Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Nearly finished. What to do next?

My Terrain hexagon-flower quilt is almost almost finished and I'm already thinking about what project to move on to next. I've already resolved that I'm not going to start any new crafts this year, so that narrows it down to finishing off a UFO.

I feel like doing something a little different, maybe some needlework. I know I have a couple of half-done cross-stitches in my cupboard somewhere.

I don't think anyone will be surprised to learn the subject of my favourite cross-stitch patterns ... it's patchwork quilts! Yes, needlework inspired by patchwork!

I first came across these beautiful patterns by artist Paula Vaughan in the mid-1990s. Traditional style quilts thrown over vintage chairs, vases overflowing with armfuls of wildflowers, and the loveliest dresses from a bygone age.

I remember sitting in a particular sunny spot, stitching these patterns and listening to audio books for hours. (These days it's all instant downloads and iTunes, but back then I borrowed cassette tapes from the library. LOL.)

I know I completed these two - looks like a Nine Patch and a Dresden - but I suspect they ended up as gifts for friends.

I think this might be another one that I started - a cross-stitch of a Double Wedding Ring. I love it!

You can see more of Paula Vaughan's patterns here and some can be downloaded from here. I know this is not all of them as I recall once buying her book with a themed quilt for every month and season and they are not all shown here.

Bye for now. I'm off to rummage through my cupboards to see what I find.


  1. stunning design of cross stitch. No doubt you'll find many hours of pleasure whilst doing it.

  2. Hi, it’s the first time that I visit your post. Nice info, thanks!
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  3. Your Paula Vaughan designs took me back.
    I used to but For the Love of Cross stitch magazines put our by Leisure Arts.
    I still have them, some with Paula patterns.
    I have stitched The porch Swing (still to be framed after so many years), A Bouquet for Elizabeth I made for my sister, and Grandmas favourite chair which is the one you have done with the Dresden plate. I also have the pattern for the Rose of Sharon which I may get to one day.
    These patterns were just beautiful. I have since seen some new cross stitch versions and they are not nearly as nice as these originals.
    Thankyou for the download link. I might just have to get a couple more.

    Thankyou for sharing.