Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Portholes Revisited

I think I've resolved the pinterest issue, boy I've spent so much time on the computer doing techie stuff lately - not my forte.  I've also been playing with Google Docs today.  Not enough chocolate in the world.

I've been doing my Portholes pattern again, I had done it as a table runner but decided I want it as a wall-hanging.  So it will be vertical instead of horizontal.

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I added some flowers [french knots].  I used to make french knots the normal way, wrapping the needle 3 times, but Jenny of Elefantz shared that she only wraps once.  I decided to try that, and I really like it.  For one thing, it's much faster.  The knots seem more like flowers to me.  I'm not very good at them, but I'm sure I'll get better with practice.

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What do you think?  Should I add more flowers to these two portholes?  I like the look, but I'm undecided if there should be more.  This one, with the flowers in the window boxes, I really like as it is.

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Close-ups - see?  I'm not very good at the french knots, but I love them.

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Now I need to get off this computer and find something to eat - you shouldn't blog on an empty stomach.  I hope you're all having a wonderful week - I'll be by to visit you later tonight!

39 comments:

shez said...

they are fantastic Allie and i dont think they need more flowers,i like them the way they are.xx

Sandra :) said...

I'm glad you got the Pinterest problem fixed, and I think your French knots are very flowery (and doorknobby!) looking - the portholes are great!

MB in MI said...

OH Allie!! Thankyou so much for these--I've printed them so I can trace one and take to my dr's appt Friday, while I wait. (your french knots are lovely!!)

Michelle Ridgway said...

Gorgeous pattern Allie....I so want to be on those beaches. I think your french knots are great.

sunny said...

Your French know flowers are fabulous! I love the rose bush and the window boxes the best. Keep on knotting.....

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Oh Allie. These are so cute!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

If you blog on an empty stomach, be sure not to visit any food blogs. Not a good thing ;-)

Val said...

Wow. I think your french knots are great!!! Of course I am your biggest fan! Seriously you can do anything!!!

Terry said...

I remember printing these off the first time you did them! I really must get them stitched one of these days!

Larissa said...

Lol! Those french knots look perfect to me!! ... The portholes are lovely! Looking forward to seeing the finished hanging!!!

Cathy said...

Hi Allie! I just love them~ You have it down perfect! :) ♥♥♥

Cheryll said...

Oooo! Nice!
Thanks Allie! :)

Fiona said...

those are gorgeous .... I'm excited as now I can pin this page... and find it easily when I want it ...
Hugz

Jenny of Elefantz said...

I loved them the first time around (and stitched them!), but these are soooooo sweet...loverly, my dear. :-)
Hugs
Jenny
xx

Sharon said...

Your french knots look super to me, and I think your little vignettes have just the right amount of flowers. Your pattern is wonderful! And you're very generous to share with all of us. Thank you!

Cyndi said...

Allie, I love your porthole designs...they are adorable. Really think that surfboard sticking up out of the sand on the first one is too, too cute! And I think your French Knot flowers look great...I wouldn't change a thing!

XOXO,

Cyndi

West Michigan Quilter said...

Oh, these are great! I haven't seen them before. I think the only one I would add a few more flowers to is the middle one with the clothes line. But that's just me because I love flowers. I can't wait to get started on these. Thanks for sharing!

Susan said...

What a lovely pattern.
Regards

Linda in Calif. said...

I misread your title, I thought it said POTholes like the holes in the street. I thought these look more like Portholes - and then re-read the title; they are portholes!! Very clever of you. I think what is missing on the one porthole is the choice of flower color - the pink doesn't stand out and catch your eye like the red flowers. Love your knots - I'll have to try the new way next time. Actually I love all the your stitching on it. Just beautiful and elegant!

desertskyquilts said...

Fabulous design and I so appreciate the pattern. The one block, not the new one or the window box one, maybe add another little bush on the other side, or take that one up further, like a climbing vine?

I vary the number of wraps depending on what kind of thread I'm using and what I want the effect to be (but I'm usually doing crazy quilting embellishing!) If I had two strands of floss, I'd wrap more times, and if I'm using #8 perle, I wrap only once. The trick to a perfect FK is to keep the thread snugged up to the needle all the way through the stitch. If it loosens just a little, you get a looser, sometimes not round, stitch. No one told me that, I just discovered it one day! Yours look good to me. If you aren't completely happy with them, the Colonial knot looks pretty much the same, and I believe it always turns out nicely round. =)

Debbie said...

I remember those portholes, Allie! I think I have them somewhere on my computer. I really liked them then.

Your French knots came out great! I always used to make the French Knot with one wrap. Way back when, it never occurred to me to double or triple. I just used a heavier thread to make it bigger. Only recently I started doing extra wraps. I'm pretty sure that my bird piece that I posted for the TAST a few weeks ago, was all made with only singles.

Wendy said...

Gorgeous Allie, I think your french knots are perfect!

Soggibottom said...

Need a ginger dog and an old lady with a walking aid in it :-) :-) AS IF.. it's looking good Allie :-) perfect as Wendy said...
:-) X X X

Brenda said...

Love the window boxes! I think your french knots are great. I also make them three times around. Maybe I should try it this way! Thanks for sharing!

Joanne Lendaro said...

Looks fab! Great work my dear!!

donna said...

Allie your stitching is beautiful. I am with you I love french knot flowers
Hugs
donna

Cathy said...

I love, love, love your porthole stitcheries. Thank you so much for sharing. Have you been enjoying this weather. Hugs

Paula said...

Hi sweet Allie, Your portholes look beautiful! You are so creative! I love your French knots. You did a perfect job making them! Your stitches are perfect too! Have a lovely weekend! xo~Paula

Ivory Spring said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I love those French knots flowers.

Talin's Corner said...

Those stitcheries are lovely. You did a great job.

Michelle said...

Those are so sweet! I have the worst luck with French knots -- never can tell if they'll work or not.

Teresa said...

Hi Allie, I think your portholes are just wonderful. I wouldn't change a thing... you have those french knots down pat!!! Just gorgeous.

Dorothy said...

Wonderful stitchery Allie.
Beautiful flower photos in your previous post, and a nice photo of your Mom too!

Liz said...

I think they look great!

John'aLee said...

Oh Allie, it is precious!

Verna G said...

I love these and really want to do them. I am very interested in seeing what you do with them.

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Your portholes look great! I've always loved making french knots. Yours really look like flowers. Very nice!

Carrie P. said...

I enjoyed making those little portholes when they first came out.

Mama Pea said...

This is so cute! Your French knots look just great. What are you talking about?! :-)

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