Along with the optimism I feel for the new year, I have a gazillion ideas for new projects dancing around in my head. Sara had purchased the jelly roll in the photo above a couple of years ago, with the thought of making a quilt. Life got in the way and she never made it and passed the fabric strips on to me. It is an adorable collection by American Jane (Sandy Klop, designer for Moda) called Look and Learn. What am I going to do with it, you ask?
Well, I discovered a new blog called Little Miss Shabby (through Mary at Lake Pulaski), and are there ever a lot of ideas for projects there! Last year in January of 2011, Little Miss Shabby (Corey Yoder) started a free BOM that features scrappy patchwork surrounding twelve embroidered blocks. The project is called Birdie Stitches since every block has an adorable little bird or two in it. Obviously I am late to the party (again), but now all the blocks are up on her blog and I can print them out and get started with my stitchery.
See how darling they are? I wasn't kidding.
This is the last block Mary on Lake Pulaski completed, which she posted on her blog this week. I hope with this practice, my stitching will become as even as Mary's! I love her choice of fabrics, and the modern cheerful feel her block has.
Once I picked out the fabric I was going to use, I had to go purchase some embroidery floss to coordinate with it. That is the beauty of this project, you can customize your birdies to go with whatever fabric you choose to use. While I was at JoAnn's this handy little item caught my attention:
Isn't that cool? You can wind your floss around little cardboard "bobbins" and keep them tucked into the little pockets within the pages of the plastic sheet protectors. Put the sheet protectors full of floss into a 3 ring binder, and you can easily see at a glance what colors you have on hand for your stitchery projects. It was totally cheap too--under $4.00. In fact, all the floss I bought plus these sheet protectors and cardboard bobbins totalled around $9.00. Oh, and since the bobbins are cardboard, you can write the number of your floss color on it in case you run out and need to get more.
So, there you go! A fun little stitchery project for these wintery days. By spring, you could have an adorable quilt for yourself or someone you love.