It’s time to share What I Made for What I Made Monday! Share a link at the bottom of the post to show everyone what you made, too.
The weather has finally been nice enough to enjoy the outdoors! I’m not one of those people who love the winter and the cold. I’d be perfectly happy to have a long spring, a long fall, a month of summer, and two weeks of winter. Is that too much to ask?
Anyway, I started some herb and flower seeds. We moved into this house three years ago and I’ve never really reestablished a vegetable garden, but belonging to a CSA kind of helps to cut down on that feeling of loss. They don’t open until after asparagus, though–I really miss growing my own asparagus! I’ll have to find a good spot.
Island Batik Ambassador April Challenge
I did more walking foot quilting on the next Island Batik Ambassador challenge (a baby quilt made using the AccuQuilt Ready Set GO dies). It’s been slow going for me, I know. But I really did make a lot of progress. I don’t think it’s ever taken so long for me to finish quilting such a small quilt.
It’s just that there are so many starts and stops! It’s what the quilt wants, but it’s so very tedious.
Union Square Block
Did you miss the Fat Quarter Shop release of the free Union Square block pattern and video tutorial? I fell in love with this block!
The next prompt for the Birds on a Thread art quilt group is “Masks,” and as I mentioned before, I’m taking inspiration from Alice Walker.
I used Photoshop to manipulate some photos of female ancestors (I can only positively identify ONE of them without having the original prints, and I’m not sure who has them now) and printed them onto EQ printer fabric. I pulled some hand-dyed fabric from my stash, and used tea to dye some twill tape. I stopped there, because A. I need to find my double-sided tape, B. I don’t want to reconfigure my machine and lose what little momentum I have going on that baby quilt, and C. I need to up my embroidery game to achieve my vision for this mini.
Upping My Embroidery Game
So, in order to get a handle on embroidery for the Mask art quilt, I started the Daily Embroidery Challenge with Rebecca Ringquist on CreativeBug. It’s 31 lessons, but each one averages only about five minutes, so I’ve been working several stitches a day. Rebecca does a good job of explaining how to create each stitch, and starts with the most basic. I especially like it when she shows examples of how you might use the stitches on your own projects. You can get the Drawing Stitches pre-printed sampler panel here.
Plans for This Week
I reallllllly want to finish that baby quilt. The next few embroidery lessons look like they’ll take a little longer to practice, so my goal is to finish at least one stitch a day.
Oh, and tomorrow you’ll get to see the third Sew Let’s Quilt Along block!!