Sunday, June 14, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitching

Today I'm linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy's Quilts. With all the disruption here I feel like I've earned a quiet day!

As you can see, the third birdhouse from Leanne Beasley's Down in the Garden stitchery quilt is now complete. Since all the birdhouses are the same banana cream colour, I've been naming them by the colour of the flowers instead. So, this is the "blue" birdhouse.

I was careful to "book" the green variegated thread around the window. I pulled one strand of floss and stitched it from the bud up to the centre flower. Then I pulled another strand from the same length of floss, so the variegation would be the same, and stitched it up the other side. It was also important to do this around the outer edge so there would be no obvious breaks where I had to end the thread. But otherwise, I let the colours do their own thing.

Today I will work on the fourth and last birdhouse. The flowers will probably be this light yellow:

On this one I will do the vines first, so I doubt I'll get to the flowers today. That's not a worry, because I really love this green floss, DMC Color Variations 4050. None of my photos do it justice. I think there must be some ultraviolet dye in there that doesn't show up, either in my camera or on the monitor. It glows! My belief is that when you are stitching narrow lines like this on a quilt, the floss should either be dark or bright, so this has been perfect. Quilts are usually viewed from several feet away, and if the stitching is too pale, it disappears.

Anyway, enough chatting. On to some stitching!


  1. I know the pictures do not do it justice, but your blocks look gorgeous!

  2. Gorgeous stitching! Love those threads... I must look for that variegated green... yum!
    Thanks for linking up!

  3. I enjoy that the stitching should show up. With all the work that goes into a project, it needs to be seen and enjoyed. Beautiful colors.

  4. this is such a lovely project you are working on, varigated thread is a big winner with me.

  5. Just beautiful! You do such an excellent job on your embroidery!

  6. I like your attention to detail.

  7. So pretty! I love the DMC variegated threads and have a nice pile of them in my stash!

  8. Your quiet day paid off. It is a lovely piece. I am impressed with the way you 'booked' the thread. I wouldn't have thought of that. I have some of that thread but haven't used it. I must find a project for it.

    1. Thank you, Jillian! Any place where you want simple, high-contrast stitching would be a good place for this thread. Maybe a little embellishment on a bag?


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