Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Back At It.

I've been very, very slow in getting back to stitching after our Texas trip.  I'm not sure why - or exactly how I've been filling my days, except for cleaning - but I'm finally getting back to it.

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I finished writing a new pattern tonight, just waiting on the photoshoot tomorrow, please oh please let the sun come out.  This is a design that's been in my head for over 20 years!  I'm so glad to get it out and un-clutter my brain a bit.

And do you remember this?

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I had started quilting it, hated it, threw it out and last night I re-drew it as a stitchery.  Oh the bliss - I love it much better.

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One thing I have been doing over the past couple of weeks, is thinking about my little design business.  Re-defining my goals, solidifying what I want to make - and I've come to the conclusion that what I really love is hand embroidery.  Taking a drawing and seeing it come to life with needle and floss is my greatest love.  I also love coloring it in with crayon, so you'll see more of that!  I still do love applique, and I'm sure there are more applique quilts in my future, but embroidery is my passion.  It feels good to finally acknowledge that, to see myself a little more clearly.

I've also been able to get around and visit you all a bit - what fun that was!!!  I'm not planning any more trips in the near future, so I'm sure I'll be around a bit more and won't get another 500 posts stacked up in my reader - lol!

See you soon!

26 comments:

shez said...

Hi Allie your drawings are so cute hope the sun is out for you tomorrow my friend xx

Sharon - creativity and family said...

I really like the whirly twirly applique but I think when we leave something by the time we get back to it our tastes have often changed! I shall be interested to see it worked up as an embroidery :-) xx

Rachaeldaisy said...

Your sticheries always make me smile, you create such sweet designs, I can see why they make you happy to sew. 500 blogposts to catch up on?! No wonder it's taken you a while to start sewing after your trip. Lol.

KaHolly said...

Love your designs! Wish I had that talent! I love to embroider, too, and manage to get a little accomplished in between other hand projects. Sometimes I embroider while traveling back and forth to Tx and have made some cute projects. Have a happy day!XO

Jenny of Elefantz said...

I'm biased in loving everything you do, but from a designer standpoint it's wonderful to hear that you've gotten insight about what you truly enjoy and want to pursue! That brings even more to the table. You're amazing my dear friend. x

edith csokmay said...

I love Whirly twirly as an applique - why not both? :) applique and embroidery and leave the option open to the purchaser :) Like you, my first love is embroidery, but I do like to dabble with something different once in awhile.
So glad your feet are staying planted for a bit. You have been missed :) Hope and pray everything else if falling into place. xoxo

Ondrea said...

Nooooooooo, you didn't throw it out? It is lovely. Your stitchery looks wonderful. Keep doing what you love.

Dolores said...

It's nice to evaluate what one likes and what one wants to do. Good for you. I find that I'm a slow embroiderer and slow in just about everything else. I need to sew to get things done.
Your latest design is very nice embroidered or appliqued.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love your drawings and embroidery. So glad you are back :-)

desertskyquilts said...

Threw it out? Literally? Oh, she moans, no! That's a darling block! I could have made the cutest children's quilt based around it. LOL I do like it as a stitchery. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on what direction you're going. Isn't it funny how something can stare us in the face for a long time and we don't really pay any attention? ;)

Sandra :) said...

I agree with Sharon - our tastes DO change and I think that's a reason, sometimes, why we have UFOs that we just can't bear to work on. I'm reminded of my hunter green addiction years ago, and the quilt blocks I gave away because HOLY COW THAT'S A LOT OF HUNTER GREEN! (not to mention every counter, light fixture, tile and carpet in my house, lol) ;)

Twirly Whirly will be lovely as an embroidery - and it isn't work if you're doing what you love :)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Come on back Allie the suns out here. But of course, I'm in. Mick says it's really hot and humid, yes again.

Always love your cute designs.

WoolenSails said...

Wonderful piece and I do like how it looks in stitchery too.

Debbie

Jeanette said...

Lovely designs Allie. Hugs,xx

Melody said...

Such a cute project.

Karen Schurr said...

Just now catching up, Allie. Wow, I've totally missed your Texas trip, what terrific pix!!! I just love the car, your whirly garden and your scripture patterns. Hope you're feeling better, and the foot is healing. God Bless you, Dear.

West Michigan Quilter said...

This is adorable. Your drawings are wonderful. I can't imagine that you threw that one out! I bet you are too hard on yourself. Glad you are back.

Shasta Matova said...

Threw it out? What? Take it out of the trash can and mail it to me. I will wash it.

Sharon said...

It's good when things solidify in our brain, as to what we like and what we truly want to spend our time on. That makes it easier to get around to it! I've been doing some thinking about that too, because my dear son pointed out that I'm not getting any younger and I might want to start doing what I really want to do!

Your stitcheries are so sweet and charming! No wonder you like to do them. Hope you can get your photos soon.

Karen said...

I love the fabric/embroidery combo of the garden design!

Lin said...

Good to have you back and wonderful that you have found your metier! Good for you, lots of lovely designs to come I am sure judging by what you have shown us today. xx

O'faigh said...

Hi allie love your stutchery drawing regards lyn

donna said...

Hope you had a great time is Texas? Where did you go? I live here in Texas hope it was not to hot?
Your stitching is beautiful and I love your drawing you are one talented lady.
Hugs
donna

Jan said...

Your whirly, twirly garden is so cute. Love your designs!

Tanya said...

Your quilting designs are beautiful with all that color. But you can design embroidery and let the crafter take it where she wants... with or without fabric. Good for you for knowing what you want to do best!

Carrie P. said...

very cute patterns.

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