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Jan 28, 2014

Embroidered Granny Square Pillow

Jan 28, 2014
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The abundance of cold temperatures this winter has kept me cuddled up close to the fire this winter.
And in my book, sitting by the fire and hand work go.., well.... hand in hand.
I picked up a FQ bundle of Dowry in the Rubies & Pearls colorway from AMH (available here), and I immediately felt drawn to stitch up some embroidery with the fabrics.  I wanted something that would accent the colors in this floral print.

I also wanted something "quilty" even though I was going to be embroidering the motif.  I settled on stitching a granny square on Kona Ochre.  I sketched the square in Touchdraw and racked my brain for different "filler" stitches to put inside each square.

I'm especially fond of this little flower.  I think my satin stitching is improving!


To make the embroidery into a pillow, I framed it with the AMH inspiration print and then quilted in a square only on the framed portion of the block.  I didn't want the quilting to distract from the hand needlework.

I am loving envelope back closures for pillows right now!  It's so easy - simple to sew and simple to trade out one cover for another.

I hope to make a couple more pillows from that bundle of Dowry - but I'm only allowing my self one hand project at a time.  And my craft ADD has led me to another new project within literally hours of finishing the above embroidery.  Have you stopped by Little Miss Shabby lately?
Exactly up my alley after embroidering a quilt square, LMS has put together a free cross-stitch sampler, called the Quilty Stitches Sampler Along, using some the latest popular quilt blocks.  It's SO sweet!  I am joining in and dragged my family to Joann's on Saturday night (just before the big storm) to pick up supplies.  The first block up is cross-stitching a little Swoon block.  So fun!

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7 comments:

  1. Your pillow is gorgeous!
    And thank you for the link to the LMS cross stitch sampler -- what a fabulous idea! I just finished up Alicia Paulson's cross stitch sampler and was looking for another little project!

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  2. I love the idea of embroidery and quilting coming together! That Swoon block is so cute!

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  3. I love the way your pillow came out. I adore hand work. And oh dear! I may have to try that Quilty Stitches Sampler Along, too. My DH just rescued a whole box full of cross stitching fabric from the local thrift shop and I'm itchin' to be stitchin'! Thanks for the heads up. Have a super day!

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  4. Your pillow is lovely Annemarie. I've just starting stitching LMS's Swoon block. It has been over 20 years since I've done cross stitch but this stitch a long has made me come out of retirement!

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  5. Luv the embroidery, I need to get back to that someday !

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  6. This is so cute, I love it....and now I am very tempted to start the Quilty Stitches Sampler Along!!

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