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Monday, February 14, 2011

"Makes Me Happy Monday"

Hello and a very Happy Monday to you all.

I have decided to start "Makes Me Happy Monday" again. Thanks for the nudge Pauline.
This week I am happy to see  the Belladonna Lily in flower.

Sometime last year we were in the garden and I asked Ian to spray some weeds very close to the bulbs. Well I was so scared that he had sprayed the bulbs and all luckily some of them seemed to have survived there bit of spray. These are some of the toughest bulbs you can have in the garden and I can see why they are referred to as "Beautiful Lady".

During the last week I have finished a table runner. I bought half a metre of beautiful pink fabric from Cathy.  late last year. I gained some idea's from tablecloths which she had for sale in her shop. These were made by people from 3rd world countries which Cathy was selling at a very reasonable price.

First I machine embroidered some rose and leaf designs from Brother embroidery card number 44. I used some iron on pellon between the top and backing and used two strands of DMC 604 embroidery thread for the bigger than usual stitching.


I love the back of it as much as the front. It reminds me of those Japanese raked garden beds. The gaps where there are no stitches is because it is where the embroidery design is. My fingers can only do so much work!!!!

I love the crinkled effect of the quilting. I washed it and scrunched it up a bit before putting on the binding because I had to get rid of the "blue pen" marks. The quilting rows are half an inch apart. Making it this way I lost none of the effect of the actual design of the fabric.

I am currently finishing some stitchery blocks for a Block of the Month, hopefully I will have them finished and the blocks sewn together by the end of the week.

Happy Monday everyone.
Bev C

16 comments:

teresa said...

Hi Bev, your table runner is just gorgeous. Love all the pinks in your post today, very pretty xx

Melody said...

Gorgeous things Bev. Have a great evening

Sharon said...

Hello Bev, love your table runner. The colours are gorgeous. There must have been a fair bit of work involved in it. Thanks for the kind comments about my wonky sewing, hopefully one day i will be able to make something as lovely as your table runner. Pretty flowers, i have always known them as naked ladies!

BubzRugz said...

The runner is stunning and the embroidery detail really makes it stand out...
As for the flowers... well nature just does it right!
Have a wonderful week...
Hugz

Anita said...

Hi Bev, I love the crinkled effect too. Love the colours you used as well. I have a Belladonna in bloom in my garden, only I didn't know it's name!! Kind regards, Anita.

Simone de Klerk said...

Oh, Bev, those lelies are exquisite! Such wonderous color and so soft!
Great tablerunner! Love the effect the quilting gives.

Sweet Cinnamon Stitches said...

Lovely table runner...it reminds me of a tapestry. I've never known the proper name of those bulbs...they're unusual how they flower, then the leaves come.
Happy Monday Bev!!
Cheers....Jane.

Michelle said...

I think the bulbs are what we call 'naked ladies'.
The table runner is very stunning, I love the effect of the quilting and the washing and the scrunching!!!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Bev. Happy Monday to you too. Your table runner is very bright and pretty. Love the color and your stitching certainly gave it a neat look. Hugs Judy

Notjustnat said...

Happy Monday to you too Bev. I love your table runner. Love the stitching and the colour is wonderful. Thanks for sharing - Hugs Nat

Terriaw said...

Beautiful lily, Bev! I'm looking forward to seeing our lilies again, once winter passes around here. Lovely tablerunner too! I love the embroidery you added, and love the colors. Happy day to you!

Bobbie Lynn said...

Hi Bev,
That table runner is beautiful and just love the print and color. The quilting that you did is perfect and I think on my next small project I may try that. What a beautiful lily and the color is perfect for Valentin's Day. Have a wonderful day and thank you for your comment regarding my scrub top issue. I will attempt another soon.

Maria said...

I love reading your "Makes Me Happy Monday " posts Bev.
Beautiful Lily.
Your table runner is just gorgeous with the crinkly effect.

MichelleW said...

Great that you are continuing your happy Monday posts Bev - I do love them :0)

Such a beautiful flower, I'm glad the weed-killer didn't do it any harm!

Happy Monday to you too x

Lynda said...

Your tablerunner is fantastic.

Pauline said...

I'm so glad you've gone back to "Makes me Happy Mondays". Although I'm running late this week and here it is already Tuesday. Made me happy none the less. The glorious pinks in that table runner would cheer the gloomiest of souls!!