I understand from comments on a post by Nicole about invisible thread that other quilters use this stitch successfully. Me - not so much. I think I need to investigate invisible thread a bit more. Tell me people that use it successfully - what brand do you use? I was using Gutermann. Breakage city.
Anyway, I pulled up my big girl undies, stopped whinging, and got the quilt finished. It feels AWESOME, I tell you. As my first ever embroidery project, it took far more time than it should have, but I have learned heaps about embroidery, and I really did enjoy the process. So I guess Kristyne deserves a big shout out for her book and for being so inspiring.
Without further ado, here is the finished quilt. It doesn't look like I imagined at the beginning, and thanks to the pulling power of invisible thread, isn't close to flat, but it is done.
|One finished ABC quilt out in the sunshine|
Those blocks are 8" each finished, so the quilt is 40" x 48". That is a good size for a wall hanging.
|One finished quilt, some sweet peas, decimated swan plants and dwarf cosmos|
The wee man seems pretty enamoured with it, because given a chance he would pull it off the back of a chair and try to eat it. I suspect he will not appreciate the sheer amount of work and effort that went in to it, but I guess that never stopped anyone sewing, right?! However for now it is hung on the wall in his room, by this method, which works really well. It is a first birthday present (he turns one in February, but I thought it best to get finished over the Christmas break).
|Wee pirate boys|
And, because this is P week - here is the puppy. What a cutie. You can see the quilting more clearly here too.
|P is for Puppy|
How are you getting on? Still soldiering on? Link up and show us. Despite my intentions to have a break, I may have purchased a bit of fabric to start the embroideries for the girl's quilt. It seems I love handwork after all!
I will keep working through the rest of the letters each week, so don't you stop now ...
And even though it is only Sunday, I suspect I will be linking up to everyone this week - Show and Tell Thursday, Needle and Thread Thursday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Crazy Mom's, and TGIFF over at That's Sew Julie. Did I forget anyone? Go and check them out.
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