Vicki’s South African Quilt

Spring cleaning my daughter’s home and taking down this wall hanging to give it a good dust . It is one of my most favourite makes , about 11 years old, love these designs from BFC .

I love how this quilt shows how just shades of black  and white can be so much alive! A beautiful choice of fabrics Vicki….Suz

BFC1174 South African Architectural Etchings

Jan’s Safari Toy Bags

Used the Safari Series to make toy bags.  They are drawstring bucket bags and fully lined:  the original has a clear plastic window on one side and the embroidery on the other.  Had to re-engineer it to accommodate the height (Toy Bag 2.0) Parents like to use them for stuffed animals because stuffies are dust collectors, or to take favorite toys to Grandma’s house.  In later years they can be used as laundry bags.  Your Safari Series worked perfectly and these bags will be very popular.  Jan

This is a super idea Jan!!!!  So many designs could be used depending on the child or the parents wishes!  Suz

These designs can be purchased individually or in a combo set.

BFC200068 Safari Series Combo

Laura’s Three Kittens

Happy New Year to you and yours!  I wanted to share a photo of my last, big project of 2021, and I do mean big, at least in stitches.  After adding up the stitches in the large size design, [for the 150×240 hoop] ,I believe the total was on the far side of 190,000 stitches.  What a way to end the year.  Thank you again for your help in resolving the issue of the missing whiskers.  I look forward to the new year and stitching more of your excellent designs. Blessing upon you, Laura

BFC0968 Window-Three Kittens

Laura’s Mountain Lion

From Laura:

I finished and framed, [quilted and bound] your BFC’s design,1496- Large Mountain Lion, and it is Awesome!  I intend to use a small, natural branch and raw ride shoe laces as the hanger.

I did not have all the correct colors of thread.  I was missing 2731-Hemp and 2793-Camel, substituted the best I could and wa-la, an awesome big cat.  I think this would have turned out better if I had used the correct colors, but using the golden brown border fabric pulled out the browner tones of the puma and not the taupe tones.  All in all, I am pleased with the results.

I would warn anyone intending to do this embroidery, it is time consuming!  Although the 5 parts of this design are easily matched, each section has 11-21 color changes and is stitch intensive.  I actually used 2 layers of Warm and Natural batting under the stitch out.  First I used a fusible, woven interfacing to stiffen the fabric, then quilted it to the first layer of batting, then placed the second layer of batting under the design area before I started to stitch.  I used a size 14 top stitch needle, and all went well there after.  I also used 2 layers of tear-away stabilizer in the hoop.  I would rather have a bit much in the under layers than not enough and have to deal with puckers in the top fabric.

Thanks for about the hundreth time for all the work you and Fred do on all of BFC’s incredible designs. Until next time, happy stitching!

As always a gorgeous job, Laura!  Suz  I lik the colors with the border.

BFC1496 Large Mountain Lion