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Quilt of Valor 

30 Sep


Isn’t this Quilt of Valor amazing? A huge shout out to Judy Daymont who graciously accepted the donated Eagle kit and combined it with her masterful Pieced design. I am blown away. PS the Eagle kit was Judy’s first wool Appliqué project! Wow! Wow! Wow! — with Judy Daymont.

Thank you to Jeanie A for donating the Nine Patch blocks for this fabulous design.

The wool Appliqué Eagle is Die Cut from recycled Felted wool using Elanor Burns Accuquilt GO Eagle with Sizzix embellishments all cut on my Sizzix BigShotPRO. 

A little backstory…it is my habit to donate a wool Appliqué kit when I present my passion for wool Appliqué to organizations or when I vend a show. My small way of giving back. 

Can’t wait to design with these Dies! 

30 Aug

Serious Happy Mail for me! These Sizzix steel rule Dies designed by Roseann Meehan Kermes Rosebuds Cottage are awesome! So many adorable motifs on each Die I can’t wait to design with them!!! #rosebudscottage #sizzix #sizzxfangirl #prettypennyprecuts

Hummingbirds and Flowers Part 2 

9 Aug

On Black Background by Gretchen C isn’t it stunning! 

I have made progress on my Hummingbirds and Flowers Drsign. The kit inspiration is in the hands of the requesting stitcher Teddy in FL. The first few kits are sold!  I need to re kit this one quickly as I already have requests!  I hope you enjoy the photos. 

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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!!!