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.

Hand Stitching the Bumble Hole Mini Quilt

When I last posted about this quilt, I had finished the quilting, and planned where to put the focal point.

I’ve spent some time over the past couple of days adding hand stitching, with simple stitches to bring out the focal points:


I’ve added herringbone stitch, buttonhole wheels, and some straight stitch and couching:

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. 

Day 183

I did a bit of hand stitching, adding the dark pink stems to these flower heads.

I’d started the flower heads in January, and I need to get them and the other 4 patches onto the bag for the Birmingham Embroiderers’ Guild branch meeting in 2 weeks time!

Day 180

I added more seed beads to my printed sun today. I decided to go with every other ray to space it out a bit. I’m pleased with it:


I then discovered the mixer function in icolorama, and decided to try it on some of my previous edits. It seems to smoosh two images together:


Day 179

Last night I stayed with friends, so I woke up and had tasty breakfast and coffee, and then came home and packed boxes for the Big Move, then met friends in the park. We had our boardgame club’s annual picnic outing, playing such varied games as lemon jousting, boules, Kubb, and many variants of tag, along with hula hooping and blowing bubbles.

When I got home, I did some hand stitching, adding sequins to the unfinished tags from yesterday’s workshop:

I’m surprisingly pleased with how shiny the sun is. Next I may add a ring of seed needs on the rays around it. Not sure whether to do every one , or alternates – any suggestions?