Friday, June 01, 2007

A little more lilac - stitchery now

Well my 'white elephant' topper is coming along apace

I was considering putting some applique in the spaces within and between the stars until May Britt suggested some stitchery - if you follow the link just look at the beautiful navy blue and white table runner on today's post with the stitchery ivy garland all around it - fabulous!

So here we go - a start - a little faux appliqued star with a pretend button in the middle in the centre of each star. I did 5 last night and hope to complete the other three today.

I'm so pleased with them that I don't think I'll stop there - I might do some little stars in a sort of garland between the pieced stars - ideas are bubbling in the back of my mind and should come to fruition just as I finish the star centres.

I finally got round to sending 'Spencer's Stars' off to my brother and his wife this week.

He phoned last night to say they were totally blown away by it.

I had to reassure him that it was fine to use and not just put away as too precious. He was a tad sceptical when I said it would go through the washing machine but I managed to reassure him so I think they will use this one!

Thank goodness, after all that work, that I seem to have hit exactly the right spot!

20 comments:

Angie said...

I LOVE that idea, Anne, and that purple and white is so striking!! I'm going to really love this quilt! :D So glad you decided to try May Britt's idea. :) It's going to be great!

Doodlebug Gail said...

Oh what a pretty runner you're doing. Great idea to do some stitchery in the stars - you do such lovely work.

Juliann in WA said...

I like the stitchery in your star blocks. What a wonderful idea.

Fiona said...

That's so effective - and I can never resist lilac. I'm not surprised at your brother's reaction to Spencer's stars - it was beautiful but it is even better when your efforts are appreciated.

Andrea said...

Really looks great. And how rewarding when a quilt you've given as a gift is really appreciated. Spencers Star quilt WAS beautiful !!

Lucy Locket said...

Hi - i love the star within the star - especially the way you have stitched the button in the middle. I remember someone giving us a wedding present not on our list that she thought we couldn't live without - an electric steamer. We used it when we moved into our first house for the few meals before our cooker arrived and then it never appeared again! Lucy

The Fat Quarters said...

Hi
Love the quilt the purple & white are so fresh, it has given me some inspiration

Libby said...

The stitchery is going to add just the right touch to your new piece. Glad to hear Spencer's Stars is a hit. It will surely be well loved.

Holly said...

Oooh, stitchery is always a great idea. Love it!

Tanya said...

Congratulations on getting your Spencer's Star quilt sent off and into a new home! Now you are really free to think about new and wonderful projects.
Wow, you really are a speed embroiderer aren't you! 5 of your blocks embroidered? I don't think I could DRAW five blocks in one day! Go Anne!

Kim said...

Isn't it fun to have those creative thoughts bubbling through your brain?! Your stitchery looks perfect! And yes, of course we all knew that anyone would absolutely LOVE your Spencer's Stars quilt! The quilting on it was breathtaking!

YankeeQuilter said...

These stars are coming along great. Love the lilac color!

atet said...

Those sticheries are adorable! What fun.

Lily said...

Oh congratulations on sending off Spencer's Quilt and wow to the reaction! I had a hard time too convincing my friend about the machine washing :)

Am very tempted to try some stitchettes :)

gwen said...

The stitcheries just go perfectly with the blocks. And it is a great idea of you to want to add some more stitchery in the rest of the background. I am curious to see more of it. I have just started some redwork myself and I find it very relaxing. Take care.

meggie said...

WOW! Anne you never cease to amaze me, with your wonderful fast quilting ideas!That runner is beautiful. Cant wait to see the finished result.
So glad Spencer's Stars is a hit- hope they use it, & let him love it!

ForestJane said...

That turned out so cute! I love both the colors you're using and the little embroidered button. :)

Tazzie said...

Wow Anne, that is just gorgeous! Your work is so inspiring. How wonderful that Spencer's Quilt was so admired, I too hope that they use it, we make them to be loved!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Finn said...

Hi Anne, I have to say the topper is becoming far more elegant that what it will cover...LOL. Poor White Elephant subject to all that clutter abuse! The stitching a perfect touch, and what fun to let yourself get carried away. You can giggle to yourself everytime you walk past and see what a clever gal you are..*VBS* Pox on the gift giver,you've topped things in the best possible way, with your needle. Hugs, Finn

May Britt said...

How fun you did what I suggested. I love it. The stars is so cute This will be a beautiful runner. And it is soooooo fun doing stitchery.