Woolie Friends Stitch-A-Longs
During the summer of 2020, we were honored to join eleven other designers to create the Woolen Oak Stitch-A-Long quilt. The adventure was such a success that we have continued to work together, creating various quilts, runners, and projects. And now we have two new designers joining our Friends! What a fun group, and what fabulous stitchers we have met throughout these stitch-alongs! We would love to have you join the fun. Check out the Facebook page for examples, block sharing, inspiration, and updates. It's never too late to try a project you may have missed: we still have availability for kits and patterns. All of the designers' websites are linked below for your convenience. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and pay them a visit to see what they have to offer!
It is always fun to visit a quilt shop, but one shaped like a pumpkin, bedecked with fall flora, is a real quilter treat! What could be more inviting than a miniature quilt hanging in the front window, with a sewing machine and fabric bolts in the upper window? Let’s venture through the mushroom door to a pumpkin shop of quilts. We have both digital and printed patterns for our quilt shop. We also have kits to create this essential stop on your shopping trip in our quaint Pumpkin Village.
Our wool kit comes complete with 9 different wools (many hand-dyed by Sew Cherished), two pieces of cotton for the windows, background fabric, and a sweet little sewing machine to sit in the window of your shop. You can purchase it with or without a printed pattern (discounted if purchased with a kit.) We also have a thread kit with hand-dyed threads by Weeks DyeWorks to coordinate with the appliqué: two skeins of #5 pearl cotton thread and 4 skeins of 6-strand floss. A one-stop shop! Best yet, if you purchase the entire kit, we will throw in a printed pattern for free.
31-Jul Calico Patch calicopatchdesigns.com
7-Aug Rusty Crow rustycrow.com
14-Aug Traditional Primitives traditionalprimitives.com
21-Aug Sew Cherished sewcherished.com
28-Aug Linen Closet Designs linenclosetdesigns.bigcartel.com
4-Sep Blueberry Backroads blueberrybackroads.com
11-Sep Through the Needle's Eye needleseyestories.com
18-Sep Cherry Blossoms cherryblossomsquilting.com
25-Sep The Woolen Needle thewoolenneedle.com
2-Oct Wooden Spool Designs woodenspooldesigns.com
9-Oct The Cottage Rose cottagerosequiltshop.com
16-Oct My Red Door Designs myreddoordesigns.com
23-Oct Calico Patch Finishing Pattern Calico Patch Designs
The schedule below lists all the designers, the week their blocks will be featured, and their website addresses. Each designer will offer a wool kit for you to purchase. During the week each designer is highlighted, you can download a free digital pattern. Mark your calendars, as they are only free for one week, and then the next designer offers her free pattern.
You may wish to change the motif on your mini-quilt hanging in the window; perhaps you simply want a pumkin or a flower. It is your quilt shop!
A welcoming mushroom door and bolts of fabric sit on the sewing machine table in the upper window beneath a canopy of sunflower petals. The shop is surrounded by dimensional sunflowers. What a treat for a quilter!!
Past Woolie Friends Mystery Stitch-A-Longs
Deck the Forest
Our delightful gnome family is decking the forest tree for a magical Christmas, with gilded paper chains, lit candles, and a bright star—all under the supervision of a wise owl and a little red bird. While there are many special details to this block, they are all created with simple embroidery stitches.
We have wool and thread kits available for purchase as well. Our wool kit can be purchased with or without a printed pattern. It includes background homespun fabric, eight pieces of beautiful hand-dyed wool, and an embellishment kit: curly roving for the beard, beads for the candles, a hand-dyed wooden star button, and an owl charm. (Owls may vary in style due to availability.)
Our thread kits include pearl cotton threads (size #5 and #8) and floss by Weeks DyeWorks, hand-dyed wool threads, and gold thread. Seven skeins provide everything you will need to add character and sparkle to your appliqué. Patterns are available in printed and digital formats.
Bundle and Save!
The ubiquitous blue Mason jar has been around for nearly two centuries and has been used by generations to preserve food from our gardens. Today, it serves many, various functions. Ours is a vase filled with Queen Anne’s Lace and Strawflowers, inviting our nesting nuthatch to the scene.
Our lovely wool kit will include a printed pattern, homespun background, eight different wools—several hand-dyed by Dawn Shuck from Sew Cherished—and several embellishment materials to make this block unique and full of fun textures. Sari silk ribbon with wool strips and wool roving make for a dimensional and unique nest for our nuthatch's eggs. And then there is the sweet dragonfly charm flitting amongst the flowers. This is a kit you won't want to miss! Remember: our kits come with a printed pattern, so you will not need to purchase one if you buy a kit!!
Our beautiful thread kit comes with a selection of hand-dyed threads from Weeks DyeWorks and includes 5 skeins of floss, and one each of #3 pearl and #8 pearl cotton threads. The variety of thread weights help to add interest to your work. You will love the lustrous sheen of the white #3 pearl to create your Queen Anne's lace!
For a tutorial for stitching
the Nesting Nuthatch,
click the button below.
April showers bring May flowers is the theme of this springtime block that is filled with all the things one might need for a fun, rain-filled day—rainboots, an umbrella, and a spring bouquet. When spring rains darken your day, this colorful block will bring a little brightness into it!
Our complete wool kit includes a homespun background and a variety of ten beautiful wools—hand-dyed by our Woolie Friend, Dawn Shuck from Sew Cherished. Additionally, the kit will have silk ribbon in two sizes and a charming embellishment—to be revealed later. You won't want to miss these delicious colors and wools, we promise! Our separate thread kit will include a lovely selection of hand-dyed threads by Weeks DyeWorks: pearl cotton thread in two sizes and three colors of floss. Our wool kits will have the bonus of a printed pattern, for your convenience.
Tea and Blooms
Brew a pot of tea and stitch some blooms as you anticipate spring! Dimensional wool appliqué, embroidery, and embellishment add life to this pot full of violets and cup of chamomile. It is one of 12 blocks in the Potted Petals Mystery Stitch-A-Long. The finished block size is 12 inches square.
Our wool kit includes background homespun fabric, all wool pieces needed to create our block, as well as several embellishments, including wool roving, beads, lace, ribbon, and antennae.
Our thread kit includes a variety of hand-dyed threads from Weeks DyeWorks: one card of #5 pearl cotton, 4 cards of #8 pearl cotton, 2 cards of six-stranded floss, and one card of crewel wool.
Pattern is sold separately, in either printed or downloadable digital PDF format.
Going to Grandma's
If you would prefer to make a little boy rather than a girl, just sub in the boy with the included templates.
We had such fun with our 2020 Wooly Block Adventure Block—Going to Grandma’s. Our little girl (or boy!) is on her way through the woods to Grandma’s house but makes a quick stop to feed a sweet little cardinal. Embroidery with three different types of fibers adds dimension to this woodland scene, and while our little girl (or boy) is going to her Grandma’s, your sign can say whatever you would like! The pattern now include templates for both a boy and a girl, depending on your preferences.
Finished block size: 8-inch square
The kit includes the complete printed pattern with templates, black wool for the background, all wool needed to complete the block, 1.5 yards of Valdani white #8 pearl cotton thread, and a snowflake button. Also included is some extra wool for an optional finishing project, the Into the Woods Runner, designed by our Woolie Friends. This charming runner will take you through the winter, topping a table, the back of a couch, or the bottom of a bed.
An optional thread kits includes the threads that we used to complete the block: Weeks DyeWorks floss, crewel wool, and #8 pearl cotton; and The Gentle Art floss and wool thread.
Our beautiful, hand-dyed wool kit comes with fabric to piece the background acorn block and all wool to create the appliqué design, as well as a bit of wool roving and a sweet little bee charm.
The thread kit includes a collection of hand-dyed threads from Weeks Dye Works—2 skeins of floss, 1 skein of #5 pearl cotton, 2 skeins of #8 pearl cotton, and 1 skein of crewel wool.
Pattern is sold separately, either in printed or downloadable digital PDF format.
Week #9: Harvest Basket
This delightful Harvest Basket echoes the bounty of autumn with its colorful contents. Embroidery brings the basket to life—we hope you enjoy stitching and embellishing this little taste of fall! It is one of 12 blocks in the Woolen Oak Mystery Stitch-A-Long. The finished block size is 16½ inches square.
We have created a few videos demonstrating various techniques we used in creating the Harvest Basket.
We hope you will find them helpful!
Overview of Harvest Basket Embroidery Stitches
Tutorial for Wool Basket Weaving
To learn about the techniques we used to prepare our wool appliqué for the block, go to our blog,
Tutorial for Wool Roving Flower Centers
Tutorial for Pekinese Stitch
Here is the list of all our Woolie Friends Designers.
Check out their websites to see what they are doing!
Blueberry Backroads blueberrybackroads.com
Calico Patch Designs calicopatchdesigns.com
Cherry Blossoms cherryblossomsquilting.com
Linen Closet Designs linenclosetdesigns.bigcartel.com
My Red Door Designs myreddoordesigns.com
Red Button Quilt Co redbuttonquiltco.com
Rusty Crow rustycrow.com
Sew Cherished sewcherished.com
The Cottage Rose-Pattern Originals cottagerosequiltshop.com
The Woolen Needle thewoolenneedle.com
Through The Needle’s Eye needleseyestories.com
Traditional Primitives traditionalprimitives.com
Wooden Spool Designs woodenspooldesigns.com
Yellow Creek Quilt Designs yellowcreekquiltdesigns.com