Let me begin by saying that I have grown to love everything about this quilt including my amateur stitching. It has flourished far better than my actual garden-growing and growing! The original kits from Clover and Violet were for six and twelve blocks. I got the twelve block kit. Then I decided that I wanted it to fit a bigger bed. That would require eight more blocks. I needed another twelve block kit. The four extra are turning into pillow shams. Okay! Way to turn a big project into a massive one! So I'm down to the embroidery on the last two squares, and the quilt top is together ready to pin.
It is a rainy, dark day here which I am blaming for this rather dull photo. I find that the time to fix photos is often what keeps me from blogging. I'm trying not to be such a perfectionist. You guys forgive me, right? (She says as her few blogger buds hit to drop-this-blog button:-o)
Anyway back to the quilt. Increasing the size left me with lots of blocks that needed embroidery designs. I combed through some from Clover and Violets past projects, the internet, magazines, and books to find designs to complete the blocks. Here are a few that will receive proper credit as soon as my life calms down to its normal frenzy.
|From a quilting magazine that I won't look up unless you want to find it.|
|Another online one.|
|The idea is from an online source though there are lots of changes.|
|From a photo! I could not find a Hosta drawing.|
These are the last two that I need to finish. I wanted a squirrel because I have an abundance in my garden. We also have a few toads which always delight me when they turn up. I couldn't find a drawing of a toad, though. The tree frog in the last one will have to do.
|Finished! The squirrel is from Aneela Hooey's Little Stitches book.|
|Toad drawings were too detailed or dark for me to use.|
Best place I've ever sewn:
In a comfy chair on the beach.
I've got to leave you with one last photo. I promise--last one. It's my new favorite spot to compute.
Right now, despite the rain, I've got a downy woodpecker, purple finch, three gold finches, house finch, too many sparrows, and a cardinal feeding. So cool to get to watch them up close.