Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Try This Adaptive Re-Use of a Forest Home

Forest Home from Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts
Good news! I have finally had a stroke of genius!

It finally dawned on me that there are all these great patterns in my new book, Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts. And these patterns are just sitting there moldering away.

Sure you can make the Forest Home quilt (above) as it appears in the book. But, (and here is the genius part!) what if you were to reuse that very same pattern and make a different design?
What if you were to used the Forest Home house pattern and turn it into....... a birdhouse!!!

I amaze myself!
Birdhouse Garden (detail)
And what if you make lots of birdhouses?And then take the tree pattern and turn the trees horizonatally rather than vertically? What do you have? "A Birdhouse Garden!" she shouted breathlessly.

Add some French Knots, Lazy Daisy, and Scattered Seed Stitches to festoon your Birdhouse Garden and you have a new design through the miracle of adaptive reuse. Will wonders never cease!

Please excuse me now while I go rest my little genius mind.

116 comments:

Carol said...
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Jackie said...

Love your childhood fantasy! I think that we have all had a similar one at some point in our lives.

Cobi said...

Hi Laura, I find great inspiration in your work and I love reading your blog. I've just finished a leaf themed top for a bookpage, inspired by you. But I did the fancy stitching with by hand with shiny variegated machine thread and it looks fantastic. thank you for sharing all your lovely work and I'd love to win some of your beautiful thread.
Cobi in a snow white Netherlands.

Debbie said...

I keep enjoying the photos from the book and I'm still trying to win a Fist Full of Threads!

Gale, pursuing as much as I can as fast as I can! said...

"Festooning". What a great word!! I was admiring the stitched trees even before I read the post!!

These little teases for the book are terrific, and much appreciated! I was a cowgirl in my childhood fantasy land (I live in Florida...what's up with the cowgirl thing??? I think it was Sky King's niece -she was kinda cowgirl-y).

thanks for the peek and the trees and "festooning"!!

Merry Christmas!

swissquilter said...

I love your blog which I visit daily and also are enjoying your fancy stitchings and of course a fist full of thread would be great if they would find the way to Switzerland!
Edith

Pkaplan said...

Thank you for sharing you stitching tips every week....I really look forward to your blog.
Patti

Quiltbug said...

I have a wallhanging just waiting for your threads to bring it to life

Audrey Burrows

Judy Warner said...

I love the idea of festooning trees with stitchy leaves! Thank you for sharing!

maria said...

I've really been enjoying your creativity in using the various embroidery stitches. Thanks!

Gene Black said...

I love your trees and the embellishments. It is amazing how the different stitches make them look so individual.

cbartos said...

I want to live in your world! What color is the sky there???

Karen said...

oh oh oh I would love to win some of your thread! ....and if i win, you could just bring it over to my house and we could have coffee ;)

Love your work, girl! Can't wait to get my paws on your new book!

sophie said...

I love those trees. I think I might have to have your book.

Barbara said...

LOVE the trees -

and as soon as Christmas Day is over, I am buying the book for selfish lil' ~me~ !

MAUREEN said...

I had a make believe spot too ... Mine was filled w/bluebells, a hammock,and hidden by huge corkscrew willows ... Thanks for helping me get back there again!! I would love to win your thread and I LOVE reading your blog! Can't wait for the book!!

Terry said...

I so enjoy your blog; those inspirational stories are so interesting and when you share your stitches, I believe I can do it too!

Cyndy said...

As I read your blog, I'm holding my fussy grandgirl on my lap. She loves your festooning too. thanks!

sanann said...

I like your forest home. I've never wanted one because of certain fairy tales...wolves running around stealing little girls coats. :) My place was the tower of an old victorian house and I didn't need rescuing as I had my own pop guns! I've been practicing stitches on a small crazy quilt block. I'll turn it into a pillow or frame it. Sandi

sanann@comcast.net

Maggie Szafranski said...

I would have pairs of cardinals in my fantasy hideaway. And a constant gentle breeze wafting onto my cheeks to gently remind me of the beauty of the world around me!

Jane said...

Those trees are beautiful! I would love to win a fist full of threads!
Jane

Quilt or Dye said...

They say that the third time is the charm so perhaps this is my turn to get a fistful of thread!

Michigoose said...

I think I've been converted. Until doing a challenge with Djanne Cevall, I hadn't done any stitching on my quilts.

While I haven't gone full bore into it yet...I did dream about stitching with pearle cotton on quilting last night. If this is anything like languages, I think I've become fluent...at least in the concept!

annlp said...

Love your blog. Am crazy about your quilts. and your thread is WONDERFUL..

Janny said...

I love your blog and your thread is beautiful!

pcoxdesign said...

How do you find all the time?!! I love your blog. It's so happy and colorful! I love your trees too!

Jean said...

Your art is inspiring and I love using your threads!

Sandra said...

Oooooh- festooning sounds like the perfect holiday activity.
Random, shandom-- Pick Me!

gill said...

This is gorgeous! I'm going to order your book now just for this quilt!!
Happy Christmas

DixieH said...

I always loved to play in the woods when I was a kid

WoolenSails said...

That sounds like my dream, except I wanted to live on a lake in the mountains. Love how you did the trees. I am still trying to decide what to buy with my halcyon certificate. Not sure if I should go with a heavier rug weight for texture or smaller weight.

Debbie

Carol Kamin said...

I've been doing hand stitching on some of my pieces I created working with Jane Dunnewald. It brought back to me the joy of doing handwork. Looks like you have the bug too!

Marni Goldshlag said...

I love your threads, Laura. Bought many a number of years ago. I want to win since right now I can't afford to purchase.
Marni

Karen said...

Love the new work, and would love to win the threads.

PuebloMom said...

Today is the day that I am gonna win those fabulous threads. :-)

kathy york said...

Love your forest home! It is so lovely! Yes, I would love a handful of your fabulous threads! And if I win, I will use them!! (visualize me jumping up and down shouting, "pick me, pick me!!")Thanks for a chance to play!

Tom said...

Your work continues to inspire me. Simple stitching in wonderful colors takes your work to a whole new level.
I'm looking forward to seeing what you do next!

Cheryl said...

I would love to own some of your threads. I have done some thread dyeing myself and just don't get your vibrant colors.

wlstarn said...

"Armchair arborist"
Gotta love that phrase!

elljay said...

Sorry if this goes twice. But, I said your colors, movement and shapes make me smile.

Donna said...

I passed through your booth while in Houston and chatted for a bit.....how much fun to meet the smiling and humorous quilter that I have seen so often on TV.....

norma said...

I love your leafy trees! At first I thought you had used all different patterned fabrics and then realized that they were stitches. Fabulous!

Ruth B said...

I am so glad I discovered this blog! Your designs inspire me and I would love to see your threads. Fingers crossed!

GTQ said...

Wonderful designs - I love the colors and the stitching!

Exuberant Color said...

I love the contrast of the oranges and greens in this one. AND of course I love your stitching. As soon as I teach myself to sit in a chair longer than 10 minutes, I think I will try it.

judi said...

The woods where NO ONE can bug you! That's where I lived when I was a kid! I'm glad we knew enough not to bug each other! ;-)
<3 judi
mystyq at verizon dot net

Sandy said...

I love how you make the complex so simple...you see what is salient and just create that, whereas I tend to get bogged down in the details...I love the stitching on the trees...so creative and fun! I have started stitching an embroidered snowman quilt and know how much fun this sewing is but also time consuming! Merry Christmas to you...or whatever appelation suits the way you celebrate! Sandy

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Ahh Laura; love your storytelling, as well as your fairytales. Having bought your threads before (as well as your gorgeous fabric); I would love to be 'festooning away' via bobbin-play-style should I be the recipient of a fistful of festooning fibers!

Carole said...

Laura to the rescue.... I am working on Trees and hadn't thought of 'festooning' them... but I need some thread... here is hoping, but either way I will get thread... after the holiday rush.
Love your forest home... I still take time to live in a make believe world... it is fun and carefree.
Hope your next week goes well for you and yours.

Jackie said...

I really really really wanna win=))))

Margreth said...

I have tried a lot of threads but not yours.....I would love to!
Hope for luck!

Jan in AZ said...

Love your work and your threads! You have such a wonderful eye for color - how inspirational!

Jane Moxey said...

I love to festoon!

momid5 said...

you are so generous..I have using some of the stitches you demo ed but now I need to teach DGD also...really want to win too, pretty please??
seasoned5 at yahoo dot com
hugss

Cory said...

I am so wishing I win some of your thread. It is beautiful. Take care and God bless, Cory

Rodeoquilter said...

When inspiration leaves me and I am just stuck...I check our your blog and pull out "Fusing Fun". Seems it works every time! Thank you for what you do.

Laura said...

Simply wonderful!

Nancy said...

Armchair arborist? I believe it's your calling since you've made a fine job of the festnooning! What fun... can't wait for the book release.

Nancy
quiltlegacy@juno.com

ParisMaddy said...

This piece has a special quality. It drew me onto the meandering path straightaway! The colors are trademark gorgeous.

Thanks for entering me into your giveaway, Laura. I hope your weather isn't too blizzard-y.

Merry Christmas.

~ Madeline

Cedar Ridge Studio said...

I lived your fantasy as a child living for out in the country and playing in a forest of trees. It was cool.
Needless to day I love your thresds and love to use them when I create.
Merry Christmas
Mary Ann

marion said...

I have been enjoying your blog and the stitching lessons. Would love to be the winner of your beautiful threads.

Antonija said...

What a nice childhood fantasy. I had the same one--to live out in the woods. And I studied forestry to that end, but discovered I was a city girl.
Anyway--I love all the trees and flowers and leves that you do, and these are particularly striking. Well done!
And a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!
--Toni in Milwaukee
(toni@tbgnetworks.com)

EKRLM said...

I am all for festooning!!

Thanks for giving us a peek into the projects in your new book. And also thanks for giving us Thread-u-cation Thursdays.
- Ellen in MD

Darcy said...

I hate to inform you of this but you have violated the Cook County Stormwater Ordinance by building your fantasy home within a floodplain adjacent to a high quality wetland. Not to mention that you have violated the State of Illinois' DNR Threatend and Endangered Species act by building near an identified nesting species of rare bluebirds!

Barb said...

I love what I've seen of your book, and the quilts I've made from your kits are some of my very favorite things. You rock. :)

JoanDeArc said...

The more peaks into your new book the more excited I am to recieve the one I pre-ordered!!! By chance can you sign it for me? -Hoping to win a fist full of thread to keep me busy throught the winter!!!

haysquilter said...

The projects from the book just keep getting better and better. I love how the beautiful trees break out into the border. Makes you feel like you are in the middle of them.

Treas said...

I love your work, it's so joyous and carefree. and your threads are to die for.

Ann Morrell said...

I really enjoy your blog and have started adding hand stitches to some of my smaller pieces...never thought I would be a handle needle person, but it does add so much to a piece.
Ann (yzarctoo@aol.com)

ann said...

I am teaching my 9 year old granddaughter to sew and your new book would be a wonderful visual tool to use. Of course, she thinks a quilt can be made in no time so the book would help her realize that there are many different steps to make a quilt "hers".
Ann ahanewald@msn.com

MN Minder said...

No evergreens and snow for Christmas week? The forest is a good reminder that foliage is in our future......eventually. Happy solstice! Happy Christmas! Ho Hoe Ho
Wishing you a few chocolate Santas in your holiday stockings
jean

Deborah said...

I love those trees - a favorite design element that I am always drawn to. Very inspiring!

Marcia W. said...

Thank you for sharing projects from your forthcoming book Fanciful Stiches, Colorful Quilts. Though we no longer receive QATV on our local PBS station, I enjoyed your guest appearances with Pokey. It would be thrilling to win a Fist Full of Threads. Best Wishes! Marcia

shelly said...

NIcely done. I am a fiber freak too,
Have a joyful holiday season.
Thanks for sharing your tie and talent with us.
shelly beth grappe

Suzanne said...

Thanks for giving us a sneak peek at your wonderful book. I'd love a fist full of threads!

Hi! I'm Lisa said...

Holy Cow! Batman, Spiderman sure would like a Fist Full of Threads for Christmas! Love it!

GerryART said...

Simply said, Your color and style rock ! ! ! !
A Fistful of Threads would go good this winter.
Happy Holiday Hugs, Laura ! ! !

Gerry

Gerrie said...

I am back!! Hoping for a fistful of thread. I do love how you have stitched the trees.

Marybeth said...

Peaceful it is!! Pieceful it is inspirering!! Love the added stitches, they make the trees come alive! Marybeth

Linda said...

Loving the sneak peeks :)

robinww said...

Your new book looks like a lot of fun.
Merry Christmas!
robinww@psci.net

Frannie said...

Lovely post. I love the stitch work on the trees. A lovely work to disappear into....I wonderful childhood memory.

Happy Holidays!
Frannie
thoughtfulhearts@gmail.com

Carolyn in Kerrville, TX said...

Laura - I think you have hooked us all into seeing what will come each week. I really did get to live in a house that was very remote. We spent five years on Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. We were five miles from a road that led anywhere. I love your whimsy. I can hardly wait for Tuesdays. Thanks.
Carolyn in Kerrville, TX

Karin said...

I really like your quilt -- the thread colors are beautiful.

Janet said...

Love your fanciful trees. Can't wait to see your book.

Joy V said...

Love your trees Laura - made more beautiful with the stitches. Hope I'm lucky today....

mad elena said...

My fantasy world was like the Wizard of Oz. Would love to festoon fantasy trees with your threads!

Mary Andrews said...

Love the trees, Laura, and your threads. I'd love to win too.

Mary

Wendy said...

Another GORGEOUS quilt, Laura!!!
I'm gonna hafta buy that book of yours!
Thanks once again for the opportunity to win some of your lucious thread.
=-)

lupansgirl(at)gmail(dot)com

craftirn said...

I love your blog and your colorful style.I'm looking forward to your new book! Please enter me in the giveawy chance!
craftirn@cox.net

Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

Love the bright colors you use. Would love to win the thread.

trudys_person said...

The peeks at your book are so tantalizing! I can't wait until I get some time after Christmas to sit down and do some hand stitching! Thank you for the giveaway and happy holidays!

vrgnamgnta said...

nice trees...

Zizophora said...

I love the perspective of Forest Home and the variety of leaves!! Thank you for sharing projects from your new book and for the chance to win your beautiful threads.

Lynn said...

I so enjoy reading your blog! Your thread, fabric, embroidery ideas and instructions and your quilts are amazing and I will be getting your book. This latest quilt really appeals to me....for years I've had a fantasy about a house on a lake, with woods all around....Have a wonderful holiday!

Bev C said...

Laura, another lovely project, I love the story behind it. Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

I have checked out your books and found the state library has the Fuse and Tell one, going now to order it.

Sheila said...
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Sheila said...

I so enjoy your posts and seeing how you use your fabric and thread. I would love to win a fist full of thread!
sheila.fernkopf@gmail.com

Jill said...

You are inspiring me to do more stitching. Thanks Laura.

Jennifer said...

Wow, another great pattern - just love those trees!

Marilyn said...

I too .when growing up, lived by a forest and a stream. What memories this brings back. Just don't tell my mom we were out there....lol

CascadeQuilter said...

I really like your designs. They make me want to stitch.

Susan

Denise said...

Love your trees!! And another one of your great giveaways!

Bookcat2 said...

Just one question: will there be enough thread to make me a house where nobody can bug me, too?

Betty Jo said...

Oh the trees! I love the trees! Cheers, BJ (aka Sewdreamy)

Sherrie said...

Thank you for all of the inspiration Laura. I just love those blooming trees. Merry Christmas

YankeeQuilter said...

Can't wait to see the book...you are showing some really fun projects!

Merry Christmas...

Diane said...

I love this one. I have a thing right now for oranges and greens, which is odd for me because I'm normally not too adventurous with color. Can't wait for your book!!

Linda said...

I love the house scene--how fun--I would really enjoy winning the thread....Merry Christmas...

Dian said...

Your colors are always so vibrant! So much fun!!

California Fiber artist and composer said...

Laura--_That is so whimsical. It reminds me of a bright and happy version of Hansel and Gretel

Merrie Jo said...

This is one of my favorites.
Happy Holidays!

Kerri said...

Well, my favorite threads are yours. I am using them most exclusively on my current project. They are the best! Check out my current project on my blog. I am slow because I work a full time job but I am working on my crazy quilt. I will post soon! www.crazystitcher.blogspot.com

Kerri

Kathleen GP said...

I love the forest and I want to make one.

Really looking forward to the new book...

Kathleen GP said...

Oh, Laura, it's still Tuesday in California, please keep my name in the cyberhat!!!

Johnsoneizj said...

Today is the day that I am gonna win those fabulous threads. :-)