Catching Up, Part 4 – Whew!

I had hoped that this catch up post would show the entire front being done but alas, it is not nearly.  Busy times here so I’ll take what I can get.


Embroidery is done!  Each satin stitch section took over 3 hours!  I’ve watched/listened to many podcasts and Bones episodes to get through these.  Wow, so time consuming but they are really beautiful so the hours have paid off.

My bf and I spent some time together auditioning various solids and both agreed that light green will be a good color for the hand quilted border that will surround all this.  That bottom center square is the shade.  Hopefully it’ll be a nice addition.  Will be shopping for that tomorrow.

Speaking of nice, this particular bouquet of fresh flowers (Iowa brings me flowers almost every week – he’s a catch, folks!) are so nice I took a photo.  The vase is new to me – my Mom gave it to me as she downsizes for an upcoming move.  Lovely, right?


Happy Spring, folks!

Catching Up, Part 3

This weekend, I tackled the ‘on point’ squares so I could finish up week 4 “Applique”.  Here they are laid out but unattached (I have yet to fully complete week 2’s embroidery and I fear unwieldiness if I add these on before it’s done).


In context:


Getting colorful, right?  It leaves me a bit unsure how to proceed with the next round which is a solid. Do I stick with white or add another round of that deep blue? Or even lavender or green? Thankfully I have a few more days to figure this out as I’m only halfway done with the embroidery.

I did 4 of the gems this weekend.  They are uber-time consuming so it’ll be at least next weekend before they are finally done.  Still, they came out well enough.

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Also added in a few new fabrics for the on point squares – favorites that matched.  Why not?  Fish!

And some leftover Mushmouth fabric (the lining fabric):


In sum, I LOVED making the on point squares.  They are like magic.  The instructions were very clear – thankfully – because they were not intuitive to me at all.  I just followed along and, boom, they turned out great.  So pleased.  Fast and beautiful and flashy technique. I’ll definitely be doing this again.

More soon…

Catching Up, Part 2

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy your green.

Behold, the fruits of Sunday and last night.  As you can see, I still have to do some embroidery but at least the English paper piecing section is on.  My work is imperfect but close enough for jazz.  Me likey.


Loving the colors. Really LOVE that bold robin’s egg blue – did not expect to like that so much (although to be fair it’s the color of my living room, albeit a darker shade of it).  I’m going to have to incorporate that more.

I also spent last night having a little fun.  I needed a creative escape so I started piecing together some scraps for part of the back.  The back will be a lot of big pieces but I wanted to use up some of the scraps and I love to improv.  Here’s where I am after a couple hours of play:


It’ll look great in some real lighting. I took this at 10p so… Loving the colors.  Fun!  More soon.

Catching up, Part 1

The Handstitched Class quilt project is moving forward but to be honest, I am very behind the appointed schedule.  Life happened and thus I am now working to both move forward while also tying up the loose ends of prior lessons.  The past four lessons have covered reverse applique, applique, English paper piecing and embroidery.  I’ve done big bits of each assignment but ultimately I am stopped from starting the last lesson – hand quilting – because I have not finished the quilt front, much less piecing a back – ack!

So, I’m catching up.  Here’s what I accomplished this past Saturday.

This week’s lesson was all about applique.  She covered 3 techniques – I only had time to try the one we used for the quilt (hopefully I can try the others later – we’ll see!).  I’ve done some needle turn applique before but never fusible interfacing applique.  Talk about easy.  I love this technique and I immediately saw it as a way to fix my ripped up ‘upstate’ jeans without using those boring store bought patches.  So many possibilities with this technique!  Fun.

For the quilt, we were making several of the same block.  These blocks mimic the Reverse Applique feature block.


As you can see, the fabric I chose for the blossom motif is a busy print.  The needlework edging doesn’t really pop in any way due to that – oh well.  I tried both deep blue floss and the lavender I ultimately went with.  I think it looks great albeit subtle.  Plus – bonus! – having it blend left room for learning how to do this and not having it look crazy neat all the time.  Always nice for a new technique.  Still, I did a pretty good job – close up:


The next part of this assignment are some on point squares, sewn to present like diamonds.  I cut those fabrics (and also made the corner 4 point square blocks) but stopped there to jump back to an even earlier unfinished piece I hope to wrap up tonight.  More on that later.  For now, Saturday’s progress:


More soon as Catch Up Week continues!

English Paper Piecing Project – done (for the most part)

Well, after a weekend of hauling ass, the Craft Nook Sweatshop is officially closed. Which is good because my hands and arms are so tired, it is even difficult typing this.  I plan an evening off tomorrow.  But for now, I’ve finished up the EPP squares and here they are pre-trimming (I am just too tired to trim tonight – how sad is that?)


Close ups of each:

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You’ll recall that my plan was to swap the gold triangles for purple which I did do but decided my original idea was better.  As you can see….


While the purple acts as a unifier for the four blocks, it’s a bit pandering – it doesn’t really work for the block itself, so, I swapped it back (another hour added to project).

I learned a lot doing this technique.  Matching the points got better as I went along but ultimately I had to do a lot of fussy sewing – some of those joins are actually four seams along the bottom each going point to edge so each section would join up and line up properly.  The only thing I feel I did not master was the edges.  Some of those are going to be truly difficult to join to the next piece because of reduced seam allowances.  I think I was trimming too much off the points before I joined in an effort to reduce fabric – I’m going to revisit that next time I do this technique but for now, I am IN LOVE with these color combinations and think these will look fantastic in the quilt… which is still in sections for now, but it’s slowly getting there. Off to watch TV and not use my arms for the rest of the night.  So exhausted!


IMG_0833My plan to pop in some color  to the quilt is coming out very monochromatic and similar to what’s already dominant in the quilt!  Think I’ll swap out the yellow for some purple. Hmm.

This is why these projects take me more time.  I often have to see stuff before I can decide if it’s what I wanted or not.  I’m starting to remember that this is my process at least so I  don’t get bummed when I have to swap things out (or at least not as much – work in progress like everything else.)

Getting a hang of the new technique.  A few glitches (like when I tried to sew on the smaller fabrics to the larger templates – I was convinced I cut the wrong size triangles for an hour until I looked over my supplies LOL) but getting it together.  Gonna take a few of these basting pieces upstate with me. I see why so many like these hexi projects – this is sort of addicting….

For now, off to work.  And it’s Tibetan New Year – Year of the Wood Sheep – so perhaps I should say Happy N’ewe Year?  :-)  Have a great day, all.



I’m about 80% done but wanted to post something before you all thought I was dead.  The little ties are the colors I’m going to use for those unfinished blocks.  Should be wrapping this embroidery part of the project up this weekend. Fingers crossed.

Close up of some of it:


The needle work is less lost in person which is nice :-)  Today we start the section on paper piecing.  Given how pale this is I’m going to try to bold it up on that next round. I’ll keep you posted.

Alley, out!