Sunday, November 4, 2012

Busy With More Than Just Cross Stitch

It did not take me long to finish stitching Autumn in New York but it did take me some time to figure out how to finish this piece.  Here is what I decided to do with it...

Designer: Primrose Needleworks
Fabric: 32ct linen over one
Floss: DMC
Stitched for: Meg C.

I purchased an unfinished wooden box and covered it with fabric.  The box did not come with a lid so, with the help of my DH, I made the lid and mounted the stitched piece on the top.  I had never tried this finish before and did not have any instructions to follow, as a result I had to "winging it" but I am pleased with how it turned out. 

Remember this?


It now looks like this...

 Stitched for: 2012 Graduation Quilt for Emily
75 x 98 Pieced Nine Patch

The quilt top was quilted by Mary Lea, a wonderful machine quilter in Texas.  I mailed her the top and asked her to do whatever she thought would look nice.  She selected a swirly pantograph and quilted it with black thread. It turned out perfect!


Machine Quilting by: Mary Lea Reynolds



Polka Dot Backing ~ Black binding

My sewing machine has been getting more use these days.  I am trying to finish my huge stack of UFOs.  Here is the latest completed quilt top...


A number of years ago I participated in a group block exchange and these are the blocks that we exchanges.  I actually completed the quilt top, less the borders, quite some time ago.  Hard to believe that all this needed was the borders!  Now I just need to get it quilted.

I recently attended the Champlain Valley Quilters' Guild Quilt Show and took  pictures of some very pretty quilts.  I will leave you with a few....








Thanks for stopping by...


Until next time...

10 comments:

Catherine said...

Love your box finish and those quits, stunning!

Jeanne said...

Love your box finish Marie. Nice quilts too - congrats on finishing up those projects! After a couple years of dedicated UFO-ing I am down to my last quilt top that needs to be quilted- you know what a good feeling THAT is. That pink and brown quilt you showed is a favorite of mine..I have the book and a box of pinks & brown fabrics I've been collecting for years. Seeing it here again reminds me of how much I want to make it!

Vicki said...

Great job on your box finish! The quilts are all lovely. Sounds like you're super busy!

Heather said...

The Autumn in New York is soooo pretty, I love it!! You finished it so well (of course) you are so talented. I love your rainbow quilt, it's beautiful :)

I actually started a new cross stitch last night, don't fall off your chair Marie! haha! I am happy to be stitching again, quilting has taken over my brain. Have a great day.

Jennifer said...

That box is amazing - so beautiful!!!! I am sure the recipient will adore it. Love, love, love the quilt as well. What a wonderful gift!

Shirlee said...

Autumn in New York looks great as do all the quilts! You're almost making me want to start quilting again : )

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Heeeelllllooooo Marie! :)
Love your quilted tops :) And they are as beautiful as everything you do! I certainly dig that box too! Beautiful stitching AND finishing :)
Love ya girl!

anniebeez said...

Very nice finish on the box! Love your quilts!

Suzanne said...

Great finish on the box and I really love those quilts!

Susan said...

All those quilts are gorgeous!

Love your box finish! Just lovely!

Have a wonderful week, Marie.