September 6, 2015

Wildflower cottage

A couple of years ago I wrote a blog post about how I was addicted to cottages. You can see it here.  

The fact that I've used Cottages in my designs two or three times in recent months, probably means I'm still in love with them!

Wildflower Cottage is a large pincushion (7 inches), plenty big enough for lots of pins and needles:

Around our home, we see lots of birds sitting on roofs. Because we live near the sea, there are lots of large birds like ibis and herons and they seem to just love perching on our neighbours' roofs. Maybe they sit on ours too, but we can't see them when we're inside!!! Of course my cottage just had to have one on its roof:

I had fun with the felt flowers. They come alive with a bit of embroidery and a bead:

The pattern is in Patchwork & Stitching Magazine, Vol 16 No 11.

Another felt design I've been playing with is this cup and saucer pincushion:

It's back to the drawing board with this project as it is nothing like what I originally had in mind and I'm not at all happy with it. The concept was good but the execution just didn't cut it. One day I might get motivated to have another go.

Body and brain have been on a bit of a "Go-slow" strike lately and I was behind with my Craftsy block of the month quilt that I have been making. I finally faced the challenge of complex foundation piecing and got stuck into the two blocks for August. I can't say I enjoyed the process as it's so time-consuming cutting out all those little bits of fabrics in odd sizes. Then there was the usual unpicking and resewing so it took me about three hours to complete the block. I do, however, love the accuracy of this type of piecing and it's rewarding to have all the points so "pointy"!  

The second block only took me half the time so I learned from my mistakes!

Keep an eye out next week for the last block in the free Keys to Contentment quilt.  All the blocks are still available - go to my free patterns page for the download links.  

Meanwhile, happy stitching!


Linda said...

Very beautiful and creative. You have a lovely blog. :)

Susan said...

That certainly is a fiddly pattern but oh so effective.
I love houses etc too so I'll be searching for that one.

Anonymous said...

bonjour, je trouve très jolie cette tasse et sa soucoupe et bien des choses que vous nous montrez .... cette revue est sans doute écrite en anglais existe-t-elle en français ??? si oui comment se la procurer ? à bientôt, bonne continuation, amicalement, chantal45

Sisbabestitches said...

It's a lovely cottaage Val. The tea cup is cute too (even as an-in-progress design). What a complex block, that would require a lot of patience and persistence.
Looking forward to the final Keys bom block. I've caught up with the wording just finished the seventh block, that stem stitch is still a struggle, though so worth it. So it's two more wordys to go then a lovely October planned for the stitching the circles up, they are such sweet blocks :) thank you for offering them :)

Melody said...

Adore your little cottage

Nanna Chel said...

Val, I love your cottage. So sweet. I should get motivated and make one myself.

Anonymous said...

The cottage is very cute, and I love the details like the bird and the embellished flowers. However, I also love the cup and saucer. I don't know what you had in mind, so I can't see its failings. =) Your block and colors for the Craftsy blocks are perfectly wonderful!

Createology said...

Your cottage pincushion is delightful. I really do like your teacup pincushion. Creative Stitching Bliss...

Kate said...

Love those pincushions, Val. Your foundation piecing project is quite lovely. I have a mental block with foundation piecing and consequently am a dismal failure at it. x

Christine M said...

I love your cottage, Val. It is gorgeous.

Needled Mom said...

Your cottage pincushion is fabulous. I LOVE the cup and saucer. I can't imagine that it needs to go back to the drawing board.

Your paper piecing block is great too. Nice work.

Anonymous said...

I love the tea cup pincushion. Would love to have the pattern.
Carol O