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So Beautiful

My friend Angela has been quilting her old embroideries and the latest one is quite stunning.  It was a cross stitched embroidery stitched by her late mother-in-law, so it held special memories.  She turned it, from an embroidered table runner

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To a stunning work of art by mounting it on a background and then quilting it.

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This is then an heirloom for future generations.  What a wonderful way of transforming a piece of embroidery.

Prototype 1

I thought that I would put some things into those soft baskets I made and have started with a coaster.  I might have over designed it and I think I will make a few adjustments to the pattern.

I started with the left over fabric that I had made the bags from and used insilbrite as the padded layer between the fabrics.

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I layered up my front, back and wadding, sewed around the shape I had selected and turned it through.  I used a 100 weight thread to sew the opening closed.  That part was straight forward.


Then I wanted a circle in the middle to make a kind of saucer for the mug.  To do this I made a couple of templates for the shapes.

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One I made a bit bigger and after applying visofix to the back of the fabric, cut out the shape.  I used a wadding with an adhesive on one side which was slightly smaller in size. 

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I then sewed a line of gathering stitches around my fabric and put the wadding inside this and pulled it up around the shape.

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After finding the centre of the coaster,

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I was able to press this in position, were it stuck because of the adhesive, and sew around the edge without it moving.

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I was going to use some of the left over quilted fabric to make a mock tea bag but I think this would drive me crazy.

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So It is just going to be used without that piece.

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Now to make the real ones.


New Quilting Book

I put the link for this book into my bookmarks some time ago and forgot about it but I found it again and bought myself an Ebook copy.

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Now I have lost the original link but it was an image of this quilt that got me interested.

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I don't need any more quilts but I would like to explore something like this, hence the purchase of the book.  I have also signed up for the newsletters as there are some really interesting titles there.

She uses a lot of Kaffe Fassett fabrics, who's designs I love but the base cloth they are printed on leave a lot to be desired.  Still, it's all about colour so here goes.  I think that I will start with some of the cards.

THEN I READ that you need to have a group that should meet once a month.  Oh Dear!! But thinking about it I think I have some friends who could be part of this journey and you are only supposed to meet once a month.  That could be a Zoom Meeting!!  Now I just have to convince them that this would be a good idea and I need some lessons is setting up Zoom meetings.

There is finishing and finishing

So, I have finished my 5 soft quilted baskets, although the things to put in them are still to be done.  Each basket is a different quilting design.

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The finishing of each basket took a bit of extra time.  I do not like how many instructions tell you to just machine stitch the opening in the bottom lining closed. 

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It is messy and not a good finish.  I always ladder stitch this opening to close it.

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To do this I use my normal sewing thread and an embroidery needle.

The other thing I like to do is catching the corners of the lining to the main fabric.  It really annoys me if that lining doesn't stay in place.   To do this I use a perle 8 thread and a thicker needle. 

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I start by making a quilter's knot in the end of the thread, some times I add an extra twist of thread on the needle so it will hold.

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I then trim this back.

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I line up my corners, that is the lining and the main fabric,

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and pull the thread through to the corner on the other side until it is firmly in place.

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Just below the fold I then make 2 back stitches.  You have to look for this stitching as it sort of disappears.


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to finish the thread I run my needle between the layers of fabric and cut it close to where I brought my needle out.

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I know it would have been a lot easier just to machine close that opening but taking time to finish a project is really worth the investment of time to give you a more professional finish.



I am working on quilting pieces to make project baskets.  There will be 5 baskets and each will feature a different quilting pattern.

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These are really labour intensive and I started the process at my stitchie weekend up at Toowoomba.  I thought that I would achieve a lot more on these than I have.

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Unreal expectations!

Still working on the dolls.  Have 12 sewn and stuffed and now need to add the faces and ears etc.  These are great little stress busters as I can knit them without thinking and then think when I have to do the finishing.

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I'm not sure how to knit these ears.

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And the pin cushions continue.

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Off for a stitchy weekend.

I am heading up to Toowoomba for a stitchy weekend.  I haven't been away for ages and I am really looking forward to it.  I will bring my car over to the island to pack up my sewing machine and all the other things I need to take.  Then back to the mainland for Friday night ready to hit the road early in the morning.  In that link you can see there are great things to do in Toowomba and I have just realised that next month will be the Carnival of Flowers and I will need to travel up again.

I am going to get nearly 2 days of stitching with no one asking me anything other than stitchy things.  I have a bundle of fabrics all picked out to take with me.

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I want to quilt 5 pieces to make Xmas presents for my teaching friends.  I have been practicing some new geometric patterns and I think that the 5 Projects I have in mind will take up all my time. Screen Shot 2022-08-21 at 8.51.30 am

The fabrics I am practicing on are all old manufacturers samples that I have hung onto for at least 30 years! Time to use them up and not just look at them.

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And, I am going out to breakfast with friends on the Sunday morning, something I haven't done for at least 2 years.

What a great way to mark the beginning of Spring?



Thinking about the Hexies

As I prepare all my hexies for a quilt I will make I keep thinking that I have no real idea of the pattern that I want to make it into.  Now I know I should have thought of that before I started and I did, kind of, but I have forgotten what I had planned and I think I have changed my mind about it anyway. 

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So now I am surfing away trawling to catch ideas of what other people have done.  Sue Briscoe has some great ideas, about all kind of things. on her blog.  There I found a report about the Toyko Quilt show back in 2015 and there is a great slide show you can watch of the quilts.  I would love to make this one, it isn't a hexi but it would have been paper pieced.

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And then there are these.

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It might be better if you just click on this link and be carried away like me.  If you like Sashiko Susan's is the blog where you can find it all.

An old book

I was looking for something else on my computer and found this book that I bought, some time ago.  (It is a digital copy)

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They might be called little pillows but they are pin cushions to me and they are small projects that I can complete quickly.  I am having so little success with my knitting that I need something to boost my confidence.  So, pincushion Number 1.....

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I bought the book on- line from Martingdales.

Mindfull or Mindless?

I'm not sure just what category stitching hexigons fits into, mindfull or mindless stitching?

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I know I have to be mindfull, that I place them on the straight of grain  and secure them so that they will not come undone.  But after a while the stitching becomes mindless, which has it's place in the scheme of thing.  Sometime we need to not think too deeply.  I have 100's of these to prepare.  Good for Guild Meetings where you like to chat and sew.

Trying to avert a disaster.

I made a hexigon quilt back when my daughter was still at school.  Every saturday I would watch her play soccer and hand stitch hexigons.  I forgot about how many I stitched and in the end had enough for a Queen sized quilt.  I had it on the bed in the guest bedroom and it has always been one of my favourties.

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When we sold the house I put it on my bed in the townhouse.  My daughter was living there doing her PHd at the time and unbeknown to me her dog, Chester, must have got into my room and slept on my bed.  Trouble is he didn't only sleep, he peed on my quilt.   I didn't discover this until last week when the weather turned cold and I got the quilt out to put on the bed  in town.  There was this terrible yellow stain on my quilt.

Chester has been dead for a few years now, so the quilt has sat in the draw 'fermenting'.  I brought it home to the island to try and rescue it.  I started with washing, no difference, then soaking, but, no difference, I added bleach, no difference.   Finally I made a paste of bleach and Sarb fabric stain remover and painted it onto the white fabric, not the floral.  Now, it hasn't taken all the stain out and if you look closely you can see it but I think I have saved the quilt.

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I didn't realise how attached to this quilt I am.  I had always thought of it being handed on as a heirloom and all that hand stitching!

I bet Chester is saying, "What me?"

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(Still love you Chester.)


Design Idea

I think this quilt by Wendy Williams is a great design concept for embroidery or quilting.  The background has been painted, the fish embroidered separately and then appliqued in position and then the cloth has been line quilted.

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Now this artist has used fish but you could use birds, or butterflies, or flowers in fact there are a so many other objects you could use to embroider on and then mount on a background like this.  I think I will use this concept to make a pillow cover.