As I shared HERE, my first love in design is stitchery, and I have finally gotten around to doing something I've wanted to try for over a year.
Remember my lovely Shabby Roses quilt design with those twelve large stitched and appliqued blocks?
I designed and stitched it first in 2009...
...and then I remade it in 2011, with brighter fabrics, and a different block layout.
The finished quilt is 50" x 51".
WELL...I have often wondered how it all the blocks would look, scaled right down, as a stitchery?
Last week I played around for a few nights, re-drawing each block to around 2" in size. Then I placed them in borders and drew up a tiny scale quilt layout to house them.
I think this has been the most nerve-wracking of all my Elefantz designs! The blocks are too small for any applique, so how to bring them to life with pastel threads alone?? But I love a challenge.
This week I've spent my evenings watching favourite episodes of Agatha Christie's "Poirot", drinking Twinings 'Prince of Wales' tea (in the new cup that Blossom bought me), and stitching my dream...
It's looking beautiful...
The entire stitchery is 9.5" x 14" - like I said, tiny little blocks...
So far just backstitch and satin stitch...
But later on there will be chain stitch in the borders.
The Shabby Roses Stitchery will be my first paper pattern release in January 2013.
What do you think so far?
In my previous post I asked what you thought this new Elefantz HOME design was, and the very observant Vicki got it right!
It's a bunting!
A birthday bunting in fact!
The pattern for the Birthday Bunting will be in the final issue of my magazine, due for publishing on November 30th.
Also in Issue 18 will be the Shabby Angels mini quilt, No Place Like Home cushion, and Cal's Cow Pyjama Bag (still being made)....
I'm not accepting new subscriptions anymore as this will be the last Elefantz HOME issue published, but the magazine WILL be available as a single purchase for non-subscribers on November 30th.
I think the four designs in this issue are some of my very best, and all of them have a sentimental attachment.
I'm so excited about life after I close the magazine and say goodbye to its monthly deadlines.
You see, a new adventure awaits...
Are you wanting a new adventure too?