Silver Lining

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.

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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17 Responses to Silver Lining

  1. magpiesue says:

    This is very tempting!

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  2. MrsCraft says:

    Beautiful embroidery! I’m considering trying either an embroidery or cross stitch kit for my birthday, as we will still most likely be on lockdown then.

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  3. Sharon says:

    Absolutely adorable!

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  4. Another fun project.

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  5. Gail says:

    Lovely stitcheries with very appropriate messages for this time.

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    So many wonderful projects coming out right now, I am tempted every day! Those blocks are wonderful, and how cool to use your left overs from Coming Home. You’ll have two beautifully coordinated quilts!

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  7. tialys says:

    Lovely. I especially like the second one and the wreath on the little bunny’s head .

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  8. CathieJ says:

    I love how you have worked the flowers on the rabbit’s head. These are very pretty. Enjoy your stitching.

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  9. Thanks for sharing this with us… the blocks you’ve done so far are just wonderful!
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!
    Happy Easter!

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  10. CurlsnSkirls says:

    I agree with Lynn (Tialys) about the second design. How lovely that Australian folks have come up with this inspiring idea. I’ll never be a quilter, but certainly can appreciate all the lovely hard work involved in making them. Have a joyous time with this, Margaret, and Happy Easter! πŸŒ·πŸ£πŸŒΌπŸ‡

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  11. Faye says:

    These are so cute! I’m not sure I would be able to keep up with one a day either. Very tempted to try though! Happy Easter

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  12. Karrin Hurd says:

    I’ve been collecting those designs, though haven’t started them yet! They are lovely! Happy Easter!

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  13. Sherrie says:

    Beautiful embroidery work. Have a great day!

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  14. Amanda says:

    Very cute. They will make a lovely companion to the Coming Home quilt.

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  15. I love the saying that the best things in life are not things! Years ago I made a photo quilt with a family member’s beloved dog that had that quote stitched on! Your pieces are lovely!

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