I have started a new project. It is a good idea to have a handwork / portable project available for those times when you are travelling, watching TV, etc.
This is block number one in a basket series by Bee Tree Designs. There are a total of 12 blocks--each with something different in the basket. The designs fit nicely on an 8.5 inch square. The level of detail on some of the blocks and the size mean these are quick-to-stitch so this project will take some time to finish.
I am using two strands of DMC #988 and a backstitch to do the stitching. In hindsight, I should have likely used three strands of floss to make the design stand out more, but it is now done and IIWII.
There has been a lot of discussion on the Internet about Pilot's Frixion pens for marking designs on fabric. I tried the green Frixion pen to mark this design and I love it! The ink is thermo reactive and can be removed from paper with friction. The ink can be removed from fabric by applying the heat of an iron. I also read somewhere that someone removed the ink with a blow dryer but I haven't tried that yet. At 65 degrees Celsius, the ink becomes translucent (invisible). The ink reappears if you cool your piece to -20 degrees Celsius by putting it in the freezer so be careful what project you are using this ink on. Previously, I was using a permanent ink marker to mark my stitching designs onto fabric. If I happened to make an incorrect line, I had to live with it and work it into the design. With the Frixion pen, I can just use the tip of my iron to remove the mistake and remark. I am not so sure I would use the pens to mark quilting lines on finished quilts, but for marking red work/green work, they are perfect.