For the past few years I’ve made DH’s Valentine’s card; sometimes stitched and sometimes mixed media. And I thought I’d share this year’s card, although “card” may not be quite the right word, as this is really a mini quilt or mug rug.
When I saw this First Crush XOXO print by Sweetwater, I bought a yard for my stash thinking it would make great zippered pouches. At the time I wasn’t thinking Valentine’s Day. But when I was looking around for something to inspire me, I knew it was perfect.
I wanted to do some hand embroidery and first thought I’d embellish the fabric, but the print is so busy already that I wasn’t sure the stitches would show. Instead, I opted to embroider on a quieter fabric (Kona Snow) and put the two together.
The embroidery would be a word — no slogans or imagery or established patterns. Just one word. The word I chose can be interpreted in a number of meaningful ways, and it doesn’t appear anywhere on the First Crush fabric. I am not typing the word here so you’ll just have to check the pictures. That’s because as soon as I typed it and put it in quotes, all I could think of was feminine hygiene products and that wasn’t one of the meanings I had in mind.
The background fabric is reverse appliquéd to frame the embroidery. If I’d have appliquéd the embroidery over the background fabric, the seam allowances would have created a shadow around the perimeter of the heart.
If you’ve been following this blog over time you may have noticed I tend to wring my hands a lot over the course of making something, and ultimately end up happy with the item. With this project I was happy with it every step of the way. Maybe that’s because it was quick to make and involved fewer decisions; I don’t know. Whatever the reason, it’s a pleasure to make something, be pleased with the result, and not feel I’ve compromised along the way.