Doodle Stitch-Along, Week 2

Here is my completed block for Week 2 of the Doodle Stitch-Along (yes, I know that we are already into Week 4, but I’m happy to be as far along as Week 2!).  I really love how this one turned out.

The pattern was for the boy and girl.  I added the butterflies from the Week 3 motif, and then I just freehanded the grass and brown toadstool, as I thought they looked better standing on something instead of floating in the air.

I used a long-and-short stitch for the red hood and the boy’s shorts, the hair is a stem stitch on the inside, and just two rows of back stitch on the outline, and the rest is pretty much just back stitch with some french knots here and there.  The leaf and mushroom stem were satin stitch.

You can download the Week 3 motifs (mushrooms and a tree trunk house) and the Week 4 motif (mushroom house) on the Lark blog.  I made up my quilt blocks for Block 3 and 4 this morning so I’m ready to get started on the tree trunk house tonight!

Innocent Crush fabric

I think I might have an idea for using up that 20 fat quarter pack of Anna Maria Horner’s Innocent Crush that I picked up at Alewives Fabrics last November!  Super cute tutorial from Film in the Fridge.  I’d like to make a twin sized quilt for the bed in my office/spare room.

Doodle Stitch-Along, Week 2, In Progress

Week 2 is still in progress, but what great progress it is!  I love it!  (That hood took me quite awhile.)

Doodle Stitch-Along, Week 1

Helloooo!  Happy New Year!  Yes, I realize that it’s January 19th.  Sorry for the long hiatus.  I got a new camera for Christmas and I haven’t had time to figure out how to download the pictures.  So, finally took the time to figure it out and here I am!  Lots of stuff to share from Christmas, but in the meantime, I joined along in the Lark Books Doodle Stitch-Along with Aimee Ray.  She is putting out one free design from her Motifs book each week and you can stitch it up.  There is a Flickr group to play along.

I decided to make mine into a mini-quilt, so before starting my stitching, I created my quilt block with some rainbow blocks and white Kona (in Snow) in the middle.  The rainbow blocks are made from sewing some 2.5″ strips from the Kona brights jelly roll together.

Here is my first week’s design of the gnome and mushroom!  (You can download it here.)  Isn’t he a cutie?

Gnome and mushroom embroidery

Close-up of embroidery

I used the following stitches and colors:

* Mushroom  – Red 666 in a modified long-and-short stitch
* Mushroom stem – Taupe 3782
* Mushroom spots – Ecru in a satin stitch
* Little Swirls and dots – Aqua 3846 in a split stitch and french knots
* Hat – Green 906
* Belt – Orange 722
* Pants – Electric blue 995 (LOVE this color!) in that modified long-and-short stitch again
* Beard – Gray 415

I love the rainbow block outline.  I can’t wait to see how it will look with all four blocks completed!  Next up: Woodland Children!

Squam Art Workshops

I’m thinking about attending the Squam Art Workshop this June.  They just announced the class schedule and registration begins on Tuesday, January 11th.  Anyone else thinking of going?