Monday, October 13, 2014

Patchwork Loves Embroidery SAL - Secrets and Dreams Journal

Life has been very busy lately, so I am two weeks behind in completing this project from Gale Pan's Patchwork Loves Embroidery. I took some liberties with Gale's embroidery pattern, as I wanted the design to be less crowded. The beauty of Gale's book is the abundance of designs from which to choose!

With inspiration and encouragement from the other ladies of the SAL, I am becoming more confident with my hand stitching and felt this was my best project to date. I really enjoyed picking out fabrics and thread and even ordered new embroidery needles from Jeana Kimball's Foxglove Cottage. My old needles were purchased from a hobby store, and they were catching and pulling the fabric. After reading a post by Pretty By Hand's Kristyn about her needle preferences, I ordered samples of different types of needles from Jeana's store and have had much smoother sewing!

Since I have deadlines approaching on other quilting projects, I was going to make this my last SAL project. However I still want to make the needle folder as well as pincushions, so I will make the time.

Be sure to visit Martina's blog for links to other SAL projects.



  1. Congratulations Linda this is beautiful!! The stitching is just perfect!! Glad you are joining in for another project!! :) xx Have a lovely week x

  2. Dear Linda,
    Your stitching looks great as your picked fabrics. Lovely color combination, I like your folder a lot. Sorry to hear this will be your last project. Would have loved to see more of your stitching.

  3. It's lovely Linda and your stitching is really good. Is that a IPad or kindle that I see, what a smart way to use your folder. Hope you stay with us for one more project, it's been lovely having your friendship.

    1. Yes that's my husband's mini iPad, but the folder isn't for him. ;) I'm not going anywhere Dawn - the friendship is wonderful.

  4. WOW - Linda! Your stitching looks great!!
    Your folder is soooooo adorable - I love it!

  5. I love what you've done with this project!! And the fabrics you picked out are perfect!!

  6. This is so pretty! It looks so professionally done! You have quite the talent! It seem you like quilting...I'm not sure where you live but if you live anywhere near Washington DC, you should go to the DAR Museum's special exhibit on quilts. Apparently, according to my grandmother, a docent, they have one of the largest collections in the world.


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