Browsing Category Embroidery

Embroidered Circus Quilt Top

This quilt was started in September, 2009. I managed to stay with it long enough to finish the blocks and sashing, as well as one border, and then it sat in a shoebox for almost five years. Finishing this top is part of my latest attempt to complete some of these old projects. The quilt…

Embroidered Pillow on Printed Fabric

Last year when I was preparing for a trip with my sisters, I asked my sister, Sally, if she would like me to bring along an embroidery project for her.  She thought that was a good idea, so I headed to the quilt shop to look for a nice print that would go with her…

Toddler Dress with Hand Embroidered Yoke

This cute owl print fabric inspired me to make this little dress for my niece’s daughter, Marjorie, who is 3 1/2.  The dress is a size 4, but Marjorie is tall for her age, so I made the dress a bit longer than the vintage 60s pattern (McCall’s 9464).  As usual, I made a few…

Chintz Aprons with Appliqued & Embroidered Pockets

I enjoy making these aprons so much that I am continuing to sew them even though they I’ve only sold a few.  They are very nice to have on hand for gifts.  I have used one for a hostess gift and Emily has taken taken a couple for bridal shower presents.  For these two aprons,…

Alice in Wonderland Redwork Quilt Blocks #5 and #6

This is the project I took on my long vacation immediately after my daughter’s wedding last year.  This type of embroidery is so perfect for traveling; it’s even better than hand piecing because there are no little pieces to keep track of, and only one color of thread.  The Alice blocks go very slowly (especially…

Embroidered Bunny Doll Quilt Top

Here in the Pacific NW, it has been dreary and raining for the past week.  We got a little bit of sun last week, but I was still so jealous of the warm spring weather everyone else seemed to be enjoying.  Anyway, to cheer myself up, I decided to make a springy little doll quilt.…

Cross-Stitched Tulip Quilt

This little throw is made with vintage blocks purchased from Barbara at Oodles.  The blocks were probably from a stamped quilt kit, and they have been stitched with green and a combination of variegated and plain pink floss.  Many times in these old sets the background fabrics are yellowed or stained, but these were in…

Antique Redwork Tablecloth

This is an item I purchased on ebay ages ago, and although it was advertised as a tablecloth, I thought it might actually be a quilt top. I was wrong, though, because it is hemmed all around, it’s only one layer (so probably not meant to be a summer spread), and the seams are finished on…

Vintage Crocheted Pillowcases — New Embroidery

The Christmas present projects are going fairly well now.  I am hand quilting the Cross-Stitched Tulips quilt top, and adding more organisms to the Charley Harper water drop quilt.  It’s actually beginning to look doable after all. These pillowcases with the beautiful crocheted edging were purchased on Ebay.  The crochet design is so unusual with…

Bride and Groom Chair Backs

I’m happy to have a diversion from making napkins and crepe paper flowers.  This was actually a really fun project, and it was quick and easy to make from stuff you probably already have (if you’re anything like me).  Both backs are constructed from one vintage pillowcase with a crocheted edge, and the embroidery is…

Hand Embroidered Wedding Napkins

I have no idea what’s going on in blogland these days, but here at the Gray home, it’s all about napkins.  Trimming, hemming, pressing, and tying 130+ napkins with a little gold bow.  Although I have 2 weeks until the shower and 6 weeks until the wedding, there is still so much to do.  I…

Embroidered Ring Bearer Pillow

Emily really liked the vintage transfer I posted recently, and I think it works well on the pillow.  The design is stitched with one strand of floss on a silk decorator sample (one of a lot of hundreds I purchased in a wonderful ebay auction).  For the back I used scraps from the pennants, some…