Woven rays

This evening I did a bit of hand stitching on one of the quilts I printed and composed in January. I really like the rays stencil which is in the background, and as it is composed mostly of paper, it is stiff enough to support long, straight stitches.


I like an opportunity to weave stitches.

Free machining troubles and some book pages

I was making good progress on the Moka pots quilt. I got all the focal points bonded on:


I then started machine stitching on the newly applied focal points, when my machine made (another) terrible crunch. I took it apart to clean, and noticed this big gouge in the bobbin case:


In front of the hook.

After a bit of a glum moment, I packed the machine away, and did some hand stitching on the Bumble hole book, working with lovely perle cotton:


A lovely way to relax after the annoyance of the machine incident. I’ll take it in for a service soon.

Hot Fruit: update

Following on from the paper piecing in the previous post, I started a series of 8″ by 10″ mini quilts, and I’m using them to practice my free motion stitching.

First, this one:

Strippy background, combining my hand printed fabrics, a green hand dyed fabric and a commercial black and white stripe: 

With focal point lemons:

  

Echo quilted:

   
 Then added colour with gelatos, and hand stitch:

   

    
 
And this one, all pinned out:
 
I then added a ‘McTavishing’ machine stitch, following the video on Leah Day’s website  

 
With gelatos and hand stitch:

    

I’ve also stitched into the collage I started yesterday; it just needs gelatos and hand stitch now:

 

I’m running low on this variegated thread!

 

I have also finished the paper piecing on this piece, I just need to work out how to stitch it – it is all paper, and I don’t want it to tear:  

So, rather a lot of stitching recently. The concerted practice is paying off.