Baskets, Berries & Leaves

Baskets, Berries & Leaves

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Another Block Completed...The Emily Munroe Quilt

I love the red wools in this block on the army green wool background.  The center of the flowers are overstitched with crude stitches with beige wool thread for texture.
I'm liking how this first row is coming together.
The original Emily Munroe Quilt, 1865 in case you haven't read my previous posts.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wool Hats

I belong to a wool group online and we were discussing patterns and inspiration for making wool hats.  Got me thinking about getting back to making my wool hats again.  Here are some photos of the ones I've made over the years. 

Thinking of a really, really red one with lots of wool applique and embellishment.  

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Progress...The Emily Munroe Quilt

More blocks completed for the Civil War quilt. There are so many creative details in each block.  The couching of the yarns around the flowers really accents the designs. How creative for Emily to use this technique so many years ago.  I just learned couching specialty threads from Sue Spargo a few years ago.

Another detail that was pointed out to me was that when Emily ran out of one wool color, she started with a new color as in the blues which you don't seen in the backgrounds until the third row.  You first see blue flowers in the sixth block.

I couldn't get upstairs to my sewing room because of my fractured femur to cut wool when I bought the pattern last year. The shop had all the wool backgrounds cut to correspond as closely as possible to the original, huge benefit for me to be able to get started.  I couldn't be more pleased with the wools and the patterns.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What We Did Today...

We looked to the left,

and then to the right...

don't want no one watching us give kisses.

  Yep, she's watching us.  When I say go, Joe you head to the right, Sam to the left and I'll head out back.

On your mark, get set, go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I said go,
not wrestle.

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Emily Munroe Quilt

The Emily Munroe Quilt, also called a 'Civil War' quilt that was stitched by Emily Munroe in 1865. 
A combination of wool, embroidery and applique with details of twisted yarn for couching.  Such a spectacular quilt that is so primitive and folk art in it's design and construction.  So...I've been working on reproducing it since this past winter. 

The first block pattern from Hoopla Patterns, adaptation of the design is by Frances Quinn.  The quilt measures approximately 59" x 68" and consists of 54,  8 1/2 blocks so the applique pieces are tiny.  I'm using all wool for the blocks and applique.  I purchased the pattern from a local wool shop.
My first block on an army green wool background with couching of white wool yarn for the stems.  There is also couching of red and white wool yarn around the flowers.  I have more blocks completed and will show them in the coming week.