Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Finish....

Two good things I learned while doing my CQ sampler.

  1. Make sure your block has some kind of defined border that is nice and straight....not all over the place like mine was.
  2. Leave at least half an inch of clear space around the edge...no beads, no embroidery...nothing! 
Why?...because you are really not going to have a great time trying to finish it off nicely.

After cutting the edge very neatly.....I'm such a fibber:).....I had nothing to put a binding on so I sort of cheated. First I cut some heavy pellon about 1/2 inches larger that what I was left with and placed my block on that. I stared at it for awhile.

Then I roughly cut some backing material from a scrap I had.  I lay my pellon/block bit on top.

Not bad...I took off the block and folded the fabric over the pellon like I was wrapping a gift.


I then pinned it nicely and carefully basted it so that no stitches could be seen on the back. I closed the mitered edges with a invisible ladder stitch.


I found a small lace edging that matched the fabric and basted that on the raw edge of the block...voila.
 
Now all I need a some gimp edging to put over the outside edge of the lace and finish it off nicely.

Phew.....I have learned my lesson and will be careful when doing my CQ blocks in future :)

Take care. 




WIP........


More about my crazy quilting sampler on line class with Kathy Shaw.

I'm finding that the silk ribbon embroidery is not my forte.  It looks pretty though. Anyone who can master it rocks in my books...LOL I would say it takes lots of practice to get it right.

I found it was very difficult to keep the soft integrity of the silk ribbon while pulling it through the two layers of fabric. Pliers were needed when doing the vine. Bad planning on my part. A lot of my leaves are over areas where the seams meet and there are four layers of fabric. Ah well this is how you learn stuff...what not to do.....right?

We have now been introduced to Fly Stitch Roses and French Knot Wraps....eeeek !!

Thank goodness there are videos.

I'm posting the videos here so I can find them again. Also you might like to give SRE a try.

Fly Stitch Rose

French Knot Rose
 
Rosebud Made With French Knot and Beads

Twirled Ribbon Rose.....

Anyway, here is my effort. I think I may be done with this. I'll finish the edges and put it in my stitch diary book for further reference. I've learned quite a bit from this class and I'm considering taking Kathy's intermediate class when she offers it.


If you're interested in cloth doll making, I have also started a new class with Angela Jarecki called The Traveler: Anya and Baba. You can find out what I'm up to over here.

I'm joining up today with The Needle & Thread Network...come on over and see what my fellow Canadians are up to.

Take care:)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I was planning to show you further progress on my crazy quilt sampler today but things didn't go as planned. I need a certain width of green silk ribbon for the embroidery. I went to my favourite store and they had none in stock. I did buy some sequins and beads but alas no ribbon.

I also had to go to my dentist on Monday for my checkup :( All did not go well and I had to go back today for an extraction of a very BIG back tooth. While it was a painless procedure and only took about twenty minutes I think I will be feeling it once the freezing disappears. My dentist had one heck of a time getting it out.....I'm sure I heard a few mumbled swear words....LOL

I wasn't idle today though. I had this small piece of cotton that was part of a fat quarter bundle. It's very pretty but I really didn't think I could use it as it is.


I cut a small corner off the piece as I decided to fussy cute some of it just to see it I could use the motifs for anything. To add a little more body I used some Wonder-Under and fused a piece of plain fabric to the back. Then I mod podged the whole piece of fabric as well. I know.... pretty weird but it really changes the whole texture of the fabric. I then cut out the butterflies and dragonflies with small sharp scissors. 

The edges still frayed a bit because the cotton was very thin. Also, you can see in the picture below that the top left butterfly has a white edge that I didn't think was very attractive. As an experiment I used some Lumiere in Halo Violet Gold and slightly dabbed the paint on the edge of each butterfly. See the butterflies on the bottom and top right. Now the white edges can't be seen, there is no further fraying and there is a wee bit of glitter.


Now I have a bunch of kinky butterflies and dragonflies to use as embellishments :)

I managed to get some paint on the bodies of a few of the butterflies as I didn't realize I had some paint on my fingers....ooops. No harm done though:)

You could also add some crystals, seed beads or maybe some French knots here and there.


Tomorrow I'm going to another store that I do know has the right size of green silk ribbon I need. This time I called ahead. They have six shades of green so I'm spoiled for choice. It's a store for Cross Stitchers that has quite a selection of threads too:)

Take care.




Thursday, April 3, 2014

WIP

Well my sampler block for the online crazy quilting class I'm taking with Kathy Shaw is starting to fill up. I've done almost all the steps except the ribbon embroidery.
I remember doing silk ribbon embroidery years ago when Brazilian embroidery was a big fad. Silk ribbon is not easy to handle. It takes a light hand, patience and practice but the results are very pretty.

I really love the work of Di van Niekerk. She does such lovely work and she makes it look so easy. Kathy posted a link to Di's YouTube video on doing the iris stitch and I thought I'd share too.


Also here is her video on spiderweb roses...they are often used in crazy quilting....


Di van Niekerk has other videos if you are interested....here. 

Til next time.....

Take care:)

Added:
A great source for embroidery stitching how to's is Mary Corbet's videos which you came find ...here.




Thursday, March 27, 2014

Plan B....C....and perhaps D :)

I was looking through my stash of stuff this morning and I found some dodads for want of a better name:) They are really ancient as they belonged to my mum. I believe they were for lingerie. I put two together and they sort of look like a butterfly don't they? Too big in scale for what I'm doing but maybe a future embellishment on something.


I fussy cut some flowers off some lace I had and then dyed them various colours just too see how they would turn out. They're still wet here and will dry a paler colour....hopefully :)


I used strong colours when I did the embroidery on my block so I think my embellishments need to have some depth as well. I can't wimp out and do pastels.

I cut the lace bits some more and made a motif....of sorts :)



I took the metal butterfly and painted it black as an experiment. I then covered the back with some orange/ yellow fabric. It turned out quite good.

Hmm...I can see a few small spots I missed...need to touch it up a bit...

I've pinned it in place for the moment and I'll look at it for a couple of days to see what I think.


I think I need some bees in this garden......:)

Take care.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

WIP.....

I have done all the seam treatments except one on my block for Kathy Shaw's class on Crazy Quilting. The final seam will have ribbon flowers and leaves which we will get "how to" info on hopefully soon.

It's snowing here today so no light for a decent picture.

I'm supposed to add lace motifs now to a few spots here and there but as yet I haven't done that step. I haven't got any lace motifs....ha ha. I couldn't find any that I liked in the right size. I checked out some sites on line but the cost for shipping three or four little lace thingies was twice the actual cost of them. I'm too cheap:)

So I guess I'll have to go with a plan "B". 

After we do the sik ribbon stuff we will be doing beading and adding some charms. I have a few that I might use. Then again maybe not. I like the dragonfly but not in silver so much.

So that's where I am with this block.

On my other seasonal wall hanging crazy quilt project I had a rethink about the fabrics I was using for Summer. Not enough variety in colour and that butterfly bit had to go. What was I thinking? So I'm making a new block which I will show you soon:)

I'll be back soon.

I'm linking up today with Needlework Tuesday.





I'm also joining up with the Needle & Thread Network as I  haven't done so in a while. I'm not a traditional quilter but I figure when I do participate at TN&TN  it's to bring something different into the mix whether it's about my doll making or now my new venture into crazy quilting.

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Take care:) 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Crazy Quliting Class....

Kathy has very kindly allowed us to post a picture of the finished block we are working on. This is what it should look like.....when it's finished.


I bought a few metal charms at Michael's but I still need to get a few lacy motifs. We have covered creating and planing a block, seam treatments and the use of templates. The seam treatments are very basic but are very pretty. I really like the row of flowers at the top left corner.

Now to get stitching:)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Crazy Quilting Class......

I enrolled in the free quilting class with Kathy Shaw of Shawkl. There are 62 participants which is quite a lot.

Our first step was to make a neutral coloured block according to a block pattern that Kathy gave us. That way we are all working on the same setup as the seam treatment is going to be specific to the block.

I didn't want to buy any new fabrics so I used what I had in my stash. Sorry for the poor quality pictures but my little camera just wouldn't take good pictures. The light was just too wrong today.
 
This is as neutral as I could get:)

 

I finally bought myself a Q-Snap frame from Sew Sisters. It was about $20.00 CAD which was considerably cheaper that some I had seen offered online.

I went to the store to buy it and I was very very good...only 8 fat quarters came home with me.

Wow....you really need muscles to get the frame clip thingies off and on again though......LOL  It's fabulous. I don't know why I didn't buy one long ago.


We will be introducing colour into the block by using various threads and silk ribbon. I'm really looking forward to that part. Hopefully I can get better pictures next time.

Take care:)

Friday, March 7, 2014

My Spring Block......

I went with bright greens and yellows as they just seemed to make me think of spring.....bright sunshine and new green growth.

The smaller sized block was much easier to deal with as the embellishments were just little snippets instead of major productions:)

At first I got out all my yellow and green trims and beads but then I realized that it was all wrong and very boring. I had some pretty variegated pinky peachy DMC embroidery thread that I won from So September in October 2012. I made some little "flowers" with some iffy (don't look too close) French knots and that was it. Away I went:)

By the way, if you want a few ideas on how to couch rick rack and ribbon, Corinne at So September has just done two tutorials recently that you might find interesting.....here and here.

I made a cardboard window frame of sorts so you can see what it will look like once I bind it. I stole this idea from my buddy Vee over at The "Bearister" Bookcase. She made one so she could pick out areas on her white work for her pin pillows. I thought it was a brilliant idea:)

I have no idea how to describe my crazy quilting style...it's different from what I see in Bloggerland. I haven't learned the "rools" yet.

Lean to the left to view:)


Forget me whats.




The flowers are all different...don't look

I really really REALLY need to practice some embroidery stitches. I've been doing cross stitch so much that I've gotten out of the way of doing other stitching.

The next block is Summer.....sun, bright colours, buzzing bees...no snow...no freezing temps...heat:) 

Asian lilies in my garden... summer 2013.

I'll leave you with that image.

Take care:)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Shrove Tuesday......


Don't forget to put on your apron and your bonnet and toss those pancakes in the time old tradition of Onley, Buckinghamshire where they have been pancake racing for 569 years.

You can't say you don't learn daft stuff on this blog can you:)

I'm trying out a new pancake recipe this year...oatmeal pancakes. They are the recipe for the month of February on my calendar. I've been staring at them for 28 days.

Take care:)

WIP.......


Some news.

Kathy Shaw of Shawkl Designs is offering a free beginners class in crazy quilting. The sign up is open until March 6th. If you're interested you can find out more over on her blog.

Kathy's blog link.........here

I decided to do some hexagons in quilters cottons for my crazy quilting wall hanging. I do have a plan in mind...honest:)

I'm also doing a project that requires this.....


Take care.

I'm joining up with Needlework Tuesday :)

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