Kim brought this quilt into Inspiration Fabrics one day while a group of us were in there stitching. I’m not sure how old it is or who made it, but it’s really quite something! I am curious though about the choice of placement for those black hexagons... I get the one in the middle but the other two seem random. If only quilts could talk!
First of all - check out this POLISH POTTERY cake!! A friend of mine sent me this picture - WOW!! I love it!! Each piece of Polish Pottery is a work of art and so is this cake. You can see from the photo it was made at Hetty's Cake House, which I found out is in the UK. A little too far for me to run by and pick one up, but hey, if you're in the UK - check out Hetty's Cake House!
Nine woodland critter blocks are sewn into my Woodland Whimsy quilt, but I made ten blocks! Mr. Fox block got made into a pillow and now resides in my sunroom with a furry fox friend :)
It reminded me how much I enjoy doing Sashiko so I bought the coaster kits for my daughter Michelle and I to work on when she was visiting the following weekend. We got them all stitched fairly quickly - now I just need to make them into coasters!
I went to my Little Bits meeting shortly after Michelle and I finished stitching ours and Eleanor had made some too - hers are already sewn into coasters! So you get a sneak preview of what ours will look like - hopefully soon :)
I posted before about learning to make Japanese Temari in the embroidery guild. If you remember, I mentioned that I read that Japanese mothers would make them for their children and they would write their wish for their child and wrap it inside the ball. There are multiple layers inside each ball. The first wrap is a soft yarn, the second wrap is thread (any color) and the third wrap is the color of thread that you want to show.
The wrapped under layers are called the "underground" and you need them to be able to stitch into. You then divide the ball into however many sections you need for the design you're doing. I learned two designs - the one pictured above is divided into four sections and the one to the right and below is divided into eight sections. (The one at the bottom is four sections also.). It's kind of hard to get the sections even because by the time you've done all the wrapping the ball isn't perfectly round, if it even was to begin with! (I started with a 2 1/2 inch styrofoam ball.)
So! I made one for each of my four children! And there is a mother's wish wrapped inside just for them, which they'll never see, but they'll know it's there :)
And I bet they can guess whose is whose by the colors I chose!
I put a little hanger on each because I think they will make great Christmas tree ornaments, so I'll be giving the balls to them around Christmas time (as long as I don't forget where I put them in the meantime - ha!)
I've been working on Woodland Whimsy! I really hope to finish that in the next couple of months!