I’ve been a bit quiet lately, and for that I apologise … I needed to have surgery on my knee and it made sitting at a desk for any length of time very uncomfortable … thankfully, things are getting much, much better now, although full recovery still looks a way off.
The upside is that, being confined to feet-up-on-the-sofa, I’ve been able to spend a lot of time working on the embroidery for my Eve’s Garden boro keepsake quilt – and it’s finished!! YAY!! Almost a year since I started on it, working in the quiet times between, and around 100 hours of work later, it is DONE. Finished. Bound. Closed.
Am I happy? Yes, oh yes.
I love the way the stitching runs at a diagonal across the boro, drawing the eye across the fabric ….
And the colours, the colours, so soft but still vivid and cheerful. And the chameleon perle no 8 thread is perfect. Even the names are wonderful – blackberry, hydrangea, misty mauve, silver birch, sugar and spice – and help add to the atmosphere of vintage cottage garden – formally structured, but soft and loose within that formality.
I had my doubts, initially, about the little sprinkles of paprika-hot orange, but I think now that the contrast works well and I’m glad I left it.
And the back is almost – almost – as lovely as the front.
I am glad it’s done and dusted …. but I’m going to miss working on it, in a perverse sort of way. It looks great on my burlap-covered chair, though …. I’m just enjoying it at the moment, looking and remembering that this strip of blue-and-white checked was once my eldest daughter’s baby dress, or that strip of amethyst satin came from the remnants of a princess dress I made for her, that the pretty, fragile, aqua floral was my youngest’s dress, that my son’s ripped-out-knees jeans made up most of the denim.