So. My inspiration. I talked about that yesterday. But today I want to explain how I managed to narrow down the 100+ designs in Aneela Hoey's book to just 8. Not an easy task!
I was looking thru all the ones I really loved and realized I was drawn to the designs that had some personal connection with me.
Oh, and I should also mention I wanted all my embroidered blocks to finish at 2" so I adjusted some of the images with a photocopy machine to get the right size.
Tools of my trade. And plus I'm a notions-a-holic. I remember buying my first pretty plastic wheel of colorful glass headed pins. I felt like such a grown-up! I'd take all the pins out and rearrange them in many different orders. I loved how small they were, how smooth they felt, how they glided so nicely in and out of the case. Yep. I love me some goooood notions all right!
I've had reading glasses since I was 15 and progressives (trifocals) since I was 30. But I decided to stitch up my version of these glasses with hot pink thread. Because some day I'm gonna rock the hell out of a pair of hot pink eyeglasses.
One day I will be brave enough ... one day.
I love this flower. It is one of my all-time favorites, both for it's delicate structure and tiny bells.
And fragrance. Oops, that's three reasons.
Cherry season just ended while I was working on this project. And my husband stops at the farmer's market Friday afternoons so we've been gorging ourselves on bings and raniers these past several weekends. (spit - burp - yum - repeat ...)
Nine Patch Sampler
Another obvious quilt reference. Which I totally adore with every fibre of my being.
Empire State Building
I was on the fence about this one. It's taller than the other designs. And it's ... well ... it's not ... you know ... "girly pretty". At least that was my knee-jerk reaction. Until it occurred to me that it was the perfect design to include in my project because I'm a city girl. I've always lived in a big city. And I even worked in a few skyscrapers. (I miss the express elevator rides to the 44th floor. But I don't miss the stockings. Or the heels. Or riding public transit. Or sharing an office with someone who has terrible gas.)
Funny how the one design I was least attracted to at first has now become my FAVORITE of all the ones I've made.
Another funny - my husband came home late when I was stitching this up so I sat at the kitchen table working on it while he ate his dinner. I usually have to present my work to him and say, "Look Honey! See? See what I made today?" (and he always very wisely tells me it's "really nice"). But I wasn't even finished this one and he unsolicitedly ... or should that be "without solicitation"? ... whatever ... commented how cool he thought my building was! :)
Dragonfly & Scissors
These two patterns are among several additional designs that are included in the back of the book but not photographed.
The scissors are again an obvious choice. (Which reminds me, mine have had a dull spot for like 15 years now ... prob'ly should go get them sharpened.)
But the dragonfly? Omg, in't he just sooo cuuute?! I ad libbed the stripes. And I love his big little bug eyes.
I have met so many wonderful people through my blog. One really sweet girl started reading my blog and leaving me comments under the alias "Little Blue Dragonfly". We're friends now. We even got to meet in person. So this little guy is both a special hello to her (hi L!), and to remind me of the special connections I've made in this amazing, creative online community.