Don't be fooled by his black lab looks, he is a 12 week old German Shepard x Collie!. He is a dream, seen here chilling out at my feet in the studio whilst I partake in a 'cutathon' (yes its a word but don't bother looking for it in the dictionary!) for my latest challenge. As if I don't have enough juggling with making stock, looking after 2 children and a new puppy I have decided to take part in the Birdie Stitches BOM run by Little Miss Shabby, head over to her blog for some amazing inspiration.
I love to hand embroider but its something I rarely get time for, having made both of my girls a quilt each I have wanted for a while to make one for myself, very selfish I know! So when I saw this I couldn't resist it, I have been cutting like mad and have now cut all 240 of the 2.5" squares needed, I'm using a collection from Moda that's a few years old now called Santorini. Its been hanging about in my stash for a while and I've used it all up on this project. I had to add in some Robert Kaufman and a couple of others from my stash as I didn't have quite enough Moda for the whole 240.
So satisfying to see lovely little piles of squares right? Especially after all that cutting! So as a treat I made up the first block for January and then I couldn't resist getting on and embroidering it, after all this BOM quilt along started in January so I'm playing catch up!
Can you see that cutsie little bird with his ear muffs on? Adorable! I have also made up the second block for February and its coming with me tomorrow to the craft fair at Widecombe-In-The-Moor to be stitched upon, I cant wait, its two super cute birdies.
Finally I'll leave you with a peek at my first free-machine embroidered animal, it was a birthday card for my lovely Mother In Law, they have a beautiful black greyhound called Polly, I think you can make out it is a greyhound but I feel that rather more practice is required on my part lol!