The Joyful Stitcher – Part 3

I leave for Quilt Market tomorrow and I really wanted to get this post done before I left.  It’s almost midnight and I just finished my last two quilts, got them quilted and the binding sewn on.  I’m mostly packed and wondering what I’ve all forgotten.  As I was going over my check list tonight, I realized that I forgot to pick up my order forms at the printer.  It’s kind of hard to take orders if you have no order forms, so that’s kind of important!  Tomorrow morning I have a school field trip with my older son, and then it’s off to the airport.

With all that preparation, I really wanted to get the last post of the new book previews up before I left.  Here are the links to Part 1 and Part 2, in case you missed it.

Up first, is the back cover of the book.  If you’ve been a blog follower for a while, you know I love making Christmas quilts, so I had to include a few holiday things in the book.


I have always loved Christmas tree ornaments, so they were my inspiration for this runner.

Here are a few close-ups of the details –



All the edges don’t need to be stitched down – I just did a back-stitch down the middle of some of the shapes.  It’s quicker and much easier around shapes like the snowflake below.


The Joy Pillow –


And another look at the runner, Joy pillow and the snowflake pillow.


Speaking of pillows, there are a few more in the book –


The fall pillow uses some of the shapes from the Fall Colors wall quilt That I snowed in my first post.


You can see a lot more details of the stitching on this fall applique shapes in that first post by clicking here.



The little leaf pillow is a great way to use up all those little wool scraps that are too precious or cute to throw out.  I noticed as I was making all the larger quilts from the book, I ended up with quite a few scraps – which I saved and have enough to make several of these pillows.


Just a chain stitch and running stitch are required to make this –


Here’s a close-up of the last pillow.  The flower uses a folded edge technique that gives the petals added dimension and character.


In fact, I had so much fun making that flower that I decided to make a topper that also used the design.




That’s it for the preview of the new book.  You can comment on each of the preview posts to be entered to win a copy of the book.  I will select a winner from each post when I get back from market.   If you are interested in a copy of the book, you can ask at your local quilt shop or click here to go to our online store.

If any of you are going to be at market this weekend, please stop by my booth and see the quilts in person.  My booth number is 2910.  You can also come by my schoolhouse sessions on Thursday afternoon to learn more about the new book and my latest fabric line, Big Splash.  My personal schoolhouse is at 2:55 in room #264  and my Henry Glass schoolhouse is at 2:15 in room #264.

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39 Responses to The Joyful Stitcher – Part 3

  1. Maureen says:

    Oh wow Heather! I love ornaments too & this runner is fabulous! This proves to be a must have book. Thank you for a chance to win a copy!

  2. Diane W says:

    I love the christmas pillows. Both of them.

  3. Milla says:

    Everything is beautiful!! I especially love the vibrant colors! The ornament table runner is one of my favorites.

  4. Martina says:

    For sure a must have book for me! Love especially the flower pillows, but the christmas projects are so lovely too!
    Thanks so much and have fun at the market!

  5. Laurie Gelo says:

    WOW. I love everything on the back cover, too. You have really outdone yourself. You do such great work. Thanks for sharing the sneak peeks. They were delightful to see.

  6. Angela Short says:

    Very beautiful pillows and all! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  7. Dorian says:

    This looks like such a fun book! Full of brightness and color. My daughter likes to sew just a little bit, and these projects look just perfect for her. Have a great market trip!

  8. I really like the back cover projects, and all of the pillows! Hope you have a good time on the field trip and a good trip to Market!

  9. Sharon Peterson says:

    You got me going again….I just finished my “first in several years” appliqué and embroidery small wall hanging! Thanks for giving me the urge to start hand sewing again. I’m off on a shop hop road trip today so will be looking for your book. Wish I could get yo market to see your wonders in person!

  10. adaisygarden says:

    Your quilts are just beautiful! Can’t wait to see your book, there’s a few projects I already know I’d love to try! Wish I could go to Quilt Market, but not this year…maybe next? 🙂

  11. SHAUNA SCHOLES says:

    I love all your designs you are truly talented

  12. Tina McNamara says:

    Wow! I just love the book! I love all the different techniques you use like the reverse applique & the folded wool fabric on the flower, and just stitching down the middle of a piece to give it more dimension. Thanks for a chance to win this terrific book.

  13. Nancy says:

    Love the color choices! Also love the flower folded edge technique. It really adds nice dimension to the pillow and the topper.

  14. Inez Fay Hulsey says:

    Thank you for this chance, Christmas is my all time favorite and I love your designs .

  15. Kathie L says:

    I love that folded edge touch. Elegant.

  16. Dana Bartlett says:

    These are beautiful! I love Christmas – and that ornament runner is so fun!

  17. R Buckley says:

    Every post gets even better! I love the Christmas ornaments runner. Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. Jane Eilderts says:


  19. Susi says:

    Just like everyone else – I am crazy for Christmas!! Love the ornament runner – very bright and cheerful yet homey. Thanks for the opportunity to maybe win. have a great Quilt Market – how very fun!

  20. Jennifer W says:

    I love all these ideas. I used to stitch designs on t-shirts for my girls when they were little. It was an inexpensive way to really give them cute outfits. I will have to buy this book and get started on some Christmas gifts now. Thank you.

  21. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    Love those flowers with the folded edges! It’s so much fun to see the different fabric in the centers. Hope you enjoy your time at market. Weather is supposed to be cooler and rainy but at least you will be inside!

  22. Mary Ann Scanlon says:

    These are so cute Heather. I know a few will find their way into my Christmas decor! Thanks for opportunity to win a copy if your book!

  23. As with all your designs, these are lovely.

  24. Joan M says:

    Your Christmas designs are beautiful and the fall pillows are wonderful. I’d love to add your book to my library. It’s gorgeous. Enjoy Quilt Market!

  25. Marsha Nelson says:

    Everything has such yummy colors. Love your designs.

  26. LindaV says:

    Wow! I just love the way you’ve incorporated handwork into quilting! And those colors!! Amazing! Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

  27. Love the bright cheerful colors and all of the embroidery details!

  28. Chris O'Dorisio says:

    Heather this book is delightful! The colors and the designs along with the stitching are just really FUN!! I am drawn to the ornament table runner, very cute!!! Enjoy market! 🙂

  29. Lisa Marie says:

    So gorgeous! The little leaf pillow is a favorite of mine, so simple but so eye-catching.

  30. Susan Smith says:

    I love the Joy pillow but also love the simplicity of the leaf pillow.

  31. marie says:

    Folding the edge of the wool is fabulous, love the idea.


  32. VickiT says:

    Simply gorgeous! Everything! I have to say that my favorite has to be the Ornaments Runner. All the quilting on your projects is awesome. It makes things stand out so beautifully.

  33. Colleen Coffman says:

    Oooooh! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book :). I am in love with all of it and especially can’t wait to make this table topper. I was at one of my favorite fabric shops this weekend, Fiddlesticks, in Vancouver, WA and I told them about this book. They have at least two others of yours, but Cheran hadn’t yet heard about this one. She has now!

  34. Laura Gingerich says:

    The this whole book, but LOVE the Christmas Ornaments piece!!!

  35. Ann in NC says:

    Even more wonderful designs! Hope you had a great quilt market!

  36. Rita Nichols says:

    Wow! Just WOW! I recently learned to do wool applique but I have never seen anything in the bright colors. I so love your take on this. Your book is like stepping into another world…… in living color. It’s no wonder you’re a joyful stitcher!

  37. Megan Ziegler says:

    I’m so glad you showed the pillows! I was wondering if they were patterns included in your book! I LOVE all of the patterns in this book, I am so glad you dove into wool applique!

  38. sndy1 says:

    Amazing designs and colors!

  39. Charlotte says:

    Just found your site. I love working on wool penny rugs. Haven’t done a runner or pillow. Some beautiful ideas I’d like to try.

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