Fall Quilt Introduction

The last month has been a busy one, creatively. I finished the new rug design and I’ll be starting that in about a week. Then two smaller designs insisted that they get onto the computer – each about 10″ square. This is the first one.

The border is being worked with a Watercolors (Fiesta) for the colors for fall. I did cut out most of the turquoise out because I don’t feel it’s a fall color. The quilt pattern for the border is called Delectable Mountains. I did the Watercolors set of mountains and then filled in the opposite direction with a brown perle #5. The outer border and the tiny corner triangles were stitched with #5 perle in a darker brown color. I’m ready to turn the corner on the left tonight.

Fall Quilt 1

I should have the border done in a few more days and will start working on the center design area. I’ll show you my progress in a week or so. This is a fast stitch with easy stitches and almost all #5 perle cotton.

Central Anatolia Rug – Introduction

In the last post, I told you I was working on two new projects. This is the second one – a rug from Central Anatolia (the area just East of Ankara, Turkey). The center medallion has intrigued me for quite a while now since it is so different from any others I’ve seen. It’s a keyhole (or turret) medallion.

Keyhole Medallion

The design is about half done already! It’s just been sailing along. I’ve adapted a border from the same region already and I’ve started on the medallion. The outline for the medallion is done and I’ve started filling it in. As usual, I’m having to cut it down in size and make it a little simpler.

I’ll be using Pepper Pot Silk for this in red, gold, olive green, and black. I’m excited about the background too. I found out that Pepper Pot now has overdyes and I asked Michelle at Come to the Point about them. She didn’t have them, but ordered them to surprise me. (She is so great to work with!) I’ll be getting a skein of each color I want to use today along with the red overdye to use for the background. Since the border for the medallion lends itself so easily to using Milanese stitch, I’ll fill in the entire background in Milanese as well! Getting very excited about this project though I can’t start it just yet – I have stockings to finish first.

Stay tuned.

Tree of Life Designing

This week I haven’t done as much stitching as usual. My mind has been a-buzz with design ideas. One of them sent me searching the Internet and my rug books. How many cultures have rugs with a Tree of Life? I’ve seen many cross stitch projects and quilts with them, but they are all over the world.

Afghan rug

Afghan Tree 2

Persian rug

Persian Tree of Life

Bakhtiari rug (I’d love to adapt this one!)

Bakhtiari Tree of Life

India rug

India Tree of Life

I’d love to do a whole series of Tree of Life rugs and maybe create one of my own too. But I’ll start with the one below from Bijar – an area in northwest Iran. This area has a large Kurdish population, many of whom are rug makers.

Kurd design – There are flowering bushes, willows and cypress tree. I know I want to stay with the same colors – nice and simple – and make it as a pillow. I’m playing with stitches right now and will start on the design soon. Lots of decisions to make before I get to start stitching ( create a border?).

Kurd Tree of Life

Look for another post soon about another rug (from Anatolia) that I’ve already started designing and will be practice stitching with new threads that will arrive in a few days. I don’t know which one I’ll actually be stitching first. Now that I’ve gotten these two projects mapped out and started on the computer, hopefully my designing mind will take a rest and let me get back to stitching my current projects that need to be done.

Photos are from the Internet and the book Tribal & Village Rugs by Peter F. Stone

Train Stocking – Milestone

No, I don’t have the stocking done yet. But the train itself is complete, along with the smoke and all the snow and trees around it!

Train St 10

Isn’t it gorgeous!! Now I have the muted village to stitch above the caboose and then the name of my DH. It won’t be done this month, but look for the finale in February.

D.E.S.I.G.N. – Stickideen von der Wiehenburg

Time for my last post for the DESIGN SAL.

What project are you going to talk about? I saw this piece -“Patchwork Sampler Serenity” – on a website while browsing one day over a year ago. I fell in love with it and looked everywhere to find shops that sold patterns from this German company. I finally found it on the website for a shop in Massachusetts.

Have you stitched a project from this company before? No, I haven’t.

Would you buy another pattern from this company – why or why not? I saw several projects by the company that I liked, so I might do more of them.

Did you notice anything different about this designer? I wanted to do a Quaker piece, and I liked the layout of this one and the colors. I know you can change colors on any pattern, but I didn’t have to think about this one. I had the fabric and all the floss colors in my stash so it was an easy decision.

I’ve only just started it to show you the design and introduce you to a new designer, if you don’t already know about them. Their patterns are not plentiful in the U.S., but you can find a few here. I’m sure they are more available in Europe.

Here is how it will look when it is complete:

Patchwork Sampler Serenity

And this is my very small start of the motif at the top left:

Serenity-1

I will obviously be working on this a lot more next year.

If you’re interested in their designs, here are some links:

www.wiehenburg-online.de

www.123stitch.com

bushmtnstitch.com/   This is where I bought the pattern

Deconstructed Log Cabin by Jeff Kulick – Progress 3

This is moving so nicely and I really love it!

I had hoped that the next section would finish the top right corner – but no. It’s on to the mini quilt section in the middle. This divides the piece up even more so you can see what is left to do.

Log Cabin-3

I only have two of the quilt squares completed and there are three rows of this to complete. I’ll have it done by next time.I also want to complete the outer borders. There’s only a little left at the bottom and most of the right side.

Everything moves along quickly when I have time to work on this. My hands don’t like me stitching on it for more than 45 minutes – so just 2-3 sessions a week. Needlepoint seems harder on my hands than cross stitch, for some reason.

Persian Nain Rug – Progress 10

Time for a monthly update on this rug. Still going quite slowly…

Last month, I was here:

Nain-9

Today, I’m here (and I’ve turned it around again):

Nain-10

The side on the top now – a lot of the border has been filled in and I’ve started the outline of the two square motifs.

In the center, I’ve completed the outlining of the medallion. Now I can slowly start to fill in the areas.

The side on the bottom has the second square motif filled in and the pineapple is half done.

This month I’m going to finish filling in the pineapple, start the outline for the other two square motifs (so the two sides match), and then work on the border.

By next month, I want the entire outer border stitched, have some of the medallion filled in, and be working on one of the large corner motifs. I need to pick up the pace if this is going to be done this year.

I have a small tile design waiting for my attention and I’ve started working on a Persian pillow design in jade green and pale golden browns as well. My hands can’t keep up with all the designs floating in my head right now.

Happy stitching everyone!