Do you have a UFO box?
My UFO box might look small to you, but it's big to me. It's filled with orphan stitcheries I've done over the past five or so years, stitcheries that are patiently waiting for me to give them a purpose...
Yesterday I pulled my box off the shelf and starting sifting through the sweet thread on fabric pictures. Some are my originals, and some are the designs of others that I fell in love with and 'had' to stitch.
I decided right then and there that I was going to devote one afternoon each week to working on a display for one of these pretties. In four or five months, if I stay on plan, I may have an empty box!
So this could be an ongoing Tuesday blog post - 'Jenny's UFO Finish Tuesday'. What do you think?
Of course, whether that actually comes to pass every week is yet to be seen but for this week I truly did take one UFO and finish it. Yay!
Years ago Amy Butler released her "Love" fabric range, and I fell deeply in L O V E with this bouquet on blue print. At the time I'd fused some scrap cotton wadding behind it and using the print itself as my guide had backstitched around some of the flowers and sewn seed beads into the centres...
...and that's as far as I'd ever gotten.
It got lost at the bottom of my UFO box, out of sight and out of mind.
Until yesterday that is.
I thought, "wouldn't it be sweet framed in green?"....so that's what I did.
I used a 'new-to-me' technique and made a lined green tonal window that sits over the bouquet, and then fixed it in place with basting spray and a line of running stitch just outside the window edge...
If you're interested I'll do a tutorial to show you how to make one of these windows - just mention it in the comments below, ok?
Before I went any further I stem stitched a few of the leaf stems for added effect. I love how hand quilting or embroidery on a wadding-backed fabric 'pops' the design...
The final step was to make a backing and small hanging sleeve. You know, I love adding binding to a project, but for the centre bouquet to really shine against the green window I just thought binding might be too much - and as it turned out, a straight plain edge was 'just right'...
I've named it "Love in a Window".
No idea which UFO will get 'the treatment' next week, but I'm quite excited about seeing them all discover their purpose. ;-)