Happy Easter everyone!
Or for me happily getting on with things that make me happy weekend.
Although that was intermingled with quite a bit of things that didn't...such as re-caulking around window and door frames, filling in holes in the wall, doing my laundry and food shopping. Still I now have two windows looking a lot tidier, a hallway that's now prepped for painting and most of my household chores are complete. Really haven't been one to sit still, runs in the family!
My idea of resting is getting out the sewing and I've thus far managed a lot this weekend so I suppose I have been resting :)
I've finally gotten around to giving Calico the Flying Pig a bit of a holiday makeover, and is now sporting bunny ear headband and a new pink ribbon. This pig his getting quite the wardrobe. Those ears were fiddly as heck to make and made from scratch, I now feel I could probably make myself a pair but I'll leave that for another lifetime.
When I wasn't working on Calico's fashion fix, I was cracking on with my friend's monogram, with the trailing complete I moved onto stitching the padding. Lots and lots of rows of chain stitch using several strands of cotton. You might note it's a different colour to the other blue used to stitch the outline. That's because I don't like to waste the thread I am going to use for the satin stitch in case I run out, and because I have loads of anchor thread I don't particularly like to use in odd colours. If you stitch the satin (top layer) correctly you shouldn't see the padding stitches anyway, not that I would recommend using a red thread with blue, unless your looking for an interesting effect.
The satin stitch is now under way and you'll note it's slanted so that it follows the flow of the shape, rather than straight satin stitch (going straight across). I do have to stop myself from stroking the stitching.
When I found myself going a little blind from tiny stitches I returned to piecing my quilt. One of things I am determined not to happen is to totally forget about it, cosigning it to the pile of unfinished projects. I want it finished this year, ready for when I come to decorate my bedroom next year. So I have until the end of the year!
Which given we are not far away from heading into May I had better start getting a wriggle on again. With the fabric cut for the 3rd and 4th row done the other week, I've been setting about piecing them together, only one more another four blocks to go then that target is complete. After that it will be cutting and piecing one more row, then sorting out the sashing. It will be a little while before I get to that stage, which is fine because I keep changing my mind about how I want to quilt it.
Going back to the monogram for a minute, when it is complete I'll be sorting out the sample for the next season embroidery pattern, you might recall the free embroidery spring pattern I released the other month. I also want to stitch my own monogram in a similar style to the one I'm stitching for my friend. With two then complete it will mean I can perhaps look to release it as a custom order option, depending on the level of interest.
For now though, it's time to chill out with a film and another cup of tea.
I hope everyone is having a relaxed and happy Easter xx