As well as continuing with my hand sewn quilt, I have decided to maybe try some smaller items so I can practise quilting. In that vein I have started two new projects, (I know I am hopeless at working on one thing at a time), the first photograph shows some blocks in the style of Rose Windows I think (please correct me if I am wrong).
I am hooked on hand sewing these little shapes, it is very relaxing and I can sew them during my lunch break at paid work
I am looking at making these into place mats or as a table runner.
The second project is very bold and colourful, I have called them my Psychedelic Sunflowers and the intention is to make a small quilt by applique the flowers onto a white background, giving them a stem and leaves. Or as I am apt to change my mind, to make them into 9″ blocks and sew on to a cushion front.
I love how the coiled centres look 3D almost or is it just playing games with my eyes?
The only other sewing I have been doing whilst watching some TV is the backstitching on my Dreamcatcher cross stitch. Backstitching can be annoying and slow but it is very effective. Here is a before and after
It really makes the colours bloom and the bead effect is more defined. I have yet to sew any beads on and there are little bits of cross stitching still to do.
Well that is all folks. Happy stitching!