Sunday is the ideal day for hand work, sitting in front of the football games, sometimes with a warm quilt in my lap. I had intended just to show this piece when I finished it, but I thought maybe a stitch along would be more fun. I had hoped to find a wool supplier to do a giveaway for this project, but alas, not to be. I know wool is expensive, so my tip for you is to buy at shows, get the show specials and get a nice variety of little bits instead of large pieces of a single color. There are a couple of hand dyes that have lovely variations in the dye that give a lot of dimension to projects. I like to buy several fat eighths, and if there is a good variety, maybe a wool bundle of squares. I did recently score some pretty colors at the Asheville Quilt Guild show, plus I took advantage of the July event’s discount online. So, I am awash in colors right now. Of course, I am attracted to the autumn colors most.
First, we need a pattern, so I have made one for you! Just download this pdf – autumn-jubilee-wool-penny-rug– . When you cut out your base, make it a bit larger than the pattern, I just couldn’t make the base go to the edge of the paper, but it should measure 8-1/4-8-1/2 inches wide so the leaves will fit. The leaf pattern pieces are the right size. Select your colors for your base and leaves. I chose gold for the base, and a selection of autumn colors for the leaves. I think it would be pretty with brighter leaves and a brown base too.
Pulling out the floss, I chose matching colors. You can do this or do all the stitching in one color like black if you prefer.
I whip stitched the edges of the leaves, then put stem stitches in each one to simulate the veining.
Working my way around the piece, doing each leaf with matching color floss.
Four colors, each leaf is done twice.
Almost done with this part, so I’ll get this done on Sunday stitching.
Next week, we will add embellishment and the week after will be finishing. The total stitch along will be completed in three Sundays, ready to use this season.
Update – click HERE for part 2.
Do you like to do handwork? What is your favorite?