Sunday, June 30

Palmer Fabric Collections

Two new fabric collections to share with you!
P&B Textiles has brought more of my watercolor paintings to fabric~
'Fresh Picked Farm Stand'

I have taken photographs of farm stands for over 20 years~
Along the roadside, while we're out for a country drive.
Most of the stands are 20 minutes or less from our home.
We LOVE to support our farmers & gardeners!

Winter Snowmen Wreaths!
So much fun!!
Snowmen with their cardinal friends... framed by different wreaths~

I began painting some of my favorite stands several years ago.
A few extra props & signs tucked in here or there...
I will often change the crop to fill my 'garden' of subjects.
We do not have a long growing season here~
It is an amazing variety... sweet and full of flavor!

We are surrounded by apple, peach, plum, cherry orchards...

I LOVE honey...
Grateful for Beekeepers! 
No matter how few or how many hives they keep~
Protecting our bee population is crucial.
Grateful for open fields of wild flowers, hedgerows, windbreaks & field edges.
I search for heirloom & pollinator-friendly plants to add to our garden.

Farm stand location/direction signs at cross roads are often made from
recycled wood. I thought it would be fun to add some
farmyard friends!
I will be releasing some of these designs as punch needle 
and rug hooking patterns soon!

The border...
I can't wait to play with some of these fabrics!
(If I could sneak a few more hours into each day...)

Bustling meadow...
They must have wonderful visits!

Some of the coordinates for Winter Snowmen Wreaths

Perfect size and detail to cut out...
Ideal for ornaments, set inside quilt blocks... patch a Christmas stocking!

Margaret Luewen~ Miss Marker's Quilts
Margaret drives past some of the same road side stands...
She designed a quilt for Fresh Picked Farm Stand~

...a quilt for Winter Snowmen Wreaths, too!

We are enjoying dryer, sunnier days...
The vegetable garden is delighted!
The flowers are blooming & bees are humming~

Hope you have a wonderful week, Friends!
Thank you for stopping by~

Friday, June 7

Punch Needle Patterns

Good Morning, Friends!
I hope your Friday is off to a great start~
Feathered friends are always invited to help around the studio!
Baby Robin has grans button jar tucked under her wing.
She sure loves to scatter buttons... like fairy dust.

Blogs and social media sites are such fun in the Springtime~
There are so many wonderful images of baby birds peeking out
from their nests... their little beaks reaching up for their tummies 
to be filled.
'Stitching Bird' is on a mission... 
Her sewing needle is threaded and she has her emery strawberry
filled with straight pins!

I frame most of my punch needle pieces.
Frame shops carry an acid free 'spacer' that aids in keeping
the floss loops from touching the glass surface.
Depending on your loop length, they come in various thickness.

The spacers allow me to add extras, too~
My little button jar looked like a pickle jar before I added MOP buttons.
The jar could be punched with an aqua, pale blue or pale purple
floss... the look of old glass without canning vegetables... giggle.

A second new release!
We have seen a lot of crows this spring... 
With all of the rain, wind and cold weather the songbirds seem to
be a few weeks later than normal.
'Crow' has been collecting wishes again!
She keeps her stars inside her titled spice jar~
Her sunflower perch creates the perfect lid!

'Baa Baa Blackbird' copyright 2019 Michelle L. Palmer

Little brown sheep and friends are available in the
Summer 2019 issue of Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine!
That should be arriving at Barnes & Noble, JoAnn Fabrics,
your favorite stitching & quilt shops and mailboxes any day now.

I hope to add more punch needle patterns to my shop over the weekend~
Seem to say that every week and the hours just disappear!
A few hours set aside for yard and garden work develops into
full days of hauling, cutting, pruning, pulling, planting...
I get lost in the bird songs...
The hum of the bees...
The weeds...
The blossoms....

Wishing you beautiful summer days~
Thank you for stopping by!