I've been exploring Iris Niebach's Fantasia -- slowly. That is, I've been working the patterns in the order they appear in the book. This is "Trifoglio" in pastel Coats hand-quilting thread. It is a bit tight and doesn't show the really lovely hearts in the original pattern or the pretty negative spaces. I need to use a different thread and relax! It measures about 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. I keep thinking I need to find some clear coasters to encapsulate these little doilies. Then I could take them to work and horrify the boss. The firm I work for moved into a remodeled Victorian mansion. The outside is on the Historic Register, but the inside has been modernized. The boss wants it kept all modern. I think I should cover my desk in doilies (under the glass) and use doily coasters. It would make me happy!
The second one is "Stella alpina" which I worked in Coats variegated "southwest" colored machine quilting thread. The pattern is great and fun to work. I'm disappointed in the colors, though. I like brighter colors and don't care too much for all the orange in this one. It's just a bit smaller than 'Trifoglio", being only about 3.5 inches (9 cm) in diameter at it's widest point.
A small diversion - As you know I join friends in a small town about eight miles away on a Friday to chat and swop ideas. It's called Crafternoon and is held in the local libr...
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