Work has been all consuming the last few days as we are so short staffed. No three or four days off in a row to enjoy my stitching, it has all been one off, two on, one off, four on, and 40 hour weeks, this I am not used to, 30 hours is my norm.
I have managed to finish my 3rd vase of LE and think I have achieved the softer look I was wanting.
The metallic thread worked perfectly to highlight my dark berries and give them the lift they needed. I will use this fabric again for the last vase to keep the balance in my corners. It is from the curtain samples I was given as are my deep jade vases.
The fabrics look much different here, especially the berry fabric which looks quite red. the vase fabric is the one in line with the door handle.
I tried to add gold into my flowers and it just didn't work, it became overpowering.
The gold vase in these corners is enough and is balanced in the other corners by the gold flowers, at least in my mind.
I have found time to trace Esther pattern sheet for the zigzags onto Viesofix so am starting to prepare my next zigzag border pieces. Have discovered if I let the cut applique pieces sit for a while the backing paper comes off much easier, found this out with my berries for this corner which I made ahead of time.
I am going to cut my diamonds now and store them away till needed.
Am amazed at how few fabrics I have actually used so far in LE.
I bought 6 Taffeta's and these are only two I have used so far, plus my eight gold overlaid fabrics.
I haven't got many flowers left Glenda, just a couple for vase four, thanks so much it has been perfect!!!
My two inspiration fabrics have done the rest of the work, for those of you who are new to my version of Love Entwined these are my inspiration fabrics I want to use throughout.
Oh gosh I was only going to make the center, but I can't stop now, I am so in love with how this quilt just draws you in.
First inspiration, Arabian Nights - by someone in Japan or China
Second inspiration Kashmir by Hoffman
Last photo's for this week. Trying to stay on top of these little critters in our vege garden is now a marathon task. Snail bait every few days as with summer approaching they are eating everything in sight.
But on a much nicer note.
Our local council last year planted these Magnolias in our street, and have since removed a couple of Liquid Amber trees whose leaves have caused major drainage problems in Autumn.
Luckily I was home on planting day and from our dining room window got the council guys to plant the Magnolia a meter from where they wanted but perfectly for me to view it's beauty as it grows.
Magnolia Little Gem
A Grandilflora hybrid grows very slowly to about 25 feet.
This is it's second flower this year, already scorched by the sun and destroyed by rain the next day.
The first flower was opening when I left for work a few days ago, but when I came home a passer by had broken off the supporting stake and used it to bash the flowering branch to bits.
I just hope it survives.
Cheers Everyone, enjoy your stitching, Jenny