Wednesday, 7 June 2017

I'm a 'ChookShed Party' Straggler...

So great to see lots of us blogging ladies turn out with Chookyblue in celebration of
The Chookshed!

Between one thing & the other, I didn't get as much opportunity to sew & stitch as I had hoped for, but I think I scrape in as having 'done something'.

The weather here has been divine in the last couple of weeks... so amongst the washing of boring house things like curtains & dog bedding, I also took my chance to wash some fabrics for a couple of projects... yes, the blue is something for me! It really is so pretty.

These darling little Christmas ornaments got finished too... so pleased with how they turned out... they're about 3" square.

The project that took up most of my time was something that's been a long time coming, & I'm so glad I've finally done it...
Some of you may recall that I was working on the stitcheries for a Red Brolly quilt design called "Polka Dot Girls"... I was really loving them, even if my progress was terribly slow... but the more I stitched faces, the more I realised I didn't like the background fabric I was using... & thus work ground to a halt while I considered my options.
The fabric is white, with a small pattern of very pale spots, either of yellow, pink or purple... the problem is that the colour of the threads made the coloured spots more noticeable, & I felt the faces on my stitching look to have chicken pox or some such... I just couldn't escape that thought!
Here's what I mean:

So call me mad (I won't be offended)... I finally found a background fabric I like & have taken the plunge to re-start this very pretty quilt.
Much time was spent on the weekend with my light pad & pen, tracing up quite a few of the stitcheries... there's a few more to trace, but this is a satisfactory start for sure.
 These are terrible pics... just couldn't get a good one, sorry... the fabric is a soft white colour with a very fine tone-on-tone of small leaf & spots... no chance of chicken pox with this one!
Lordy, another project for the hand-stitching pile.
As for the ones I'd already stitched, I will finish the remainder of them & use them individually for various projects in the future... just not a quilt!

Thank you Chooky for a lovely weekend, & it's great to see that you had such wonderful company for your ChookShed celebrations.

13 comments:

Jo said...

I bought that pattern as a kit with all the fabrics quite a few ago. I haven't even looked at the fabrics. Hope I haven't got spots...

Susan said...

Gorgeous little decorations Anthea.
I'm sure you will be much happier with your new background.....better to stop if you weren't happy.

Chookyblue...... said...

its like your the last person leaving the party and we can't get you out the door..........lol...........so pleased you had a good time and got some sewing done.........enjoy those stitcheries...........

Goofin' Off Around the Block said...

I love those darling Christmas ornaments. They just bring a smile to my face. I'm sorry you didn't like the fabric for your "Polka Dot Girls". I didn't notice the chicken pox faces until you mentioned it. Glad you've decided to start over since it bothered you. You do beautiful embroidery work. --Andrea

sunny said...

You are a glutton for punishment aren't you? At least you'll never have to worry about running out of projects. Cute ornaments!!

Kim said...

I am always amazed at your stitchery work. They're fantastic. Can't wait to see what you whip up for yourself with that pretty blue print.

Helen said...

Live your decorations, good to hear you are now happy with the background fabric enjoy your new stitching journey.

Lin said...

Well as soon as you mentioned chicken pox I couldn't get past it either. Brave to start again but the right decision and the spotty stitcheries will come in handy. Glad you had a bit of time for yourself over the weekend. xx

Kaylee said...

Oh yes true, it has been a long time since I have seen progress on your Polka Dot girls project. Actually I really liked the embroidery on the "Polka Dot Fabric", I hope you enjoy on the plain fabric this time around Anthea. Oh yes that blue fabric is very pretty even though I'm not a "blue" girl.

kiwikid said...

Love your Christmas decorations!! You are very brave starting over again, but you need to be happy with the project.

Stitching Noni said...

Great finishes on your ornies! I see what you mean about the Red Brolly ladies - they do look a bit spotty but still cute :o)
It was great catching up at the Craft Fair a couple of weeks ago! :o)
Hugs x

elliek said...

Have done polka dot girls and love it. Can see what you mean and I think you will be happier without the "polka dot" faces.

The Sloan Patch said...

So much effort goes into stitcheries...you have to be happy...good choice!

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