Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Quilt Project

I am a little snowed under with a uni assignment right now (I am a sucker for punishment I think) so blogging is a little low on my agenda. However, I am making time to have a break and talk about my participation in The Quilt Project, as I promised to.

I stumbled on this project one evening in late July as I was perusing through various interesting websites. Kirsty of Kootoyoo was organising 50 participants to each sew a panel for a redwork quilt. After a moments deliberation about having time, being up to the challenge etc. etc. the community spirit of it all got the better of me and I threw caution and insecurity to the wind and decided that I wanted to take part. I then spend the best part of an hour trying to make my computer scan my completed application form to attach to email, so much for empowered and confident - but I made it.

I received my little package in the mail, beautifully presented, tied up with red string (brown paper parcels, tied up with string...). My friend was collecting my mail that week while I was on holidays, she must have wondered what I was getting such great looking mail.

So, I had the material and two skeins of the appropriate red embroidery floss. What now? The maximum design size is quite big, and all I can think of are these little flowery designs (ok, I like flowery designs), I tried enlarging a pattern of some pj pants of mine, but that just ended up looking like a bad doily, and boring. Then when I was walking down the hallway at home, the little fox above the spare bedroom door whispered in my ear - use me! Inspiration was found, a design was made and I began stitching.

I'll leave you with a few pictures, more later, I'm off to bed.


ellie said...

this is such a lovely embroidery. sometimes you just have to take inspiration when it whispers to you.
i've been seeing little snippets of this red quilt project, and it's so enticing; can't wait to see what they all look like together.

Nikki Cardigan said...

Hi Caroline, I found your square on Flickr and it is beautiful. I bet you are glad you listened to that fox!

I also wanted to let you know that you have helped me. My design is simple and I was trying out all these fancy stitches, thinking I needed to do something to make it more than lines. When I saw your and that it is backstitch, I relaxed. If mine turns out anything like yours, I will be very happy.


Caroline said...

Wow, thanks Nikki. That makes my day. I have had a few moments of insecurity over my piece being so simple, and in that simplicity there just wasn't place for a range of stitches. It was very soothing just to get into the rhythm of backstitching the piece, and adding the french knots here and there. I can't wait to see how yours turns out. Thanks for visiting and commenting.



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