It would be perfect if it were snowing outside today, making my project perfect for the weather. As many of you know I LOVE snow. Winter is my favorite season of the year and I look forward to it from the moment Summer hits every year. 🙂 I’m cool with Fall and Spring because these are not traditionally warm/hot seasons, but Summer… no matter where I’ve lived it’s always too hot.
My project today is not quite finished, but I want to share it with you either way. It’s turning out so beautiful I can’t believe I didn’t think of doing something sooner. I really have wanted a Winter theme in my living room since I have to spend a few hours downstairs each day elevating my legs and feet. The doctors say it is really good to elevate during the day that it doesn’t work so well at night. Why they waited so long to tell me this I have no idea, but for the last 4 weeks, I’ve been up and down the stairs several times a day elevating my legs in the recliner for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Last year, I happened to find a digitizer on the web who creates really beautiful machine embroidery designs. I don’t stitch a lot of “fill” type designs anymore as I’ve mainly just switched to applique, embellishment, and continuous quilting lines. This lady tho offers a free alphabet letter a day and she normally has very lovely alphabets. You do have to buy 1 letter of the alphabet if you are wanting it, but the price is always discounted and worth it if you need the letter “e”.
Tattered Stitches is the site I am talking about. Recently Nicole has started designing some continuous line quilting designs. I purchased these as I thought they were really nice and they were fun. As I watched these wonderful designs, I loved how they stitched out. She does her designs a little differently than I do mine but all of them are secured at the start and the end and they run continuously. The biggest difference between hers and mine is that she uses a double run stitch and I normally use a single run stitch. I really like the double run, so think I’m going to add that to mine with a single run option also. I remember experimenting with double runs last year but didn’t really go anywhere with them. When you see these blocks below, I think you’ll see why I fell in love with the double run.
I did these on a dark blue background with a “cream” colored Aurifil 100% cotton thread. I couldn’t find my white thread, so I used the cream… I think it looks pretty close to white so it’s not too bad… But I think the designs just stand out so beautifully. The pictures really don’t do the finished quilting justice, as they are really beautiful. These were done in my machine embroidery hoop.
I’m planning to add a white sash to this and give it a “windowed” effect. I am hoping Nicole does 3 more blocks so I’ll have a total of 12 blocks, otherwise, I’ll just do the 9 blocks. If it turns out as nice as I think it will, I’ll be making more of them to give as gifts for Christmas.
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