Last week, when I completed my Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM blocks and made them into kitchen curtains, I said I would post pictures of the curtains as soon as a non-snowy and sunny day came along. Well, there are still some small hills of snow around, but the sun is bright and the sky is blue – so, here are the curtains. The top picture shows the bay window area and this is the panel over the sink.
I tried several approaches to making the blocks into curtains and decided to use a simple, streamlined method of using the blocks with sashing and borders to make panels which are very much like wall hangings with a sleeve on the back rather than regular curtain casings. I wanted the panels to hang similar to a blind without any gathers.
This project worked out well for me and at a distance and in the right light, the panels look almost like stained glass windows.
I completed the final block in the Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM, which in my case was Bonus Block 2. It turned out to be my favorite block because of the chevrons in the patchwork and the blue fabrics I used.
Since I only had 5 bluebird embroidery patterns and needed 6, I made a duplicate of one of the blocks and used blue floss for the flowers.
Jacquelynne posted the final instructions and the time has come for me to decide what to do with these pretty blocks. I really don’t need another wall hanging and the embroidery patterns were of kitchen subjects, so I decided to make panel curtains for my kitchen windows. I have a bay window with three sections and a large window over the sink. I decided to make one-block sections for the two small bay windows and two blocks each in the larger windows.
The first step was to pin the blocks to a backing ….
…and then do some very simple big-stitch hand quilting along with some random starbursts.
I auditioned several different approaches to making the curtains, including using some old lace material, but decided to keep it simple and streamlined, using sashing and borders. I just completed the curtains and the first non-snowy, bright, cheerful day that comes along, I’ll post some pictures.
This has been an interesting BOM series and you can still make your version from Jacquelynne’s web site – she doesn’t archive patterns for very long, so it‘s best to copy the free patterns and save them for when it‘s time for a new project in your sewing room.
The embroidery patterns were found here.
I combined some hand-embroidered squares with some paper-pieced hearts to make a runner for Valentine’s Day. Some of the embroidery patterns were found online and I made up some of them using vintage Valentines from my collection as a source.
The boy and girl in the top row of these squares are from a Valentine my mother received from her teacher in 1923.
I added a sleeve to the back so I can also hang this piece.
I like this cheerful addition to my Valentine’s Day decorations. Hope everyone has a great Valentine’s Day.
I’ve completed Block 4 of this series with another hand-embroidered vintage bluebird.
I’ve decided to make the two bonus blocks to make a total of six and here is Bonus Block #1.
I have one more Bonus Block to complete and have already finished the bluebird for it. Now, I have to wait until the end of the month to see what finishing instructions are provided and make up my mind how I want to assemble the blocks. It’s been an interesting series.
For free vintage embroidery patterns: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29529717@N04/
I just completed BOM #3 in Jacquelynne Steves’ Sew Sweet Simplicity series.
I’m using vintage bluebird patterns to embroider the center block for these 12-inch finished blocks. I’m using coordinating scraps for the block itself but each one will be a little bit different.
The blocks will be turned into some kind of project for the kitchen. The block is not difficult to piece, yet gives some very pretty results.
Click here for lots of free vintage embroidery patterns.
Since Christmas preparations took top priority this past month, I just completed block #2 in Jacquelynne Steves’ block-of-the-month series, Sew Sweet Simplicity. As with the first block, I used an embroidered panel of a vintage bluebird design. I’m not sure yet how I’ll be using the blocks.
The piecing isn’t perfect, but then neither is the embroidery. I like the overall effect, though. I already have block #3 cut out and ready to assemble.
This was block #1.
The free vintage embroidery patterns are available here:
I was interested in a new BOM offered by JacquelineSteves.com because I have been doing a lot of embroidering from vintage patterns lately and her BOM has a nice 6-1/2 center block to fill with embroidery or applique. Jacqueline supplies a simple embroidery/applique design but I wanted to use a series of darling bluebird-in-the-kitchen patterns that I found online.
This is the first of the Sew Sweet Simplicty BOM series which finishes at 12-1/2 inches unfinished.
I made this block from scraps using suggested colors except I substituted blue for red to accent the little birds.
This is a fairly easy pattern to sew with a couple of helpful tips from Jacqueline. We can make a four or six-block wall hanging and I haven’t decided yet how I’ll use my blocks, but they will all be scrappy with a bluebird in the center.
The free vintage embroidery pattern (plus many, many more arranged in albums) is available at
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I’m continuing with projects that use vintage embroidery and lots of autumn-colored scraps. I found this free pattrn online and made it into a place mat.
I embroidered another vintage pattern and added fabric to make a Halloween pillow.
The scary, feathered owl was a birthday gift from my younger granddaughter who liked it so well that she bought one for herself.
I made a pillow set for my vintage folding chair. This design is based on a Helan Barrick decorative painting pattern that I first used about 25 years ago.
It’s fun to take the embroidered pieces and figure out what I can do with them, using scraps and reducing the amount of leftover fabric I have to store.