I had been quilting for about fifteen years when I decided to relearn embroidery. I had learned the basics as a Brownie, but that was the last time I put needle to floss.
My first project was The President's Quilt by Michael J.Buckingham! George Washington looks pretty sad, but by the time I got to Bill Clinton I had embroidery down pat.
I have enjoyed mixing quilting and embroidery ever since. And so do many of the gals in my weekly quilt group.
Australian quilter and embroiderer Gail Pan's new book offers fourteen projects that will win your heart. Many are perfect for gifts. Some you won't want to five up. Like this adorable sewing theme collage that includes vintage buttons, supplies, and trim with embroidery.
|Memories of Sewing, 12 1/2" x 13 1/2", framed.|
Bees have become a favorite theme in recent years as a reaction to the environmental threats they face. This sweet wall hanging has an attractive appliqued frame.
Needlecrafters will love this needlecase with a butterfly. The folded case, when open, has pockets for your small scissors and supplies and a piece of wool to slide your needles into for safe keeping. It closes up with a ribbon. So simple!
|Butterfly Stitches, 4" x 4"|
|Pretty Floral Tote, 18" x 14 1/2" x 3"|
|On the Go Pouch, 7 1/2" x 7" folded|
|Love and Dreams Wall Hanging, 16 1/2" x 19 1/2"|
|Bunny Delights Bag, 8" x 10"|
|All Around the Snowmen Table Topper, 26 1/2" by 26 1/2"|
Learn more about Gail and see her other patterns at her website Gail Pan Designs.
Patchwork Loves Embroidery
That Patchwork Place
$25.99 USD, £22.99 GBP
from the publisher:
Best-selling author Gail Pan returns with a new collection of designs that are a dream to embroider and a delight to admire! Inspired by Gail's daily walks, an abundance of sweet motifs includes bees and bunnies, houses and hearts, and her signature bird, leaf, and vine stitcheries. New to embroidery? Learn just eight simple stitches to create any project in the book. Choose from a pillow, pouch, pincushion, and tote, plus wall hangings, table toppers, and sewing-related items. Enjoy your finished projects at home or give them as gifts--you'll want to make them all!