Thursday, 12 December 2013

WIPW - Spoons

Work In Progress Wednesday - WIPW - helps you get a step further on your needlework projects. Read more at Pintangle.

Kafferepet
I quilted a grid of TAST #23 Cable Chain stitches for the spoon block,
using one strand of this Japanese floss; very unconventional for quilting, and
which made the links in the chain look very long and narrow. Nevertheless, I am happy.

Swedish Cushion
Here I added a swirl of TAST #48 Knotted Cable Chain

Oh, I love this stitch! It is fun to work and it looks great, too, I think.

Apart from the WIPW projects, I have been working a few Christmas ornaments. One of them was this angel.

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    1. Thank you, she is soft and cuddly, too!

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  2. Great progress on all of your projects! What kind of fabric are the spoons made of?

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    1. Thank you.
      The spoons are made of a fabric that is non-woven and metallic. I bought it from Keiko Takahashi's stall at Tokyo Dome. Do you know this quilter? She is famous for electric colours, lots of metallic and sparkly fabric. The fabric is 100% non-fray, of course, so it is lovely to work with.

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  3. That cable chain looks so effective and I love your Swedish cushion. It will be a stunner when you are finished.

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    1. The cable chain is a good quilting stitch as it does not leave a long stitch on the back.
      The slow progress on the cushion makes it fun to do, sit and ponder, then find the right stitch for the area.

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  4. The angel is so sweet but I can't wait to see the finished Kafferepet quilt and Swedish cushion. Are you aiming to have either finished by Christmas?

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    1. You WISH!!!!! No way! Both projects will see a lot of winter and spring and maybe even summer before they are done, I fear! I am a slow worker, ha, ha!

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  5. A lovely little decoration and nice stitches too! I was wondering about the use of embroidery stitches to quilt with and I am a bit confused about what happens on the back side of the quilt. When you machine a quilt pattern the stitches are the same on back and front but with embroidery you usually hide the back stitches, do you have to use two backings? I hope I am making sense!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments, which makes absolute sense. As you say, machine quilting looks the same on back and front, traditional hand quilting (running stitch) is almost the same - the stitches on the back are usually a bit shorter. Using embroidery stitches for quilting, you do have the problem of the back. I choose carefully, stitches that are short on the back so there will be as little as possible to cause snagging. Secondly, I bury a quilters knot in the wadding, then take a tiny back stitch to anchor the start of the quilting line. When I have reached I the end of the quilting line I weave the thread in between the last stitches Underneath the fabric (in the wadding) and make sure there are no visible signs of thread ends on the back. I hope I am making sense!

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    2. Thank you for your reply, maybe this is something to try in the future, I will have to remember the quilters knot! I do like the use of embroidery on quilts, I have tried crazy patch but nothing like you make.

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    3. This is very different from crazy quilting! CQ is mainly embellishing the surface and usually there is no quilting, and the back of the 'quilt' is plain.
      Here I am actually stitching through all three layers.

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    1. Thank you, Ellen. It's very kind of you.

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  7. I like the grid around your spoons, it works very well with the applique. Your angle is so cute, is it your own design?

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    1. The grid pattern blends well with the swirly background print and the simple lines of the spoons, I think.
      Ha! Fancy you to find me out; no the angel is NOT my design. I found it many years ago in a Swedish craft magazine. I HAVE, however, made other ornaments based on the same pattern. I'll blog about them so you can see a bit of MY own design!!!

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    1. Thanks! She is soft and sweet, isn't she?

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  9. I love the variety and thought in the stitching.
    That little angel just asks for all sorts of embellishments.
    You must have a very good close-up lens. Did it come with your camera or is it a special attachment?

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    1. I want to use several of the TAST stitches for the quilting, just for fun.
      The pattern for the angel is useful as it can be used for other figures as well.
      My camera is not the fancy type, but does have a micro setting for close ups.

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  10. your WIP is advancing quickly now Queenie, so many different stitches for us to enjoy and the angel is a sweetie. Thanks for the tips on your replies about hand quilting with embroidery stitches, this will help as I do my seams on my CQ block,

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    1. Do you think this is quick advancement? I think the process is slow but I want to try to use several TAST stitches, just to see how they work as quilting stitching.

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  11. A very lovely angel - soft and friendly.

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  12. I admire your even stitches! The grid is perfect!

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    1. Thank you. It is fun to put TAST stitches to use in this quilt.

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