|Another 'Country Romance' block|
In my last post I hinted at the TQ Club challenge project that I had completed. The 2014 challenge was to make a banner measuring 12 x 35inches. When we registered for the challenge were given two small squares of fabric. The 2014 theme was OWLS and the fabric was to be incorporated in 2 owls using at least 90% of the fabric. All other choices were up to the individual - that is technique, fabrics, colours, finishing.
After my initial decision to incorporate both applique and embroidery in my banner, I spent a great deal of time searching through my stack of mags and on the internet to find something that would reflect the image I had in my mind. This took me longer than it took to make the banner!
Initially I was going to put just the embroidered square on the front of the banner but after great deliberations I decided to use it as my label for the back of the banner. So the name for my banner was created - Life's a Hoot in Our Whoos! Once the embroidery was completed I moved on to making the individual owls for the front of the banner.
There were two other projects completed in January - a special quilt for the OGO and a beautiful embroidery for self.
You may recall I completed a quilt called "Swircles" in 2012 which was displayed at the TQs annual exhibition in Toowoomba. The OGO fell in love with that quilt but I was adamant that it was made for a special couple and the OGO could not keep it. I promised him I would make a similar quilt just for him to have on our bed. The top was finished in December and the quilter (Rosalie at Rose Quilting, Meringandan West) finished the quilting in January. I still have to bind it but the OGO just loves it as a replacement for 'Swircles'. So here it is - my "Promise Kept" quilt.
|Bullion stitch roses|
|Feather stitch on fan plates|
|Dresden plate fan|
|Completed roses with ribbons|
Last November a member of the Toowoomba Embroiderer's Guild taught me the technique for bullion stitch and I knew I had to complete this beautiful runner before I returned to the first meeting in 2014. How delighted am I with my completed project after accepting the challenge of this quite difficult stitch. This is a gift for ME and I will be taking it to Show and Tell at the Guild meeting next week.
|Completed runner - Oh so proud!!|
Love and hugs to all