No time for the real thing--so today we have a photo quilt! I grabbed a few pics from my files to remind myself to pull out my needle and thread again. Summer was exciting and busy, but now I'm ready to wind down, wrangle up some new ideas and settle in. It's been way too long, evidenced by all the new fabrics and thrifted goods I have continued to bring home (which are piling up), and by the dust that has settled on all my work surfaces. A thorough cleaning seems to be in order. And not just in the studio either. [Sigh.] Blame it on the pickles.
These images remind me of some of the sweet little things in life. Miss Cross-Stitch Kitty in the right top corner is embroidered on a child-size apron that I made a really really long time ago. My girls outgrew it, but it's one of those things that's so hard to part with because of the memories it holds; baking cookies, rolling out pie crust. Sweet voices. Small hands and faces powdered with cake flour. The motif is one from a set of old Aunt Martha's iron-on transfers; still found here.
The Coffee 'N' Cake motif is part of a vintage pattern set I've made available on my website. I'm also happy to report that my new Embroidery Directory is done! Now THAT was a project. And will continue to be a work in progress as it requires updating from time to time. If you know what you're looking for it will help you find it on the site. I love it because it catalogs everything for me--no more hunting and digging through boxes when someone asks me if I have a particular pattern. It's all there. Or almost all there. Like I said, a work in progress. Also--when you go to the pattern info pages, hover over the images and the original pattern source or envelope will appear like magic. Please let me know if you find errors or any crazy things happening on the site. I keep finding little things even though I've gone over it a thousand times. It's inevitable I guess.
OK. Back to the apron ramble...the redwork flower in left lower corner, adorns (yet another) child's apron that I made from an old linen tablecloth that had seen better days. The edge of the cloth made a beautiful hemline. Jumbo pix here.