Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Fresh Cut - a new project

Last year some time I bought myself Sue Spargo's Fresh Cut quilt pattern, a mix of wool and fabric applique embellished with beautiful embroidery.  Then it sat unused while I deliberated over background colours.  Much as I love how the black felt background made the blocks POP, I thought it would attract too much dust and be impractical.

Fast forward to June this year, when I spent a day in Rotorua with my Mum, and we visited Cottage Flair quilt shop. They had a fabulous sample made up with different black fabrics as the background, and ironically this really appealed to me. I bought some of the patterned black fabrics but have had to wait three months till solid black fabric arrived in New Zealand, before I could actually start this project.

 A week ago I received a call from my local quilt shop to say they had it in stock, and it was subsequently sent out to me.  I have started my first block, which is block 5, and am slowly rediscovering how to make all the fancy stitches required. 

I can see this will be somewhat of a long term slow stitching project.


  1. I always admire your embroidery projects! Maybe you’ve shared this before, but do you have a favourite embroidery floss to work with? I’m about to start a Santa quilt by Anni Downs (I subscribed to a BOM project) and I received DMC ebroidery floss for the stitcheries and to appliqué the wool with.

  2. Like Dutchcomfort above, I have 'stalked' your blog for a number of years and had palpatations over the stunning embroidery projects that you and your sister have done. I have a Sue Spargo kit (the chooks) and one day soon I will grab the bull by the horns and start it.
    Can't wait to see your blocks.

  3. Your stitching is gorgeous Julie! Those little gold grubby things are ingenious!

  4. Hi,
    BEAUTIFUL! I spy spring flowers too.
    We had a frost last night. Thankfully I had everything covered that I wanted to save.

  5. Lovely fun with wool and embroidery. You've got skills for sure!
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Oh my, I love this project...perhaps a little too much. Have had to place it in my note file. YOu're off to a great start. I will love seeing these flowers come to life and esp. your lovely embroidery.

  7. Love your applique and your beautiful embroidery, the resulting blocks were worth the wait for the background fabric.


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