Sunday, January 5, 2014


You must think I’m a slacker!  Honestly, I’m not.  I'm just very slow at times and have a tendency to flit from project to project.  Now, if I actually finished some of the distractions I've flitted to, well, that would really be something!  But I don't have anything to show you except my tulip wreath.  Finally, Finally Finished!  This is pretty much straight forward appliqué -- lots of leaves and tulips.  The thistle leaves are random feather stitch.  I cross hatched the base of each thistle and stitched a tiny French knot at the crosses.  The center petals of the bright pink tulips are examples of fussy cutting.

Here's the block, way back in September, when I was checking my leaf selection.
Lots has happened since then.  For one thing, we had a very wet summer in North Carolina and it was a banner year for thistles and goldenrod in the very early Fall.  So, I had to put some thistles in this block to remember a walk (Ha! more like a 5 mile hike!) I took at Moses Cone Park with my dear friend, Patsy.

Now that the holidays are over and we've survived, it's time to get down to business.  That means KITS!  I am well underway putting together kits for The Elly Sienkiewicz Appliqué Academy.  
I tidied things up for the photo.  My sewing room is pretty much a disaster area at the moment and Stella doesn't approve.

I will get back to stitching soon and have made a New Year's resolution to post more often.  Happy New Year!