Saturday, April 6, 2019

Slow and Steady...

So I'm slowly making progress on the house quilt.  I'm finding I don't have much time in the weekends of late so I'm squeezing in a bit of stitching where I can.  As a single window frame takes about 3-4 hours its slow going.  During the week I'm just mentally exhausted after work and the idea of rounding up bits seems like way too much effort.  I'm not capable of much more than picking something to watch on Netflix, so lazy!

I'm pleased with how the pink house is looking so far.  I'm still deciding what to do about the eaves of the roof.  I did layer two pieces of fabric there.  Its hard to see but there is an off white edging slipped under the black.  The original picture has small white dots within the black which would work, but I'm just not sure I like the white fabric edging.  So do I couch something thicker along there or maybe some small buttonhole stitches or something.    I can't take the white fabric out, well I could but it'd be a nightmare and probably end in tears.

I'm also still debating a dark edge around all the big pieces.  Close up it looks OK but looking at this photo that first house is definitely blending a little too nicely into the background.  Although that might be OK depending on how I stitch/quilt that sky. Ugh the decisions!! haha.

Haven't even made any buttons of late.  I have a few images to do, just haven't gotten the bits together to do them.  Thats a task for this weekend - getting the bits within reach, so I can just pick them up and make a start while the credits roll on Netflix haha.

Anyway thanks for stopping by and apologies for there not being a lot of progress on anything!



Saturday, March 2, 2019

More buttons...

I've been sick with a nasty cold this last week and haven't done any stitching, or much of anything really.  But I also didn't post the pictures of the buttons I'd made either.  So I do have some show and tell today.  Please note most of these aren't my designs, I've just been picking up images off the web that I either like or its a technique or style I'd like to have a go at.



Its quite funny how different they look being all the same size.  They're actually a mix of maybe 2cm right up for 4cm across.

Things I've learnt:

1.  I can't draw or cut a decent circle to save my life!!
2.  They definitely look better with a bit of padding under the fabric
3.  I still don't get the appeal of variegated thread
4.  I am intrigued by the idea of 3D stitching.  While the bear (or dog or whatever it is) didn't totally live up to expectations I do like the sticky out nature of the ears.  And the sitting off the fabric of the petals of the pink flower.  So I need to think up some more ideas to use that.  Maybe even try one of those hair embroideries that are around on the internet.
5.  I still love French knots but I think I like chain stitch a bit more than I did.  Will try to use it more.
6.  I should really think a bit more about it before using pure white fabric.  There is something to be said for an off white, cream or natural type colour fabric (IMO)
7.  Would like to say I've learnt how best actually make the buttons but I am still finding I have some where the back is quite bulky.  But as I'm only 20ish buttons in I am pretty sure I've still got some lessons to learn.

Hoping to spend some time on the house quilt this weekend but still not feeling that flash, so time will tell.

Oh!  I did get my curtains made.  Did I mentioned they're for peaked windows??  Well I even created a button especially for those curtains (the rude word one), I came across image on the web and it really spoke to me after I managed to cut one of the curtains out the wrong way.  I obviously cut one right side up and the other wrong side up, resulting in two curtains for the same side of the window.  Oh the language!!  But all fixed now and curtains are made and hung.

Thats all I have for now.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Raised Close Herringbone

This stitch was made for feathers I think. 🐓🐓🐓.  And leaves, but feathers are pretty cool and you don't need to pack the stitches in quite as tight if you are doing leaves.  


I've also finished sewing back up my DMC colour chart fabric book which I'm pleased about.  I've replaced the spine and the pages actually only a lot flatter as well.  I'm not 100% sure why the spine wasn't opening properly, but it is now.  So yay a good job done.





And thanks to getting all the new DMC colours the other week I even had the perfect red to do another window on my quilt project this weekend - nice!  In saying that I haven't finished the curtains that I'm supposed to be making but shhh don't tell anyone!  😊

Thanks for stopping by!