Blanket Stitching by Hand for Wool Applique

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Recently we received copies of Debbie Busby’s new book:  “Sew Many Notions”. If you click on this link, you can purchase this book and add it to your stitching library. Immediately when these books arrived, we thought of our co-worker, Janet, who really enjoys stitching with wool. Don’t tell anyone, but word has it that our Janet has a large trunk stashed full of all kinds of wool for her creations! Already, Janet has stitched up three projects or more, plus a bunch of tomato pincushions, from this book and has plans for even more creations based on this book.8e43a0c84dbfbeb9d5e448ed83e972ed

If there’s anything you should know about wool appliqué, it’s this: it’s fun, easy, quick, and addicting! There are no edges to turn, no right or wrong sides, and no worries about fabric grainline. It’s one of the simplest and most forgiving forms of appliqué.

Wool appliqué is very portable, so you can work on it almost anywhere. It’s so easy and relaxing that you can visit with a friend and not lose your place while stitching. Small wool projects are fun to work on with a group around a table, and they don’t take up much room.tomato pincushion

The author of the book, Debbie Busby has come out with a quick video tutorial demonstrating how easy it is to do the blanket stitch by hand. Check out this video below:


debbie busby project

Happy stitching with wool!

Sew and Tell…Arlana’s Little Quilts

Arlana, one of our very well missed former Hamels-lites was in with a foursome of mini quilts she recently finished.

Pictured below is her Indigo Stars doll quilt made with four inch sawtooth star blocks. The pattern is from the book Jo’s Little Favorites: Timeless Quilts From Scraps and Fat Quarters.

Indigo Stars Doll Quilt copy

Next is a Pam Buda quilt called Little Bits Quilt. This little one finished at 4.5″ x 18.75″ with the courthouse steps block strips measuring a mere 1/4″ when finished.Little Bits Quilt

Next is her 16″ x 21″ Little Strippy quilt made with Jo Morton fabrics for the sashing and border while the rhe stripswere made with various scraps.  This pattern is from the book Jo’s Little Favorites II: A Classic Collection of 15 Small Quilts.Little Strippy quilt

Last, but certainly not least is  this 18.5″ x 24.5″ “Christmas Log Cabin – or Not” quilt also from the book Jo’s Little Favorites: Timeless Quilts From Scraps and Fat Quarters. This mini project features half inch finished logs. She had Rhonda at Quilt Nut Creations quilt this one using a double plume quilt quiltThank you Arlana for sharing your charming little quilts and your lovely photography!

Find the books mentioned in this post by clicking on the images below;B1357T_z      B1401T_z



Sew Many Notions

Buttons Quilt 8

Janet recently finished up this folky looking wall project. If you are a lover of wool and hand stitched projects then this would be right up your alley.

Button Love Wallhanging is one of numerous assorted projects in the book Sew Many Notions by Debbie Busby. From  pincushions to needle holders, mini-quilts, a table mat & more this book has projects that will help make your sewing space look like a page from a decorating magazine and have fun while doing it.

The layers of wool and blanket stitch embroidery give the project rich depth. You could change up the colours and go light, dark or pastel depending on your taste.

Have a closer look at Janet’s project;Buttons Quilt 6 Buttons Quilt 5 Buttons Quilt 4 Buttons Quilt 2

Thrifty Thursday….It’s In The Bag at Hopscotch Quilt Shop

It's in the Bag Cover

Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is It’s In The Bag at Hopscotch Quilt Shop book is by Elissa Willms and Heather Willms.  The book contains eight terrific bag projects including water bottle bags, beach and grommet bags! All projects are skill rated for beginner to experienced quilters. This soft cover book is 33 pages. The regular retail price is $19.95.  Today’s Thrifty Thursday price is only $4.00Click Here to order yours!  SOLD OUT!

*Thrifty Thursday items are final sale and may not be returned or refunded.
It's in the Bag projects

Quilt Colouring

Creative Quilt from Your Crayon Box

Creative Quilts from Your Crayon Box – Melt-n-Blend Meets Fusible Applique

This book by Terrie Kygar has come into the store recently and although it is not new it is certainly current with recent colouring craze being all the rage.  A lot of the staff have been pouting over the pages with ooh’s and aah’s.  It really is a lovely and colourful technique to add depth to your projects.

It’s time for new fun with an old favorite–crayons! Using the new Melt-n-Blend technique, anyone can create beautiful applique designs with a dimensional, hand-painted look that brings quilts to life.

  • Learn to tint and shade luscious fruits, gorgeous blossoms, and more–using crayons, colored pencils, and markers
  • Choose from seven inspiring projects of increasing complexity, with something for every skill level
  • Make one-of-a-kind applique designs that can be used in any project–simply fuse them into place

Watch the video to see how it’s done.

You can purchase a copy of the book for yourself by clicking HERE