Friday, March 22, 2013
The last challenge for Project Quilting was an inspiration of the celebration of Spring. A little hard around here with the recent snow squalls - and more on the way. But Spring's arrival always means the return of lovely seasonal birds and our orchards flowering. We have lots of bird houses around the property, but the prime locations are in the orchards. So I did up a little cross stitch of a 'tweet' couple setting up housekeeping in one of our houses in the orchard in bloom. And pulled fabrics for framing.
My photos of the process of 'flip-and-sew' are missing - I have a tutorial for that method HERE-Fabric Framing . With my piece all framed and pinned out - next is the beading and stitching flower centers for some added bling and to help 'quilt' the center. And I want to do a large framing hand stitch with floss around the piece.
Once that was done, I could add the set-in corner hangers and attach the binding.
And the finished piece - 'Sing In Spring' - already hanging on the wall above my computer. And I know you will catch it - so careful to cut that directional fabric and then sewed the side pieces on UPSIDE DOWN - didn't even notice until half way thru the large stitching. - it stays that way!
Close up of the beads in the blue flower centers and lazy-daisy and french knots with pink floss in the pink flower centers.
And the back - Lori Holt's 'Happy Cottage' - you can see the flip-and-sew method quilts the piece. Finished size is 12.5" square.
I have really enjoyed playing with the challenges during Project Quilting - and I do have my fabric bundle for the bonus challenge - Tradition Times Three (a traditional block in three sizes). I'll be cutting into that next week.