Archive for July, 2008

Stitched by Hand ATC swap, Nautical Theme

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Lucky by Andrea Zuill  The Flckr group Stitched by Hand is in the middle of another ATC card swap.  The theme this time is nautical. 

The pattern I used for the embroidery is one I designed a long time ago and had posted for free on Craftser.  I based it on Sailor Jerry tattoos.  The card itself measures only 2.5″ x 3.5″, not counting the little fabric border.  This piece is actually a very small quilt.  The batting is a piece of blue felt.  The back is covered by the white fabric that creates the border.

Take a look at all the Stitched by Hand ATC swap cards at

August Free Embroidery Pattern, Li’l Mermaid

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Li\'l Mermaid by Andrea Zuill    I dedicate this pattern to Calamity Kim.  She wanted a mermaid to go with July’s free pattern, Jacob the Octopus.  Plus, Calamity is doing a mermaid special at Flickr site,

Click on the image to see the pattern full size.

People that I am jealous of.

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Sometimes I am just so jealous of what other people can do.  Sigh . . .

Artwork by Nicole Licht

Nicole Licht:


Update of Applique Tutorial

Monday, July 28th, 2008

I did a tutorial a while back on applique. It was about how I appliqued the White Deer Quilt. Well, I have created a more universal Applique tutorial. If you have any question let me know.

Click on each image to see the full size version.








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I will add more to this in a few days……

Long Beach Quilt Show

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Vintage Quilt  This weekend I went to my first Quilt show.  It was a eye opener for many reasons.  First, there was very little in the way of hand quilting.  Every other booth had those large quilting machines.  Now, I don’t have anything against the machines, but I would like to see at least a little tribute to hand work.  Second, It was wierd to be in a sea of women (age 35 and up), all wearing sensible shoes, and no makeup.  Third, the majority of booths had quilt kits. Very little had to do with quilts as self expression.  Still, once again there is nothing wrong with kits.  I just wanted to bond with some fellow quilt artist.

To be fair, there was an exhibition of quilts and pretty much all where artist designed.  They where all beautiful designed.  I took photo’s of some of these quilts, but the photo’s turned out horrible.  Maybe on Flickr someone else took photo’s that turn out better that mine.


Black Rabbit Quilt

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Black Rabbit Quilt Detail  I have a new quilt going on!  It’s a bit different.  I’m using a lot of black.  I love the background fabric that I found in a quilting store in Utah.  This fabric has the aged pinks, teals, cranberry and aqua.

Black Rabbit Quilt Detail  The single black rabbit started out as a rabbit shaped blob.  I thought that that is all I wanted.  I should have know better.  I can’t resist embroidering the heck out of something.  I outlined the rabbit in a medium blue.  Then I used a darker purpley blue and a sage green to stitch inside the rabbit.


Gnome Decal

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Gnome Decal by Andrea Zuill  For years I owned and operated a Sign/Design company.  I don’t do much in the way of signs anymore, but I though I would dust off the old equipment and do some decals. 

This sweet gnome is 10″ x 4.4″.  It comes in white, black, red, dark blue, green, yellow, pink and orange.  I can do other colors too, just let me know what you would like.  But remember,  white is the very best on car windows and dark colors.

See this gnome at my Etsy store:

Cute Buns

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Bunny, print by Andrea Zuill 

Rabbits are on my list of cute animals that are probably evil.  They’re just way too quiet.  I don’t trust those teeth.  Their fur is soft, but it just covers those cute feet that have sharp nails.   A bunnies eyes are dark, soul sucking orbs. 

I could be wrong.