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It's my day!!! My day to share a free project with you!
But for those of you who don't know me, let me introduce myself....
Although I am sometimes known simply as "the whimsicals lady", really I am Terri Degenkolb and this is my husband Tom. And if you've been following this blog hop, you've seen lots of pictures of my kids when they were young, but this is what they look like now.
Our oldest son is attending Indiana University and the youngest is a senior in high school. I started this business 14 years ago in order to stay at home with them, and never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would be able to do it for this long and be doing what I am doing today.
And what is it that I do? I self publish my own quilt books and patterns, and design quilt fabric for Red Rooster Fabrics. I recently got the fabric for my 12th line with Red Rooster and am working on book number 20, in hopes of having something ready for Fall Quilt Market at the end of October.
But you didn't really come here today to read all about me, I know.
What you really came for was the free project! And you've been waiting on pins and needles, right?!
I really wanted to do something out of wool, since you know, it is fall and everything. And this gave me a chance to use some of those wool threads that I showed you in my post on COLOR. So, this is what I did for you.....
I've called this "On Pins and Needles" and it is a large wool pincushion (4" x 8") that I've filled with sand, and attached a little wool needle keeper. Even if you don't want to use it as a pincushion, it would make a great paper weight or decoration for your end table. And the leafy needle keeper is held on simply by a wool button loop on a shank button, so it's removable to allow you to take it with you.
You can download the pattern here: Download OnPinsNeedles
I used wool thread on the pincushion, but because I didn't want the stitches to show on the needle keeper, I used cotton quilting thread on it. When I work with wool, I prefer a whip stitch around the edge. This is done simply by inserting the needle from the back to the front with each stitch.
For the stems, I used a technique from one of my favorite designers, Maggie Bonanomi. They are simply rectangles of wool rolled up and stitched along the edge, but I love the dimension that they add.
And in addition to the whip stitch edge, the only other stitch I used was a stem stitch. I like this stitch for the lines on the leaves and the pumpkin because it is a bit heavier and thicker.
Here are a few more close ups of the finished top....
I hope you enjoy the little project. I would love to hear what you think!Don't forget to leave me a comment to get your name in the drawing for the grand prize!
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Now that I have that out of the way, on to today's topic, which is "gatherings".
I know, this is sad, but aside from the Halloween parties that we had many years ago, I don't have any great "gathering" stories.
BUT, there was this one gathering 25 years ago. A very IMPORTANT one that took place on October 25th in 1986.....
Yep, that's when we got married. And it was the best gathering. Ever.