The Needles Projects for the Art of Home Club

Hello Everyone! Welcome to the Art of Home Club members who may be new here, too. Today I can finally share my project designs for the “The Needles Collection” for Jacquelynne Steves The Art of Home Club.The embroidery, applique and Pin Cushion designs are by Jacquelynne and the table topper, wall hanging and pillow were designed by me.

Needles Collection 20- The Art of Home ClubNote: All Art of Home Club photos used by permission from Jacquelynne Steves

I was very honored when Jaquelynne asked if I would like to design projects for the club. I agreed that if she would design the applique and embroidery designs, I would design the projects to go with them. This has been a very fun and learning experience for me. The patterns are only available to club members, but you can sign up here to be notified when the club is open for new members again.

I started these projects in April with the table topper. I wanted the projects to be more modern with a slight southwest theme.

Table Topper Picture for Instructions

The mint, peach and navy fabrics with some sprinkles of gold and hot pink in the embroidery were just what I was looking for. The fabrics are Bayberry and Lullaby by Kate and Birdie for Moda and the background fabric is Contempo’s Colorweave for Bernartex. I used Sue Spargo perle cotton # 8 variegated floss, Aurifloss by Aurifil and DMC for the embroidery.

I have a square table and so many things are designed for long table runners.  I wanted something that would fit my table. I also wanted each design to be facing a chair so I set the embroidery design on point in the square background.

I used this square viewing/tracing template I made from heavy cardboard to center the designs. When making the table topper, you can also set the designs up and down to make a wall hanging instead. They will fit both ways.

I also needed to make 16 Half Square Triangles (HSTs) and only had a layer cake (10″ square) of the Bayberry fabric that I really wanted to use. After researching different methods, I came up with a technique that I could use to get 18 HSTs from two 10″ squares. You can find my tutorial on making those here.

Needles Embroidery Cactus Blocks- The Art of Home Club

I like to quilt my embroidery pieces if using them in a quilt. I usually do simple echo lines next to the embroidery and then 1/8″ to 1/4″ away. I like to quilt a filler in the background to make the design pop. I free motion quilt on my Pfaff 4.0 Quilt Expression which is a domestic machine. Recently, I’ve been printing out pictures of the finished quilt top and trying out designs on that.


You can see I tried several different filler and block quilting designs. I also used my Westalee ruler foot for all the straight line quilting.

The table topper fits very nicely on my table and I love the nice modern look of it.

Jacquelynne’s designs can be used for applique or embroidery. For the applique version, I decided to design a wall hanging using three of the designs and a pillow.

IMG_6747.1The fabrics in the wall hanging and the pillow are all from various collections of Sherri and Chelsi fabrics for Moda except for some of the applique pieces.

I used two of the designs from the table topper in the wall hanging, then two other designs from the collection.

I do like to add embroidery accents to my applique. After I appliqued the pieces, I drew the embroidery lines onto the applique using a light box.


On the darker fabrics, I drew the lines on the best I could since the drawing didn’t show through my light box.


Cactus Pillow 1

For the round pot applique, I used a single piece of fabric (Sherri and Chelsi’s Bright Sun) with a design on it.  I machine appliqued the pieces with a very small zigzag stitch and matching thread. For this design, I did a backstitch on a couple of the leaves to indicate an individual leaf in a couple of places.


I used my same method of making multiple HSTs in the wall hanging to make 20 HSTs from two fat eighths of fabric. I love the backing fabric, too. I’ve had it for several years intending to make a tote bag with it. It’s also from Bright Sun by Sherri and Chelsi.


The pillow block is the same as the wall hanging blocks. It looks so different with a different fabric placement. I fussy cut the print for the pot, too. There are so many fun ways to play with fabric and appliques.
I made an envelope back for my pillow so I can swap pillow fronts when I want a change.

Needles Pin Cushion- The Art of Home Club

I also wanted to show you this fun cactus pin cushion that Jacquelynne made. I think I’m going to have to make this!

For those in the club, I hope you have fun making these “needle” projects. They were a lot of fun to applique and embroider. Thanks for stopping by!



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9 Responses to The Needles Projects for the Art of Home Club

  1. Lydia S says:

    You are officially a genius!


  2. SandrafromNC says:

    Beautiful work!!!


  3. Hi Brenda, Thankyou for sharing your design process. The fabrics you have chosen really suit the projects. I also love the way you use embroidery to accent the cactus – the spines look really sharp!


  4. elizacross2003 says:

    Wow beautiful


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