Quilting, Crafts and Getting Things Finished

The year before I retired, I took a lot of quilt classes and because I was still working, did not finish one thing.  Some of those projects are still not finished for one reason (or three).  Somehow I can’t let go of them because I still love them.  If I ever get caught up, I will have a  new procedure–no more than three ongoing projects at once.  Sometimes you can finish something from beginning to end, but sometimes you need to put something aside because you just don’t know what to do next.  So I have this sample for hand quilting practice.  I pulled it out today and did one line of stitching.  Anything that requires crunching my hand in a fist quickly brings on cramps and finger triggering.  So my only recourse is to either do one line a day or learn a different way to quilt.  Liuxin Newman has a different thimble (hole in the top) and a different way to quilt, placing the thimble on the middle finger and quilting with the hand open.  Check it out.    http://www.thimblelady.com/

A huge thank you to Thomas Umstatdd for the excellent tutorial on inserting a hyperlink into wordpress.  http://www.authormedia.com/

I only have one section to finish.  What am I going to do with it–probably use it as a background or as a journal cover.  My pencil lines are fairly faint so you can’t seen them in the photo so I have outlined the entire project and the last triangle which is about a third finished.  One of the things I do not like about the project is our instructor had us use polyester thread to match the muslin.  I guess it will be okay when it’s finished but I wish I had used a slightly darker, heavier  thread.  It will not win any prizes for hand quilting but at this point, it just doesn’t matter.  My stitches are smaller on the back than on the front.  All of this kind of gets my vote for big-stitch quilting (or quilting by machine).

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Today I did quite a bit of cleaning up and putting away of things.  Oh and here is another use for your favorite stiffener. Silk flowers are often bundled up to save space in packaging and so the petals on non-wired flowers can get folded.  You could iron them carefully with a tiny iron but I sprayed some product in a little container and painted the backs with a stiff brush, pinned them down a little and let them dry.

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I love these little flowers–they remind me of Dogwoods, which are a favorite of mine–they just make me happy.  The dogwoods here will be in bloom in a couple of months, maybe three, depending on the weather.

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Next week I will be diving into the dreaded basket and bringing out all of my unfinished angels.  I used to crochet a lot of angels and snowflakes and baskets, and as you know, doilies.  I no longer have any styrofoam forms but I usually had to make up my own forms from tag board and cover them with plastic wrap.  Oh, goodie–I still have that Press and Seal–should work like a charm.  I feel like this post is a little disjointed.  I have bronchitis and need to go rest now. Typing is acting up anyway. May fortune smile on you today and may you stay healthy.

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About icandyet.com

Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics and making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of handicraft classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me. Feedback is most welcome—just be kind.

Posted on January 24, 2015, in Potpourri and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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