I have missed having a small handwork project. Another quilter recommended Birdie Stitches Block of the Month by Little Miss Shabby available free online:
http://www.littlemissshabby.com/2010/12/birdie-stitches-supply-list/ When I saw it, I knew it was the perfect project for me. The designs are fun and whimsical. There are twelve small projects - one for each month - that are 8" square when finished. Instead of using several colors of embroidery thread, I chose to use just No. 8 perle cotton in red. All I need is a needle, scissors, a ball of perle cotton, and my monthly project. Everything fits in a little bag, and I can take it anywhere.
I printed the twelve monthly designs from the Little Miss Shabby website. Next, I ironed freezer paper to a 12" square of the Kona cotton in Snow. I taped a paper pattern to a window, then taped the cotton backed with freezer paper over the paper. I traced the design with a pencil.
I have done redwork on a single layer of fabric, and the knots show through from the back. I've tried backing the fabric with very lightweight iron-on interfacing, but the interfacing wrinkled. This time I used a double layer of the Kona cotton. I ironed the layers together and used an embroidery hoop. I didn't baste the two layers together, but it has not been a problem. I've been very pleased with the results so far.
I did make one change to the design. I added the name of the month to each block by finding a script font on my computer and enlarging it to 72.
Valentine Food for Thought
CABBAGE always has a heart,
GREEN BEANS string along.
You’re such a cute TOMATO,
Will you PEAS to me belong?
You’ve been the APPLE of my eye,
You know how much I care;
So LETTUCE get together,
We’d make a perfect PEAR.
Now, something’s sure to TURNIP,
To prove you can’t be BEET;
So, if you CARROT all for me,
Let’s let our TULIPS meet.
Don’t SQUASH my hopes and dreams now,
Be my HONEY, dear;
Or tears will fill POTATO’s eyes,
While SWEET CORN lends an ear.
I’ll CAULIFLOWER shop and say,
Your dreams are PARSLEY mine.
I’ll work and share my CELERY,
So be my valentine.
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