. . . it is important to lay your head on something pretty and these embroidered pillowcases really fit the bill. I started them in a mad dash before last year's trip to the lake so that I could have a project to work on while sitting on the dock. I had grand plans of finishing them there, I brought both cases with me with outlines ready to go. That was a two-legged trip to see family in Michigan and Pennsylvania and included a 3 hour drive to Chicago to jump on a plane to Philadelphia and then a 3 hour car trip into the country on the other end. I thought surely with all of that driving time, airplane time, and summertime relaxing that I would have these babies done long before it was time to come home. However, that is not the way it happened. My baby turned one year old on that trip and kept me extra busy. It's funny how consistently overambitious I am. Shoot for the stars, right?
Fast forward almost a year and I got these lovelies back out and worked on them every spare second I had until they were finished. Though, I did not get them done at the lake vacation, I did bring them on this trip and made lots of progress at night while Rylie was dreaming. I should mention that the pattern is from Alicia Paulson's lovely book. Embroidery is not an instant gratification pursuit. It is slow and quiet. There were many a time that I just wanted the pillowcases to be done already especially during the french knot marathons. But I kept at it, poking myself here and there. Now, when I see them on my bed, I am filled with pride and an unnatural amount of love for pillowcases. And, I'm not the only one.