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Designing 

29 Jun

This will be a rather large Custom Kit request. The motifs are currently “auditioning” and are not yet fused in place.  One of my most important tools in the Pretty Penny Precuts Studio is my IPhone!  Snapping photos as I progress through a design allows me to correct things like placement and most importantly balance. This photo view allows you to step back from the design to see it in perspective. Note the heaviness in the corner placement as opposed to the placement of the horizontal motifs. Truly a design in progress but I am loving it!  


Here is a small sample stitch of the Hummingbird motif. Doesn’t the stitching just bring the hummingbird and flower to life? 

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What was your very first stitching project?

14 Jun

I have the pleasure of opening my Pretty Penny Precuts Studio to local stitchers each month. These lovely ladies keep me motivated to create our next project. Inspiration as you know can come from anywhere. Our June Pretty Penny Precuts Open House Stitching Session project was inspired by Angela L and her childhood Elephant Needle Pocket.  Isn’t Angela’s Elephant Needle Pocket adorable?  It’s more than 60 years old and is such a sweet example of childhood stitchery. 

By Angel L circa 1955

This is my first hand stitchery circa 1968. I think I used it like a little dresser scarf. 
These are the updated projects inspired by Angela’s Elephant Needle Pocket. I created two versions a Needle Pocket and a Needle Book. 
Why not stitch a memory real soon? 

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The Fantastic Featherweight Wool Appliqué Pattern

2 Jun

The Fantastic Featherweight Pattern is being printed! Order now on ETSY http://www.prettypennyprecuts.etsy.com or purchase in Studio at our June 13th Stitching Session.

Whether you own one of these Fantastic Singer Featherweight machines or not, why not stitch one?  Felted Wool on Cotton this little quilt finished 21″ x 17″. What better way to display your passion!

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Hand Dyed Felted Wool – Reduction Dyeing = Removing Dye

31 May

I recently answered this Question on the Wool Workers Facebook Page…How do you remove dye from dark wools? 

Great question!!! I encourage you to experiment and would love to hear about your results. Here is my experience…The product to use is an Oxygen Bleach (NOT Chlorine Bleach) example OxiClean.    I have tried removing dye on a couple of wool garments with very mixed results. For me two issues arose 1) you think nothing is happening and then boom too much dye was removed. 2) Without doing a tiny swatch test you have no idea what the base color before commercial dying occurred was – my experience undesirable gray wool lurks beneath! Instead of this type of reduction dyeing (removing color) I prefer to over dye even dark wools. Experiment adding a complimentary color dye, example red to berry to wine add green! To green add red! To blue add orange! You get the idea. Let us know how it goes!!!

Join Quilt Show

19 May


My quilt the Glad Tidings Basket Quilt was accepted into Georgia Celebrates Quilts

I hope you come see it!

 

The show will have over 300 quilts (including mine!)

It’s Georgia’s largest quilt show and it’s so much fun!

Contact me if you have any questions or check

http://www.ecqg.com/quilt-show for more information.

 

Thursday, June 8 – Saturday, June 10

10:00am to 6:00pm daily

 

Cobb County Civic Center

548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA

Admission is $10 ~ Free Parking

 

Did I mention that there will be plenty of shopping?

Teacup – Creating a New Pattern 

27 Mar

May is always my Pretty Penny Precuts Studio Open House Stitching Session Tea Party. I love tea and the memories of our annual Silver Instillation Tea for Women’s Fellowship at Fontana Community Church. 

I try to come up with a new project each year. This year I’ve the bright idea for a dimensional Teacup!  More specifically a Collapsable Thread Catcher. 

Yes, I own the Sizzix Dimensional Teacup Die but the shape is a bit funky for my taste. 

Here is the comparison. 

Not to worry my Sizzix Dies still play a role in perfectly cut Circles out of fabric, batting and cardboard!  

I am going to do a bit more tweaking on this pattern before I hit print. 

I’d love your thoughts on my Dimensional Teacup Thread Catcher!  

A new quilt category, the Hostess Quilt!

25 Feb

I’d like to send a shoutout to a dear Stitching friend Paula A! Paula inadvertently left a dish and small quilt behind over the holidays and when she retrieved it I told her how much I coveted the small quilt. Her hot dish quilt was bigger than a potholder but smaller than a table runner. Paula gifted the stripe table quilt to me! Thank you Paula! 


I would like to coin a new quilting term…the Hostess Quilt!  The Hostess Quilt is bigger than a potholder but smaller than a table runner.  I am in love with this concept of the Hostess Quilt. Perfect for gift giving and nearly instant gratification as far as finishing goes. I use my Hostess quilt under hot dishes, but they would be awesome accompanying a flower arrangement, a bottle of wine or a beautiful candle.  The second photo is my Spring Hostess Quilt! Wool on Cotton Appliqué, machine embroidery quilting and free motion quilting. Best of all, it’s a finished project!!!


The Tulips are Die cut with the Sizzix Originals Tulip Die from my hand dyed Felted wool. Follow Pretty Penny Precuts on Social Media. Request kits at http://www.prettypennyprecuts.etsy.com