Bittersweet Needle and Thread

Bittersweet Needle and Thread

Monday, February 2, 2015

Needlepoint Pillows and Quilt


A co-worker gave me 3 needlepoint pillow/chair seat canvas a few weeks ago that her mother bought at an auction.  I thought the wool floral design was so beautiful, the colors so vibrant. 

 Of course I ran right out to Hobby Lobby and bought a skein of mohair yarn.  The color is called biscuit and was soooo soft. 


 And it came with instructions!   For only $6.50.

 I'm getting my sofa reupholstered soon and now will have 3 matching pillow to put on it.  Can you image something matching in my house instead of my "interesting" collection of hodgepodge items?  I'll keep you posted on how it all turns out.



At a family dinner last month, my mother-in-law, Norma, told me how to make a quilt-as-you-go quilt.  I couldn't wait to get started.  I had these yellow and orange fabrics pick out for a future project. 


 First I cut strips.  I chose 2 1/2"  wide strips, but they can be any size.   Then I spray starched the strips.  I was thinking that the strips may move around as I'm quilting and starching would make them stiffer and hold in place better.  I cut my batting and back fabric and pinned them together.  I decided to make a crib size.   I laid out the color order that I wanted the strips, then took the plunge....

The first and second strip were placed at the end on top of the batting facing each other and I used my walking foot and sewed all the away across.  Then I ironed the second strip so it laid flat and placed the 3rd strip on top, sewed it down and just repeated the process.

Above picture shows the top strip sewed down and the bottom picture shows the same strip ironed and ready for the next strip.

 This quilt was fun and quick, but I'm not the best machine quilter.  (I prefer hand quilting)  

My lines aren't exactly straight, it looks like I've been drinking while I quilt!   (Honest I don't drink!  Just ask Sherri, she'll vouch for me)  Now all I have to do is put the binding on it.  If I make another one, (and I probably will) I'm thinking about wider strips and having them vertical instead of horizontal.  

Thanks for visiting,


  1. Embroidery is addictive; once you start you don't want to put it down. It seems to me that with every stitching project, one learns more about design, stitches, techniques and materials...a good investment, don't you think? You did a great job on your "Quilt As You Go" tutorial... a neat and fun little quilt.

  2. Love the needlework pictures! They will look so pretty together on your sofa.
    The quilt-as-you-go method would come in handy when making a last minute gift.

  3. Cinders, I love the needlepoint flowers. I've done a couple needlepoint projects years ago (one still unfinished-but it's still on my list to finish.) They will look very nice with your new upholstery, beautiful colors. I will have to try the quilt as you go on some doll quilts!