27.2 Hand Embroidery Work Progress

September 3, 2012

Still getting good comments about my quilting progress. And I wouldn’t say healed exactly, but, getting better, mostly stronger every day I do not deal with the issue that caused me grief a few weeks ago.



I have since bound fully the 2 quilts from last weekend’s post, but I have seemed to misplaced my millner’s needles that I use all the time for applique & binding.

Since I realized this on Sunday morning (LQS closed Sunday & Monday for Labor Day), I haven’t gone out to purchase & finish those projects displayed last week.


Our guild pizza box, a personal BOM that each member is doing.  If you’re late to the game, each member decided their own BOM and we’re passing it along the members that are participating.

We have about 12 ladies doing the Pizza box, and 5 of those are hand embroidery work!  I think one is applique (haven’t gotten to it yet), none are paper piecing (I should have done that myself), and several are specific blocks.

The reason so many are embroidery is complicated & simple. Our Ruby Stitchers group is our Applique Society group, and is going really strong. I don’t attend myself, but I do enjoy the art of applique, embroidery & handwork, but making the meetings would be another hard thing for me personally. So I’d consider joining.

Also, our Local Quilt Show is very active in embroidery, and particularly twilling, something that they have lots of supplies & experience in making quilts with the redwork right there on the quilts!

Also, the lady who organized the pizza swap was one who showed us all an example. Her embroidery example.  Which, I believe, sparked a whole lot of people to say – “ooh, I’d like to do that, that sounds really neet. good idea.”

So we have over a third of the pizza boxes are hand embroidery.

Which I like, but when can I sew blocks together.

Also several members doing hand embroidery for their blocks were put on the list one right after the other because of late sign up to the list. And as such, a plethera of embroidery is happening here.

I have personally done 3 out of the 5 embroidery blocks, and the 4th one is coming my way during the month of September. (will have the new assignment on sept 11th)

So here’s a post that shows them all together.

The first one was for the quilter who designed the swap & organized it.  I had downloaded the pattern over 2 years ago and was just itching to use it in a block somewhere.

The quilter really loves pinks, purples and these colors so I kept to that theme.  I think this turned out really rather nicely!  I received this block in May.

The premise was that the blocks were done by the quilter giving out the challenge, with stabilizer on the back.  And we were supposed to embroider something including our name & location.  So I didn’t get to chose the block color on any of these, except to pick out of the premade blocks my favorites.

The next one uses batiks.

She had lots of drawings of bugs, animals, and seemed to want a nature themed block.

I loved this owl I saw, even though it took me a while to find it (on a free coloring book picture I think). Of course now I kinda wish I had done a swan, because owls are somewhat overused.

But this quilter is smart, willing to work for the guild, and a new member. The owl is likely to be the only one of its kind, which I sorta like too.  I received this block in July.

The last one I’ve had the privilege to work on is for one of our oldest members.

She does a superior job quilting, her quilt won the largest quilt category with her pralines & creme quilt from the tucks and textures quilt book, which she all did by hand with the help of another lady in the guild.

I should have whitened up this picture like I did the last two, the background is white, not grey.

This quilter is classic, does fantastic handwork, and she is so elegant that all I could think of with her was the word, “rose”. So I had to make sure I found an embroidery of a rose. Then substituted a rose in the corner piece as well.

Here’s a picture of all three embroidery pieces together in a mosaic.

 1. bommaydh, 2. bomjulydb, 3. bomaugal

Three different styles.  A lot of handwork & time.

Here’s to 2 more blocks in the future!


  1. Can’t wait to see the next ones. It’s really nice you match the personalities of the recipients to the embroideries. It’s really good to see you back! Diane

  2. […] embroidery project BOM (version 4 out of 4). Previous posts for other versions of embroidery blocks for the […]

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