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Monday, October 20, 2014

Stitch Sampler Band: Part 3

Here is the next and third segment of my Stitch Band.  Most of these seam treatments I have gleaned from the instruction sheet for Kathy's Basic CQ Class.  My block is pieced and waiting for the next lesson, which I think I will receive on Friday.  I can't bear the wait so I am stitching the what I can see on the diagrams I have.  Naughty, impatient me!!  But it is practice, and so much fun!

I also stitched a spiderweb this week.  This is a silk block I made from Allie Aller's Craftsy class: a straight flip and sew block pattern.  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pieced Block for Shawkl's Basic CQ Class - Take 2

Here is the new block, with the neutral colors.  It should be much easier now to see the pencil markings and embellishments. 

Fabrics for Crazy Quilt Class - take 3

Here is my latest selection of fabrics. Fabric number five from the top is actually fabric number one dyed with tea. Fabric number six from the top is fabric number one dyed with coffee. 

Shawkl's Basic Crazy Qulting Class

I had gathered my fabrics and last night completed my first block.  As I was piecing it I was thinking the fabrics were too dark.  Sure enough, they were.  So I am gathering new fabrics in beige tones.  One of them is a white tone on tone I am dyeing in coffee.  It should be ready this morning.

The idea is to have the fabrics be light enough to see the pencil marks used as templates for the stitching.  The instructor has to be able to see them in the photos and I have to be able to see them to stitch the seams.

These are the original fabrics:

Here is the block.  A bit too dark and too busy.

Here is the second selection of fabrics, minus the one being dyed.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Zentangle Quilt Tutorial

I just got a link to this fabulous Zentangle Quilt Tutorial over on Zany Quilter!  I can't wait to try this!

Organizing Embroidery Threads

I have been collecting embroidery threads for a while and it was easy to just keep the skeins in a box. But now that I am actively embroidering and embellishing CQ blocks, the skeins laying all over my table, in addition to the bits of loose thread, are quite unmanageable.

I had purchased the little plastic flat DMC "spools" but had not used them yet.  Last night I took a few hours to undo all my skeins and wrap them onto the spools.  I had just the right amount!  I saved the part of each label that had the number on it and tucked that down under the thread.

I looked around the web and found a few good ideas: a Spool Rack, and also a tip for holding floss while winding it.  The article I read suggested using a mason jar, but my tea was handy and the handle keep it from slipping down.

By the time I found the spool rack idea I had already wound my flat plastic spools and for now I am happy.  It all fits in my plastic DMC box (which is now full).

This is only for my 6 strand floss.  For my #5 Perle, I have undone and cut the skeins and looped them onto a large embroidery hoop.  I can just pull on a piece from the knot and it comes right out, just one strand.

The #8 and #12 Perle cotton comes in neat balls so I have not done anything with those except put them in a box propped up against the wall.  On the side is my (for now) small collection of silk ribbon.  I have more on the way, so I will have to figure out something to organize that.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PVC Embroidery Frame

In preparation for Kathy's online Basic CQ Class, I have made a PVC Embroidery Frame.  It is dual purpose, with a 12" x 12" hoop and a 12" x 17" hoop.  

I bought 15 feet of 1/2" PVC pipe and the various fittings at my local hardware store.  I ordered a bag of ten 4" snap clamps (to hold the fabric to the frame) from Amazon and they will be here Friday.  They are actually made and sold to hold fabric or plastic to PVC frames on greenhouses and other garden structures.  Who knew?

Thanks to Alice over at Alice's Ramblings for the materials list and instructions!  It took about 15 minutes to cut the PVC pipe and assemble the stand.  The red thing is my husband's handy dandy PVC pipe cutter.  Works like a charm. 

I used an acetone based paint clean up product to remove the labels and markings from the materials. Next time I will do the cleaning before assembly.  

I bought some extra parts to make a small hand held model that will use the same clamps.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Stitch Sampler Band

I have started this stitch sampler band.  I find that I am learning so many stitches and combinations and then I have trouble remembering them or where I learned them. With the band (thank you Sharon B. at Pintangle!!) I can refer to my band.  Most of the seam treatments in these three photos are from Allie Aller's Crazy Quilting book. I have the paper book but it is also included as a free E book with her excellent Craftsy class.

Take A Stitch Tuesday - #134 Fern Stitch

This is the first time I have posted for TAST.  Here is my example of Fern Stitch. So much fun!   This is on the stitch sampler band I have started, following Sharon B's example.  It is 6" wide.  The lengths are sewn together, backed, and then joined to the previously existing band.  I have been joining pieces that are about 24" long, but it would be easier to let the lengths accumulate for a while before backing them.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Shawkl's Crazy Quilting Basic Class

 I am really looking forward to this online class!  Here are my fabrics for my project. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Hankie Quilt with Crazy Quilting Embellishments

I got the idea to make a hankie quilt after my mother passed in 2011, and I found some hankies in her things, which included my grandmother's things.  I bought additional hankies on E-Bay, and also got really nice ones from a very nice lady on Free Cycle in Sonora, CA.

I had been looking around the web for a pattern and did find some, but the ones I preferred were the crazy style ones.  I was able to find an out of print book by Cindy Brick, Hanky-Panky Crazy Quilts, on Amazon that was exactly what I was looking for.  The method is very well explained.

The technique consists of using the corners of the hankies, arranging them first around the outside edges and working inward.  Then you can add a border, embellish and finish like a crazy quilt.

Here is what I have done so far:

Hankie corners pinned in place; the next step is to tack down with little stitches.

Below the border and lace have been added and some embroidery is done.  The green ribbon inside the lace is zig-zagged with polyester thread.  I stitched herringbone over it in white and you can't see the zig-zag.

My first spider web in the center.  Actually my second.  I did a practice web on a spare naked block.  Thank you, Kathy Shaw, for your Spider Web Tutorial !

Close ups of each quadrant, so far.  It is pretty busy, and some of the stitches are hard to see, but I think that if I keep the stitching on the darker side it will be okay.   I like the overall look.  

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Allie Aller's Crazy Quilting Class on Craftsy

I am a big fan of Craftsy, and when I saw this class, I had to get it right away.  I told myself I would not start until I got some of my UFO's out of the way, and the wait was torture!

Finally I got started.  I have been collecting fancy fabrics, threads and trims for a while and now have plenty (is there such a thing in the quilting world?

Allie instructed us in four different ways to make a crazy quilt block: Flip and Sew, Curved Flip & Sew, Freezer Paper Appliqué and finally Intuitive Appliqué.

The class was very complete and informative, and I probably watched it 10 times!   By the time I was able to start, I had a good feeling about it.

I cheated and started directly with fancy fabrics, instead of the suggested cotton, because I had made 5 or 6 flip and sew blocks from cotton while waiting to start  the class.  

Those will become pot holders, because in my haste and zeal I chose too many busy fabrics and the result was disastrous: you can't see any of the stitching.  Not that these first attempts at stitching were worth seeing...

Here is one of those:

 Finally, I was able to start the class:

Block 1: Straight flip and sew


Block 3: Freezer Paper Method - Fan Block

 Block 4: Intuitive Appliqué (in progress)

Finished quilt

Close ups of each embellished block :

Quilt Label.  I don't know why it will not stay horizontal; it was the correct orientation before I uploaded it from Aperture.  Anyway you get the idea of how I did it.  Printed from computer onto printable fabric sheets, then bordered with trim and embroidered on (herringbone stitch).