I haven't mentioned the Rachel Meyer quilt in quite some time and realized that I had finished stitching my second block and not posted a photo. So here it is, appliqué complete with a bit of added embroidered stems. These stems are done using two strands of floss and a chain stitch. I like them so well in LE that I decided to use the the same technique. I am thinking I may add some more embroidery but I will wait til I get a few more blocks done.
I was in the mood to do some simple embroidery over the weekend and stitched up a little block for Winter Wonderland. I have had all the supplies sitting around for this one for a few years now and, since this is the year for using stash only, it seemed like a good time to start. I am in no hurry with this one but it will make a good fill in project when I just need some simple handwork.
People often seem surprised at how much I get done. My secret is to have several different projects in different stages so that I always have something to work on depending on my mood. I am not a "project" quilter most of the time. I don't usually need to finish something on a deadline. Instead I consider myself a "process" quilter enjoying each aspect of the process more than the actual product. So I may be sorting fabrics for a new project one day, cutting one day, machine sewing, quilting by hand or machine, prepping for appliqué, hand appliquéing or embroidering. And on a given day I may do several of these tasks so I like to have several options available. This results in many WIPs and sometimes I go months without a finish. Then suddenly I might finish several at once. Sadly due to moving and then my back issues, I am way behind in my quilting but hopefully soon I can get back to that too.
Now if I could just stop seeing all these great projects online I might focus more on what I have going on but this year there just seems to be so many great things out there. I think I may have to start the Benjamin Biggs quilt BOM too. Oh dear, I will just think of it as stash busting!