36 YEARS IN THE MAKING
I began this cross stitch when my daughters were 5 and 3. My 5 year old is now 41. Cross stitch is not my thing and really I feel like the stitcher cannot claim any credit for its loveliness except as a demonstration that one can follow instructions. Place this x here in this color. DROVE ME BONKERS! That is why it took so long. I think I did an excellent job of putting each colored x in the right place and the design is totally beautiful.
I loved this pattern with its garden and flowers and especially the honey bees. Honey bees are my motif and appear on most of my appliques. My love affair with honeybees began about 45 years ago when I had several hives of bees on our zen farm. I will have this framed and set off by some miniature skefs I have bought over the years of ceramic and natural materials. It will make a nice display.
Here is one observation: if one does not blog often, then one looks very productive when they post everything they have been working on. For instance:
Here is a close up of the embroidery. I did the skep in chain stitch and the bees are silk ribbon embroidery
Next: make the edge blocks which will also be appliqued I think in a vine and the top block which will be about 10 by the width of the quilt (or so? who knows) and will have a sun with rays shining on growth and the cycle of life.
The flimsy of Fields of Flora by Verna Mosquera is also finished. Quilting is next.
I bought this pattern from Urban Threads. It is the inspiration for my border plan.
My version of Yoko Saito's Imaginary Garden, a Quiltmania pattern. She used blue and brown Japanese taupes but, after several different fabric line failures, this is what happened for me. The fabric is Good Vibes by Sue Zipkin. Here is the fabric line-I used about 6 of the different fabrics in this line to make the applique.
Here are some closeups:
So this has kept me pretty busy and having fun. It represents about 4 months of working away.
YOUR MOMENT OF ZEN
Eggs are cheaper now! But I am not sure you can find them in so many colors. I hope photo is attributed properly.
I am linking up with these generous quilt makers and hostesses
Slow stitching Sunday https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/
Patchwork and Quilt at www.quiltingpatch.blogspot.com
Design Wall Monday at https://smallquiltsanddollquilts.blogspot.com/
To Do Tuesday at https://quiltschmilt.ca/
Monday Musing at https://songbirddesigns.blog/
Midweek Maker at www.quiltfabrication.com
Needle and Thread Thursday at http://www.myquiltinfatuation.com/
Peacock Party at https://wendysquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
Brag About Your Beauties at https://frombolttobeauty.blogspot.com/
Finished or Not Friday at http://alyciaquilts.blogspot.com/
Off the Wall Friday at http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/
Whoop Whoop Fridays at http://confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com