding to use... red or purple... or pink... When I decide, then I will finish. 

I just joined Mollie over at Wild Olive for another fun round of seasonal stitching with her Autumn Stitching Club and am really looking forward to seeing what she put together. I picked out my autumnal fabrics and can't wait to get started with some Fall stitches. 

I am still bummed out that summer has come to an end, but like all good things in life, they come to an end, right?

How do you feel about summer ending?

Until next time.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Vintage Embroidery Patterns

It's been a bit since I have blogged, but I am still here! I was super excited when a Hobby Lobby opened in Tucson, because they have a large embroidery section. On my recent visit to the store, I picked up some of these vintage looking tea towels.

I still haven't decided what to stitch on the gingham towels, but I couldn't resist sharing the crochet trim on them!

For the Retro Stripe Towels, I thought I had to use some vintage embroidery patterns on them to go with the stripes. Floresita over at Feeling Stitchy has this awesome blog, Vintage Transfer Finds, (she shares the patterns on her flickr page, as well), with patterns that really have a sweet vintage feel. I chose the "vegetable polka pattern" and this one of a little girl walking with a tomato

I transfer patterns by hanging them on the kitchen window, and hanging the fabric over that. The early morning sunlight helps me out quite a bit at this window. I use pencil, it isn't aways a great method, but it works for me just fine. 

These patterns were really fun for me to stitch. I guess I am more into anthropomorphic objects than I thought I was. These dancing veggies are just too cute for words. 

I wanted to give this little girl brown hair. Her tomato escort is just too funny. I am fairly certain I know real people that look like him. 

Two of the three towels are finished. Now I need to find something fun for the third towel that came in the package. 

Until next time!