Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Of French knots and feedsacks...



I know you'll think I'm a bit "off" but I finally, finally learned how to make a French knot! I've been embroidering for years and just could never get my fingers around to making the French knot. I might, on occasion, do one by mere luck, but most of the time, I improvised. As of a few days ago, I can do the REAL thing! And as you can see by my little embroidery patch, I did several!



My plan is to make this sweet Feedsack Quilt (from an old Quilting magazine) with approximately 48 six inch blocks of feedsack look-alike or vintage flavored fabrics. However, I want to also incorporate a few embroidered blocks to add a little bit 'o me into the quilt. I'm riding along with Hubby to town today sporting the pick-up and horse trailer -- first and foremost, we're having a bull checked at the vet. I won't go into the details here, but Sweetie Pie will drop me off at the stoplight downtown and I'll hoof my way to the local Tri-State Bakery -- no longer a bakery, but a wonderful cache of fabrics and trims and some local handmade things. I love going. Here is where I'll choose a few vintage-y fabrics to make my blocks. I hope I can contain myself!

(I might even get a Dairy Queen dip cone out of the deal!)

9 comments:

  1. Oooh yum, a Dairy Queen Dip! Your blocks look fantastic -- and on that feedsack quilt they'll be Oh So Cute!

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  2. I think you have it mastered...I have seen some stitcheries done with JUST french knots..iv various patterns and colors...so just done randomly....oh what a bit of thread can do.
    ~deby
    can't do the DQ...weighed in today...had too much birthday this week...ouch !!!

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  3. These are so cute and they will be absolutely darling in the quilt. Guess what? Last week, I cut out that very same quilt pic and put in my newly organized quilt project notebook.

    The Tri-State bakery sounds like a place I would like to visit someday!

    Have fun with those french knots!

    SC

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  4. Well now . . . I wish I could hop along in the truck with you and your hubby (hope 3's not a crowd :) I'd love if you could teach me how to make a quilt and of course, I wouldn't say no to a DQ cone either :)

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  5. Oooh good for you, Same for me I've been cross stitching for ages but I've just started to embroider so imagine when I had to learn to do that french knot thing I never got to do it either. No even today. I don't know where to begin so I'm getting discouraged. Anyhow someday I'll get the patience totry again.

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  6. Love the look of the quilt, and the embroidered squares will be beautiful with it...what a great idea! Have fun shopping!

    Deb

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  7. I am loving your squares you are doing !!!!! Clarice

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  8. I have the same problem with french knots, I think it is a common problem. I use a colonial knot, it's a bit easier. I learned it from a candlewicking pamphlet.

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  9. Very cute quilt, how's it coming along? The embroidered blocks will look so charming mixed in. I would love to see it.
    Merry

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