Monday, September 18, 2017

Terri Bay Workshop

I was in charge of the workshop for my local guild and we had a great time. Terri is a great teacher and I really learned a lot during this workshop. Here are some photos of the ladies who took the class:



Terri Bay is the one in the center with the finished square. I will post a photo of my work sometime this week.




Friday, September 15, 2017

A Mistake and Some Ripping Out

Well, I was happily stitching along on Catherine's Heart when I realized I had made a mistake.
 My center will not fit in as graphed! I am one thread off!!! What to do? I decided to rip the black tent stitch out and keep the center as it is graphed.
I will take time and add a line of backstitching along the rows of purple basketweave so as to make it pop. No one will notice in the long run and it  will look lovely with my other hearts.
Now on to basting for the Terri Bay workshop this weekend. Hope you have a great weekend!



Monday, September 11, 2017

Catherine's Heart

I know I should be working on my crazy blocks or Drawn Thread Sampler. But I really haven't felt like it. I have been eating instead which is not a good thing. So I decided to give myself permission to start a new project that is not on any of my to do lists.  This is the one I decided to do: Catherine's Purple Heart by Gay Ann Rogers.
 I have outlined it and started on the tent stitch. Next up is a little color!
I will work on my blocks, DTS and the other projects I have, but right now I need a project that speaks to me. Do you know what I mean?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

WIP Drawn Thread Sampler

First, thank you Pamela for the idea for making my blocks into a quilt. I think my library has a log cabin book which talks about making wonky blocks...It might help too. Please remember, I really don't sew or quilt much so things lining up is a bit of a challenge for me.

Speaking of things lining up, I made a mistake counting a row of my sampler:

 It is hard to see in the above photo, but can you see it below?

I decided not to rip the row out. Why? I noticed that some of the threads I wrapped were thin and I am afraid of breaking them. Yes, I could repair it, but I don't think it is worth the effort. I think I can get a mat to cover the mistake.
What about you? Would you rip it out or leave it?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Block 1 Finished

First, my daughter asked if I was making these blocks into a real quilt. When I said I had hoped to make postcards, she was sad. She has been pestering about a crazy quilt for years. So now I am not sure how I am finishing these....
If I was going to mail them, I would mount the block on card stock and take another piece of card stock and glue them together. The block would need some sort of edging, but I have done something similar. Although I could add fabric to the back and mail it. I would need to play with it.
Here is where I left block 1 in July:

 All the beads add a lot of texture.

How would I sew them together as I did not make perfect rectangles?

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Just Needs to be Documented

I need to write all the threads and stitches that I used along with the beads. I really am not sure I can keep track of this project. But at least I am using stuff from my massive stash.
Here is the photo of it stitched:

 I added a few more stitches before I added beads and buttons:
Now I need to trim it, back it with cardstock and have it ready to mail. I need to take some notes too.
I am beading the first postcard and hope to finish before the end of the week. Fingers crossed!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Reptiles in August

I did work on this piece a little this month. It will take me forever to finish, but I do enjoy working on it.
Here is where I left off in July:
Here is where I am today.

The photo is bad, but I can see progress.