Spring Wreath Quilt

Over the weekend I decided to catch up with my Spring Wreath quilt, I had two blocks waiting to be stitched and I knew the next pack was on it’s way. This is a Block of the Month I started in the autumn, It’s designed by Andrea Walpole of Raggedy Ruff Designs. I’d not done machine embroidery before so it’s been a huge learning curve, but Andreas instructions are great and she’s always on facebook for any queries or support.

I made the blocks one evening, I was planning to just stitch the squirrels, but having pieced the background I decided that having enjoyed two glasses of wine it really wasn’t the time to start machine embroidery…so I made the owl background block instead and prepped all the applique for both blocks.

I started embroidering the squirrels the next day. I think this is the trickiest block so far, possible due to all the thin branches. One of my squirrels has a leg in mid air, but perhaps he’s mid-step! I find with this type of machine embroidery it is important{for sanity!} to keep taking a step back, as close up you can see all the wiggles and squiggles, but from a distance the eye sees the right line…fortunately!

Spring Wreath Quilt

In some ways the owl was a little easier, mainly because his eyes are closed, the eyes are definitely the hardest bit as they do make or break the picture, closed is much easier! The lower squirrel looks a little cross because of his eyes!

I really enjoyed stitching all the plumage on the owl, I love the effect of his wings in particular.

Spring wreath quilt

I’ve now stitched five wildlife blocks and a four extra blocks for in between, all that’s left is the borders which are made over two months (one arrived today so I can crack on with it!) I had a bit of a play yesterday on my design board, working out where the blocks would probably go, I’m so pleased with it, it’s been a delight to make, once I got over the nerves!

Spring Wreath Quilt

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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13 Responses to Spring Wreath Quilt

  1. Laura says:

    I like the squirrel’s leg in mid-air. It shows motion and it is fun to look at! He’s (or is it a she) got personality!

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  2. Melody A. says:

    wonderful work!! so sweet! Happy Sewing from Iowa !

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  3. wybrow1966 says:

    The owl is lovely!

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    I love the squirrel faces, they look just like the ones that scold Max as we walk in the park. The owl though, I love him!

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  5. I love how you enhance this animal print!

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  6. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, I love this design so far, the machine embroidery would scare me off, I would probably do a back stitch by hand instead. Well done xx

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