I am so glad to post that the stitching on Winnie the Pooh is finished! Yay!! :)
This quilt has been such a joy to work on. That silly old bear will bring a smile to my face every time. I have been an admirer and collector of children's literature all of my life. The Pooh character may have evolved from the more simplistic sketches found in A.A. Milne's original book, but he is just as endearing as ever. :) It was fun to mix the colors up a bit, and I'm not going to complain about the larger areas of colors. They were a nice change from constantly switching threads. The big thrill is always in the black outlining. It gives definition to the composition and brings all that work to life. Such a huge payoff in one small step! ;)
Pooh was the first of my stamped cross stitch quilts to be mounted on my standing quilt hoop. Most of my life is spent slouching over ceramics, paintings, graphite art, and now piecing quilts with the sewing machine. I made a decision to put together my quilting stand , so I would be forced to sit up straight and stitch.... Easier said than done. ;) Every 10 minutes, my back would need a break! It definitely will help me to improve my posture.
Winnie the Pooh is one of my few over sized vintage quilt kits. I have a few old ABC quilts from the early 70's that I will be attempting in the future, and they will require a lot more embroidery skills. Yikes! But for the next quilt, I will go back to the bunnies on the blocks that I had originally misplaced. There were some drastic color changes going on with that quilt. Hopefully, I did not subconsciously misplace it on purpose, and it will come together smoothly! ;)