Fall is here with all of its lovely colors and cooler days. I think it just might be my favorite season. A flock of paisley birds have flown in for a brief stay. I just do not seem to be able to stop sewing up these guys:
Here is a small wall or maybe table runner quilt that I made a while back:
When it came time to quilt it I tried out something I had been thinking about for a while... embellishing and expanding machine embroidery stitches with hand embroidery. There are endless possibilities with this combination. I chose a fairly simple ladder machine stitch and added "legs" on either side with three strands of embroidery floss. Here is the result:
I used a walking foot for the machine stitching, and that pulled the stitching apart a bit. Here is just the machine stitching part of the design:
My husband named this quilt when he said "Hey, that quilting looks like your surgery scar."
We are getting closer to that wedding event here. I have been focused on the smallest of details so I can ignore some big stuff like what to wear. I need to alter some clothing items a bit... shorten a skirt, adjust some sleeves...maybe tomorrow.
As I said before, it feels like a lot of the sewing I have been doing lately is for round robins and swaps that are secret until the big reveal. That makes it a challenge to come up with blog material. BUT here is one thing just between you and me:
Some friends and I are altering a well worn Sunbonnet Sue quilt with some embroidered additions. These friends have made a couple of quilts in the past killing off poor Sue that I was not a part of. I don't hate Sue as much as they do, so for this project I suggested we just have her go bad. Above is my first block on the quilt which I call Tagger Sue.