I don't have much in the way of pictures yet. I always have a bit of a lag after I finish a project, trying to decide what to work on next. Not that I have a long list to choose from - sometimes it just takes a while to choose. That, and my sewing area is usually so messy after a finish that clean up becomes a big job, and a big roadblock to getting started on something else. So, I've been cleaning. And doing a lot of doodling lately, practicing some freemotion designs. Next step is to transfer them to paper and run them through the sewing machine. Normally I just stipple, but I'd like to do something different. I have a laptop sandwich that has been waiting for months for some attention. I think I've found just the freemotion design I want to use to quilt it - just have to practice it a bit more.
Of course, there is always the danger of getting sidetracked on other projects. While cleaning up earlier this week, I decided I needed to practice my embroidery stitches. I used to do this when I was a teenager, but those days have passed out of memory - except that I still have an old cigar box full of cotton and silk skeins. You can guess how long it's been just by the 12 cent sticker on the labels.
So I found a suitable design from Homeberries which has lots of beautiful free patterns, and I added my own little house in the background. I got the idea from "calendar" quilts (one block per month) to make up a single 6x6 block per year to represent something in my life. This is the year we pay off our mortgage, so my house is in it. In 12 years I ought to have enough blocks to make a quilt! It's going to be part applique, part embroidery.
|Rusty the quilt assistant, keeping a close eye on those stitches|
|Double checking every detail|
|Unlike Ginger, who keeps trying to eat my patterns and steal my pencils|
|But then, Rusty learned at the feet of Master Miao Yin for the few weeks they were together|
Until next time,