Favorites of 2015: slow-sewing pick of the year


Karen SoltysAs the content director at Martingale, it’s hard to pick a favorite among all the books we publish each year. I literally get to read every word in every book and see every project in person. (Yeah, that’s a pretty cool benefit of the job!) But this year one book I was especially looking forward to is finally available—Primitive Style: Folk-Art and Other Finery by Jenifer Gaston.

I’m both a quilter and a rug hooker, so I have a closet full of wool as well as cotton fabric. And I’m looking forward to putting some of it to use in two of my favorite projects from this book.
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Flower Vines table runner

I think the Flower Vines table runner, which combines easy patchwork and wool appliqué, will be beautiful on my dining table.
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Resting Place pillow

And the Resting Place pillow will be quick to whip up over our holiday break. I have a DVR full of unseen episodes, so my plan is to perch myself on the sofa, put my feet up, and stitch away on this cheerful bird. I’m pretty sure he’ll make me think of spring during our dark winter days.

Join me, won’t you? I’m pretty sure you deserve a break from all the holiday hubbub. Why not spend some time relaxing with a needle and thread and a good book like Primitive Style!
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What was your last “slow-stitching” project? Tell us about it in the comments!

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  • I have started to do embroidery and pair it with my quilted pieces. I have not embroidered since I was a child way way to long ago. I enjoy looking at all the beautiful quilts in your books.

    —Loretta Swan on December 28, 2015
  • A dear friend gifted me a dozen blocks that she had appliqued by hand. She decided she didn’t like them! She also gave me the pattern and I appliqued (by hand) border blocks and have also added a pieced border. Now I need to find the perfect fabric for an outside border. It is a gorgeous quilt top and I cannot wait to have it quilted and bound. Quilting friends are the best!

    —janice on December 28, 2015
  • My slow pitch quilt was a queen size apple core charm quilt all hand sewn. I sewed the binding on by machine and that was all. I was working midnights and it became my work project when things were quiet. It took 9 years to get the pieces together including a little resting time in the closet. Then it rested on the quilt frame for just over a year waiting for stolen minutes to work on it between chores and other projects. I just recently sold it to a friend in Italy who gave it to her mother for a birthday present. I have no second thoughts about selling it. I know it found a good home.

    —Sandra DeNudt on December 28, 2015
  • My last "Slow Stitching" project was a needle-turn appliqued quilt for my 3 year old grandson with all his favorite Disney characters. He has a Disney themed bedroom.

    —Elizabeth P. on December 28, 2015
  • Cute projects! I’m working on How Does Your Garden Grow by Norma Whaley–love wool applique!

    —Karen in Breezy Point on December 28, 2015
  • I stitched nine 9-inch long Christmas stockings from wool, using up a little of my stash. Each has different designs including hearts, angel, crow, stars, and everyone liked them. It was good practice for blanket stitch!

    —amy f on December 28, 2015
  • I’m currently working on a Moda Bakeshop Project – Red Bird and Berries. The piecing part is complete. Now I’m sewing the appliqué of the bird and branches!

    —Linda Fleming on December 28, 2015
  • My last "slow stitching" was a lovely fall picture in wool and I so enjoy it during the autumn season. Presently, have a second embroidered towel in process. It is my ‘ time passer’ while awaiting medical appointments. The pattern is of a sassy blue bird n flowers so a plessant reminder of God’s beauty n grace!

    —betty on December 28, 2015
  • 3/4″ hexies in a wall quilt.

    —Ann R on December 28, 2015
  • I’m still working on it!!!!!! It’s a hand sewn hexagon quilt, 2 1/2 inch hexagons, creating larger ones….I began it because my friend was diagnosed with cancer early this year and I thought it was a good thing to do on her verandah while she sewed also……sadly she died 11 weeks ago, and I’m determined to finish this quilt and call it ‘My Jennie Quilt’. It will happen. One learns a lot of patience with slow projects.

    —Shirl on December 28, 2015
  • My last finished project was a queen sized appliquéd 30s reproduction quilt I also have a few quilts I have made in the primitive style and quilted with "big" stitch using pearl cotton

    —Barbara on December 28, 2015
  • I always have a "to go" project in a zipper pouch ready for any activities that will require "waiting" or "riding" time… on the bus, in a plane, visiting a homebound friend, in the Doctor’s office, etc.! Currently I am doing 6″ Lemoyne stars, with a neutral (Thimbleberries) ivory background, and Kaufman KONA cotton brights for the stars. I am using my friend Kathleen Ackley, whose "By Kate" rubber stamping kits are perfect for giving me "sewing on the line" hand piecing accuracy! I also like Inklingo, but it requires a bit more prep time! I also love speedy work to, spending a lot more time at the machine, so a Luddite I am NOT!

    Karen Alexander on December 28, 2015
  • I have 2 bed quilts and a throw with back basting needle turn applique with primitive baskets and one with primitive birds! I’m also half way done with crabapple hill flight of fancy a
    Half finishised. I’m love hand work the best. It is so much r warding.

    —Janet Blackwell-Fidler on December 28, 2015
  • For my Christmas craft exchange I did 13 wool applique pin cushions, some with acorns and some with sheep. I (Santa!) bought three Sue Spargo books, a SS pattern and her calendar for myself so would like to try some birds in the new year! Love love love Sue’s bright colours and folk patterns.

    —Mary on December 28, 2015
  • absolument magnifique, j’adore
    belle et douce journée

    véronique on December 30, 2015
  • I started a santa table runner several years ago and I’m still working on it! It is wool and has lots of pieces! I can’t wait to finish and I love it!

    —Danette Roundy on January 1, 2016
  • I am working on the slowest project that I have ever done or will do. I am working on a king size yo-yo quilt. I started making yo-yo’s about 15 yrs ago and have now just started sewing them together in 6×6 squares (36 yo-yos per square). I have made about 80 squares like this so far and have not run out of yo-yos yet. My goal is to have all the squares made by the end of 2016. Then I need to decide how to mount them to a fabric backing and then start the process of hand sewing the squares onto the backing fabric.

    —Renea on January 1, 2016
  • I love to work slowly, (meaning by hand). I appliquéd by hand the border for my mother’s king-sized tulip bouquet quilt (and I was an inexperienced applique-er). I prefer to hand quilt and I am hand piecing a quilt using 1 inch hexagons. I also knit, crochet, x-stitch, and embroider, not to mention gardening which is a slow-paced pastime.

    —Linda Towers on April 1, 2016

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