Archive for May, 2008

The Month of June’s Free Embroidery Pattern!

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Little Dutch Girl by Andrea ZuillHere is the month of June’s Free Embroidry Pattern.  Did you know I’m a 1/4 Dutch?

Click on the image to see and print the full size pattern.

Ta Da! The Snake in the Grass quilt is done!

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Snake in the Grass, quilt, by Andrea Zuill   I have finally finished my Snake in the Grass quilt.  Even though I don’t know how long it took me to finish, I do know that I took much more time than any other of my quilt’s.   It measures approx.  30″ x 42″.  It is all cotton, with cotton/poly batting and embroidery thread.  It is all handsewn, with the exception of the very edge.  The quilt’s edge was sewn like a pillowcase on the sewing machine, then turn rightside out.  This quilt has a lot of applique, with up to 6 layers of applique on top of each other, on some of the designs.  The quilting has been done around all the major design elements and the border. 

    Since I like my work to be funky, you’ll notice that the right side and the left side of the quilt are only loosely mirror images.  Same with the border.  I have no interest in making a very exact quilt.  For inspiration I once again used Pennsylvania Dutch Fratur artwork as inspiration, and indian/oriental needlework.  This quilt was started at the beginning of hiking season when the snakes start to come out into the open.  So far this season I have see about 10 rattle snakes.

Snake in the Grass, quilt, by Andrea Zuill



Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Embroidered Butterfly  I have been working on this small embroidery.  I had the idea that I might sell it on Etsy.  What I didn’t expect was the time it took to create this piece.  And It’s not even done!  I probably have about 6 hours into it.  I keep looking at wondering, “where did all the time go?”.  What could I sale this for?  I have no idea. 

Butterfly Embroidery

There used to be bears.

Friday, May 16th, 2008

California Grizzly Where I live there used to be bears. Not just any bears but grizzly bears. I live in Southern California. It’s hard to image when driving around SoCal that a huge beast of a animal used to roam in the valleys and foothills. Many people don’t know that in the area where I live, in SoCal, there where never black bears, only grizzlies.

California Grizzly Grizzly bears used to be found in places like Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, and Sacramento many years ago. Near where I live are places named Bear Valley, Los Oso (spanish for bear), Oso Moutain, and Grizzly Flats. The indians, the Spanish, the Mexican, the 49’ers, and Americans all experience life living amoungst the grizzies. (more…)

I see a mermaid, a bear and a skull!

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Thanks for letting me know when you have created a embroidered piece using my patterns.  It makes my head swell.  No really.  It’s enormous.

Unfortunately someone sent me photo’s of a appliqued Disgruntled Gnome and I lost them!!!!  Please, if you see this message send them to me again.

Top Image: By Fuzzz_Brain,

Middle Image: By JoyJoyhappy,

Bottom Image: By LuLubean,

LuLubean’s Etsy store:

Fuzz Brain\'s Love Bear


I used to play pretend a lot when I was a child.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

I spent a lot of time, as a child, pretending that I was a animal.  I can only assume this is reflected in this painting.

Bear by Andrea Zuill, 30\

Bear, 30″ x 30″, Oil on Canvas

On display at Blue Dome Gallery in Silver City, New Mexico.

Such a little bird….

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

I’ve been painting again and I have painted some little birds.  Since spring is here, little birds are everywhere.  I believe these birds have a bad case of the Spring Hormonals.  Their chirps are loud, they’re fighting a lot, and when I was hiking the other day I was almost mugged by a bunting.

Chickadee, Oil on Canvas

Wren, oil on canvas

Looky, Looky!

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

ATC Swap, Rose Garden by Kelly Nordwall, aka Little Warrior

Look what I got in the mail today! This ATC swap card was created by Little Warrior. The swap took place on the Flickr group, Stitched by Hand.  This piece is titled, Rose Garden.  It measures 2.5″ x 3.5″.  It’s such a sweet little beauty!

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ATC Swap, Rose Garden by Kelly Nordwall, aka Little Warrior