You might recall that my friend Shelly, over at Prairie Moon Quilts, is having a Quilt Along. The quilt is called Hazel's Summer Garden. I couldn't resist all the fun embroidery. (Click on any of the photos to make them bigger.)
If you want to download Block #1, you can get the pattern here.
And here is a bonus project if you just want to do Block #1.
I am really having fun with all the special stitches and Shelly's unique way of putting them together. For example, I've used a chain stitch before, but never as a filler stitch like in the center of this flower. (oops. Sorry for the stray tan thread in there!)
I really loved doing this satin stich fill on this flower. I did it really densely so that it would puff up a bit. I like how that turned out. I outline stitched it as well to give the edge a smooth look. Sometimes my edges aren't as smooth as I'd like them to be when I satin stitch.
I liked this flower, too. I like the chain stitching on the pink part. As I said, I've been working all the fill stitches and anything inside the outline free hand. I didn't trace those. So, the red running stitches and all the inner turquoise stitches are freehand. I think I should have marked the center line on that pink center. It's pretty wobbly!
I also see that I'm getting some puckering. I know I have a tendency to pull pretty taught with my stitching. I hate it when threads aren't tight. I am hoping when this gets quilted that these puckers don't cause problems and will "quilt out."
Okay, now I have to go start Block #2, which Shelly has posted. Get it here.
Lynn was commenting on a post the other day (her Which Witch's Boot quilt she's working on) that she doesn't understand why she dislikes the tracing process so much. I agree, Lynn! I lose momentum at that point all the time with my embroidery and with my appliqué. I think it's because I'm anxious to stitch, and I hate the delay that tracing the design causes. But I best get on it, lest I fall behind! This block took me almost a month to stitch. I better get going!
And by the way, I can't wait to go back to stitching with Cosmo thread. This DMC is knotting so much on me as I stitch. I did not have that problem with Cosmo. I'm really sold on it now.
Happy Friday! Have a great weekend! I get to go stitch with my friend Caroll tomorrow. I can't wait!
Until next time,