Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Farmer's Wife meets Vignette

I've been really excited to show you this finish! Two thirds of it were finished at the weekend but I wanted to finish the final third before I photographed it. I've even set up a photo shoot - partly so when I give it as a Christmas present the recipient knows what to do with it! I'm not sure my husbands Great Aunts are au fait with mug rugs!

The set is made up of two mug rugs and, in very British fashion, a "teapot rug" - if it were a mug rug, I would need one hell of a large treat to go with my mug! The teapot rug 14 x 9.5" and is made up of a central panel with a stitchery design from Issue 4 of Vignette from Leanne Beasley, which I've adapted slightly so it can be used in a landscape orientation, rather than the original portrait. It's surrounded by a contrasting border with a third fabric in the corners. The teapot rug is then hand quilted with Anchor perle cotton number 12 in white - unfortunately you can't see it well in the photos, but I quilted my own design (by eye) in one corner, then all round the edge of the central panel and then around the word "Blossom" as well. To go with the larger "teapot rug" I've made two smaller mug rugs, each 6"square and taken from the blocks in the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quillt book: #21 Contrary Wife and #16 Calico Puzzle. I chose two fairly simple blocks because I didn't want too much piecing to detract from the embroidery, plus the fabrics I've picked don't offer the best contrast for blocks with itty-bitty pieces. To tie these mug rugs into the teapot rug, I picked out the heart motif from the stitchery and embroidered it in the central square. When it came to quilting, I used the same design I used on the corner of the teapot rug on two opposite corners of each mug rug, then quilted round the central block too.

I'm doing my Farmer's Wife quilt blocks in batiks and black - it's amazing how different they look in pinks and greens. The fabrics are leftovers from a mystery BOM I've been doing all year and they remind me of spring. This set is for one Great Aunt and I still have to make a second set for the other Great Aunt - I also need to finish off their 2010 Christmas present - the final December Calendar Girls need to go in the post tomorrow!


Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm said...

What I neat idea. They are very sweet and I too think of spring. Thank you for sharing

Wendy said...

They are beautiful Jennie, such pretty soft colours and a great use of the stitchery. Wendy