Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Fanciful Stitches: Houseboat

This quilt, Houseboat, is inspired by an urge to get away from it all and to air my laundry at the same time. In my new book, Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts, there are patterns for the boat, clouds, and that little pair of drawers hanging from the clothes line. The water is a set of wavy fabric strips overlapped and fused as a collage onto release paper. I love my little boat but I have this uneasy feeling that it is about to capsize.
In keeping with my commitment to an accurate depiction of nature, the little fish following the boat are made with my version of Satin Stitches. For me, Satin Stitches are really Straight Stitches lined up in an artful manner. It may be best to refer to the Satin Stitch diagram included in Fanciful Stitches to get directions for this stitch because, as I said, I am committed.

And now for all you other committed people out there: I'm giving away a Fist Full of Threads! to a random reader who leaves a comment on this blog today.  (Please note: if you win, I have to get your shipping address somehow, so  you may have to leave your email address.)

Please stay tuned for next Tuesday's coverage of another Fanciful Stitches project: Forest Home. Is it a forest or is it a home? I don't know but I'll be giving away another Fist Full of Threads! then and every following Tuesday until I cover all 11 book projects. So tell all your friends and come party with me!

91 comments:

Karen said...

I am not in the running for the fistfull ( I all ready won once ;) !!). But I wanted to comment on the wonderful houseboat! I love the whimsy of your work, this is wonderful!

Carol said...

I can see this book is full of a lot of cute. The houseboat is, but those fish really top it off.
Thanks for another peek.

Jackie said...

A fantastic idea of stitching the fish. I think they looks so cute in stitches. A great diversion from applique.

Gene Black said...

I love the entire thing. The house-boat that looks like a house on a boat tickles my funny bone. I love it.
The little fish add a nice balance to the blue of the waters.

Debbie said...

Love the little fishies, Laura, and want a Fist Full of Threads! Thanks for counting me in.

Maggie Szafranski said...

What a lovely little boat. Reminds of a Chinese junk. And the movie "Houseboat" with Cary Grant and Sophia Loren.

Cyndy said...

Artfully delightful piece from stitch to shining stitch!

Liesbeth Wessels said...

It looks like summer. but I am now sitting in the snow. I like to look forwards for sunny weather, your boat gives me that idea. greetings from liesbeth

Lynn said...

I love that you are sharing the projects from your new book....I also like to do embroidery and quilt and find your projects inspirational! The sunny weather is a perk on this slightly snowy day.

Nancy said...

Love the little stitched fish, and the whole quilt really. It reminds me of a time when I saw a sailing ship docked in Baltimore Harbor. All hands came on deck and clambered all over the place tying their laundry on the rigging! It was like a drill. No clothespins... tied!

Quilt or Dye said...

Oh, choose me! I love your work!

Brenda said...

lovely! that boat makes me wish I could sail away from winter and into a warm Caribbean sunset. thanks for the chance to win!

PJ Howard said...

You are just too much fun!

Exuberant Color said...

I love the little fish in this one. They are so much better than a filled in tight satin stitch.

Jean said...

I think the clothes on the clothes line are great! The house boat is rockin'.

Jane said...

I like the houseboat, it almost looks like the ark.
Jane

EKRLM said...

Hey - that looks just like the boat we live on. Just kidding :-)

I love the little goldies, especially.

- Ellen in MD
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Linda M said...

What great little fishes and the clothesline is just the perfect touch!

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

It's the bloomers on the line. That's the perfect over-the-top! (or over the bottom, as the case may be). The fish are just too dang cool for words! Thank you so much for sharing these sneak-peaks of the book! I'm even MORE anxiously looking forward to the Empty Spools time!!

Linda Teddlie Minton said...

Laura, your quilts ALWAYS make me happy, but I especially love the stitching in this one!

Kit Lang said...

That little boat is Gorgeous with a capital "G"! :)

These little teasers of yours are great... I'm *this close* (makes about 1/2 an inch space) to buying your book when it comes out. You'll have to show us some more peeks to convince me completely.

:p

Sherryl said...

Your quilts are always so colorful and fun.

norma said...

I have loved all of your Fanciful Stitches entries and these cute little fish are no exception.
Count me in!

Michigoose said...

I think, you win the prize for being the Queen of Fun! Your pieces are always so joyous. Thanks for sharing, dying and writing. (And giving freebies. :) )

Lisa Quintana

Sheila said...

Laura - I'm excited for your new book to come out. What cute little fish swimming around your boat. I would love to win your fistful of thread. sheila.fernkopf@gmail.com

Barb Forrister said...

Congratulations on Fanciful Stitches Colorful Quilts! I love your use of color and the happiness it portrays. Your use of stitching takes it to a whole new level!

Michele said...

Love the little fishies. Not having the satin stitch be all satiny is a useful technique that I can see myself using.

Deborah said...

I love what I see so far. Can't wait to see this in print. I have my stitching group meeting tomorrow and I will definitely be sharing all your inspiration with them.

Janice Paine-Dawes said...

I love your colors, the stitched fish is adorable. Thanks for sharing so generously.

WoolenSails said...

I love this piece, fun and wimsical.

Debbie

Vicki said...

I love this piece, I'm amazed that such a simple technique creates those fish, they really pop.
Vicki D.

Marybeth said...

I love the sky... wait I love the ship... but I especially love the little fishies!! This one makes me smile!! Marybeth

Dolores said...

Your book looks fun! I like the boat piece. Everything simple and looks great!

marion said...

A great giveaway!

Gerrie said...

I love the fishies!!

Carol Kamin said...

What is the date of the book release?

Betty Jo said...

Laura, Your boat is absolutely adorable! I love your work and especially enjoyed it since I took my class with you last year at MAQF. Cheers, BJ (aka Sewdreamy on TQS)

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Hi Laura,

Congratulations on another book. Loved your last one! I don't think the houseboat is sinking. I wouldn't mind doing laundry if I could hang it out under such a glorious sky!

debbdesigns said...

It's so colorful and whimsy. Can I spend my summer on it?

Sheila said...

Just too cute.
sheilarbales@gmail.com

Diana Louie, The Village Fabric Shoppe said...

What Fabulous Fish, How fun they would be in all sorts of colors, My kind of aquarium, no algae to worry about!!

patricia geishirt said...

Why are you posting at 5:02am? You should be sleeping. I am posting in a blatant attempt to win a fistful of thread. Pgeishirt@hotmail.com

Bev Longford said...

My yarn order arrived yesterday and it is as yummy as I thought it would be. A lovely surprise of an extra skien too. Love the fishies and thankyou for the inspiration to add embroidery to my quilts.
Bev Longford

Wendy said...

Laura, i am LOVIN' your Houseboat!!! I may just have to buy your book now. I really like the other two houses, but this one i absolutely LOVE! =-)

Thank you so much for the chance (once again) to win some of your lucious threads. I bought a rainbow strand earlier in the year and it's SO beautiful.
=-)

lupansgirl(at)gmail(dot)com

Paula Ganyard said...

the fish are so cute!

wlstarn said...

LOVE your work. I am also a bit crazy about color, and the brighter, the better!

Kathleen GP said...

I love the fish. Thank you for the preview!

I might try a satin stich seagull...

Marilyn said...

Your houseboat looks like a happy boat and I love the fish. I'd also love to win the threads

sandy said...

A fistful of thread -- oh, my!

Sandy in CA

Judy Warner said...

I am out in Maui till tomorrow so this fits right in with my view from my lanai. Love its cheerful nature.

Nana and Grandpa said...

Lydia says.....Laura, your boat quilt looks like it it capsizing due to the weight of the laundry. Moral of the story...a little at a time is better than all at once. Wait, huh? you are running away WITH your laundry? HA! a quilt joke!
Would love your fist full of threads, they are gorgeous. First saw them in glorious array when you were in the Philippa Naylor video at the IQF.

Marni Goldshlag said...

I love your fanciful stitches, Laura and have for many years loved your threads so hope I win the giveaway.
Marni

elljay said...

I've been enjoying your stitch instruction since you started and love the freeform directions you take with the traditional.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What a great way to embellish quilts!

trudys_person said...

I love your colourful quilts and handstitching! Thank you for the giveaway and happy holidays!

haysquilter said...

Thanks for sharing all you lovely embroidery stitches. I love that you have so much fun with the creative process.

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Debbie Babin said...

I love seeing your examples of embroidery stitches. I have an RSS feed for your blog and save the posts that I like the most. I also love your thread. The colors are so potent and contribute SO much to my artwork. You have encouraged me to add bits of hand work to my machine stitched pieces. Thanks~~!

Peggi Yac said...

Love your little fishes!

Kelly McMichael said...

would love, love to get a fistful of stitches--
can't wait to purchase the new book, too!

kellymcmichael@gmail.com
kellymcmichael.wordpress.com

Bev said...

The fishies are so clever! Would love to win a fist full of your beautiful thread to add stitches to my little 12 x 12 quilts.

Jane Moxey said...

You know I am a devoted fan of your work! I sure love the little gold fish. My birth sign is Pisces, so I will be trying this out next time I feel the urge to stitch a fish!

Diane J. Evans said...

Super, Laura! BTW, when will the book be released? And will you be selling it from your web site? Gotta get my copy early!

Diane

robinww said...

I love the fanciful boat! And, of course, I'd love to add some more of your threads to my collection.
Thanks for the chance to win them.

Carolyn in Kerrville, TX said...

You have captivated (not capsized) my imagination. Those fish are wonderful. I look forward to each week.

Dianne said...

I'm loving the sneak peeks and can hardly wait to buy the book at my LQS. Your colourful blog is one of the best parts of my day!

Ruth B said...

This is going to be fun! I'm looking forward to seeing more of this book. The little fish are so cute!

Madalene said...

I'm dreaming of a "fistful of thread" for Christmas. . .

judi said...

Love the little fish! And love your threads! Also am loving Fanciful Stitches Tuesdays! ;-) Count me in!
<3 judi
mystyq at verizon dot com.

Barbara said...

what a Santa gift that would be !

Can hardly wait for your book to make its way to SC

Sarah said...

I love the fish! You are inspiring me to add embroidery stitches to the quilts I make for Ami Simms . Thanks for the give away.

Barb R said...

Laura, count me in! I do declare that I spotted a pair of my bloomers hanging off the clothesline. I believe that's a good omen. ;o)

Barb Ramik
Ottawa

Carlie said...

I love the look of the fancy stitches on the cover of your book. I have been wanting to try something like that! I can't wait till your book is out...it looks great. I would love to win some of your beautiful thread too!

Bev C said...

Oh my goodness that is so wonderful. I just love the washing drying in the breeze. They must have strong pegs. Wonderful colourful work.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

mjb said...

As usual you have again outdid yourself. congratulations on the new book. Hugs, mjb

mjb said...

As usual you have again outdid yourself. congratulations on the new book. Hugs, mjb

SewLindaAnn said...

I just love your artwork!

Elaine said...

I just got turned onto hand-dyed threads through a quilting class and am using them to embellish a quilt with a very busy design. Consequently, I'm using them to highlight and mimic elements of the fabric's design. Your use of thread in your designs is quite different and looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for the inspiration!

Norman said...

Stitching with those threads will be the perfect way to pass the time while staying warm inside this winter!

Denise said...

Just love your giveaways!!

tesuque said...

Fish are precious!

Gayle from MI said...

I just love the detail in the little flags.

California Fiber artist and composer said...

I love seeing handwork alive and well.

Maud said...

where do you ever come up with all these cute ideas? So simple, so effective. Lovin' the whimsy.

sanann said...

What a great little boat. These little treats are making me wish the book was available now. My hubby told me a few years ago he would love to live on a houseboat. I said you mean a yacht right? ;) Sandi


Sanann@comcast.net

Linda said...

Love the boat--too fun...

Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

Now, those fish are just the cutest!!!




jane1 at cp-tel dot net

Diane said...

Love the boat! Can't wait for your book to come out.

Carole said...

Wow! to think I am the 89th post!! Not only is your little houseboat awesome, so are the comments that reflect the love of your work in general.
Congratulations, Laura!

Merrie Jo said...

I just received my order from you! It's wonderful. I can always use more. Your new book looks wonderful...it's on my want list.
Thanks!

Janet said...

I'm glad I found you. Looks like an interesting book.