Last month Andrea Zuill, aka BadBird posted an embroidery competiton on her blog: zuill.us/andreablog. The only rule was to use one of her free patterns.
Delighted with the excuse to do some hand embroidery, I quickly whipped up her Gnome pattern, adding my own text. I'd just packed my fiance off to deepest darkest rural Romania for two weeks, so "Welcome Gnome" seemed quite appropriate!
But I knew I wanted to 'do more' to it, so I grabbed my hexagon project scraps and pieced the borders. They mostly remind me of a loved one or a loved place, so add to the sentiment for me. They weren't all 2" square, so I was amazed that the corners (almost) met perfectly! Then with the full on PLAY spirit of 15 Minutes, I began to machine quilt it. This is not a skill I have mastered yet. I'm OK when it doesnt matter where the lines go, but, well, promise me you won't look too closely! To complete it, a kind friend donated the binding; a pair of old trousers!
So although I intended to enter it in an embroidery competition, I approached the quilt bit with the idea to Play. It didnt matter if it went 'wrong', because there was no pre-defined 'right'. It was good to practice some techniques and most importantly, I had fun!