The Joyful Stitcher – Part 2

Today I’m going to continue with my preview of my newest book, “The Joyful Stitcher”.  (To see part 1 of the preview, click here.)  I will share 4 more projects from the book today and in Part 3, I will share the last 7 projects.

Before I start, I want to say thanks to everyone who stopped by and commented on Part 1 of the preview!  Everyone had lots of questions about the projects and working with wool, so after I finish within preview,  I will do a blog post answering all of those questions.  You will just have to be patient with me, as it is crunch time for Spring Quilt Market, and I am scrambling to get my booth ready.  I am excited to answer all of those questions, as soon as all that prep is done.


First up is Mandala.   I love the symmetry and repeating patterns that you see in all the Mandala designs on Pinterest, etc.  For this one, I off set two of the designs so that the quilt has a balanced asymmetry that makes it more interesting.  The quilt is worked in 4 sections so the applique can be stitched in smaller sections that are easier to handle as you do the hand stitching.


My idea for this one started out with the thought of using a low-volume print background.  I have never bought low -volume prints (or so I thought), but I was thinking about all the cream prints that I usually kick out of the Charm Packs that I am so fond of.  After going through my 5″ charm square bin, I collected quite a few cream prints, then I cut a few more from my stash. Turns out I had enough 5″ squares to make 2 of these quilts!


If you look closely, you will again see that I mixed in some cotton with my wool – see the large blue and yellow circle.  In this case, it helps to reduce the bulk that can occur When layering pieces of wool.


As I said in my last post, I love how the wool puffs up with the quilting.  I used a wool batting in this one and it has wonderful weight and dimension.



I enjoyed making this design so much, that I also added a runner option.  If you’ve been visiting this blog for a while, you know I love runners!  I use them in lots of places around my house and I currently have this one hanging in my hallway.


For this one, I mixed in a few simple embroidery stitches that I didn’t do in some of the bigger projects in the book.


It doesn’t take much time to do on a smaller project like this, but it adds so much more interest.


On this one, I wanted to mention that I did use some blanket stitch.  In Part 1 of the preview I talked about mainly using a whip stitch because it is much faster and much easier to get even.  In this case, I wanted to use a blanket stitch in a contrasting thread around the large circles.  Because I was using contrasting thread I wanted a stitch line around the outside edge of the circle and with a whip stitch, this would be missing.


Next up is Boho Charm.  I have been loving all the Bohemian style things I have been seeing lately – with their eclectic mix of colors and prints.  This quilt represents that style, but with some large blocks of grey background so your eye has a place to rest.


I want to show some close-ups of the details on the applique.  As you can see, I used some reverse applique with some cotton behind the wool.  I think this helps add more interest to the wool with the added print and color.





This quilt only has 4 small blocks to applique, so it is a good one to start with if you want to give this technique a try.  In addition to the applique, I also love the scrappy binding.


Lastly, I had a little fun using some of the designs from this quilt to make a hoop.  Have you noticed how popular hoops ae lately?  They are everywhere!  I painted mine blue to cover up the boring wood color that they come with.  This is an 18″ hoop – so it’s pretty large.  Combined with the wool and bright colors, it adds a fun pop to your wall.


Again, I will be giving away a copy of the book to anyone who leaves a comment (one from each blog post in the preview).  So, let me know if you have any more questions about the wool or which design you like best.

If you are interested in purchasing the book, check at your local quilt shop or click here to order online from us.

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60 Responses to The Joyful Stitcher – Part 2

  1. Genevieve C says:

    Hi Heather, you are definitely a very talented quilter. I love the way you use both cotton & wool fibers to make your colors pop. Keep up the great work and may blessings to you and your’s

  2. Diane W says:

    Love them all! Such cheerful colors. I wonder about using blues and whites and making a snowflake one?

  3. Darlene B says:

    I love mandala! I think it’s funny that hooped decor is coming back….I had some of those back in the 80s!!

  4. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    You always amaze me with your patterns. These are so bright and cheery!

    What are some things to look for when selecting wool for a project? Does it come in different weights? Are there things to stay away from?

    Thanks for answering our questions!

  5. Vicki in MN says:

    I love that design you have in the hoop! Great projects again.

  6. Susi says:

    Love the bright patterns – so happy! Would like to know a good source to purchase the wool – live out in the desert in AZ – no close stores.

    • Sheryl says:

      If you live near Phoenix, there s a wonderful store that carries wool, North on Cave Creek
      Rd. It is The Olde World Quilt Shoppe. I have to make a top there when I go South to
      visit my son and his family!

  7. Kathie L says:

    I haven’t yet used a grey background, but you make it appealing. I love your colors.

  8. Susan says:

    Your work is beautiful as usual! I would love to try making a runner using this process. Thank you for the inspiration.

  9. v dale says:


  10. Linda F. says:

    I’ve never worked with wool, but these just might be the projects to tempt me to start.

  11. Dana Bartlett says:

    These are beautiful! Love the bright colors and especially the reverse applique with the cotton and wool together. Adds a lot more interest!

  12. Laurie Gelo says:

    I have been a loooong time fan of yours. But I think this is my absolute favorite set of designs you have ever done. I cannot wait to get this book. Your way with color combinations is so wonderful. Love your work.

  13. Jane Eilderts says:

    Again-beautiful work!! I am getting really inspired to sit in my deck on nice summer days, enjoy the sunshine and stitch away!!

  14. Marty says:

    I didn’t expect to, but I really like your combo of wool and cotton ~ especially the “neutral grey” as a backdrop for bright florals and prints. For my first project from your book, I’ll adjust your Boho Charm pattern into a smaller project: a fun, summertime table runner. Thanks!

  15. Jean says:

    What wonderful color! They all shout “SPRING”. I like the reverse appliqué idea a lot.

  16. Janet says:

    I love your work, and that runner is so bright and cheerful…who wouldn’t smile when they see that?!

  17. Nancy Augustine says:

    Absolutely love these! Now I know what to do with those low volume print squares! I have a good pile of them. These are going to be great fun.

  18. Lisa Marie says:

    Wow, such gorgeous projects! The Mandala design is my favorite, although I’m not sure if I like the quilt or the table runner better. It’s amazing the difference that the light vs. dark background makes. Just wonderful!

  19. Joan M says:

    Your designs are gorgeous. Love the combination of cotton and wool and the colours just pop. Your book is at the top of my list.

  20. Kristi says:

    I love the bright colors and combination of wool and cotton. My first project must be the mandala table runner!

  21. Pat Anderson says:

    I love this book and am particularly interested in a blog about working with wool….I would love to do one of these projects but don’t even know the difference between felted wool and regular wool…I’m hoping one is washable! Thanks for the inspiration and the giveaway!

  22. AnnieO says:

    The offset mandala designs are especially eye-catching! Beautiful color mix, love the embellishment with different stitches. Your quilting, of course, enhances it all. I’m wondering how the appliquéd wool would launder. I know wool batting can be washed but should not be dried and if that is the same with appliqué? Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book.

  23. Colleen Coffman says:

    I love these designs just as much as the first ones you showed us. I’m very excited to see what could possibly be next! I have never seen such bright, clear, colors in wool before. Could you please tell us where to find them? Also, like so many others here, I am really liking the gray that you are using in some of the backgrounds. I’m sorry if you already said what it is and I missed it, but would really appreciate specific information on what it is. Thank you Heather :).

  24. Candie Graham says:

    Simply beautiful 💙💚❤️💜💛

  25. Maureen says:

    Oh my word! Gorgeous, just gorgeous! It’s difficult to say which is a favourite….but I am quite smitten with Boho Charm. I’m loving the grey backgrounds! Thank you for a chance at the give-away.

  26. adaisygarden says:

    Everything looks beautiful!

  27. LindaV says:

    Oh my! Boho Charm is absolutely amazing!! I’m loving these new projects…how do you find time to design new concept quilts with two, busy boys?!

  28. Ann in NC says:

    More great designs! I really like Mandala, and also Boho Charm – especially the idea of reverse applique. Hope you have a great quilt market!

  29. Teri says:

    Lovely designs and lively colors. I need to try a small design.

  30. Jo Anne Hawks says:

    I really like your use of cotton prints in the reverse appliqué on the flowers.

  31. Janet Sabol says:

    I love all the bright colors, but the first wall hanging is my favorite of these. I’d love to give working with wool a try with a copy of your new book. I have both of your runner books and have used them a lot!

  32. Linda Fleming says:

    These are all just wonderful! I love the asymmetric designs, the fabrics, the dimensions of the appliqués and the beautiful embroidery!

  33. Martina says:

    Ooooooh, just saw this tablerunner with the blue background and I am in love! So beautiful! But all of the projects you showed today are just my thing! I just started to sew with cottn and wool fabrics following a the BOM on Buttermilbasin blog. And I so enjoy it. Very happy to have found your preview. No I will jjump to the first part which I somehow missed. Have a wonderful day!

  34. Kathleen Gee says:

    The reverse applique with the cotton behind it is wonderful. What a great idea. The more I see of the projects in this book the more convinced I am that I need to get a copy! You are amazing!

  35. Pat D says:

    Love the projects that you have displayed in both blogs. Can’t wait to get a copy of the book. I especially love the Boho Charm. Your talent is truly a gift!!!!

  36. Mary D says:

    Oh, wow! Such beautiful color combinations!

  37. Tina McNamara says:

    Oh, WOW!!!! I LOVE the reverse applique on the BOHO quilt. I, also, LOVE the Mandala wall hanging with the low volume charm square background. These previews are getting better & better. I noticed the sneak peek of your wool applique pillows. If we order a book from you will you sign it?

  38. R. Buckley says:

    I love your style and the colors you use. I always bypassed the wool applique because of the dark colors. You have opened a new creative door. I’m going to try the gorgeous runner first. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  39. Connie Kresin Campbell says:

    Beautiful designs and the colors just pop!!! Now I want to try working with wool!

  40. SHAUNA SCHOLES says:

    I just love all the quilts that you do you are so talented it inspires me

  41. Cindy J says:

    These designs are so HAPPY!!

  42. Arlene Martini says:

    I love the use of the cream prints in the first quilt. So soothing to focus on.

  43. Jocelyn says:

    Your quilts are so amazing!

  44. Marsha Nelson says:

    I have never seen reverse applique with wool before. I LOVE it! I tried to decide with design I liked best and couldn’t.They all look so fun! Good job!

  45. Nichole Quilao and Peggy Bourassa says:

    Our customers know we carry all of your patterns and ask always for your new ones. They are going to be in line to get these. Nichole and I can’t wait to make new samples!

  46. Michelle Weatherson says:

    Loved the idea of reverse applique with wool. Definitely adds interest and texture in a delightful way. Beautiful work–looking forward to future blog posts on this.

  47. Kathy S. says:

    Beautiful, happy quilts! I love your mixture of wool on cotton background. Are the quilts washable?

  48. Pam Peterson says:

    I like the brightly colored wools in your quilts and runners, as well as your designs, of course! Where did you find such bright wool colors?

  49. PamO says:

    Wonderful. Cotton combined with wool is a great concept. As always your projects are inspiring.

  50. Chris O'Dorisio says:

    These are gorgeous!! I really like the mix of cotton and wool, who knew they could “play” so well together! I took a class by Lisa Bongean here in February at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt show. Really enjoying the wool stitching! Thanks for more ideas and a beautiful bunch of new patterns!! 🙂 BTW the low volume background on the first one is really very pretty!!

  51. Gale says:

    Love the reverse appliqué and all the projects from this book. I have to put it on my shopping list.

  52. Sheryl says:

    I LOVE appliqué and especially when working with wool! The needle glides thru the fabric. I’ve been combining wools and cotton for 8-10 years now and I still love it!

  53. Laura Gingerich says:

    I love each project review more than the last!! Awesome job!!

  54. Sandi olson says:

    I love each one. And love working with wools

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  56. Milla says:

    Absolutely beautiful quilts!! Love the wool appliqué!

  57. Renea Yarolim says:

    How do I pick just one design from this amazing book. The project that caught my eye was the Christmas Ornament wallhanging. I love the colors that you used in all your projects. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your gorgeous book.

  58. Beautiful quilts! I really like that you don’t have “traditional” background fabric/colors.

  59. Megan Ziegler says:

    Oh, my goodness! Hands down the Mandala design is absolutely gorgeous! I just love it! I would love to make that for my bedroom in purples and greens to go with my bed quilt! Just BEAUTIFUL!

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