Posts Tagged ‘embroidery’


27.2 Hand Embroidery Work Progress

September 3, 2012

Still getting good comments about my quilting progress. And I wouldn’t say healed exactly, but, getting better, mostly stronger every day I do not deal with the issue that caused me grief a few weeks ago.



I have since bound fully the 2 quilts from last weekend’s post, but I have seemed to misplaced my millner’s needles that I use all the time for applique & binding.

Since I realized this on Sunday morning (LQS closed Sunday & Monday for Labor Day), I haven’t gone out to purchase & finish those projects displayed last week.


Our guild pizza box, a personal BOM that each member is doing.  If you’re late to the game, each member decided their own BOM and we’re passing it along the members that are participating.

We have about 12 ladies doing the Pizza box, and 5 of those are hand embroidery work!  I think one is applique (haven’t gotten to it yet), none are paper piecing (I should have done that myself), and several are specific blocks.

The reason so many are embroidery is complicated & simple. Our Ruby Stitchers group is our Applique Society group, and is going really strong. I don’t attend myself, but I do enjoy the art of applique, embroidery & handwork, but making the meetings would be another hard thing for me personally. So I’d consider joining.

Also, our Local Quilt Show is very active in embroidery, and particularly twilling, something that they have lots of supplies & experience in making quilts with the redwork right there on the quilts!

Also, the lady who organized the pizza swap was one who showed us all an example. Her embroidery example.  Which, I believe, sparked a whole lot of people to say – “ooh, I’d like to do that, that sounds really neet. good idea.”

So we have over a third of the pizza boxes are hand embroidery.

Which I like, but when can I sew blocks together.

Also several members doing hand embroidery for their blocks were put on the list one right after the other because of late sign up to the list. And as such, a plethera of embroidery is happening here.

I have personally done 3 out of the 5 embroidery blocks, and the 4th one is coming my way during the month of September. (will have the new assignment on sept 11th)

So here’s a post that shows them all together.

The first one was for the quilter who designed the swap & organized it.  I had downloaded the pattern over 2 years ago and was just itching to use it in a block somewhere.

The quilter really loves pinks, purples and these colors so I kept to that theme.  I think this turned out really rather nicely!  I received this block in May.

The premise was that the blocks were done by the quilter giving out the challenge, with stabilizer on the back.  And we were supposed to embroider something including our name & location.  So I didn’t get to chose the block color on any of these, except to pick out of the premade blocks my favorites.

The next one uses batiks.

She had lots of drawings of bugs, animals, and seemed to want a nature themed block.

I loved this owl I saw, even though it took me a while to find it (on a free coloring book picture I think). Of course now I kinda wish I had done a swan, because owls are somewhat overused.

But this quilter is smart, willing to work for the guild, and a new member. The owl is likely to be the only one of its kind, which I sorta like too.  I received this block in July.

The last one I’ve had the privilege to work on is for one of our oldest members.

She does a superior job quilting, her quilt won the largest quilt category with her pralines & creme quilt from the tucks and textures quilt book, which she all did by hand with the help of another lady in the guild.

I should have whitened up this picture like I did the last two, the background is white, not grey.

This quilter is classic, does fantastic handwork, and she is so elegant that all I could think of with her was the word, “rose”. So I had to make sure I found an embroidery of a rose. Then substituted a rose in the corner piece as well.

Here’s a picture of all three embroidery pieces together in a mosaic.

 1. bommaydh, 2. bomjulydb, 3. bomaugal

Three different styles.  A lot of handwork & time.

Here’s to 2 more blocks in the future!


26.3 A little rest from the heat

June 21, 2012

SINCE this past weekend we’re having AC problems and problems with phone tag with landlords, and landlord in the ICU of the hospital (please send good wishes/prayers his way), and generally misery in the main part of my house most of the time.

Until today.

And TODAY ONLY it appears looking at the projected temperatures of the upcoming weekend.

Finally the temp inside my house has broke below 85. Before this week I forgot how stressful, headache causing, nauseating, and draining just sitting in that sweltering heat can become. 83 now seems “cool” inside. Tolerable.

Which thanks to a single day cool front has lowered temps quite a bit for one afternoon.

So I’m enjoying today, and telling you that until the AC is fixed, I don’t have any energy/desire to post/podcast/ or do anything cooking / sewing / blogging related. Pretty much don’t want to do anything except give a weather report of the inside of my own house and sometimes have the energy to read back through other people’s tweets.

And drink water / tea. lots of drink.

And the one day I actually went away to a) sew, and b) get away from this mess of a house, was the one day that there was a possible connection & time for the person to come look at (and possibly fix) the AC. And I wasn’t home. Figures. Sux.

What makes it worse is that at work I am near several several machines that run at 100-300 degrees all the time and our lab re instituted that we all always have to wear lab coats even though the samples we deal with are all contained in vials with caps. Last summer I could periodically at least walk around without the lab coat for a while. Hot at home. Hot at work. No escape lately except for sleeping.

But today … cool …


Sunday morning I finished the last of my embroidered pieces on my periodic table quilt while I was out of town.

The group names of the periodic table for which I plan to applique a single hexagon to the side as a key to the groupings.

I will also have to cut up these names and rearrange them so that they can be appliqued to the front of the quilt top.

Here’s a slightly closer picture showing some of the variegation and the different color shades of threads I stitched together.

I tried to be random for which sides got which color grouping, and I tried to pair a light strand with a dark strand.

I already miss the easier portability of this embroidery, as I currently have the rest of the quilt top back in my purse, sewing down the one trim that I decided to use (well it’s probably getting paired with a 2nd trim outside of this).

Here’s the trim I chose. A round ric rac style of trim.

I am/was/am/maybe pairing this trim with another black trim that has spiraled gold pieces. If I do decide to put the 2nd trim on the quilt, it will lay over the top of the ric rac of the trim and be on the outside of the diagram. Double layer would be double work tho.

I DO NOT like the pins I have to use to keep the trim on while it’s in my purse. Because I fold this quilt up into a ball (or sometimes fold it) to move it around and then the pins poke back out at me.

Earlier I mitigated that problem with roxanne’s glue, but this time, I don’t want to use that glue to tack the trim down.

And I am appliqueing this trim down through the narrow gaps in the trim (provided already) and doing it all by hand so that the applique stitches aren’t really showing up at all! 😉

The only other piecing I’m doing right now is some paper piecing on my dancing ribbons quilt. This has 18 pieces for the circle, and today I realized I am one piece shy of having 9 done. But here’s a picture of 7 I took earlier today.

As you may see that the paper is still on the back and will be until these things are sewn together in a big ol circle.  So I’m not exactly half done (there are other parts to the outside as well) but I am pretty well close.

These blocks are mindless and it’s fun to think of the end result, even if all it is, folding, cutting, pinning, sewing clipping threads, ironing, repeat. And each ‘block’ has so many little pieces.

Two things of note here:

Now my dark purple is too dark but since I ripped out 2 blocks for the dark blue background, I am not ripping the blocks again, the dark purple will just have to stay dark.

And this picture shows a lot more ‘yellowing’ than what the colors actually are. Problem with not using a flash earlier and the ambient light etc.

These strips actually alternate with 9 other strips that haven’t been sewn yet.

Mind numbing. But this will be great when done. But I couldn’t paper piece 8 hours a day for several days straight w/o going a little nutzo.  (hmm, gretchen, familiar?)

Anyway, I don’t know when my AC will be back to normal and I can stop obsessing about the temperature in my house. I don’t know how long it will be until I have another perfectly perfect day to be able to sew or come talk to you again.

So if it’s a while, stay safe, drink lotsa water!


6.1 The Home Sewing Front

May 2, 2010

Here are pictures from the Home Sewing Front

Kelley from the Pioneer Quilter has issued a May Mayhem challenge which I am taking. Kelley wants us to quilt 15 minutes every day in May.

I had to practice for about a week to make sure I could discipline myself in quilting every day. Brye asked Kelley if we had to sew every day or we could double up one day instead. Kelley responded that she wasn’t going to sit in our living rooms, but progress was progress.

So I came up with the Drill Sergent idea:
“Okay you quilting scum. Get out the needle and give me fifteen stitches! Don’t even think about putting down that project, you still have 10 minutes left, you filthy maggots!”

Image courtesy of wikipedia

Here are my May Goals for May Mayhem (found in big tent Brye Lynn’s subgroup)

1) Finish the embroidery for quilt guild (two small 15 minute sessions should knock this out)
2) Complete the tote bag in time for the swap deadline
3) Finish fans on quilt, cut and applique corners down
4) Get an idea on quilting pattern for the fan quilt (perhaps trace it down & deciding backing fabric for it)
5) Cut out and finish one more applique piece for the sunflower quilt
6) Find another hand project for work (only if #5 is done).
7) Craft more podcasts in May than in April. Oops!

Guess What?  While waiting for Audacity and Podbean I found two sessions of 15 minutes in the past few days to finish goal #1!

Progress on April 24th

A couple of long sewing sessions – one watching television, and one sitting on my newly cleaned off porch got me mostly finished by yesterday afternoon.  Here is the finish!

Next project!