New Book


I have gotten several new quilting books recently but the one I want to share is by Michele Hill – “More of William Morris Applique” – if you are into applique you might want to check this one out.


Beautiful photos in this book, nice big pull out patterns – it will be a hard choice as to what I want to make first out of this book.

Another item that came with this package of books (from Connecting Threads) was a new little notion (new to me) Needle Grip- It, soft little circles to put on your fingers to help you pull the needle through.


I had never used them, I thought I would try them out as they were not expensive.  They are soft and the product works, it says you can leave them on through light hand washing even.  I found though that they are not reusable and that is a must for me – you can’t take them off and then try to stick back to your fingers – they fall off shortly afterwards.  They do come in a package of 70 but you really need to put them on two fingers for it to work right.  That means one package is only last 35 days – if you don’t take them off – I would be using them just about every day – I don’t know if I will buy more, I will see how much I enjoy using them.


I finished my Red and Green applique quilt borders.  I will try to get a good photo of the quilt on Friday morning at quilt group.  I don’t know if the quilt is finished though.  It is possible that I will add a little embroidery here and there as I do have some as accents in the quilt blocks.  It isn’t like I will be quilting this in the near future any how so I might do that over the next year or so when I feel like it.

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7 comments… add one
  • Jeannette Hansen Aug 21, 2012

    I go to the dollar store and get a package of balloons. When one dries out I can pitch it with no qualms. They last for long enough that I don’t feel I’m wasting money. Of course, I can’t wear them – have to pick up and put down – but I don’t need the extra traction very often. Best part is I scatter them to my friends with little expense to me. I carry two or three of them in all my hand sewing kits.

  • Nedra Aug 21, 2012

    The William Morris book looks beautiful, but a lot of work! I’m guessing for you it looks very do-able, and you will probably have it done in no time!
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  • Teresa Rawson Aug 21, 2012

    That applique book looks interesting…I saw a quilt at a show last spring that had motifs on it that looked a little like William Morris-type work. It was VERY elegant. I was peeking back a bit and saw your progress on the Lucy quilt…VERY NICE! That does look like it would be fun and enjoyable hand piecing.

    Have you ever tried finger cots? I love to wear them when quilting, and have started wearing them for hand sewing as well (on my index finger). I find I can roll them up and off (like old-timey nylons!) and reuse over and over, or until I shred it. I started using them for quilting when I found I was putting so much pressure between my thumb and index finger that I was actually getting deep bone bruises! (when going through too many seams or layers…) I have large fingers, so the large size works great for me.

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

  • Karen L. Aug 21, 2012

    Ah, William Morris. I was surprising in England many years ago and we stayed at a place that was just across the road from the Victoria and Albert Museum. They were having a special exhibit of Morris’ designs. I was able to spend a good part of the day there. Fell in love with some of his patterns. Later, we stopped in at Harrods and I was able to get some material that had his Strawberry Thief pattern on it. I made a couple of kitchen valances and some chair back covers for our eating table chairs. I am still using them to this day. I cannot help but think you will do his designs justice in your beautiful handwork.

  • Vivian Aug 21, 2012

    Are there any interesting borders in the book. I am looking for a border to use on a double wedding ring quilt for Kelsey. I want it to be different from the one I gave to my daughter-in-law.
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  • Doreen Aug 21, 2012

    The above gals suggested the 2 things I have used: finger cots and balloons. I really have more difficulty in the winter when my fingers/skin seem more dry. That book is awesome and is very “you”!
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  • Miriam Aug 23, 2012

    I love that book!!! I’m looking forward to seeing which project you choose.
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