Friday, April 15, 2016

Tiger Lily

This is my Tiger Lily block for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt.
All of my blocks for this project are stitched using back basting and needle turn appliqué.

The leaves are one piece across, then covered by the stem. Like Esther, I used two green prints.

I basted the orange flowers as one piece. Thank you Shona for the print! The yellow circles cover the center - smaller than a dime.

I almost used a peach for the buds, but stuck with a double pink.

All inking was done before stitching.

The bud stems are embroidered.
I added a little green stitch at the base of each flower bud.

The Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album blog is filled with tips and hints.  If you haven't already, you might like to spend some time looking at the tabs. HERE. This month Doreen included instructions on her narrow bias stems HERE.

I'm linking up with other blogging friends who are stitching this project HERE.  You can also checkout our Facebook page: HERE.  I hope you join us!
Confession:  I still need to stitch my pineapple blocks!  
Have a great week,

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Sequestra and Ephemera

I have been stitching on projects I can't reveal just now.  This fall I can share them.
I have also been staging some ephemera with my sewing boxes.

The back of the photo:
"The shade makes me look darker here. 
Here I am for your watch Dear, send me yours when you have one taken"

She didn't want anyone thinking she was getting any sun tan on her beautiful porcelain skin!  Imagine what she would think of paying for a tan at a modern parlor?

She looks young, maybe the watch belonged to her sweetheart. The photo is trimmed, so I like to think he kept the photo in his watch and thought of her throughout his days.

My word of the week is sequestrum. I had a tooth extraction that I thought went exceptionally well.  Two weeks later I have a sequestra. Sequestra is a bone fragment working it's way through the gums.  My surgeon tells me in time it will work its way all the way out.  Feeling a little like forever!!

I came across this card and thought it was funny. We have to laugh at things like sequestra, it helps pass the time!  My surgeon was actually great, and in a couple weeks I hope to gift him with this card.
If you like ephemera, checkout this website:

All kinds of wonderful ephemera, and they also offer to help
find items from your wish list!
I'm stitching SVBAQ tiger lily petals this afternoon, how about you?
Have a great week,