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Embroidered Circus Quilt – Blocks 1 – 6

Here are half of the circus quilt blocks — they are so much faster to stitch than the alphabet blocks.  Two more rows and then I’ll start drafting the elephant border which I hope works okay with the size of my blocks. It would probably be more efficient to design the whole quilt at once,…

Embroidered Circus Quilt — Blocks 1 and 2

It took a long time to come up with a plan for this quilt. Originally I was going to use the print fabric as an alternate block, but when I layed out the fabrics, I didn’t like it at all. Next I decided to put the embroidered blocks in a straight set with striped sashing,…

ABC Embroidered Quilt Top

This top was finished a few days ago, but I just got around to photographing it today. You’ll have to take my word for it that it looks much better in person. This is a hard quilt to photograph — for some reason the embroidered blocks always look sort of washed out (especially the lighter…

ABC Embroidered Quilt Block – Yak

The yak is finally done, so the ABC embroidery is complete. Now all I have to do is sew the last two rows together which I thought I would get done this weekend, but it didn’t work out. Looking back at my first post of the alligator block on May 18, I realized that it’s…

Vintage Vogue 1253 – Focus on Embroidery

All that stitching on the zebra block made me think of a another satin stitch project from the past. I actually made this poppy dress twice (and the green one once for my sister). The first dress I made in the 70’s and I ended up giving it away to this crazy girl who lived…

ABC Embroidered Quilt Block – Zebra

When I started this quilt, I intended to embroider the blocks primarily with outline and back stitch. I hadn’t thought I would use much satin stitch, but I couldn’t figure out any other way to do this zebra — the stripes just wouldn’t look right. Also, I couldn’t find a DMC or Anchor variegated floss…

ABC Embroidered Quilt Blocks – Violin & Xylophone

As you can see, I made a couple of additions/changes to both of these pictures since I thought they were a little blah. My violin bow looks sort of big, but I think they actually are longer than the violin. I had a hard time coming up with something to put in the letter x,…

ABC Embroidered Quilt Block – Well

The well just didn’t seem to have enough detail, so first I changed the roof….then the bucket….and finally the rocks. I got pretty tired of stitching those rocks, but I do like them. Just 3 more to go and I’ll be done with the embroidery.

ABC Embroidered Quilt Block – Fall

This is the last of the seasons blocks. “W is for well” is done, “V is for violin” is in progress, “X is for xylophone” (I know, but the x-ray machine was pretty weird looking) and “Z is for zebra” are yet to be stitched.

ABC Embroidered Quilt Block – Summer

Getting close to the end now — I’m working on fall and I still have to stitch v, x, y & z — then I’ll be done with the embroidery.  I was sort of hoping to do a yellow summer block, but it didn’t work out since I was using a beach scene.  My daughter…

ABC Embroidered Quilt Block – Winter

Apparently I am going to finish the four seasons blocks before the alphabet. The snowflakes on this block have traveling threads behind them, and I thought I would give you my little tip on how to reduce the appearance of these strands from the front. Of course, the embroidery always looks pretty good until you…

ABC Embroidered Quilt Block – Spring

This is one of the 4 seasons blocks that I am adding to the last row after Z is for Zebra. I should be working on the V is for Violin, but I was anxious to see how these blocks were going to turn out. At first I wasn’t going to put the names of…

ABC Embroidered Quilt Block – Tiger

I love this tiger — especially the tiny hairs all over his body. I know…it’s another animal, but I had to stitch him — he was so much cuter than the tree. This is the end of Row 4 — only 2 more rows to finish. I have sewn row 3 onto the quilt, but…

ABC Embroidered Quilt Block – Sailboat

Bunny pointed out that most of my blocks are living vs. non-living, so I thought I should do the sailboat to add one more non-living item. Callipygian suggested that “S is for sailboat” sounds better than “S is for seal” and I think she is right as well. So, here’s my new sailboat block which…

ABC Embroidered Quilt Block – Rooster

This was a quick block, but I think it’s pretty cute. I spent most of the day piecing a baby quilt for one of the teachers at my school who is pregnant — the top will be finished tomorrow. Right now I’m finishing up T is for Tiger and tonight I’ll work on S is…