Friday, January 30, 2015

Over the River and Through the Woods

I finished the embroidery for this in August 2014. If you click here you can see the embroidered panels and the stack of fabrics I collected for the piecing.

Yesterday I pulled out the fabrics again and started cutting. Finishing the top of this quilt was high on my to-do list for Selfish Sewing Month. Yet here it is almost the end of the month and I'm just starting on it. Oh well! I have done several other things from my list as well as a few spontaneous projects. This month was more about doing what I want sewing-wise rather than checking things off my list.

There were only two greens in my stack so I looked through my stash and pulled a few more. When I put the embroidered panels next to the blues in the stack they didn't look right to me. So I pulled a new set of blues from my stash. I did well the first time when pulling the reds/pinks. I just needed to edit from the original stack. And I decided to stick with only one white fabric. The one in the center is the only one in my stash I had enough of for the whole quilt so that decision was easy.

These print squares with the white will become the flying geese border for the quilt. If you aren't familiar with the pattern, it is a Crabapple Hill pattern called Over the River and Through the Woods. The link will take you to the pattern page on the Crabapple Hill website where you can see the original. I love the pattern but do not care for the colors in the original. Mine will be look very different from the original.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Test is Successful

I finished seed stitching around my little bird.

This takes such a long time, but I love how it looks! It's a good project to do while watching a movie. If you missed it or need to remind yourself, click here to see what the bird looked like before stitching.

The thing I was really testing was the thread, mainly how well it holds up and how it looks on the wool. It did just fine. I was concerned because this thread is old. I got it from a local shop but she said that what she has is all she can get. The thread is Clarke's O-Sew-E-Z Punch Embroidery Thread. I pinned the label above the spool laid on the basted back piece I am starting (see photo below). It is made for punch needle projects but seems to work just fine for my purposes too.

The light colored machine stitching is just basting and will be removed as I go. Originally I was going to just use a plain piece of wool with seed stitching for the back of my bag. Then I decided that I wanted to add a little detail to the back piece other than just seed stitching. So I repeated the little flowers from the front on the back.

I'm also testing how much thread I will need. My In Full Bloom project is about 36" by 42". These two pieces are about 9.5" by 9.5". Based on just the front piece with the bird, I need to buy a couple more spools to be sure that I will have enough. This type of stitching requires a lot of thread!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A New String Project

I've had a spider web quilt on my "want to make" list for a while. This week I started it, with Miss Spooky Boo closely watching. She is so talented that she can supervise through her eyelids! LOL

I am using all the strings left over from this quilt. And I am using this tutorial, although I am sewing all of my strings directly to the base fabric instead of just the first one like the tutorial shows.

It will make the quilt a bit bulkier, but I'm not going to hand quilt this so I don't care. I think it will make everything a bit more stable. I'll probably need to press the seams of the block open though, which isn't my favorite. I'm only making two blocks to start with but I'm planning to make at least twelve. I think this might be my next scrap group project.

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Test Project

I am testing an idea that I have for how to quilt my In Full Bloom (Sue Spargo 2014 BOM project) by trying the idea first on a smaller project. So I'm making a small zipper bag and putting one of the birds from Sue's Bird Dance book on the front.

I started my bird at the end of last week. She is now ready for quilting, which is the actual part I want to test.

The colors in this second photo are truer. The two pictures were taken on two different days in very different lighting conditions.

The plan is to use seed stitching for the quilting, which I have done before. But I'm trying a new-to-me thread and I want to see how it holds up before using it on a larger project.

Should make a nice zipper bag even if my idea doesn't work for the In Full Bloom project.

Friday, January 23, 2015

A Friday Finish :: Scrappy Log Cabin

It's done and already hanging in my dining room.

I quilted it simply with just lines. They aren't straight lines and they aren't evenly spaced. Many of the logs are not straight or square and they aren't all one size so I didn't want the quilting to be too precise.

We had fresh snow so I decided to try laying the quilt on the snow for a photograph. I prefer the straight on shot but it turned out okay.

I wish I had a way to get up higher so I could take a better picture with the quilt laying on the ground. I'd have to drag out a ladder, which isn't going to happen, so I will stick with clipping quilts to the fence for now.

On Wednesday my scrap group met. We were a smaller group because of the weather and the crud that is going around this area right now, but we had a great time. It was nice to get out of the house and go sew with friends! I taught them how to do this quilt. So I made another block and turned it into a second pillow.

You can see the first pillow if you click on the link: first pillow. As you can see in that post (if you clicked the link), I quilted the first pillow with straight lines using my walking foot. For this second pillow I used one of the stitches on my machine and quilted wavy lines, still using the walking foot. I like them both. It is nice that they are essentially the same but they aren't perfect matches.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This One is Mine!

My fourth bunny pin cushion.

This one is mine! For the back I cut up an old velveteen curtain panel and added some ribbon detail.

The ribbon covers the slit in the back used for turning and sliding in the crushed walnut shells sack.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Chair

I've been searching for a new chair for my sewing room for some time. Finally I found one I like that is small enough to fit in my small space and priced right. It came yesterday.

It is just perfect! I hope to spend many happy hours in this chair hand sewing and drinking tea.