Friday, March 4, 2016

March Challenge Block

Here is the March challenge block!  It is filled with Fly Stitch, Blanket Stitch(2 variations), Chevron, Cretan, Lazy Daisies, Herringbone, French Knots and Silk Ribbon Flowers.  If you haven't joined in on the fun on my Face Book group it is never too late!  Here is the link: Joyful Embellishments.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Challenge Block of the Month!

It's been awhile since I have blogged, but I have been busy posting away on my Joyful Embellishments stitching group on Face Book.  It is never  too late to join, and here is the link to the group: Joyful Embellishments

We are going through all of the stitches that we did last year, all 250 of them!  Some of the members did their stitches on actual crazy quilt blocks and others did them in a Stitch Book that they made out of muslin or linen.  If you join the group, you can go through the photo albums and see the beautiful stitch books they made!

For those in the group that have already done all of the stitches, I decided to offer a Challenge block of the month.  Usually the block will consist of the original 250 stitches that I posted last year but once in awhile I will throw a new one in the mix!

Here are the pictures of the block for the month of February.  It is a sample block that I made for the class I will be teaching in Oregon next month.  They aren't as clear as I would like them to be, but the block is in Oregon so I can't retake them!

Here is a full shot of the block.

Close up of the block.

This is the upper left hand corner.

The lower left hand corner.

The upper right hand corner.

The lower right hand corner.

 The center of the block.

You don' have to do your block like mine, but maybe this will give you some inspiration to make a block of your own using some of the ideas here!

Talk to you later,

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

What I have been up to....

So, I haven't blogged in a couple of weeks and I thought I would give you an update on what I have been working on.  I have continued to work on my cross wall hanging and it is really shaping up!

 Here is a close up of the flowers that I did in silk ribbon on the cross.  They are a bullion tipped lazy daisy and it is so much fun to do them with silk ribbon.  They remind me of lilies which is what I was going for.


I have also been working on a Double Wedding Ring quilt.  After working on this one for over a month, I have found that a Double Wedding Ring quilt is not for sissies!  I'll just say that using striped fabric has caused some reverse sewing on more than one occasion!  (A lack of planning an overall design may have caused a little reverse sewing also!)  After I work on this quilt for a day or so, I have to get back to crazy quilting just to keep my sanity!  Does that make sense...not sure....

The Joyful Embellishment group that I started is going very well!  We have over 400 members and I have been so inspired by all the work being done by all the members of the group.  The photo above is a collage of the stitches we did on the third week and the photo below is a collage of the stitches we did on the fourth week.

If you would like to join  in, you may do so at anytime!  It is never too late and this month we are working on 20 different variations of the herringbone stitch.

At the end of each month, I have a drawing to give a lucky winner of the group some goodies and this month's winner was Robin Waybright!

If you would like to join the fun, here is the link to my Face Book group:

Joyful Embellishments

Talk to you later,

Monday, January 19, 2015

Second Week of Joyful Embellishments!

 This is a collage of the second week of Joyful Embellishment stitches.  We are having a great time and I just love seeing all the other stitches that are being done by other members of our group!

Here is an update on the project that I am working on.  The whole idea of the Joyful Embellishments group is this:  if you do one seam a day, 5 days a week, by the end of the year you will have 260 seams done!  Depending on how big your crazy quilt is, you could complete a whole one in just one year.

If you would like to join us, it isn't too late!

Here is a link to our group:

Joyful Embellishments

Talk to you later!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Joyful Embellishments First Week!

I had a little fun making a collage of the stitches we covered in the first week on my Face Book page, Joyful Embellishments.  The members are also posting pic's of their version's of the stitch of the day.  It has been alot of fun and I have been so impressed with everyone that has joined.  Anyone is welcome to join in the fun! 

Here is a link to join in:

Joyful Embellishments

Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Year, New Project

 Last year, I did a lot of finishing, including some projects that I had for 10 years!  I decided to reward myself with starting a new project.

Over the years, I have donated 4 of these wall hangings to charity.  The first year, this one was auctioned off for $700!  I decided it was time I made one for myself....

So, I went through all my fabric stash and came up with these colors.


Then, I auditioned the fabrics for the cross...I had 4 different ones in the running.  I decided the one in the above picture was just too dark!

So, now it is all pieced and I have all my supplies ready to go.  I always put all the supplies I am using for a project in one box, then it is there all in one place.  I probably won't use even half of the stuff in there, but a girl has to have options!

I also decided to start a new Face Book group, Joyful Embellishments.  I had been thinking about it for awhile and I decided the New Year was a great time to start.  I will be posting stitching ideas Monday through Friday for the entire year in this group.  By the end of the year, there will be 260 stitch ideas to use!  To sweeten the deal, if you join the group and stitch along with me, you will be entered into a drawing for crazy quilt goodies!  The drawing will happen once a month.

Here is a link to the group if you would like to join:

Joyful Embellishments

Talk to you later!

Monday, December 29, 2014

My Christmas Dream

 Many of you that read my blog may remember this crazy quilt that I did for my book, Quilting...Just a Little Bit Crazy.  It is one of my favorites because it is hard core crazy quilting, and when I am in the mood for that...this is the pattern for me!  For those of you that are new to my blog, you can go here to read about that quilt.

Last Christmas, I decided it was time to pull the pattern out and revisit it in a new way.  I knew I wanted to do a Christmas wall hanging featuring one of my favorite pictures of my 4 boys.  The picture is about 8 years old, but it is still my favorite!

 So, I started in with my piecing and embellishing, and then I got distracted because Christmas was over and I just wasn't in the mood for it anymore.

So, this Christmas, I decided that was going to finish it before the end of the year!

I just love doing silk ribbon embroidery, so it is all over this quilt!

My Christmas Dream, by Valerie Bothell, 2014

I ended up doing a fold over binding in velvet to finish the edges and did a feather stitch in gold thread all the way around it.   I think you can click on the image to enlarge it to see the detail on the edge.  I decided to not add a fancy border because I didn't want anything to distract from my favorite part of the quilt, the picture of my 4 boys.  This is a wall hanging I will always treasure......

I have started a new group on Facebook that I would love for you to join!  I hope you will join the fun that I have planned starting January 5.  For more info,  click here for a link to the group.

Talk to you later,