For now, this has to be my favourite of the recent abundance of finishes (I was looking for a good collective noun I could use for my finishes and got very distracted - did you know that a group of Flamingos is called a flamboyance of flamingos - how good is that? If you have ten minutes to waste, try googling collective nouns!)
Anway. This project started out as many do, on a bit of a whim, and became, as many do, far more involved than originally planned. I had planned to embroider the cat for Mia, who likes cats, and either make it into a cushion by itself, or frame it in a hoop.
|Bee Charming - he's wearing a Morris Man's hat!|
|Bee Fruitful - this is the block I am most proud of|
I kept the quilting simple. I started off by hand quilting it, but it didn't look right, so I unpicked it and used the machine to just echo round each scrappy frame.
I used Finca Perle #16 thread for all of the embroidery. I'm using this thread increasingly for both quilting and embroidery: it's very fine and I've built up quite the collection of colours and I don't need to split the strands like I would with embroidery threads. Also, my embroidery threads are stored upstairs and these are in a zippy pouch close at hand - it's lazy, but it makes a difference! It finishes at about 20" x 20".
This is another Finish Along finish. You can find my original list here.