Happy Groundhog Day

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OK, It’s not a groundhog. But It’s the closest thing I have.


This cute little guy can also be found as a digitized pattern at Anna’s Awesome Applique Designs.com

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Paper Cut Valentine Classes

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I have a Paper Cut Valentine class scheduled at Oklahoma Quiltworks onĀ AprilĀ 14, 2015.


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How to Sew Eyes — A Stitch Guide

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Here is something I should have put together years ago. Ah-well, better late than never!

This is a handy reference guide for sewing eyes. It has fourteen different ways to make them. It also shows you the three different embroidery stitches used and a tips section. This is available on Etsy — http://www.etsy.com/shop/AshtonPublications

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Digitized Frogs and Turtles

4 R UMAX     PL-II            V1.5 [2]My digitizer, Anna Aldmon of Anna’s Awesome Applique Designs, is busy digitizing the frogs and turtles from my Aquatic Creatures book. Here are the first few stitch outs. I think they are pretty darn cute!dig. turtlefrog photo-1Dig. turtle-1

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Embroidered Filler Stitches

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Horsing A. coverMy newest stitching joy is adding embroidered filler stitches. It’s so fun and easy. It makes the perfect TV project, it’s similar to hand quilting but you don’t have to work as hard and you get to change colors! I’m going to think up a way to incorporate this technique into my quilts, but for now I’m just enjoying the relaxation of the stitching process. This little horse is one I stitched up several years ago, but with one more evening of TV watching and a few dozen rows of running stitches, he’s all colored in.

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An Interview with me :-)


Darcy AshtonI was recently interviewed for a quilting blog. You can read all about it here:


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Hand Embroidered Fish

4 R UMAX     PL-II            V1.5 [2]Embroidered fish w:words #4Embroidered fish w:words #1Embroidered fish w:words #2Embroidered fish w:words #3These hand embroidered fish are for a workshop that I teach. I emphasize filler stitches. You can add color inside the lines with crayons if you want, but I choose in these examples to just use thread. They are very fun to stitch up — I plan to turn them into a quilt in the near future.


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Hand Embroidery

butt.d. coverembroidered Butterflyw:wordsI’ve been experimenting with hand embroidery lately. Especially filler stitches. This is just one example. Two of my books, Butterfly Dance and Aquatic Creatures work especially well for this because they are a smaller size. I’ll post more pictures soon and I do plan on incorporating these into a quilt eventually. Right now they are stitched on cotton tea towels.

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Floral Flamigo

Flam. CoverWhen I first designed the applique’s for this pattern, I needed to test them, so I selected an old floral scrap and stitched one up just to see what it looked like. This test block was destined from the beginning to be nothing more than an orphan block. But I recently decided that it contained all the lessons I wanted to teach in an upcoming class, so I dusted it off and made it into this little quilt.

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Miss Mermaid

1-up Summer Cover #6As many of you know, I’ve been working on a long-term Block of the Month series. These quilts all finish the same size and there will be a different quilt for each season. So far I have Santa for Christmas and Scarecrow for Fall. Now I have Miss Mermaid for Summer. Each quilt is a six month set. They are available from Timberlake quilts, each one includes all the fabrics. The last month includes all the fabric and instructions for the borders as well as a fun label for the back. This time I designed the label to look like a sailboat sail and I’ve embellished her hair with beads and charms. She was very fun to make. My goal for the Summer quilt was to design something that didn’t make you feel hot every time you look at it, so I put her underwater.

Look for Spring and Winter quilts to complete the set.

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