Saturday, September 22, 2012

Crafturday- Redwork Project

So my latest project is a a series of embroidered blocks from Sarah Jane Studios, called "Her Month by Month." It's a twelve-month series of blocks showing a little girl throughout the year. Traditionally when I do a series like this, I will start with the month that's current, so the first block I'm doing is September. The girl is waiting for the school bus with her lunch pail. I'll stitch the word "September" to the side later.

The patterns can be worked in any color combination (the Sarah Jane Studios website shows a contemporary palette) but I chose traditional redwork because I enjoy that style. I'm stitching the blocks on point and I'm going to stitch triangles of fabric on each corner to make it a regular block, then add sashing and stitch all twelve blocks in a 3x4 grid to make a wallhanging/small throw of about 38x42.

After that I just have to find a little girl to give it to!

A project like this takes a long time. Typically I'll get one block done every month (I work on multiple projects at a time), then stitch the blocks up at the end of the year. That part is the fastest and generally takes two weeks or so. Then I anticipate hand-quilting the top.

The pattern is for sale at Sarah Jane Studios and you will receive it via download as PDF file. Trace it onto your background fabric with a thin Pigma pen (use a lightbox or a window) and stitch away with two strands of embroidery floss. I love this pattern but I'm not affiliated with Sarah Jane Studios in any way.


bermudaonion said...

I haven't done embroidery in years - maybe not since you were born! lol Will you stitch everything in red? I bet it will be gorgeous when it's completed.

Alexia561 said...

I started quilting when I was at school and really enjoyed it, but then life got in the way and I never picked it up again. Something like this might be a nice new hobby. Think it will be lovely when finished, and I love the red!

Amy M. said...

I love Sarah Jane's stuff. Especially her fabric!