Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Back to hand stitching
Over the last week I have been able to get back to some hand work.
I have now finished the 2nd branch on panel 2 of Trailing Vines.
I have been making very slow progress! I do love working on this quilt every time I get it out.
I have the leaves prepared for 2 more branches, so I hope to get plenty more done soon.
In a previous post I showed a picture of a book on Boutis I bought while we were in France. I have done a little more reading and decided to be a little less ambitious about my first project!
Here is the beginning of my stitching. This piece is a little over 6 inches (15 cm) square.
And a closer look...
The main difference between boutis and trapunto is that there is no batting between the 2 layers of fabric.
The design is stitched through the 2 layers of fabric, then the shapes are stuffed in a similar manner to trapunto by hand.
When you hold a piece of boutis up to the light you can see clearly though the fabric where there is no stuffing.
I am almost up to the point of stuffing the shapes.
The rest of my current sewing projects are "secret sewing"!
Here are my fabrics for one new project.
Many of them from here.
Last week I spent a wonderful day at Linda's with Bev, Dorothy and several other ladies farewelling Randi who was going back home to Norway.
We had a lovely day of chatting, laughter, sharing great food and seeing lots of quilts; some newer and some antique. Thank you for a great day Linda, Bev and ladies!
My thoughts are with those who have been through the fury of hurricane Sandy and other weather extremes. I hope you are all safe and well.
A few photos from my garden....
Rose Just joey, fuchsia Heidi Ann and 2 miniature roses.
This is sunrise yesterday morning from our front yard.
Have a great week everyone! :)