Following my pattern for both January and February my goal this month comes from my work-in-process pile. This is another one I am super excited to get finished!
|I don't really know that this has an official name, but I'm going to call it Nested Bear Paws.|
In addition to machine quilting I love to do hand work. Several years ago I started making wool felt penny mats (sometimes called rugs). I dug though my supply of wool and selected the berry and cream felt for the paws and a herringbone weave for the background. I used old file folders to draft a pattern and got out my perle No. 8 cotton to begin blanket stitching. After that first initial burst of excitement it got pushed aside for more pressing projects.
This seems like the perfect time to pull this out and get it finished. It will actually serve another purpose, as well. In Handworks Club (at school) we told all the girls they now need to select a long-term project to work on for the remainder of the school year. In June we will feature all of their work in a display case by the front office. Since much of my club time is spent trouble-shooting issues for the girls I need my own project to be something that doesn't requiring a great deal of concentration. So blanket stitching bear paws to wool will be perfect!
This is what the final layout will look like...I just love the nested bear paws! I'm not sure whether there will be additional boarders of not. I do believe at some point in time I will tackle this design as a giant quilt block!
Linking up the the March ALYoF Goal Setting Party! Mine is Entry No. 104. Jump over there and have a look at all of the great projects going on...you're sure to find something to inspire you :o)