And way too fast, I might add. I realized the other day that I only have a bit of time to make a baby quilt - the shower is coming up, and I didn't have a plan. I did my usual frantic scramble through my dwindling stash, and found some fabric that I had cut last time my machine was in the shop - last year? I'm too lazy to go back and look - I know I did a post about it. It's 30's repro's, love them, and I had cut them in rectangles for a certain project. Not a CLUE what project.
The rectangles are 6 1/2" x 3 1/2". I'm pretty sure I was going to cut some in half and do a brick pattern, so that's what I did. Cut some 3 1/2" x 3 1/4". Then alternate the blocks in rows, to resemble brick. But I couldn't leave it at that. It looked too plain - had to have some stitchery, right? Rather than pull out the endless assortment of vintage stitcheries I collect, I just drew up a couple of posies.
They're all just up on my design wall, I'm going to start putting them together into rows today.
If you have anything you need posies for, I made a pdf for you. You can get it here. I think it adds just the right touch. They'll be added more randomly than I showed in the picture, I just put them together so you could see them.
I also tried out my pencils, and the textile medium. It works! The first time I used it, I took it straight from the bottle - just used a small brush, covered only the part that was colored, then washed it. I was not very pleased, it made the fabric stiff and that makes it hard to get a needle through. The part that is circled with black ink is the part I used the medium on.
I tried it again, this time thinning the medium with water. I haven't washed it yet, so I'll let you know if it comes out any softer if you thin it first. I must admit I really like using the pencils, much easier than crayons, especially for tight corners and for shading. If anyone has used this method, I'd love to know your thoughts - do you find the fabric gets stiff, and how easily can you get a needle through it?
Have a great week, we're still recuperating here but should be back to the Y tomorrow. My oldest had a job interview this morning, and will have another one next Sunday - we'd appreciate any prayers!