This week has just been so busy, with car club events, playing pickleball, quilt meetings and lunch with friends. It is no wonder that I have little accomplished in the sewing and crafting room for the week. On Thursday, I went to a quilt area meeting then stopped by the Quilts of Valor sew day. I picked up this fabulous top, batting and backing that I’ll quilt for them. This striking eagles panel is surrounded by pieced blocks.
I did manage to get it loaded on the longarm, and I’ll show you the quilting when it is done.
I wanted to do some more rocks, this time I started with base painting them in blue, like the sky. I plan to add green grass and flowers to these.
After base painting and letting that dry, I decoupaged labels on the underside that will tell people they can keep or re-hide the rocks, along with a request to post a photo on the facebook page. It is so fun to see one that I painted show up on the page.
I found this little birdcage at a thrift store some time ago, and I wanted to paint it black. The blue was a bit shabby, and the black makes it look more like wrought iron. I like the little hearts.
A couple of coats later, and it is looking nice. I am not sure yet what I will do with it, but it will likely be an addition to my pots on the veranda.
My Sweet Babboo bought more seeds for the birds, this time getting a larger size. I nabbed the empty bag to make another bird seed bag.
I also have an idea for a wall hanging for spring/summer, to use some of my new embroidery card designs. Using a egg carton with numbers in the cells, I can keep the threads straight and know which one comes next. This keeps the threads from rolling around, too. I put two layers of iron-on stabilizer on the back, and one layer of water soluble stabilizer on the top.
When a color is repeated, I put a little scrap of paper in the second cell with the number of that thread. Here, the purple is used in slot 7 and again in slot 11, so when it is done stitching for number 7, I move the thread to cell 11 to wait for its next turn.
I worked on painting rocks while the machine stitched away. About 30 minutes later, this butterfly on a flower was complete.
I only got a little farther on the embroidery project this week. Many readers asked me about the pattern, and it is an iron-on transfer from Stitcher’s Revolution Kitchen Sayings. The design is ironed onto whatever fabric you choose. I am using an even weave fabric for embroidery. I use two strands of DMC floss with a large eye needle.
I have a pre-season football game to see today, as our local channel will show the Panther home games, so maybe I can get a bit further on the stitchery. I’ll work on the QOV this week, and maybe make some progress on the blocks for the Safelight quilts. If you’d like to sew some blocks for these quilts, I’d love to have them. Click HERE to download the instructions, themes and information.
What are your plans for today and the week?