Yesterday I didn’t touch the Star Quilt – I decided to finish the wool applique block instead and it is except for the embroidery embellishing that will take place when I get ready to put all the blocks together. Seeing as I have just started this wall hanging it will be awhile before all nine blocks are finished and ready to put together!
So here is the first Midnight Garden block done other than embroidery!
My stitching isn’t perfect but hopefully I can improve that as I go along – I mainly used wool thread which is harder to use then regular embroidery thread or perle cotton. I did use Thread Heaven to coat the strands and that did help but you have to be careful or your thread can break – gently as you pull through the fabric. I do not plan on washing this wall hanging so if there is any fraying of wool it should be ok. I will use tape to mark quilt lines if needed or I might just do a free style hand quilting on it – right now I was thinking diagonal lines but that is a way off so plans can change.
The dotted lines show you were the embroidery embellishing should be. I think I will do the parts by the center of the coneflowers though before I set it aside and then do the tendrils when I put the blocks together as they are meant to overlap the blocks and create more of a joining if you know what I mean. Linking to Esther’s Blog today.
As this photo shows – the pattern is by Deborah Kemball. I’m not sure which block I will do next and just noticed those tiny orange flowers are on every single block!! darn it those were a pain to do. Which block should I plan to do next?
I did get Handful of Scraps out to see what the next step was and could I start stitching anything before I made the final 8 hexie flowers – I need a row of neutrals all the way around – well that is except for the hexies on the top and bottom and both sides – you leave one side with none. I have to cut and make more hexies though – I have no where near the variety that I need but I was able to get started and put about ten on total and took this photo right after I got started. At the very upper left you can see what I mean with the neutrals outlining the pieces.
This is all I had left to work with.
Mike surprised me on Monday night with an early Valentine present – he is working late tonight – I really wasn’t expecting anything as he had gotten a nice jar of dark chocolates for me when I got home from my sister’s and I thought that was an early Valentine present! Pretty dark red roses with some lilies to be opening any day.
In the bag – a supply of dark chocolate to last me a half of a year!! Really I do not sit and stuff it in my face – I allow myself 2 or 3 pieces a day as “they” say dark chocolate is good for you in moderation LOL – so I treat it like a medical thing –and if you believe that I have another story for you LOL
As I mentioned yesterday my web server has been having a bit of problems and we have learned they are doing “work on it” which means over the last month there are times when the blog doesn’t show up – if you have experienced that when you come to look – yes I know about it – and no there is nothing I can do about it or nothing that I know of. One of these days I hope they have solved the problem and that it will be working all the time – if it isn’t there when you come to look please come back later in the day – it seems to be mainly night time and early morning when it happens.
An unplanned dental visit today – I have had a sensitive tooth the last couple weeks and they fit me in to see what is going on with it – I should have time to work on more sashing this morning though – I would like to get those final two rows of the Scrappy Stars finished – if not today then in the next couple for sure!