Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Busy Stitching

I've been busy working on Leanne Beasley's Down in the Garden quilt which I spoke about HERE

I did complete the largest stitched center block but decided to redesign all the stitchery blocks and start all over again after seeing Marlene's version of the same quilt which I spoke about HERE. Even though it was a lot of work, I'm so much happier that I decided to make the changes now rather when I was much farther along with the project.

I've completed the perimeter stitching for Block 5...for the second time...and all that's left to do is the center wording and the bumble bees' wings and stripes. I'm hoping to finish that either today or tomorrow after which time I'll be able move on to the next block.

Here's my version and what it looks like now.  

Of course it has to be ironed but I won't bother with that until I've completed all the stitching.

This was my first attempt following Leanne's original design.

I'm still deciding which fabric to use for the patchwork part of the quilt but that's something that I won't concern myself with until all the stitched blocks are complete.

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we are just about at the time when our Fall foliage is at it's prime.  There's a chill in the air at night and although we haven't experienced our first frost yet here in the western corner of Nova Scotia, the telltale signs that winter is approaching are definitely around, especially the unmistakeable scent of wood fires burning in stoves everywhere.  

Our fire wasn't lit so Frankie and Ollie had to settle for cuddling on "their" wing chair in the den.

They are so hard done by, aren't they?

Happy stitching!


Pam in IL said...

It's coming along very well and I can't wait to see it all stitched!

I think of your area as being at least as cold as it is here in Illinois, but it sounds as if you are actually warmer than us. We've already had frost and snowflakes! Way too early for snowflakes if you ask me.

Frankie and Ollie are adorable!

Elzaan said...

I must admit, I like your version of the pattern more. This is going to be an awesome quilt!

Sheila said...

Beautiful stitching Kaaren !

Unknown said...

Your handwork is beautiful Kaaren !! Are you coming this way next week for the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Featival in Amherst? It ja a trip worthwhile making. I have a road trip planned in early November to your area. Maybe our paths will cross.
Also....Congrats on your article in the Quilters Connection Magazine. There is a huge amount of talent in this province and you are a big part of it.
Cheers !!!

Catherine said...

Beautiful stitching. Your version is free spirited. It`s wonderful!

Janet O. said...

Your revised stitchery has a very happy feel to it!
Oh, my, the boys have a tough life! : )

margaret said...

down in the garden is looking lovely


Un precioso bordado, que guapos tus animalitos!!! el perro es como mi Currito, besos

gracie said...

Love this piece...looking forward to seeing more of your work on it.

Tammy said...

Oh that looks so gorgeous. This quilt will be a stunner when you are finished...Can't wait to see the final piece.

Me and My Stitches said...

Great stitching - I like both versions! Poor Frankie and Ollie...you really should provide a better life for them, they really have it rough...hahahahaha!!!!

Monica said...

Oh, Kaaren, I have to say that my next post for DitG will be titled "Choose the Fabrics First!" I didn't do that on Best Friends Forever, and I am having the worst time finding fabric to match my thread colours.

But your redesign is beautiful, and I'm impressed that you've stitched all the flowers already! Onwards!

Lesley said...

Nice to see your stitchng progress. You do such lovely work!

Rina Spina said...

Hi Kaaren ,
You are doing such wonderful job! I like your more than the original pattern. I can't wait to all the work .
Greetings from Catania , Sicily.