Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fanciful Stitches: The Gardener's Cottage

The Gardener's Cottage is the final project from my new book, Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts. It is also my favorite project! Wouldn't it be wonderful to live here! Let's all move in together and form the Home for Old Quilter's.
The best part of making this quilt is using all those fun embroidery stitches to decorate the house and gardens surrounding this cozy cottage. The garden gate is open and the walkway clear so come on in!

Sadly, today is the final Fist Full of Threads give-away celebrating my new book. I wish everyone could have won. But alas, there is a limit to what a woman can dye. Please leave a comment on the blog today and I'll announce our final winner tomorrow!

86 comments:

Carol said...

This is my favorite yet. The sky looks like the first light. Beautiful.

Quiltbug said...

I absolutely adore this cottage with the climbing roses. I would love to live in it but if I can't, some dyed threads would soothe my pain.

Edith Bieri said...

Love your gardeners house and even more would love to be the last winner of a fistfull of threads!

Debbie said...

My favorite, too, Laura. I was thinking that even before I read your text! Love the sky, the vines on the house and the cobblestone walkway. Wish me luck!

quiltbutt said...

I love the little cottage. It reminds me of the cottages in Carmel, CA. Can't wait to get your book.

Helen said...

What A Happy Place!!! Just love the flower vines crawling on the walls. Beautiful!!!

Barbara said...

the vines on the cottage are too cute - just love walking to Laura's on a Tuesday !

Helle said...

What an adorable cottage!! I`ll move in tomorrow!! Can I have the room above the door, please? Thanks for the chance, and thanks for sharing on your blog. I check it almost daily,

Quilts and Other Blessings said...

My bags are packed. I'm moving in. What a peaceful, happy place to live and quilt, of course. Thanks for the chance to win!

Gina B.

Musicmaker said...

still hoping to win some of your gorgeous threads!

JANET said...

The blue door and the ivy growing up the wall look so inviting!

Terry said...

Your embroidery stitches makes this cottage just zing. What a great piece.

Maggie Szafranski said...

I just love little houses with little flower patches, and a picket fence! I would love to live in your aged quilters' home!

Peggy said...

Your pieces just sing - I definitely want to live in that house!

SewLindaAnn said...

Just beautiful. Thank you for all the fun and wonderful posts celebrating the book.

WoolenSails said...

Wonderful scene to practice stitches on. I have been practicing some simple stitches with my pieces and trying to think of ways to enhance my pieces. You inspire us to try new things and to have fun.

Debbie

Laura said...

I want to live there. Thanks for sharing all of your projects. It was fun waiting for whatwas coming next.

gill said...

This is my favourite too! My bags are packed!!

Gayle from MI said...

This one is my favorite too!

QuilterLaura said...

I, too, am jumping on the "it's my favorite" bandwagon! What an inviting cottage!

Mommarock said...

The vines climbing up the front of the cottage are just a beautiful touch! It catches your eye right off the bat.. and I love it!

Lynn said...

Can I move in tomorrow? I love this quilt!

Suztats said...

I love how colourful this quilt is! I'd love to win a fistful of your thread!

Deborah said...

Love the house and would love to win the fistful of threads.

Darlene said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I so want to move in to this quaint cottage. Now, I really have to buy your book for I can make my own!

PJ Howard said...

And isn't it lovely that the weather is always sunny during the day, so that we can stitch and fuse outside!

Jean said...

The vines on the cottage look great, and I love the berries on the bushes, too!

Robin Gold said...

Oh, your Gardner's Cottage is wonderful! Looks like a very fun place to live! Thanks for sharing it!

Lynn said...

Your Gardener's Cottage is such a cute pattern and those stitches add so much.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

This is MY cottage (at least in my Happy Cottage Quilter dreams :-) So cute. Your work is beautiful. And so are your threads! Thanks.

YankeeQuilter said...

What a pretty cottage! Reminds me so much of when I lived in England...

Kathleen GP said...

Not sure if "Old quilters home" is quite our best title.

If we live another 30 years or so we'd need to progress the name, say, every 10 years. Aging...ultra-old... uber old.

How about the "Home where cutting-edge quilts just keep getting better"?

Thank you for 11 weeks of fun blog entries and all the free patterns. Can't wait to get the book!!!

Carol Kamin said...

Looks like a great place for a studio!

I've enjoyed following your blog and hope to see the book soon.

Suzanne said...

I'm sorry I am jumping in at the end...I need to go back and see the other projects!

judi said...

What an inviting cottage! Thanks for all this fun!
<3 judi

Ruth B said...

I wish I could live in that little cottage! Soooo cute. Last chance to win your gorgeous threads? I'm crossing my fingers until tomorrow.

Quilt or Dye said...

One last time, I hope you will chose me!

tesuque said...

The vines on the cottage are so cute.

Barb said...

Laura the house is delightful and I eagerly await the book...any day now. Watching these projects has given me inspiration for little art pieces about my own town. I have been busy sketching our prominent landmarks.

Carolyn in Kerrville, TX said...

My bags are packed. But I need thread to use in the project I'll be working on while I travel! Thank you so much for a look into your new book, your generosity in giving us patterns and all that beautiful thread. You do keep us in stitches.
Carolyn in Kerrville, TX
kerrgirl@gmail.com

Gerrie said...

I could use a second home where it is always sunny and flowers bloom!

EKRLM said...

I have found the Fanciful Stitches projects posted to be inspiring me to try more stitching on my quilts. Thanks for all the eye candy too.
Ellen

mdellenh2o
at
juno
dot
com

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Thanks for giving us a look into the book! It's QUITE charming, and I'd move in anytime, but I think you should name the cottage "Cottage Gold Quilters!" Your play is golden to me --- never old.

susan said...

What a beautiful and delightful project! Can't wait for my book to arrive! Like waiting for a baby!
Thanks so much for such creative works and thank you for sharing them with us!

judi said...

not sure if my comment came through... trying again. What an inviting cottage! Thank you for sharing!
<3 judi

Bettina Groh said...

Love the vines climbing the front of your cottage! Hoping to win!

Marybeth said...

This one is on the top of the "best" quilts stack! It is so cute and I love every part of the details. Thanks for taking us all on this journey of your book and your talent!! Mb

Maud said...

better make a bigger house!! we are all moving in. Too cute

Jenice said...

I love the vine on the house.

Merrie Jo said...

This really is my favorite. Thank you for sharing and being so generous. I continue to learn a lot from your blog.

GerryART said...

Laura, you are a wonderfully talented artist and you truly put a smile in my heart every time your art appears.

Hugs,
Gerry

Laura said...

Very very nice Laura! And I try again

BarbR said...

I just love your houses. I'm getting excited about adding embroidery stitches to my projects. Thanks for the little jolt to get me going in a slightly different direction. =!=

taiqi said...

This cottage makes me smile. We stayed in a lovely old cottage in Scotland this year--for a week. This gives me an idea for a quilt!!!!
alas--I haven't won any threads--so will wait until tomorrow ( hope springs eternal) and then put in an order for some threads from you. Looking forwrd to the book. Janet in Friday Harbor

Jill said...

Laura,
I love your cottage. It looks like such a comfy place to be.

Paulette in VA said...

This is "in-my-dreams" cottage! So happy to be there all the time kinda place. sigh---love it.

Exuberant Color said...

I'll start packing today. That looks like the perfect 'old quilters home'.

Karen said...

Love the climbing vine. Wonderful looking home.

Jeannette in St Louis said...

How cozy that cottage looks! Thanks for being such a creative inspiration to all of us.

burgequilt said...

Wonderful design, it feels so cozy and welcoming.

Mary said...

all these projects are soooo inspirational!!!!!!! Thanks

Nancy said...

It's Tuesday already? And the last chance at that. The sitching on the cottage quilt is truly beautiful!

Marcia W. said...

It would be wonderful to know there was an old quilters home could move into when I'm 100 yo. I will miss your weekly posts on the projects you've completed for the book. Hope that a fistfull of threads will come my way. Thanks for the informative and fun tour.

Beth from Maine said...

I think what makes these quilts really stand out is the amount of hand embroidery on them. It gives a very rich detail making them different from "the rest".

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Last try??? I'm jumping up and down waving at you!!!


Pick me!!!!!!!

Grinning....billie

janice said...

Absolutely wonderful. I love the colors and of course all the embroidery.

ConundrumChum said...

This is my favorite. I love the flowers climbing up the house!

Jane Moxey said...

Please may I have dibs on a downstairs bedroom? Love the flowery vine creeping up the walls!

Wendy said...

And here's my last chance to win a fistful of lovely threads!
Thanks, Laura, for doing this. It's been exciting, thinking that i had the potential to win. =-)

Please keep us updated on when your book comes out: i can hardly wait!
lupansgirl(at)gmail(dot)com
=-)

Deborah said...

What a beautiful, dreamlike cottage scene.
Thanks for hosting this giveaway!
Deb

Jan in AZ said...

What a charming cottage - I love this little place!

TJM wanna be quilt artist said...

Maybe this last time will be my lucky time...

Candyce said...

I can't wait to get my copy of the book. Candy

Jennifer said...

What a great series of thread giveaways and quilt reveals you've had - thanks so much for sharing!

Zizophora said...

What a peaceful cottage! Thank you so much for this series of thread-sharing!

Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

Ah, my last chance to win a fistful of thread. This has been fun. Love all of your work.

Linda said...

A just magical cottage---wonderful, beautiful work...

Sherrie said...

I agree this gardeners cottage is my favorite too! Just love the colors.

JoanDeArc said...

As always, your quilts are sheer joy to see!

Gloria said...

Love the warm colors in the Gardener's Cottage and all the wonderful handwork. I always forget how much fun it is to embroider a small project in front of the TV, playing like I'm listening to the TV and husband (I'm not). Can't wait to see the book.

c.hatchell said...

Your cottage is gorgeous! I love houses. It would be wonderful to make my own with your threads.:)

Carole said...

My goodness I almost missed this.... at 10:20 pm here in the Westcoast...
I love this little house.... yes, I
would like to live there... idyllic!

Sandy said...

Your work is inspiring!

aynzan said...

Wow! breathtaking...

Marsha said...

Love your idea about the Home for Old Quilters! You start it, and I'll tell my family that's where I want to go "when the time comes!" Your work is so colorful and cheerful ....

alex said...

love the design.. colorful stitches..

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