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Saturday, December 4, 2010

MY SOUL IS FED BY NEEDLE AND THREAD


Let's talk Trees...

And yes my soul is fed by needle and thread, and I am sure that is for most of you here today!~
 Hi, I'm Molly from Molly's Place.  I'm here, once again, to try to help you Manicure your stash.  I come here regularly to get inspiration from all of you and this is just a little "pay back". 
It just so happens that I have had a little FREE Block of the Month going on over at my place the past year called "TREE TIME".  I started it not only to bring interest to my blog, but to challenge myself.  My goal was to learn new hand embroidery stitches and to make sure that the blocks were simple enough for everyone to do--even beginners.  In the beginning, I did not plan to use wool, but as my blocks evolved, I decided to do just that.

Sew!  This is an idea, not only to manicure your fabric stash, but also your thread stash.  Embroidery thread!  You don't have any?  Seriously?  Then this might also serve as a challenge then.  A challenge to make a small purchase (did someone say small purchase???).  This is only for one reason!  To help you Manicure your stash of fabric!  (Sure, you say).  Wool is also an avenue that some of you may not have tried.  The greatest thing about wool is that the edges don't fray.  Great stitching fun!  You can buy wool garments at flee markets or garage sales or use your own used garments by washing them in hot water to condense the fibers.  Then add them to your stash and use them in my blocks.  Living in Texas, we don't have many wool garments, but those of you who live in the north--well you just might ship me some of your remnants!  LOL

In the beginning, I intended for all the trees of  "Tree Time" to be generic trees, not associated with any month or time of year.  I had so many comments encouraging me to add "stuff" to them that I did just that many  months and then encouraged my followers to "make the blocks their own" by leaving off or adding to their own liking.  We can all be designers, right?  Maybe we just need a little head start.  One of the things I learned in this project is that the end result of my design was never what was intended in the beginning.  It would evolve and I was generally most surprised at what it turned out to be. 
Because it is the season, I am showing you the trees that I think most fits in as a Christmas Tree.  Actually it is the March block.
 This is another version of the same design used a different background and different decorations--buttons instead of stitched berries and ribbons.
Another thing I started out doing was using buttons and stars on every tree.  That did not ring true as the year past.  Seems EVERY tree did not need or want a button and a star.

Here are several more of my Tree Time blocks.



As you can see, the blocks are very diverse and can be used not only together, but separately or singly.  I can see them used in row by row quilts, stitched in scenic quilts, or as a quilt depicting the months of the year.  A few additions or depletion's, here and there and you will have a completely original design.

DID I SELL IT??  REALLY??  Thanks

FYI--I plan to begin a Texas Boot Boogie Block of the Month in January.  I hope you will visit Molly's Place now to see the other Tree Time Blocks and also don't forget to take a look at the boot block in 2011.  What did you say?  You want a little preview?  OK--here ya go!

Also, as a little bonus for visiting Stash Manicure and commenting on my post (in advance) here is a bonus Tree Time pattern that I did not use.  It has potential.  I never chose which stitches I would use, but there are a multitude that would work great.

 I have tips and tricks and many links on my blog for stitch tutorial sites and even tried my hand at a tutorial myself!  It is really pitiful, but hey, don't laugh until YOU try it.  I can't stitch and hold the camera at the same time very well---LOL
Happy Holiday and don't let the holidays get in the way of your stitches!!

24 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful work! It makes me wish I'd make the time to stitch by hand once in a while!! I agree, what a unique quilt all of those blocks would make put together. Thank you sew much, Molly, for sharing!!

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  2. Molly... Molly... Molly! You are the most amazing designer! I love the Tree blocks but the Texas Boot Boogie Block of the Month takes the cake. I can hardly wait for 2011 to come to get started. I quess that's the Texan in me! :)

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  3. I have fallen in love with your post and have got to go find you blog. Thank you!!!

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  4. Molly, I have enjoyed your little trees. And the option of making them personal has been a delight - I'm a button and bead person. I look forward to the new Boogy Boots and have been felting wool in anticipation of this project.

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  5. Hello Molly, I enjoyed your post and seeing the different version of Christmas tree's ...gorgeous...Warm Regards, Lyn

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  6. Good Morning Molly...What can spell more Christmas spirit than a holiday TREE, and you have many of them...and they don't take up too much space, and no watering needed..PERFECT...
    enjoyed this post, timely, well illustrated and written...

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  7. I love your tree blocks and I'm off to your blog now to have a look around!
    Gill

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  8. Your trees and stitching are simply amazing! I love them! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Nothing better than a free tutorial! Now a follower of Molly's place and waiting for the boot blocks! Thank you!

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  10. I am heading over to your place right away to check it out. Love the trees....

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  11. Good morning Molly - You know how I love your trees and now you're doing boots! I can hardly wait to see the boots - I can just imagine the cute things you'll do with them. I will definitely be watching for them. :) Thanks for posting. blessings, marlene

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  12. Molly, I love your designs and your hand embroidery...I could use a few lessons as I am doing some hand embroidery but only doing back stitches...

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  13. Amazing! I have always been intimidated by hand embroidery but this post and your blog make it seem like something I can do...

    Jennifer :)

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  14. Love your trees! I don't do hand embroidery but I just might have to give it a go! And those boots!! I'm not a Texan but I have a DL who is....I bet she would love them!

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  15. Molly Miss Molly love your post. I've done a lot of embroidery but I have not used wool. It will be on my to-do-list in January. I'm going to head over to the new second hand shop in Canton Michigan.....and buy up some wool garments. Great idea. I'll let you know what I find.....I love to share.........Thanks for the great blog post.

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  16. I love all the trees! I'm off to visit your blog for more inspiration.

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  17. Enjoy the tree show, puts me in the mood. You do great stitching Molly. Thank you for showing us a few of your most unique talents, I am sure. hugz

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  18. Hi Molly, I loved your post. I am a first time commenter....and feel really inspired to do some hand stitching (I have only done a little bit in the past). I would love to see some Christmas tree ornaments using your talents as a designer and stitcher on your blog. Hello from Melbourne, Australia!
    Fiona

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  19. Oh! I love your tree blocks!! They are gorgeous!! That boot block is so cute!! I really have to add these projects to my to do list! I just love stitchery blocks! Thanks for sharing with us!!

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  20. Thank you for going out on a limb and doing these Tree blocks, every one of them are unique and a challenge to do.
    p.s. I do love that boot!

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  21. They are just great...and what a super idea! A quilt of many trees! Thank you for sharing and now I am heading over to visit your blog!

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  22. The stitcheries are wonderful! Maybe when I get caught up! lol! Then I can destash my threads too!

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  23. I enjoyed visiting Molly's blog. Thanks for sharing the stitching resources!

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  24. I have really enjoyed your site. I found your site from the quilting Board and since I am a native Texan, I just had to check out the Boot Bash. Love it. Thanks for a great site, I will be back. Off now to tell others about your neat site. I love the music that you have. Most sites do not have any sound.

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