Friday, April 3, 2009

Tea Towel Embroidery, Sweet Spring Giveaway

Yesterday I spent some time going through my embroidery patterns, magazines and the web looking for ideas for my colorful tea towels. It was very fun and I think I found enough ideas to do more than three.
First I pulled out my Folk Art Friendship book, it is full of many varied projects. I want a vine to do along the bottom and something not to busy above it.


I found vines that I could repeat across, like some of these.
I like the dangling hearts on this one. And repeat the vine below it.Or Anne of Bunnyhill Designs has her A Tiskit, A Tasket BOM embroidery pattern.

I thought I had more Crabapple Hill patterns than I found so I went to Meg's website. I love this one. It is from her free downloads. It may be busier than I was looking for but it is perfect for my towels and just what I had in mind. May is Mother's Day and my birthday month. So I will do this on the turquoise towel.. using some brighter threads...... on top of the third vine, there are just X's, she has detailed instructions on some daisies free to download. So if you like this design go to the link highlighted above. You can see her new designs and she has a cute club you can join.

I shared previously about the Australian Homespun magazine. The have a lot of embroidery and here are three that I liked. A sweet house mini quilt, it would make a cute design, the trees are so cute, with Blessings and a heart.
This is to cute, maybe not for my towels, but it is part of their new mystery BOM, to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation. I would love to be doing this along with them, I am hesitant to start anything new. But these are really tempting me, it is block two of Breast of Friends, designed by artist Bronwyn Hayes of Red Brolly. This BOM will be revealed over the next nine months and there is a sneak peek of all the blocks in this issue. Are you as tempted as I am?
The link to Homespun for Breast of Friends: http://www.completecraft.com.au.

Well continuing in the same magazine is a project by Christine Book. I have a wonderful book by her, this basket of flowers is definitely jumping off the page for me. Very folky and just the perfect size. I love the tongues too, or the border pattern I could do as well.
Yes, I like this one very much as well. But maybe on some osnaburg, or some linen.
Well its always fun searching through patterns to find the design. It's part of the process of quilting that I love. Searching through fabrics is another. I have been going through my fabrics and doing some organizing a clearing out. I came along some 30's prints, I do not have alot of these but I have had some for a very long time. So I cut the 1/2 yards pieces in half and made fat quarters. While looking through my AP&Q June issue I came across this quilt.It really appealed to my desire for spring to get here fast. And I remembered those fat quarters. I made a couple stacks and I want to give one away. There are 16 pieces in the bundle. So leave me a message on this post and Sunday evening I will draw for a winner. That will give me time to add a couple things to juice it up abit.

I think these fabrics would work in this quilt, maybe you have your own idea. Its up to you, so pass it along to your friends, sharing is a good thing.

Thanks for stopping by and my very best spring wishes to all of you.
Carrie

19 comments:

Screen Door said...

What we miss by using Google Reader--- I love your header...The fat quarters would make a great bag--- drop my name in....Happy Spring. Thanks for sharing.

Anne said...

I love all the pictures you posted. Love that 30's quilt too. I have a little post it on that page of the magazine. LOL
Can't wait to see what embroidery design you come up with for the towels. You've shown some great ideas.

Gayle said...

Those fabrics would be PERFECT for making that sweet little quilt! My issue of the magazine just came in the mail today so I need to get busy and read it!

Quilt Hollow said...

I received my issue of magazine yesterday and loved that spring time fresh look of that quilt as well. I too have that little embroidery booklet! (just need to find it!!) LOL Starting something new is always fun but yet so confusing to me because there are so many ideas floating around in this head!

Stina said...

Still waiting for my issue to come... I have seen so many peeks from it...that I long too much already... :o)
And I have the Homespun mags too..and have eying those out too...Please...please add me to the giveaway... love your fq pack..:o)

Crazy for Primitive Quilts and Gardens said...

Would love to be part of your giveaway :o) Maybe I will get lucky! Thanks for all the great inspiration for doing some stitchery. Those are some great patterns you have there!

Judy S. said...

Thanks for the reminder to visit Crabapple Hill. I love those designs! I need to look for that magazine....cute stuff!

Quilts And Pieces said...

You know, it isn't like i don't have enough things to do, and then you show me all those cool embroideries. Ackkk!!!! I loved that quilt in the magazine too!

Sipiweske Quilts said...

You are picking some very nice embroidery designs - lots to choose from. I'm still waiting for my magazine to show up, but it does look like that stack of fat quarters would work perfectly for that pattern. - Marlene

Kaaren said...

I desperately need some Spring in my life, Carrie. Still have patches of snow here and there but the daffs and tulips are defying the white stuff and are starting to come up anyway.

Thanks for sharing!

Debra said...

What wonderful fabrics! Please enter me!

Nadine said...

I can see us all embroidering FOREVER! I was just looking at my APQ June magazine and was drooling over that same quilt! Thanks for sharing all those pics! Now I have to go look for something I'm remembering...

thestonerabbit said...

I so loved seeing the patterns you are considering for your project! I recognize several of them! I love those colorful tea towels--which reminded me that I have some of those given to me and I need to pull them out of the drawer and add some Spring color to my kitchen!!!

Did you know the ladies at Blackbird Designs are from the KC area? I've met Barb--she is delightful.

Hope you are enjoying a great weekend! Dana

jacquie said...

boy, am i glad you stopped by my blog. such cute things to oogle here and a giveaway too. have a great day!

Carrie P. said...

Oh I am probably too late for the giveaway but someone will have some nice fabric. Thanks for the links I went and got the pattern from Crabapple Hill.
I have that Homespun magazine too. I have to oder mine from the internet. Where do you get yours from?

Cynthia said...

That quilt from APQ is gorgeous! Looks like one I would love to make for my daughter. The colors are scrumptious and I would be thrilled to win those fat quarters. What a treat! I love your blog and the quilt in the header is gorgeous. Did you make it?

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Love that you looked through all of the magazines and patterns for us and give us all ideas for our next project!

debbie said...

Hey I have that Folk Art Friendship book, although mine got saturated with water in the flood we had here. I can still read it though. Thanks for a lovely giveaway. Pls pop me in the draw.

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