Spring Basket Wool Applique

You meet the nicest people in the quilting world!  I have recently made a new blogging friend over at Karen’s Quilts, Crows and Cardinals and she sent me a darling pattern for a wool work applique that she designed.  Just a gift because she wanted to.  How nice is that!!  I finally finished it, so here it is.  A Spring Basket with a cute bird and lots of flowers.  Of course, I had to do a few things different, mainly because I was determined to make this project without buying anything else!  Ever have  projects like that?

Spring Basket Wool Finished

While I was making this project, it occurred to me how wonderful these serrated edge scissors are.  They are called Perfect Scissors, and I agree.  They make cutting wool a breeze!  The wool doesn’t slide around and the points are easy to cut.  They are super sharp with a sharp point that gets into little tight corners for cutting accuracy.   More about them in a minute.

Perfect Scissors

Anyway, I had most of the colors called for.   Green leaves and stems, and a pretty yellow for the forsythia.  I just had to embellish them a bit more with some seed beads.

Spring Basket Wool Forsythia

The pink daisy is sweet, and I had two of these wonderful dimensional buttons I wanted to use somewhere.  This was the perfect place!

Spring Basket Wool Pink Button

I didn’t have the right color of blue wool, but what I did have were lots of buttons in just the right size and color, so the delphiniums are buttons.

Spring Basket Wool blue button flower

Adorable bird, I should have done his feet in a lighter color.  Oh, well, too late now.  His eye is a seed bead in black with a French knot in the center.

Spring Basket Wool Bird

I have a day lily that is yellow with a burgundy throat, so I did those colors.  The center is cream with three French knots for detail.

Spring Basket Wool Yellow : red

Spring Basket Wool close2

The vase was a little plain in the off white, so I sewed a molded plastic leaf decoration in the center.

Spring Basket Wool vase

I decided to make it into a pillow, so sewed it to a gold color for the back, and stuffed it lightly with layers of batting. Looks great on the chair,

Spring Basket Wool in Chair

and on the sofa.

Spring Basket Wool on sofa

Would you like to make this adorable project?  You can get the pattern at Karen’s Quilts Crows and Cardinals.

Now for the more about the scissors.  I like these so much that I emailed the designer Karen Buckley and asked about having a giveaway.  I got an immediate response from Lynn Stine that they would be glad to sponsor a giveaway!!

Perfect Scissors 2

So, I have this pair of scissors to send to someone reading this post right now!!  Aren’t you glad you read all the way to the end?

Perfect Scissors 3

To enter the giveaway drawing, leave a comment.  You can have a second entry if you follow my blog, just leave a second comment saying how you follow.  If for any reason, the comment doesn’t post, contact me using my contact form and I will enter you in the drawing.  Yes, I will ship internationally.  I wouldn’t want to leave out anyone, so all are welcome to enter.  A random number will determine the winner.

If you have left comments before, you know I always respond back in an email.  For this giveaway, I am hoping for quite a few comments, so I won’t be responding individually.

So, how about that as a way to celebrate my 100th blog post!!! (OK, 102 but who’s counting?!!)

You have until 11:59 pm Thursday July 17 Eastern US Daylight Time to enter. The drawing will take place Friday July 18 in the morning and the winner will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!!

74 thoughts on “Spring Basket Wool Applique

  1. Cindy

    Looks lovely! I would love to make this but I’m allergic to wool. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. rosemarazzle

    Rosemary B here:
    This is beautiful! It is nice when you can find just the right bits and such right in your own “collection” (sounds better than PILE)
    I love the stitching you did, very sweet. Also the buttons. I would love to make this!
    That is so sweet that Karen gave you this to create! and it is wonderful that you met her!
    These scissors are very interesting. Your pieces came out so sharp and perfect (I love the birdie too)

  3. rosemarazzle

    I follow you by email too 🙂
    Thank you and Karen and Lynn for offering such a generous give away
    3 more weeks and i will have a little more time to learn some new thing. I would love to learn applique and ….I love wool 😀

  4. Mary stofan

    I would love to win the scissors! I’ve never worked with wool, and I’m sure these scissors would help a beginner. Also, I love your pillow! I really love all the embellishments, esp the buttons for the delphiniums! You are so creative! Thank you!

  5. I was going to leave a comment any ways because I thought your pillow was pretty. I used to do wool applique years ago before I moved to Florida. I still enjoy seeing others keeping up the craft. Thank for sharing.

  6. Missy Bailey

    Great appliqué! How do your fingers hold up when you are working with wool? The drying effects drive me crazy but I don’t like lotioning up while I work on projects–seems like the residue left will make the fabric/wool dingy. Any suggestions?

  7. Genia

    I’m always amazed at the extra creative & embellishing that you come up with on any project but especially this one. I follow your blog via email update.

  8. Michelle Olsen Sasak

    Your handwork is just amazing! The pillow turned out great! I really love that you chose buttons for the delphiniums – I think it adds to the uniqueness of the pillow, and also that you modeled the day lily after one from your garden.

  9. Helen G.

    Love your blog and the giveaways! Thanks for the chance. I am a Carolina girl originally too! South that is.

  10. Bernice

    Thanks for sharing your process. I loved the way you substituted buttons and added beads. Embellishment rocks! I have just learned needle turn applique and am working on some vintage butterflies that I inherited from my auntie. I haven’t tried working with wool, but know I would love it! The scissors sound wonderful, and I have read a review of them before, but have not been able to find them yet in Canada. Here’s hoping I win this pair!!

  11. Jeannie McCormick

    I loved your detailed description of the wool pillow. I need to manufacture more time in a day, more days in a week, more weeks in a month, and more months in a year to do all that I think I can do.
    So happy to have joined your blog.

  12. What a CUTE bird. May I use it for inspiration for my next project ?~! And a give-away !~! It’s a two-fer in Carolina Home today. Thanks for having a g-a.

  13. I follow with Bloglovin’ since Google REader went by the wayside. Actually I like Bloglovin better after using it for a year. I’d love to win this G-A. It’s the only one I have entered this year since I put in a moratorium on fabric spending.

  14. The pillow you made is adorable!! I love all the hand appliqué work on it.
    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your tips about my hydrangeas. 🙂 I’m noticing I’m not alone, so I fee better!
    Mary Alice

  15. Your version of the Spring Basket is beautiful! I love the water lily and the blue-button delphinium–very creative. And the little bird is perfect, feet and all. Making this piece must have been a pleasure.
    Congratulations for your 100 posts! And thank you for your generosity!

  16. Trish Schultz

    What a gorgeous design! I imagine those scissors made it easy to cut out those small pieces.

  17. I purchased Karen’s pattern a month ago but have not started it yet. I loved the little bird. I really like how you “made do” with what you had. The delphiniums are stunning. I’ve not seen your blog before or heard about the scissors. Karen is a delight and I thank her for spreading the word.

  18. Debra Gutenson

    Your version of this is gorgeous. I love the beading and buttons! And I would love a pair of those scissors. I’ve been eyeing them for a while now.

  19. Debra Gutenson

    And now I follow your blog via email. So I get a second chance for the scissors! Thanks!!

  20. Kathy

    Your pillow looks great–I really need to get that pattern! This is my first look at your site and I really like how well you explain what your doing. It’s all those small things that make us better quilters. Look forward to your next blog.

  21. Dortha Clemmons

    I love how you used buttons on the pillow. I think it really adds to the look. A very pretty pillow.

  22. Kathy h

    Congratulations on your 100 blog posts! I love the pillow. Your stitching is beautiful. And to use from your stash is always a bonus.

  23. Diane B.

    Beautiful pillow. Would love to win the scissors. I’ve heard a lot of good things about them.

  24. Glynis

    I have this pattern and you have given me some neat ideas for embellishments, thank you! It looks beautiful as a pillow on the chair.

  25. Joan H.

    Just found you as a suggestion from Karen. Your projects are so beautiful ! Congratulations on the 100 milestone.

  26. First time visitor here. I followed a twitter link to your giveaway, but also clicked through to your quilting tutorials. I’m just about to bind a quilt, so your binding instructions were really helpful! I’ll definitely be reading more of your blog.

  27. Karen in Breezy Point

    Congrats on your 100th post! Thanks for the chance to win a pair of those awesome scissors!

  28. I got to your blog via Karen. I adore the pillow you made from her pattern and the colours you used really speak to me! Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on 100+ posts. As a fellow blogger I know how much time and effort is put into blogging. I’m off now to explore your blog!

  29. mdmsamm

    welll I did not even know about the giveaway…i love your applique…your pillow..those grape buttons…
    the scissors well they would be a god send…x

  30. I love the pillow….very cute! Great ideas to use the buttons. I forget about simple things like that to enrich a project. The scissors look wonderful…would be fun to win.

  31. Sheral Brewer

    I love your pillow. Sew beautiful I am very new to wool would love to make a pillow for my couch. Thanks for the give away. I will definitely follow your blog beautiful work.

  32. Hello and nice to meet you. I came over from Karen’s blog to meet you and check out the scissors. They look great. Love the pillow you made, awesomeness for sure. Thanks for a chance to win this great looking pair of scissors.

  33. Hi Carole! It is very nice to meet you. I am visiting from Karen Millers blog! I LOVE your rendition of her pillow. Sew cute. Everytime I see her Baskets I want to make one. I haven’t done wool applique before, so maybe I will give it a try. Thank you for the chance at the giveaway! Those are awesome scissors!
    Thank you for sharing!
    xo jan

  34. I am a new follower via email (sewandsowfarm). I was nosying around your blog and will def be back to check out the mitering corners tutorial. Also I live in North Georgia, so we are neighbors! 🙂

  35. Jo Newton

    I enjoy your blog very much. I first looked for the quilting but enjoy all aspects of your posts. I now have torenia in my planters thanks to you. I would love to win the scissors.


  36. Sue H

    First time visiting your blog and my goodness! That pillow turned out gorgeous!! It’s always fun to see an original project get tweaked by others in amazing ways! Good job and thanks for sharing! I would love to win those scissors!!!!

  37. Debbie

    Amazing. Thank you for the opportunity to possibly win a great pair of scissors. I have heard much good about them and would love to have a pair. I live in NW Illinois and have yet to see them around here. You do lovely work. I love love love wool projects

  38. I haven’t responded individually to your comments, but I have read and appreciate each and every one. Thank you all for reading and commenting on my blog. I do so appreciate all of the kind comments and complements!!

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