Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Fanciful Stitches: Farm House

As a farmer's daughter, I can attest to the fact that this is a typical Minnesotan farm. Except for the lack of tractor tracks and any sign of cows, it is very authentic. Farm House is another of the projects you'll find in my new book, Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts (arriving sometime this month!).
All the necessary templates and stitch instructions are found in the book so your farm will not lack for crops or out buildings. Here you see the aptly named Sheaf Stitch in the back forty. Other fields are made with Running Stitches, Cross Stitches and of course, the other aptly named,  Scattered Seed Stitch.

If you are also aptly named and would like to win a Fist Full of Threads, please leave a comment here today on the blog. I'll announce the aptly named winner tomorrow!

68 comments:

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

I think I'm really aptly named!! I'm pretty much a big wind - or at least full of hot air :-). Love the farm, Laura!!!

Carol said...

Love the hills!

Barbara said...

Love the hills indeed - i want to go running up and down them -

Happy Tuesday, Miss Laura !

Helle said...

Lovely rolling hills! What a nice farm to live on. Thank you for the chance to win your gorgeous thread. Greetings from Seoul.

Beth from Maine said...

This is my favorite so far. I like the details in general and the perspective of the house on the lower right. I also like the effects of the tress in the lower right - like scoops. Definitely my fav!

Terry said...

As a farmer's daughter too, I can relate to the tractor tracks and cows! What a wonderful piece.

Wendy said...

Beautiful! I love ALL your houses, Laura. I can't wait 'til this book comes out!
Thank you once again for the opportunity to win some of your gorgeous threads.
lupansgirl(at)gmail(dot)com
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deborah said...

I'm a transplanted country girl, and I miss the tractor tracks and cows! Just love the hills and the barn!

lynne said...

did my share of baling hay way back when and these take me back to the lovely fields and fun times.

Musicmaker said...

driving thru MN I've often seen scenes that look EXACTLY like that!

SewLindaAnn said...

I'd like to think I'm aptly named. "Linda" means beautiful in Spanish anyway.

Nancy said...

The colors are luscious! Counting down till the book comes out.

Gene Black said...

I love the stitching that creates the barn doors.
This is a very pretty farm scene.

Mommarock said...

Such perfect timing! I've been sketching in my sketchbook a scene with city blocks and included a farm scene.. this will certainly add some changes to my drawing as i think this is FABULOUS!!!

Lynn said...

Reminds me of summers in Vermont! The hills are wonderful!

thesewinggeek said...

Having grown up on a fruit farm her in Ontario, Canada this little quilt speaks to me! Beautiful. c

WoolenSails said...

I have some books coming from the library with stitches, so I can get new ideas. Have been playing with fabric pens and stitching, this week.

Debbie

Carol Kamin said...

I grew up on a citrus farm/grove, but it was a lot flatter than your farm!

Jean said...

Your farmhouse looks like a dream location home!

gill said...

I'm a farmer's daughter too! but I grew up on an English dairy farm which was very different to yours!!

Darlene said...

Can I move in tomorrow? Looks like an ideal place to spend the days quilting and stitching!

Suztats said...

Living among the rolling hills of farm country for over 30 years means I love this quilt! Am I aptly named? Perhaps. Being a little chunky, my brother would open the door to holler at me :
Suuuuieeeeeeeeeee! I wasn't impressed with him.

Bettina Groh said...

Add the ocean off to the back and you'll have our Nova Scotia farm... sold and turned into summer postage stamps long ago!

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Laura, thank you for offering the give-a-way again... I can only say that I can't wait to see the stitches when your book finally arrives on my doorstep. I ordered some threads a month or so ago, and I LOVE them! Thanks!

Marcia W. said...

I'm also aptly named - Marcia - my childhood nickname at school was marsh. Sure would love to win a fistfull of thread - I live on the edge of a cattle pasture so would need to figure out how to add a cow and calf to my farm quilt. Thanks for another day of learning with humor. alternate email mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Lynn said...

Our farm here in Nebraska is flat but love the texture you have on your rolling fields. Would love to win a fist full of your beautiful thread.

Margreth said...

I don't understand "aptly named"....but I sure appreciate your stitching...lovely!

Jenice said...

Love the hills. I grew up on 5 acres. We had a cement silo in the corrals. I remember one time a man stopped and asked if he could buy the silo. My mom told him no way...lol

Debbie said...

Love the effect of the variegated threads on the rolling hills. Pick me already, Laura, for the Fist Full of Threads!

MN Minder said...

Your farm is much more colorful than the present MN fields. The hope of spring....

Ruth B said...

I don't know if I'm aptly named but I do know that looks like an authentic Minnesota farm!

TJM wanna be quilt artist said...

I am so looking forward to my classes with you in NJ...hope I win some threads to use...

Gerrie said...

From one farmer's daughter to another - love your farm.

Edith Bieri said...

Just love it. Edith

ConundrumChum said...

It is very pretty.

BarbR said...

I'm from farm country in NY.I miss the rolling hill and barns. Your stitches are fun. I want to learn more to use in my quilts. BarbR (no, I'm not aptly named)

Kathleen GP said...

Living in a desert as I do, I visit farms like this only in my dreams, or perhaps soon in fabric and thread.

And no room for creepy javelinas to lurk in the hills and valleys...

This time next month, I'll have the book in hand. Can hardly wait!

EKRLM said...

I think that they say Aptness is in the eye or the beholder or something like that. :-)

I'd be aptly proud to receive a fistful of threads in an apt sort of way.

Laura, Love your posts and humor!

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Merrie Jo said...

I think this one is my favorite so far. Love it!!

tesuque said...
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tesuque said...

Your farm has such fanciful trees.

JoanDeArc said...

I’m loving the cherry yellow sky with purple clouds!

Marybeth said...

This would be the farm of my dreams!! Colorful, clean and views!! Oh and great threads...Marybeth

taiqi said...

I have loved all of the projects but am ANXIOUSLY awaiting the book in the mail. Must be like giving birth. Back to my embroidery. Janet, in Friday Harbor Wa

kathleen said...

I have ordered your new book and I can't wait to get it. The farm house is fabulous! I need some thread to go with it.

judi said...

Love the light trees behind the barn, FUN!
<3 judi

lifemyway said...

The colors are just beautiful. The running stitch in the field is the perfect detail to keep it from looking to bare.

Laura said...

Very nice farm indeed, I can smell.......country scent!

sandy said...

Beautiful! Wish I could actually visit Farm House.

Karen said...

Looks like some of the sights along I-94. Love it!

mad elena said...

Such a lush bucolic landscape! Terrific!

Bev said...

I hope the mailman delivers your new book soon!! Wonderful farm. It reminds me of the farm in Ohio! Brings back great memories.

Hi! I'm Lisa said...

I'm not a farmer's daughter but I'm a grand daughter.
Hope I win!

susan said...

I love farm country, and am absolutely in LOVE with this. I can't wait for my book to arrive! I'm so glad for all your creations Laura! Please keep designing! I would love to be aptly named Fist Full of Threads WINNER! Happy Tuesday!

Marsha said...

Love the farm, but it can't be Minnesota 'cause there's no snow! Hee, hee, hee ...

Helen said...

I always love the colors that you choose. The thread is just beautiful.

Helen

dollie said...

Love the farm and your threads are the best!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I want a fist full!!

Billie

Vivien Zepf said...

Love the stitches and all the colors!

Deborah said...

Love the inspiration - can't wait to see more!!

Madalene said...

Love those purple clouds--and the great variety of trees!

Maud said...

I grew up in the city, have now lived on an Iowa farm for 30 years. We have crop land, timber reserve and a working gravel pit that provides hours of fossil hunting.I wouldn't trade the country life for anything...thanks for the imagery.
Maud

Jennifer said...

Great farm! Look forward to seeing your book in a shop soon.

Zizophora said...

I love the Farm House quilt. I can't wait for your book to arrive!

Betty Jo said...

I love this quilt. It reminds me in the cold of winter that spring and summer will come. Your quilts make me happy!

Jackie said...

this is my week,,,, I hope!

Sherrie said...

As always love the color and whimsy! Thanks for another chance to win!

Janet said...

Love the purple clouds.