Lately I have been busy doing work which has kept me away from the sewing machine - writing, designing, working on posters and brochures, preparing for things coming up this spring. It's all good, and all work-related, but it hasn't allowed me much time to stitch, and I miss that. I need that!
So I've decided now when the work day ends, I will choose a small stitching project that requires no thinking for my tired brain. I have made a couple more zippered pouches, including this one from a gorgeous piece of Stephanie Brandenburg fabric. I just love this print!
The fabric was leftover from a tote, trimmed in Seminole patchwork, that I made a couple of years' back for my friend Jill in Fredericton Junction.
Another day, I basted and machine quilted a flannel top for a baby quilt that I had pieced another day I needed something mindless - it's just squares, quilted with squiggly lines. I stitched the binding on the following day.
Yesterday Grandma Coco posted a sweet pattern for a kitty enjoying some April showers. Cheryl had sketched out her design to use on cookies she was decorating, and then decided she would get double-duty from her sketch and use it as an applique quilt block. She invited folks to download the pattern for free from her blog
and to stitch along with her. I decided instead of applique, I would try embroidering the kitty. I set my machine up for free motion stitching, with heavy 12 weight Aurifil thread
in the top and a size 16/100 topstitch needle. It took no time to embroider the block.
As you can see I used a hoop, but I kept banging into it with the edge of the foot so next time I will stitch without a hoop. This is how my very talented friend Monika
does it, so I know it can be done.
Skip over the Grandma Coco's blog and see her block and cookies
, and join us in stitching!