Not all of my projects are artsy fartsy related. Mainly because I truly enjoy mindlessness and NOT thinking (I’m also into mindFULLness but that’s another topic). When I have a mindless/brainless project in my hand, it’s almost like I’m meditating – like I suspend all thought and can just BE. I really enjoy having something in my hands while I’m sitting in front of the TV – it helps me stay awake. I also like to have something to do when riding in the car or sitting in airports or hospitals.
One of my mindless/brainless projects is embroidery. I have loved embroidery since I was a teenager in the 70’s and wanted to have a pair of jeans or a jean jacket that was simply covered in embroidery – flags, mushrooms, flowers, sun, rainbows….oh, I can still see it in my mind! I never actually finished those two projects – but I still love the look. Just thinking about it has sent me off on a google images tangent to try and find a picture of what I wanted to have when I was 16…..dang…..can’t find one….
Back to my embroidery projects: I made 12 of these little beauties for my quilting buds for Christmas presents this year. I’m not 100% pleased with the rick rack business but they are cute enough. I’ll wrap them up and give them at our Christmas party in early December. The pattern is from Leanne’s House.
I’m also working on a mystery block-of-the-(every other) month (16 blocks over 18 months) with Vignette magazine also from Leanne’s House. LOVE the magazine. About 7 gals from the quilt group are tackling it.
I’m doing mine in wild-ass bold colors – I call them my ‘fabric vomit’ range. I’ve just never been into Kaffe Fassett fabrics although I love his quilt books and his knitted work. In an attempt to color outside the lines, I bought (read “exchanged for services rendered” with the local quilt shop) about 50 fat quarters, primarily Kaffe fabrics, and I’m using them in this BOM quilt. This BOM has a TON of embroidery work in it so I’m hopeful that I’ll be a better embroiderer by the end than I am now. (I suspect I’ll be sick of flowers by the time I’m finished.)
Here’s my first block:
I don’t think it’s a quilt that I’ll keep but you never know!
You can track the progress of others doing this same quilt HERE.