This is an "old" finish. Well, a couple of weeks old, anyway. Waaaaaaay back in the spring a friend from high school was looking for a few people to test out a pattern she had just written. She is a talented artist and quilter who blogs at Artfully Sew. She also has an Etsy Shop by the same name.
Shortly before she posted that she was looking for pattern testers, I had been thinking that it might be fun to BE a tester. If nothing else, it might give me a reason to commit to sewing "schedule" which I am not good at. I guess I need deadlines in order to get things done, even things that are fun. I'm not sure what that says about me, but it's probably not good. *Sigh.
So, I volunteered to test the pattern for her. Poor girl, she probably regretted asking me! I had every intention of getting feedback to her RIGHT AWAY, but as it often does, LIFE happened and stuff got in the way. I did send her some feedback as I was halfway through, and then again at the end, and I sincerely hope it was helpful. It will be exciting to see the pattern become available in her shop, knowing that I had a bit to do with it!
It was a fun project: A mini quilt wall hanging to customize. I have never done machine applique before, and this was just the right sized project to start with. I wouldn't hesitate to try it again! What fun! And the embroidery! Oh, the embroidery! I had not embroidered since I was a teenager, when I did it ALL the time. I had forgotten how much I loved it. My stitching is not perfect, nor is my spacing of the letters. That was the hardest part for me, actually. But, I think it came out pretty cute. Take a look
The recipients are my niece and her husband who became proud homeowners earlier this year. (I should maybe blur the address, but I don't know how. Sorry, Jen.)
Looking at this picture, now, the letters look REALLY uneven. I don't think they actually looked that bad. Must be the way it's hanging, or something, right? Right?
Ah, well. We'll just call it folksy. I told the recipient that she did not need to feel obligated to put it up in her home. I'm not sure its her style, and she didn't request it. I have certainly been on the "getting" end of things people thought I just HAD to have, that I really didn't care for. And I know that hand made items aren't everybody's cup of tea. She kinda got it by default because I don't know anyone else who was in need of a housewarming gift.
I do hope she likes it, though. It's always fun to give things people enjoy.
Be sure to check out my friend Angie at blog and Etsy store!