This evening I did a bit of hand stitching on one of the quilts I printed and composed in January. I really like the rays stencil which is in the background, and as it is composed mostly of paper, it is stiff enough to support long, straight stitches.
When I last posted about this quilt, I had finished the quilting, and planned where to put the focal point.
I’ve spent some time over the past couple of days adding hand stitching, with simple stitches to bring out the focal points:
I’ve added herringbone stitch, buttonhole wheels, and some straight stitch and couching:
I was making good progress on the Moka pots quilt. I got all the focal points bonded on:
After a bit of a glum moment, I packed the machine away, and did some hand stitching on the Bumble hole book, working with lovely perle cotton:
Following on from the paper piecing in the previous post, I started a series of 8″ by 10″ mini quilts, and I’m using them to practice my free motion stitching.
First, this one:
With focal point lemons:
And this one, all pinned out:
I then added a ‘McTavishing’ machine stitch, following the video on Leah Day’s website:
I’ve also stitched into the collage I started yesterday; it just needs gelatos and hand stitch now:
I’m running low on this variegated thread!
So, rather a lot of stitching recently. The concerted practice is paying off.
Last night I stayed with friends, so I woke up and had tasty breakfast and coffee, and then came home and packed boxes for the Big Move, then met friends in the park. We had our boardgame club’s annual picnic outing, playing such varied games as lemon jousting, boules, Kubb, and many variants of tag, along with hula hooping and blowing bubbles.
When I got home, I did some hand stitching, adding sequins to the unfinished tags from yesterday’s workshop: