Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Finished: Flea Market Souvenir

This piece really intrigued me: 3 different designs stitched on 3 separate pieces of fabric, sewn together and then embellished with crazy quilt stitches. The result is one long piece with a ‘vintage’ feel.

Flea Market Souvenir by Blackbird Designs
30 ct LaCrosse Blend & 30 ct Kansas City Blend (2 separate cuts)
Weeks Dye Works, Gentle Arts

Here are some close-ups of the stitching embellishment sewn over the seams before framing.

The chart did not describe how to sew the pieces together. I ladder-stitched the fabrics together leaving a seam of ½ inch which was then reinforced with the crazy stitches and the border stitches. I was worried about tension on these seams when framing but all went well.

Here’s a picture of the wrong side showing the border stitches and the crazy stitching over one of the seams. Not very neat - I was worried more about reinforcing the seams.

I actually completed this in March but just finished the framing.


  1. Hi, this is so very nice, beautiful needlework w/specialty stitches and great pics. Thx for sharing, really enjoy your finish.

    Have you joined the newish BBD blog yet?

    Last week I added your blog to mine and subscribed to your posts in Google Reader-YAY:)

    Tootles, Sue

  2. Wow~ that looks absolutely stunning! I've done embroidery illustrations on different pieces of fabrics combined, but I've never thought of cross stitching on different fabrics combined. I must try it out now. Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. I love it! You did a fabulous, unique job on the finishing. And good for you for being brave and using 3 cuts of fabric.

  4. The designers of Blackbird Designs get all the credit for this idea. They are truly clever and talented. I just followed their pattern. I recently purchased several of their designs so you'll be seeing more.

  5. That a great piece. I love Blackbird's designs. Your embellishment stitches are really nice.