Wednesday, December 13, 2017


I added "JOY" to my son's crazy quilt Christmas stocking. Literally. 

First, I printed the word out the size I wanted it to be.

Next, I poked holes in the letters using a pin.

Then I placed the word reversed on the muslin back of the pieced stocking and used a mechanical pencil to mark through the holes created with the pin. You may see the reversed pencil marks on the muslin in the photo above.

Using the marks on the back as a guide, I chain stitched the word "JOY" on the stocking with size 5 white perle cotton.

Next, I whipped around the chain stitches with size 8 red perle cotton floss. (The directions for a whipped chain stitch may be found here.)

This addition was inspired by the work of Barbara Nicki Lee Seavey. The JOY she added to the block featured on the cover of the Winter 2018 Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine is just stunning. (You cannot see that part on the cover photo.)

The 3rd weekend of the month is International Hermit and Stitch Weekend. The event is described here at Random Ramblings. There is now a Facebook Group for the event that may be found here.

This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, I will be working on my Heaven and Earth Designs "QS Red Hearts" piece based on the beautiful artwork of Ching-Chou Kuik. This was my ending photo last month, which will also be my beginning point this month. 

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crazyQstitcher said...

It's terrific!

Christine B. said...

Beautiful additions to a fabulous stocking Renee! I hope you and your family all have a wonderful Christmas! Christine xx

Queeniepatch said...

Wonderful! I can taste the peppermint!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Ooooh - adding the red stripes to the letters just elevated them to a whole 'nother degree of cuteness!!

Susan said...

I've never worked anything from the back, but that makes sense for your word. The finish looks great!

Katie said...

Your Joy is just beautiful. It definitely added joy to me for seeing it.