Last night, I finally finished Block #2. Yes. I am slow.
But for me, the finished product is worth the wait! Shelly has done such a nice job with the design on this and having lots of different stitches to maintain my interest. See the little red flowr in the lower left? It's all blanket stitch. That was totally fun. (Apologizing for the poor lighting in my photos. It seems like it's always dark--either in the morning or at night--when I have a few minutes to snap photos!)
This little flower was a lot of fun to stitch, and I think it's my favorite. I love how it turned out. I also enjoyed the satin stitching on the leaves. I like a really thick satin stitch with lots of height to it. I tried to accomplish that on my leaves, where there was satin stitching.
This is a close up of the center flower for you. I free handed all the red fill stitching, blue fill stitching, and french knots. I didn't mark all that. I am trying to keep a real "imperfect," loose feel to these blocks.
I'm off to get Block #3 started before Shelly can get Block #4 posted. I want to feel caught up for a minute! LOL.
If you are interested in reading more about the quilt along, please visit Shelly's post about it here. Scroll down on the right hand sidebar, and you'll see 1953 Quilt Along, Hazel's Summer Wildflowers. Under that heading are links to all the patterns so far. It's not too late to join in! And if you don't want to make the whole quilt, Shelly provides small projects you can do with a completed block. It's pretty awesome!
I am really enjoying stitching these blocks. Thank you so much, Shelly!
Shelly is also having a 350 Blocks Project, challenging us to complete 350 blocks during 2013. Each month, you can tell her how many blocks you have completed. There are prizes for making the monthly goal. I am participating this year. So, I have one block completed this month (of the 28 I am supposed to get done). Oh, my. I don't think I'll make it this month, with blocks like this and at this rate! LOL. BUT, I did win a prize for my work last month! Those 64 pinwheel blocks for my Pinwheels+Pooches=Peace quilt went a long way to help me make last month's goal! If you need a little nudge, it might not be a bad idea to join the little project! It's not too late. People are still joining!
Until next time,