Sunday, July 27, 2014

Slow Stitching Sunday

While every day is a slow stitching day around here, no matter what I am making, today I am organized enough to link up with Slow Stitching Sunday over at Kathy's Quilts.

My ongoing hand stitchery project is Best Friends Forever, a block of the month from Australian designer Rosalie Quinlan. There are eight months in total, and each month has four different stitchery motifs. I am halfway! Today I will be putting in the final stitches on the first motif of Month 5:


The linen fabric is white, actually, and has been an ongoing challenge to photograph! Right now my plan is to get one motif finished and posted by every Wednesday. Check in with me then for the final reveal!

I'm hoping to get a start on the next motif as well today:


I have been choosing my own colours and stitches for this project, and I have done all the birds as Northern Cardinals, with their distinctive red and black colouring. Here's a finished motif from Month 1 as an example:


The female cardinal is tan, with the same black marking and coral beak. Cardinals mate for life, so I thought they were a good fit for this project.

I'd better get to work. See you Wednesday!

16 comments:

  1. You are doing some very lovely embroidery. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Cute idea to use the cardinals. While the red ones are sure showy, I am really drawn to the lovely subtle coloration of the female. Beautiful work, as usual.

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  3. I love watching the cardinals in my backyard. I have seen the fathers teach their children how to come to the feeder. I wonder if mommy cardinal is working on a quilt back in the nest. LOL The stitcheries are really cute from what I can see. I will be looking forward to see how they all turn out.

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  4. This is gorgeous stitching... so glad you were able to link up and share your project!
    Enjoy!

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  5. Oh how pretty this is! ( the previous post's block for WIP as well :) lovely stitching! I feed the birds in the winter ( only here and there in the summer ) and the cardinals are just wonderful to see then with their lovely coloring against the stark winter backdrop.

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    1. Thanks very much, Deb! I agree, it's in the winter that the cardinals really shine!

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  6. I'm listening to a cardinal that's in my back yard right now. Thanks for sharing this beautiful stitching.

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    1. They have been very chirpy lately, haven't they? I wonder if they are going to lay again soon? Thanks for the visit!

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  7. Your colors and stitches are gorgeous!

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  8. so enjoy seeing this project grow, it is going to look fantastic when completed as all you have shared so far is lovely

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  9. I love the colours you are using! Rosalie Quinlan is an amazing designer. Can't wait to see your finished project.

    Happy Stitching

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  10. Your stitching is quite pretty. I have always liked embroidery. I found your blog through Kathy's Quilts. I have really enjoyed exploring it.

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  11. This is going to look amazing when finished and assembled. To had been focused before on the individual blocks - which are all harmonious and interesting, but just looked up the whole set of blocks. It will be really exciting to see it come together.

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    1. Thanks very much, Jillian! There's no doubt it's a big project, but I'm now hoping to finish all the stitching this year, at least. I think I've found my stride!

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  12. What a lovely slow stitching project! How big is each block?

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