All done.

I've done it! Hard to believe I know, what with 3 kids, a husband who's away, work being crazy and everything else going on. I had a major panic last night when I realised at 11pm that my 72 dpi camera was not going to take photos at 300dpi no matter what settings I used, but my friend Julie saved my bacon by coming to take some piccies this morning with her professional camera. And she did the most amazing job - it actually looks professional!

Here are some of her photos:

Now for a cup of tea and a good sit down :)

Seedling in progress

Here is the seedling with the top finished:

I spent ages trying to figure out where to put the 'hope' but I'm happy with it in the roots. I don't want it to distract from the seedling, which should definately be the first thing to strike the viewer, but also to be easily visible so it's not missed when you look at the picture close up. I love the way the word is created from a single thread.
Now I just have to quilt it... 11 days to go!

New project

I've had a short break while we all went to Geelong for my Sister in laws wedding but I'm really happy and motivated to be back sewing! It's amazing how much of the world I now see through the eyes of an embroiderer - almost everything i see is assessed for it's ability to be transformed into a design.

I'm hoping to be able to enter the AP&Q Challenge this year. I saw the amazing quilts last year in all the quilt shows and thought they were amazing and that i would never be able to do anything like that, but now i'm going to give it a go. not sure how my embroidery will translate, and I'm also a little worried because i have quilted anything in ages. I'm also pushing my luck since the entries need to be in by 9/2. so thats 22 days. Sure, i can pull it off. mmm, we'll have to see how i go.

So the theme is "What the World Needs Now". I've been thinking all day about what to do any have lots of sketches which i will upload tomorrow (hopefully). Off now to get some more drawing done!

What to do with the tree?

A while ago I began a picture of a gum tree for my mum. It is a large picture (by my standards), and it has a slightly quilt/applique flavour to it.

Here it is so far:

I used an applique technique using interfacing and small areas of patchwork fabric to create the background, then stitched the details on top. I've mostly used stem stitch, chain stitch, back stitch and buttonhole stitch. As you can see I've finished the trunk and have done around half the leaves, I'm going to add some detail for a fence and grass down the bottom left.

But what do I do with it now? I started it a couple of years ago, and while I'm sort of happy with it my embroidery has come a long way since then and I no longer want to have it hung as an 'art' picture, but I'm not sure if it would translate well into a quilt.

I think it's going to need some more thought...