Last year I created an origami crane cross stitch pattern and in the back of my mind I kept thinking about how neat it would be to stitch 1000 cranes. But my logical side told me that idea was crazy and I should focus my efforts on reasonable projects instead.
I seriously started thinking about it again last week and was trying to figure out how to make it happen. My first thought was to get an enormous piece of fabric and embroider them all onto it. While I think that would have looked cool, it seemed silly because then what am I going to do with a giant piece of fabric with 1000 cranes stitched on it?
So then I decided to add yet another layer to this enormous project and turn the 1000 embroidered cranes into hexagons to make a quilt. If I’m already going big, I might as well go really big.
Our wedding colors were red and aqua, so that’s what I’m going to do for the quilt. I did the math and using 1.5″ hexagons, I will need just over 1,400. So there will be 1,000 embroidered hexagons and then 400 plain ones.
I’ve been using Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy Stabilizer* for the patterns but I don’t have the sheets, I have a big roll. It can be cut down and printed on, but I haven’t wanted to deal with that so I’ve just been tracing the pattern by hand. Which definitely is not going to cut it for 1,000. I love the Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy but I would love something easy that doesn’t have the added steps of washing off the stabilizer, waiting for it to dry, and then ironing.
So far I have 16 embroidered hexagons and 32 plain ones. I still have a long, long way to go but it’s a start! I can stitch them pretty quickly, they take about 30 minutes. My ultimate plan is to finish this for our 10 year anniversary July 5, 2018. It’s definitely doable, especially if I keep going at the pace I am now. But I’m not sure if that’s sustainable or if I will lose steam. I’m going to need a lot of red and aqua fabric!
What’s the biggest project you’ve ever taken on? Any tips for staying focused?
If you want to follow along, I’ve started posting my progress photos on Instagram using the hashtag #1000cranequilt
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