Stitching with Loulouthi Needleworks

After I made my Big Quilt, three things happened.

It got a bit colder.

Wool batting came into our local shop.

Loulouthi Needleworks arrived.

What could I do but make a throw quilt made from Anna Maria Horner’s incredible Loulouthi Needleworks prints.  Printed on wide goods (thanks girl!) these prints are adorable on their own, or made sublime when you add your own stitches to it.  I purchased quarter yards and sewed them together along the  widths.  This was for sure a quick quilt to piece together and it looks very happy alongside its big sister.

I wish you could feel the perfect amount of loft of the wool batting.  It’s incredibly warm and snuggly.  Isn’t this why we make quilts?

Using perle cotton, I sprinkled cross stitches all over and some straight line hand quilting as well.

I can’t get enough of Anna Maria lately.  What a luscious color palette.

The Giant Innocent Crush Quilt (With a Little Loulouthi Thrown In Too)

Seriously people, it’s big.  I’m not even sure you can call it a quilt since it’s more like a bed spread.  (And what is the actual difference?)

At 100h x 188w, she’s the biggest quilt I’ve made by far and I knew going in that  this puppy would not be quilted by me.  I enlisted the help of the very friendly and talented Karen, of Karen’s Quilted Creations to stitch these delicious loopy-loops.  I really want to give props to Karen for her professionalism, courteous and prompt emails, and for her obvious care that went into the quilting.  She listened to my preferences and finished in a short amount of time, which is no easy feat given how big this project was.  Thank you Karen,  you will be helping me more in the future I’m sure.

Here you can see the quilting on the back.  I used Kona Muslin,  118″ wide in natural.    It has a high thread count and the feel reminds me of Art Gallery Fabrics.  I know. Soo soft!

This quilt is the simplest of designs so I figured we’d better have some good pillow action.  My friend Jo who is sassy and awesome, made the Amy Butler Midwest Mod pillow to sit here on my bed.  It features the same Innocent Crush print in both cotton and velveteen.

See those petals?  I just love it.    And little Isabel and I did some serious stitching with perle cotton on the Loulouthi pillow.

I’m not even kidding.  Isabel did the blue stitches you see here and other bits on this guy.  I was so excited to see her, hoop in hand and being incredibly precise and careful.  Until this was finished, she asked to stitch every day.

Lots of stitching.

Free-form hand quilting on the white part.

I believe I will be making more pillows because you really can’t have too many pillows on your bed.   I think rectangle is next.

Ok….you gotta see this…

I can barely handle the cuteness. ;)

 

The One With Double Gauze & Perle Cotton

So, here we are again, visiting yet another unfinished project. I have great hopes of finishing this one rather soon though, as it is quite simple.  I made the quilt top in one night, and basted it the next.  I am using a beautiful double gauze by Nani Iro for the raw-edge circle appliques.   I am loving a few things in this project that are new to me – hand quilting with perle cotton floss, and the color combination.  Both are making me very happy.
Many of these circles are being put into the border of this very simple quilt top.

I love this near-solid in bright goldenrod.  The fabric is by Cosmo Cricket and it’s a simple cross hatch print.  Here’s a close-up…

I don’t quite know what hit me one night in my sewing room.  I had the double gauze sitting on my ironing board, and I pulled out the yellow fabric, and sitting next to each other, they just needed to be put together.   Never has an idea for a quilt come to me so quickly.  Before even making the quilt top, I had cut out the double gauze circles and was going through all my perle cotton.  I was slightly possessed.  At the rate I’m going,  I hope to have a completed quilt in the next week to show you!