Woolly Thoughts and Small Worlds

I know, I haven’t written a blog in months (actually, almost a whole year). My only excuse is the many projects, retreats, vacations, stitch days, bee days, guild days, workshops and other fun stuff.

But today I want to share with you my two most recent obsessions — Sue Spargo wool applique and My Small World.

I’ve done wool applique before but it’s always been a simple blanket stitch.  Now with some projects, that’s what is called for.  But all there are all kinds of wonderful stitches you can use with wool that add dimension, interest and beauty.  Sue Spargo has a new book with all kinds of detailed instructions:

My first project was a simple needle book.  My friends assured me that this is folk art and mistakes are OK, they are part of the charm.  As you can see by my mistakes, this needle book is very “charming.”  Here is the front:

And the back:

And one of the pages inside:

Ok, now I was hooked.  And it was a good thing, since I was chair bound for several days after minor knee surgery.  So I took a wool project that called for blanket stitch and went to town with all the wonderful stitches I wanted to practice.  This is The Fall Guy by Sew Cherished:

Here are a few close ups:

I took a Craftsy Class from Sue Spargo and started on this Butterfly Sampler.  As you can see, it is still a work in progress:

A close up of the completed butterfly:

I was very excited to meet Sue at the Houston International Quilt Festival and I have signed up for her block of the month next year.  Can’t wait!

My Small World by Jen Kingwell is another project I am working on.  This is her pattern book:

Lots of fun, tiny bright blocks to start:

Here is the City block:

With a close up:And I just finished the Factory Block:

I’m using bright happy fabrics; trying to fussy cut some cuteness when I can and enjoying every moment working on this quilt.  Can’t wait to show you more!

My last blog was about finishing UFO’s.  And yes, I did finish a few but that didn’t stop me from starting new ones like these two obsessions.

Till next time, hopefully sooner than later!



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3 thoughts on “Woolly Thoughts and Small Worlds

  1. Oh Cookie! It is great to hear from you again. Must get Sue’s latest book but have most of them including her calendars and Stitches to Savor table top book. You NEED these for inspriration too. Sue is a delight, isn’t she? Have been working on UFOs too, but now want to toss all those leftover and do only Sue! Know that won’t happen, be we can dream, right? Must try Jen now. Yours looks adorable. Great to see you posting again.

  2. Wow, Cookie. Looks like fun. I have not tried wool. Bucket list. I am making houses for a pattern called First Snow by Tina Curren. It is such a joyous project, I don’t want to put it down. Hopefully I will see you at retreat!

  3. So good to hear from you. I also am getting close to being hooked on the wool applique along with my rug hooking and numerous quilting ufo’s. Thanks. Jane in cold snowy NH.

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