I have been working on doing some prep for a new large-ish crazy quilt project I have planned to do for awhile. The bedspread we have on our bed doesn't reach the floor because we have the bed up on blocks in order to have storage beneath and we use a quilt/throw to hide the
clutter well organized area beneath. I pieced the blocks awhile ago and now is the time to start working on them. Here is the selection as they look right now...
My original plan was to set them on point but that is quite possibly going to change as I go along and quite probably will mean I will need to create more blocks. The original plan was also to embroider them quite simply with only one or two colours of thread (probably black and white). Now that we are staying home, I have changed that plan and have now opted to use a triadic colour scheme for each. In theory, my original idea was to do a sort-of colour study anyway, so going triadic is a further extension of that. Changing my colours somewhat is primarily because I know I will get thoroughly bored with only working in one colour for the embroidery. Because this is going on our bed I don't plan to add any heavier embellishments (buttons,etc) which goes against my magpie nature!
Some of you may wonder how I am choosing my triadic colours and I have to admit I'm not smart enough to figure that out on my own but instead rely on a wonderful thing called the 'Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool' (updated 3rd edition) by Joen Wolfrom.
I use this color tool a LOT and highly recommend it (no affiliation with the publisher OR Amazon)....it's available through other sources as well - just Google and you will find them if you're interested).
|Picture from Amazon.ca and found HERE.|
I decided to work on the yellow block first simply because it's one of my least favourite colours. From my stash of embroidery floss I pulled this selection of colours, using the suggestions from my Color Tool.
Here you can see my block mounted on my frame and one of the seams underway. The frame is one I made from PVC pipe from instructions found HERE.
Next time I will tell you about a couple of further tools I am using to help with my embroidery process on these blocks.
Resident Chef is a man of multi-talents; he not only cooks, he cleans, he vacuums, he does laundry. And no, before you think I have the perfect slave, I DO help with the cleaning!! Self isolation means no access to a hairdresser, so he changed hats and had a go at mine. I figure nobody's going to see me for quite awhile so what could possibly happen that wouldn't grow back in short order (I was just careful not to sneeze!). I think, if the word gets out, he might just be able to make some money at this! Here's proof positive....
|That's the pile of hair he removed|
And as you can see I don't look any scarier than
I normally do!
I think I'll keep him.
- There's a really great tutorial HERE for making fabric medical masks. This comes with a note however - not all medical professions are accepting them so if you plan to make any it's wise to check with them first.
- Those of you who sew might be interested in reading THIS post and checking out her links to patterns.
- THIS Pinterest board has some beautiful embroidery to brighten your day. (takes a second to load - be sure to scroll down).
- I'm sure all of you have been waiting and hoping that I would come up with how to stiffen felt. You're welcome. (Go HERE).
Today's quote..."The first to apologize is the bravest, the first to forgive is the strongest, and the first to forget is the happiest"