Happy Tuesday! It feels a bit odd saying that as I’m usually welcoming you to a Happy Monday. I hope you saw my blog post yesterday introducing the first group of new quilt bloggers participating in the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. If you missed it be sure to hop on over by clicking here. There’s some really fun intro posts by the new bloggers and a great giveaway going on. You’ll want to get in on that!

I bet you’re wondering about the title of this post. Have you ever seen a raccoon with flowers? How about one that is made of flowers? I have, and wow, she is cute!

Isacord thread grunge fabric

Isacord threads and Grunge fabric

I started with this pile of yumminess. Those threads are so pretty in person, and you all know how I feel about Grunge. This fabric and these threads were meant to go together.

Floral Raccoon

I found a couple hours over the weekend to play on my embroidery machine. I bought my Babylock Accord last November and I’ve played with the embroidery unit a bit, but not nearly as much as I would like. Stitching out this raccoon was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to do more animals!

embroidered floral detail

I just love the detail in these tiny flowers!

The design is from Anita Goodesigns and is part of the Floral Animals collection. There is a deer and an owl in the collection that I really want to do – they would make great pillows.

The raccoon had more than 53,000 stitches and 27 thread changes. Stitching time was 95 minutes, and that doesn’t include the time it takes to change the thread. It’s the most intensive design I’ve used to date. It took time, but I’m pretty darn happy with the way it looks. My plan is to turn this piece of fabulousness into a zippered tote bag using this tutorial. Just add it to my WIP pile!

That’s about all that has been happening in my sewing room lately. Hopefully I’ll get in there more this week.

What about you? Have you been busily quilting and creating? Please share your projects here for Main Crush Monday – we would love to see what has you excited to be in your sewing space. You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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