The abundance of cold temperatures this winter has kept me cuddled up close to the fire this winter.And in my book, sitting by the fire and hand work go.., well.... hand in hand.
I picked up a FQ bundle of Dowry in the Rubies & Pearls colorway from AMH (available here), and I immediately felt drawn to stitch up some embroidery with the fabrics. I wanted something that would accent the colors in this floral print.
I also wanted something "quilty" even though I was going to be embroidering the motif. I settled on stitching a granny square on Kona Ochre. I sketched the square in Touchdraw and racked my brain for different "filler" stitches to put inside each square.
I'm especially fond of this little flower. I think my satin stitching is improving!
To make the embroidery into a pillow, I framed it with the AMH inspiration print and then quilted in a square only on the framed portion of the block. I didn't want the quilting to distract from the hand needlework.
I am loving envelope back closures for pillows right now! It's so easy - simple to sew and simple to trade out one cover for another.
I hope to make a couple more pillows from that bundle of Dowry - but I'm only allowing my self one hand project at a time. And my craft ADD has led me to another new project within literally hours of finishing the above embroidery. Have you stopped by Little Miss Shabby lately?
Exactly up my alley after embroidering a quilt square, LMS has put together a free cross-stitch sampler, called the Quilty Stitches Sampler Along, using some the latest popular quilt blocks. It's SO sweet! I am joining in and dragged my family to Joann's on Saturday night (just before the big storm) to pick up supplies. The first block up is cross-stitching a little Swoon block. So fun!