Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Artsy Fartsy

Artsy fartsy.  
THAT is the theme of July's challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors, using three different weights of Aurifil thread.
What in the world was I supposed to do with this prompt?  I am NOT an artsy fartsy quilter by a long shot.  My favorite quilts to make are not difficult, my quilting is fairly simple, and I don't ever do anything artsy fartsy.  But I thought, "Oh, I'll just make a small item with some embroidery on it, and it'll be so cute!"  Embroidery is hard!  In my 50+ years on this earth, I've fallen in deep with cross-stitching, crocheting, knitting, sewing, quilting....but I've never seriously tackled embroidery.  

I got out this book that my mother-in-law bought for me SO many years ago because it has everything about needlework in it, and I learned how to make a blanket stitch.  
After stressing about it for way too long, I decided to just be myself. I got out my colored pencils and drawing pad and started playing before I started cutting.  
I got out a Dresden template and some summery fabric and just played. This was actually my third attempt after the first two projects just didn't feel right.  

I used three different weights of Aurifl thread:  50 wt #5024 & #2021, 40 wt #2024, and 28 wt # 2150.
I used Darlene Zimmerman's EZ Quilting Easy Dresden Ruler to cut out 10 orange and 10 yellow wedges using the 5" mark.  I used my handy dandy Olfa 28 mm rotary cutter because it's my absolute favorite cutter!  The fabric pictured here is Island Batik Ogee Petal Sunshine.  Isn't it bright and summery?
I used Hobbs Thermore batting again this month because it really is the perfect batting for a wall hanging or, as the packaging shows....quilted clothing, which I just might get around to one of these days! 
I used a Clover Hera Marker to make grid lines, which did NOT come out as planned, but that's my own fault for marking it when I should have been in bed sleeping, but I wanted to be ready to start fresh in the morning, when everything would already be marked!  ha ha! 
Just check out my hand stitching around the edges and my blanket stitch!  OK, it's not perfect, but that's okay.  It really does look handstitched, and that's exactly what I was going for! :)  This is about as artsy fartsy as I could get.  
I was second-guessing my decision to do this the entire time...even up until I was writing this blog post, but I'm actually quite happy with the result, and it will really brighten up my new sewing room!  The real flowers are from our front yard, grown by my dude.  
Finished dimensions are 18x20.