I think it may have been about a year ago that I went through all my pink and green fabric scraps and cut 100, 5" squares to make a simple quilt.
At the time my plan was to have it made within a few weeks, perhaps a month - after all it was just a case of sewing together the squares and adding two borders - but life stepped in and the little tub of pastel squares was stowed away under work projects and completely forgotten until last month when they were re-discovered.
As well as the one hundred 5" squares I had also put aside a piece of floral yardage and a half yard of green tonal fabric for borders and binding plus a few 5" wide lengths of extra prints 'just in case' I needed more squares.
Such pretty colours and fabrics, I thought they deserved a little more care after waiting so long for their moment to shine so when I was choosing the thread colours for December's Stitchery Club designs they were inspired by these fabrics.
I had the idea that perhaps I could scatter some embroidered blocks through the quilt when I eventually make it?
Now the only thread you won't find inspired from my pink and green quilt fabrics is the blue and that's because I needed a contrast colour that would allow the stitchery blocks to stand out from the quilt.
(the 'blue' decision was made after a jolly good chat, large coffee and generous slice of cake with my friend Heather one Friday)
Have a look at the blocks below.
See how the little pops of blue prevent the embroidery from getting lost in the fabric. If the stitcheries were all pinks and greens, even with that tiny touch of lemon at the centre of the flower, they would lose quite a bit of impact...
I do hope the picture in my mind for what may become a lovely lap quilt actually eventuates.
One of the six designs is long and not very high, making it perfect as a border for the bird block if I stitch it four times and add small fabric squares in each corner...
...which would then make the centre of the quilt a 'medallion' and I quite like that idea.
This project will not be a quick one but hopefully it won't languish on the shelf for another year either.
As I play around I'll take some photos and you can watch my progress and perhaps you can cheer me on from the sidelines?
If you'd like to be stitching these blocks too, you'll find the Club info over here.
Tomorrow Allie will be sharing the final block in our combined 2016 BOM, "Postcards From Heaven". Hasn't this been a wonderful year of free Scriptural stitcheries?
You will love the December postcard!
Here's a sneak peek at my version of Allie's design...
In my next blog post I'll show you the finished block and also the project I made using the completed Postcard stitchery.
If you've missed any of mine or Allie's free "Postcards From Heaven" patterns this year they are listed here.
It's never too late to start! These would be lovely as a holiday project and then stitched into a wall hanging or quilt.
And what about as a gift? You could trace them all on fabric, purchase threads, pack them in pretty paper and gift them to a friend who loves to embroider. Sounds simple, but they are often the most appreciated gifts to receive...