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October 2018

Fall Folk Towel


More fun fall stitching!  This pattern is new to the website this month:  Finnish Folk #8012 


This old Finnish embroidery pattern was gleaned from a 1960's Woman's Day magazine.  There are six motifs in all, featuring country folk sharing chores on the farm.  I found this motif especially charming. 

100_9722a I think it was probably intended to represent spring, but with bright autumn colors it works well for fall too. 


This plain olive-green dish towel made a lovely background!  I wish I could find more soft cotton dish towels like this.  They came in a set of different colors. 


The border is optional.  I like it!

Autumn Stitching

100_0080AFor awhile I thought maybe the golden autumn light would escape us with all the rain, wind, fog and frost.  But so far this week the weather has been amazing and I took the opportunity to get some more pictures of my 'Field & Forest' quilt (in progress) while the light was still good. 


I rarely work with oranges, golds and greens.  They're not usually my first choices when quilt making, but clearly I need to break from tradition more often.  These rich earthy tones beautifully compliment the embroidered blocks of flora and fauna.  


The addition of feather-stitching highlights the embroidered blocks.  The embroidery motifs I used are a random mix from a wonderful vintage collection I tagged Field & Forest.  


The pattern includes over forty designs with all sorts of mushrooms,  acorns, ladybugs, leaves and wildflowers in varying sizes from 1 to 7 inches.  Such fun stitching!  

Field & Forest Quilt Update

My quilt-top is done!  Somehow, miraculously, all my little bits and bobs, odds and ends, and jellyroll scraps came together nicely to make this vibrant autumn-themed patchwork.  







I still need to do some feather-stitching detail around the embroidered blocks.   This will be a good project to sit under on cool evenings.