It’s always worth looking for the silver lining when you’re in a cloud! Whilst so many of us are in a lockdown situation there are others who are designing things for us to stitch, keeping our hands and our minds occupied!
Over in Australia Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse has organised lots of her quilt designing friends to each design a 6″ embroidered or appliqued block, there’s one being released each day! I hesitated for a few days but there’s some gorgeous designs so I’ve succumbed! I’ll probably not do all of them, but I decided to print them all off and see how I go.
I realised some time ago that despite almost finishing my Coming Home quilt, I still had an awful lot of fabric left in the project box. I had already thought about maybe doing a scrap quilt from the leftovers, whilst they’re still all together. I’ve decided to choose a floss palette which will tone in with the Coming Home quilt, so I have a ready made group of fabrics to finish it!
I’ve stitched two so far – I can just about manage one a day, but to the exclusion of other hand-stitching, so I’ll just take my time and do the ones which take my fancy to my own timescale.
Natalie herself designed the first block…
I love the way the colours are working out, I laid it next to my Coming Home quilt and the colours do seem to work perfectly, I’ve chosen three shades each of purple, teal, blue, peach and brown.
The second one I’ve stitched is by Leanne Knell of Petals and Patches, there was a lot of stitching on this one, I’m hoping there aren’t many so detailed!
Of course there’s a facebook page called Love and Hugs from Australia for everyone to share their stitching, I love seeing all the different colourways and techniques, some are coloring them in with inktense pencils, others use applique. If you fancy joining in just follow the links.
I’ll also be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, please follow the link for lots of hand stitched inspiration.