.. I’ve used my favourite vintage linen as usual and an assortment of floss. I’ve stuck to the same palette throughout, dipping into one or two extra colours for some of the squares. Keeping some colours constant through the blocks does, I think, give an harmonious finish.
It’s not always possible to spend time embroidering quilt blocks – it’s certainly not something I normally have time to do, so I quite often take a vintage design, alter and enhance it in Paintshop and then print onto pure cotton to make great quilt blocks in a fraction of the time. That’s what I’ve done with the quilt blocks below, using scans of vintage feedsacks to make Nellie look as though she’s been appliqued onto the cotton.
As a new year’s gift I’d like to offer you a set of “Around the Week with Nellie” quilt blocks as a pdf file … just click here for your free downloadable pdf file with all of Nellie’s weekly activities. I’ve supplied the images both right-way-round and reversed to suit whichever image transfer system you’re using. If you’d rather purchase these blocks ready printed onto pure cotton sheeting, then please visit DevonBear Designs to purchase.
And finally … here’s a picture of some of the picture quilts I made last summer …