The forgotten pillowcase…

I forgot to post my finished pillowcase a few weeks ago—this was the only thing I could focus on this winter when I was taking steroids. Steroids not only cause me acute insomnia but they make me very agitated and unable to focus. Knitting is usually calming for me but I couldn’t focus on the pattern—plain simple embroidery did the trick, giving me something to do without much brain drain. I did forget to switch to yellow for the center of the second flower so did the same thing on the third flower on purpose. Then I found a stain that would not come out after three tries and a flaw on the reverse and then a small hole. Whatever. I did a very simple crocheted border and flat-felled seams to enclose the raw edges. I can still use it to store a quilt. A note about storing quilts: NEVER store them or transport them in plastic bags, especially black plastic garbage bags. Quilters (even professionals) have lost their quilts at retreats and conventions because the maintenance crew thought the bags contained garbage. Ouch.



Here is the simple edging I did with #10 crochet thread and a size 6 crochet hook:

Round 1: Single crochet around.

Round 2: *(3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next sc, sk 1 sc, sc in next st, sk 1 sc, repeat from * to end.

Stay tuned for another post before day’s end.


Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at and here (previously but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

Posted on June 24, 2015, in hand embroidery and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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