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~Winston Churchill~

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Update on my stitching roll

I felt like I was making good progress until I hit the centers of the sun flowers. The instructions said I could put as many french knots as I wanted and well I wanted and they take time and lots of floss.

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They gave all the more appreciation for the sheep people stitch where the fleece is nothing but french knots...whew what a lot of work.

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Tonight I want to start on the bottom section - the instructions call it the "lace".

Monday, February 17, 2014

My adventures in paper piecing

So I have been working a quilt from the She Who Sews panel.  It has 15 squares and I want a square quilt not so oblong.  
So I thought I would add a square to make it more like this.

Which as you can see in the bottom left my start to making a paper pieced square.

Here are some of my experiences with paper piecing...never cut until it is ironed in place, yeas shortening the stitch makes the paper perf better but it becomes harder to undo stitches.  Uses up scraps, makes a bloody mess.

So in the end I will not be using the paper pieced block, but instead will make 15 more blocks to checker board the panels with...


As soon as I can I will link to the blog that I used the paper piecing pattern from.  She had some wonderful tutorials and I think maybe I bite off too much for a newbie to paper piecing.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Update on my little stitching roll

Working on this while watching the Olympics...

Monday, February 10, 2014


I've fell victim to a pin on pinterest and started a new UFO.  Because I don't seem to have enough of them in my life. 

I stumbled on this website and bought this little stitching roll pattern.

So spent about an hour prepping fabric and tracing the design on Saturday while the hubs was at work.
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Then on Sunday morning, while I let the hubs sleep in (until 10!) which is crazy at our house where we are usually up and at 'em by 7 am, I worked on coloring in (tinting) the pattern.

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I had a the movie "The Bishop's Wife" playing on my ipad while I colored.  Totally great way to start the day!

Last night I started on the stitching but didn't get very far but will keep you posted.