A couple of years ago at our annual quilt guild retreat I made the background for this quilt top. The center is simply squares of varying colors of beige and cream. The half square triangles represent a garden gate. The solid piece on the left is the foundation piece of the gate and the triangles are the part that swings open...make sense?
When I got home from the retreat I cut out the wool flowers and got them fused on and occasionally since then I drag it out and add some blanket stitching to them. Finally a couple of weeks ago I got all those done and started on the stems, which are cotton instead of wool and are bias strips I made.
Last night I got the last stem sewn down! There's absolutely no reason for this to have taken this long to do except I so often get sidetracked by a beautiful piece of embroidery I just have to make right now, or a blog hop that's so cute that I can't resist, or by..... I bet that happens to you too. :)
I wanted the flowers to be simple enough to stand out against that background and I think this is going to do that. Now comes the hard part....how in the world am I going to quilt it? Oh my goodness, that's going to be a hard decision. Any ideas?
I've moved on to try to finish another top now...one that I've been working on longer than this one. Oh dear. I'm on the last of four sections of red work embroidery on Twas The Night Before Christmas. I think I might have been working on it four years. Or more. Probably more.
On another note it's spring in Arkansas. I take allergy shots every week but for the first time in years they didn't seem to help last week - I sneezed, coughed, wheezed, had watery eyes and a runny nose, and finally a sinus infection that just about kicked my behind. And since I'm working the most awful hours at school I couldn't stay at home and feel sorry for myself. I just went to school and made everyone else feel sorry for me. :) I blame it all on this stuff:
Well this stuff and the fact that the weekend before I got the leaf blower out and blew all the moldy leaves off the courtyard, carport and deck. Shouldn't have done that. On a positive note though, look what else is up...
Potatoes! Yes, those are potatoes in a pot. Do you think I might get enough for one helping of mashed potatoes? :)