Monday, August 22, 2016

New Fabric and Quilt Project

While we were out and about a couple of weekends ago, I decided to stop by Hobby Lobby. And am I ever glad I did! They had lots of new Christmas fabrics out. Below are the ones I purchased along with some muslin backing.

The tree and plaid homespun fabric on the right are pretty by themselves. I didn't want to cut them so I just added some of the green homespun around the edges to create a border. The tree side is the quilt top and the plaid will be the backing. I have shown a full length and closeup image of both sides below. I spent about six hours cutting, sewing and pressing the border to both sides and getting them spray basted to the batting.

Below, I am showing the quilt patterns I am going to use on this pretty Christmas quilt. The quilt is on the hoop stand with some of the quilt pieces pinned to it. I hope to start quilting by the end of the day.

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Images of the Finished Winter Cabins Quilt are Available

I finished the Winter Cabins quilt a couple of weeks ago. I finally had a few minutes to upload images at the following link: Thanks for dropping by to see those.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Print and Quilt Lessons

This lesson is way overdue. I'm so sorry. Now that I'm almost finished with the Winter Cabins quilt, I thought I'd try to get a quick lesson posted for you.

This is really very simple and it's so much easier than tracing or using a chalk pounce. I've only used this technique for hand quilting. I'd love to see if you're able to use it for free motion quilting on your sewing machine.

  1. Select your quilt design and print it. Cut it to the size you need. This is a border design, so I cut it to three inches wide for my border size, then cut it to the original length. Obviously, I had to print several of these in order to quilt the entire border.

2. Crumble the paper as shown above. I do this two or three times so it will be very pliable for quilting.

3. When you open the paper, it's very wrinkled. That's good! This makes it move as easily as your fabric.

4. Pin the wrinkled paper to the quilt and quilt.

5. Quilt over the paper.

6. Gently pull the paper off to reveal your hand-quilted design.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Spring To do List is Finished

Well, we survived our end of spring chores. I have some pictures and details about our [mostly] outdoor projects at the following link: I'll talk to you as soon as I can after I have my surgery at the end of the month. I hope you're all doing well.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Busy Life in Spring and Summer

Hi! How have all of you been doing? I just wrote a blog post about spring life on my Sew Practical blog. It's not exciting but at least you'll have an idea about why my blog posts have slowed down for the spring/summer. Ü  I'd love to hear how you all are doing!

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Everything is Possible with God cross stitch is finished

Below is the finished cross stitch project from our cross stitch class. I'm not sure yet if I will keep it in the hoop or remove it for framing. Thanks for dropping by to see!



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Monday, February 8, 2016

Cross Stitch Lesson 4: Final Lesson - Changing Colors, Start and End Back Stitches and French Knots

Today will be our fourth and final cross stitch lesson.Here is the link to view all of the Cross Stitch Lessons: From time to time, I may have a refresher course with my own pattern or cross stitch chart that I have created or a free pattern that I come across. I will also upload photos when I finish this particular project.

Today's lesson will involve changing colors and adding the same color when you need to continue a series of stitches.  We will also go over how to start and end back stitches and French knots. I have lots of pictures that will, hopefully, serve as a helpful guide.

1. Above, my last two strands of medium blue ran out so I had to finish the medium blue cross stitch series with two new strands of medium blue floss. I simply ran the needle and floss under the stitches that were already in place. The stitches will hold the floss tail on the new strand instead of having to stitch over the floss tail like we did in Cross Stitch Lesson 3. It's very similar to ending a series of stitches. Remember, we do this so we don't have to knot the floss.

2. As you can see, a new color can be started the same way as adding the same color by running the thread under a row of stitches that are already on the canvas. The only exceptions would be if the stitches on the canvas are too light to conceal the new color on the front of the canvas OR if the new color on the design you will cross stitch is not near a row of stitches of the previous design you cross stitched. If you run into one of these two exceptions, refer to numbers 4 - 6 in Cross Stitch Lesson 3.  

3. Most back stitches will outline a design you cross stitched and will call for only one strand. The tail can be run behind a row of stitches for outlining just like we did in the two steps above. Remember, I provided links to my back stitch and French knot videos in Cross Stitch Lesson 2. Just ignore my instructions to knot the floss! I'm still not sure where my head was in those videos. Ü

4. Not all back stitching involves stitching from the beginning to the end of the same square. Often, it will involve skipping squares as you see above - and especially in outlining situations. Just follow your chart carefully.

5. Back stitching letters usually requires two strands of floss. Stitches should start and end with each letter. That will eliminate floss showing through on the front side by crossing a blank canvas to start the new letter. 

a. As you can see, for each letter, leave a tail. Back stitching over the tail is a little trickier that cross stitching over a tail. I try to come up on one side of the tail on the back and cross the tail as I pull the needle and floss from the back to the front. I hope to have a video of this soon. It's impossible to capture this process in photos. When that is ready, I will post it in the Cross Stitch Lessons label for you.

b. To hold the floss after the letter has been back stitched onto the canvas, loop the thread through the back stitches a couple of times so as to secure the floss and stitches. Cut the floss before starting the new letter.

6. French knots are the only knots allowed in cross stitch and are typically used as periods, to dot i's or j's, as berries or as a splash of color or detail within a set of cross stitches. Because of this, you can use stitches already in place to anchor a floss tail before making your French knot. End the French knot by pulling floss through the same strip of stitches you used to anchor the tail. Refer to my video in Cross Stitch Lesson 2 in the link provided in number 3 above to learn how to make a French knot.

Below are some additional images I thought I would include so you can see how well the project progressed.


Front and back of a new letter.

Roof is cross stitched on and two full words are back stitched on.

I finished the day's cross stitching by outlining the roof and sides of the church with back stitches. I also got a picture of  the back to show you how neat it looks as well.

I hope you have found these cross stitch lessons to be helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. I will return in a couple of weeks or so with new free craft lessons on a new subject.

Have a nice day!