Well, it's back to the old grindstone today for me! It's 9:15 in the morning, and I've already been at it for an hour and a half. But I've gotten a lot done already! So, that is good. I'm taking a little blogging break (meaning a break to engage in blogging, not FROM blogging!) to do a quick post. Trying to keep my momentum going! :-)
This is part of the 2012 Aurifil monthly designer series. This block was designed by Roseann Kermes of Rosebud's Cottage. If you want the pattern, it's a free download. You can get it here. I stitched this with one strand of Aurifil's 28-wt thread. I really enjoyed doing the stitching with this thread. I liked the fine detail it gave me. It was a real pleasure to work with. You might be able to tell from the large snowflake that one of the aqua blue thread I worked with was a variegated thread. So was the brown. They are beautiful!
I am not yet sure if I will do each month's stitchery. But I did enjoy doing this and wouldn't mind collecting more of the 28-wt thread. Not even sure what I'll do with this little block.
But I'm trying to keep in mind my mental Freedom List (I haven't written it down yet). One item on that list is that I don't have to do every block in a BOM. I can just do the ones I enjoy and not worry about the rest. The blocks will find homes somewhere. Right?
I also finished this in February. Last July when I was on my retreat at Gruber's, Mary (of Mary on Lake Pulaski) was putting together a quilt top of stitcheries she had made from another BOM from Little Miss Shabby. It's called Birdie Stitches. She had finished all the blocks with some Kate Spain fabric (and I'm blanking on the line right now). I had just purchased a jelly roll of that fabric, myself, and wasn't sure what I was going to do with it. I thought these stitcheries were as cute as can be, so way back in July I said I would make this. But I hadn't gotten started on it yet. With all the traveling I have been doing, I thought it woudl be good to have some handwork going. So, I finally decided to bite the bullet and start this.
I am copying Mary's color selections, etc. I just keep going to her Flickr pool and looking at her completed photos to guide me. Mary, I hope you think imitation is the best form of flattery. :-)
I'm stitching these with DMC floss...all 6 strands! It's quite bulky and a completely different look. Hard to stitch details.
(Not the greatest photo. It's a very dreary day here, today. Not conducive to taking pretty photos.)
Truth be told, I enjoy the work with the Aurifil better. I sort of wish I had started these with the Aurifil instead. Alas, I did not. But this may be the last project I do with DMC. I really prefer stitching with the Aurifil thread! Nothing really wrong with DMC, this is just so much nicer. I do like that it comes on spools. So much easier to deal with. I only wish the spools had a little thread lock on them to hold the thread end. At least I can't find one. If I am missing it, please someone, let me know!
Keep coming back, by the way. I will be doing an Aurifil thread giveaway sometime soon. (There, I said it out loud, so now I have to get my rear in gear and get it done!)
Yesterday was a gorgeous day. It was sunny and warm. Sweet Pea and I savored every last moment of my spring break (gratuitous kid photo above). Besides going to the park, Sweet Pea and I went to an amazing Fiber Arts show. I have TONS of photos to show you. I'll have to put together a series of posts about that. Stay tuned. I need a little time to pull that together!
As I said, today it is very dreary and rainy. But the rest of the week, it's supposed to be pretty nice! I hope so. I want to start riding my scooter to work...especially with these gas prices!
Hope your Monday is off to a good start!
Until next time,