It’s three weeks since I last showed you my Tall Square Year etui, it’s a design by Betsy Morgan published in Classic Inspirations last year. I had just finished the winter side so all four seasons were complete, it was mini happy dance…
Since then I’ve spent a fair few hours stitching my etui, I stitched the little square first which will be a side of the thimble keep in the middle. It has a robin in the middle to match the side.
The next piece to be stitched is the lid, this has a quarter in each season’s colours. I should really have done this as I went a long, instead I’ll have to get the sides out and work out what colours I used so it all co-ordinates. I’m making a slight variation to the design here, Betsy has the lid with the sides just folded over the edge, in other words it doesn’t have corners to hold it all firm. You can just about make it out in the photo from the magasine. I’d rather have a box like lid with proper corners and sides so instead of the lid being a square with it’s corners chopped off, mine is a cross shape, I’m just extending the pattern a little so I can have straight sides to stitch together into corners. If you’re not following this then hopefully it will make more sense when I’m making it up!
Anyway, back to the stitching! I’ve stitched the main outlines and the winter side of the top, it’s on ivory evenweave which looks nice and crisp against the colours. I’ve just realised that the floss I used for the flying geese border is the same in autumn as it is in winter, so I’ll have to have a slight change there.
This stitch-a-long is organised by Avis, we post about our own choice of projects every three weeks, it’s great for motivation and encouragement, so if you fancy joining our little party, please send a message to Avis. In the meantime please follow the links to see all the other wonderful projects;
I’ll also be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, a celebration of all things hand stitched. So please follow the link for even more hand-stitching!