Calling Cross-Stitchers!

Hello friends out there in the blogosphere! Looking for some help.

My mom was an avid needleworker! We have the cross-stitched pieces pictured below…

Christmas Cross-Stitch by mom
Christmas Cross-Stitch by mom

…aren’t they adorable? Well, here is the problem. This is it…the poem is imcomplete.

Would any one of you crafters out there just happen to have cross-stitch patterns like these? They are at least 20 years old and I can’t find anything like them.

We would like to make something in mom’s honor. Perhaps a quilt for the upcoming children (no time soon!) who will be her great-great-grandchildren! Of course, that would be only one quilt and it would have to be passed around. Still thinking on that idea and have some other possibilities.

At any rate, I know this is a long shot, but worth asking, as this community is so caring and helpful. Feel free to share any thoughts you may have on a project to incorporate these items too!

Thank you SEW much!

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Update – Starch Your $$$$

Repost from August 1, 2017…I am still using this as it makes a big batch and I use lots of it!…

Last post was about homemade fabric finish for pressing…starch. Quilters Moonshine 2

Just want to add that I am into my second bottle of “Quilter’s Moonshine” and it is going well. NO stickiness on fabrics or the iron! NO smell! NO problems!

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I DID, however, go back and add more starch than the recipe calls for. I poured it all back together and added about 2 more tablespoons of starch. I think this is about preference. I suggest you start with the recipe, as is, and go from there.

Some of the things I have been pressing recently:

Back to my sewing…and pressing…for now!

 

 

Update – Starch Your $$$$

Last post was about homemade fabric finish for pressing…starch. Quilters Moonshine 2

Just want to add that I am into my second bottle of “Quilter’s Moonshine” and it is going well. NO stickiness on fabrics or the iron! NO smell! NO problems!

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I DID, however, go back and add more starch than the recipe calls for. I poured it all back together and added about 2 more tablespoons of starch. I think this is about preference. I suggest you start with the recipe, as is, and go from there.

Some of the things I have been pressing recently:

Back to my sewing…and pressing…for now!

 

 

Feeling Frugal…Starch your $$$$

Ha! Gotcha’ didn’t I? I could call it STRETCH your dollars, but this was more fun!

Well, if you are a quilter…or love to iron things to a nice crisp finish…I am blogging about something I have been wanting to try for a long time.

Everyone…I mean EVERYONE knows how nice Mary Ellen’s Best Press is! I love it too!

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We all also know there is a plethora of info on Pinterest. Some time ago I saved this post about “Quilter’s Moonshine”  and finally tried it this morning. Maybe because I used my last spritz of Best Press and didn’t have a backup!! Woe is me!

The recipe calls for starting with a gallon of distilled water, but I wanted to test it out first so cut the recipe down, using only 1/4 of the ingredients.

Quilters Moonshine Ingreds The very expensive ingredients…NOT…use the cheapest vodka you can find.

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I used 4 cups distilled water (I actually used filtered water), 1/8 cup (2T) starch, and 1/4 cup vodka.

 

 

The result is a little on the cloudy looking side…

 

 

So, I put it to the test. No sticky residue on fabric or iron. The finish is a bit softer than Best Press, but that would only mean adding a bit more starch to your recipe for your personal preference.

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Just look how much it makes. If you are frugal and want to give this a try, I am thinking you will not be unhappy with the result. I pay $9.95 (if not on sale) for one bottle of the great Best Press. I am NOT knocking it AT ALL! This concoction, which I do not plan to drink, by the way, was just a few cents for this batch!

Happy Quilting…Happy Pressing!

I will post if I have any further results to share.

Safe With Me

I have wondered about Paper Piecing for a while now, but frankly, could not get my mind around it. When I saw the pattern for the safety pin, Safe With Me, I knew this was the one I wanted to try and so I delved in.

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First, let me thank Craftsy and The Night Quilter for providing the free pattern.

I consider myself to be pretty crafty and a good sewist, since I have been sewing for about 50 years! That said, paper piecing took me some serious thought and this pattern is not exactly the easiest one to start with. After watching a couple of tutorial videos, I decided to just go for it. I am happy with the result. I love the white pin, signifying purity of heart and thought to me, and the bright Kaffe Fassett print, the colors representing the wide variety of people that the new (to the USA) symbol represents.

I do not choose to make this a political post! So, here are a couple of tips from a newbie at paper piecing:

  1. Choose a simple pattern to start with.
  2. Print your pattern on light-weight paper, if you can.
  3. Do use a smaller stitch length, but also DO remember that if you have to rip out a seam, those tiny stitches are a challenge. (The voice of experience!)
  4. As with all new things, give yourself permission to learn. Rome was not built in a day!
  5. Take it slow and steady. Think about the process. #3 above only came about because I got in a hurry and thought I had it all figured out! Slow and steady wins the race!

So here’s to trying a new project! Stretch yourself in different ways. It will expand your horizon!

 

 

Web sales!!!!! — Welcome to The Dartmoor Yarn Company Blog

I’ve been saying web sales will arrive for so long, I’m not sure if any of you still believe me – I’m not sure I still believed me. But I finally clicked the button to go live and The Dartmoor yarn Company Shop is now open for business. Lovely Littlest has pawed over the pages […]

via Web sales!!!!! — Welcome to The Dartmoor Yarn Company Blog

If you are in the market…head on over and check out Dartmoor Yarn Company!

 

Mighty Lucky Quilting Club – March

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I have not forgotten the March challenge for the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club! This month just did not sing to me. I have had some larger scraps laying out since March 1…and playing with them. As I understand it from Rossie Hutchinson, this is about learning colors…contrasting, complementary, etc. Also about color values and hues. It is a good lesson and as with all quilting, it still surprises me how much impact there is with using photos. You can see so much that just does not show up when you simply look at something.

I have so much fabric on hand, I was not ready to go buy more, so I decided to play with this using scraps I have. This would help me with the process she is teaching. So, I am posting the final selection (so far) after culling out several pieces. I am still not sure that the “wrong” color, another thing we are supposed to select and the name of this challenge, is what I like. I picked the green…it may not be “wrong” enough for this lesson.

I am not sure these pieces will actually turn into anything this month. I have to just hang with them and see. Purple is not really my color, so I would have to figure out something that works…maybe into the Etsy shop. That little square you see in the foreground…I threw that in at the last minute as a different addition…it has the colors. What do you think?

If I do go any further with this March lesson, I will post an update. What are you working on?

 

February Challenge – COMPLETED!!!

I have posted a couple of times this month about the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club…1st time; 2nd time…and today I will wrap it up.

IMG_9933 This is the first piece I completed. I just can’t learn the technique presented, this month being improv piecing, without finishing up with something complete.

So, here I did some random quilting and stretched it over a frame. (The frame was a purchase from the Good Will store, since I like to up-cycle. This one came with an interesting painted canvas, which will work into something else, but that is another post.)

As mentioned in earlier posts about this challenge, once you get the idea, it becomes addicting. That means I did not stop here!

 

I kept stitching these fabric selections together until I ended up with more pieces. My favorite piece of all is the one that is mostly white…I think it follows the technique the best.

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The two little ones, all pieces were stretched over canvas, were cut up from one of the bigger pieces.

Above are little collages of all 4 of them together. Which ones do you like? Quilted or not?

It is fun that they could be displayed on a wall, easels, flat, turned any direction. I think I am pretty happy with the result. I could, however, look into better ways to handle the stretching over canvas or frames…especially the corners!

On to March soon! Remember, Mighty Lucky Quilting Club is only $5 per month and I have already learned two new techniques!

Happy Quilting!

 

 

Mighty Lucky Quilting Club – February – Update

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Update on the earlier post…

This challenge has just seemed very much not intuitive to me, but today I finally started. Thanks goes out to my sew mate, JudeMadeIt, who I have mentioned before. We craft on Tuesdays, so today was the day to get going on this one! She will probably post about her squares. It is so interesting to note how different eyes see different challenges.

At any rate, I am happy to say that once started, it is actually fun and easier than the earlier improvisational pieces I had done…place mats I made to try the concept a while ago…

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So, I have started stitching pieces together and placing them on the design wall…

Another interesting thing is the subtle differences even a little shift in placement makes. Can you see the tiny difference above? Be advised, this WILL absolutely be changing before it is done! It is already different on the wall right this minute! So, if you are interested, keep watching. I will post whatever the final result is.

In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying whatever you are working on!

 

Recent Project

Have you crafters out there ever tried the magazine (or newspaper) page bowls? That was our craft on a recent Tuesday, craft day for the Sew Mates!

You can Google the subject for many different tutorials on how to go about it. We opted for the roll-up version. I used heavy, shiny magazine pages and my friend, JudeMadeIt, used newspaper. Thought we would compare the two.

Between deciding which tut to follow and getting going, not much progress was made on this in the Tuesday morning craft session…

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Let me first say that this was tedious, not to mention a bit painful if you have arthritis in your hands. I left it sit there to mull over how far I really wanted to go with this trial.

20160120_083901.jpg I had sort of an ah-ha moment, based on reading several different concepts. I thought, “Ok, not really loving this, so I will try using the basket-weave technique just to say I did it”…finished it…because I hate to give up! Can you see this beginning to fail?

Sooooo…back to the wrapping way, but this time I decided to fold the pages, rather than roll them, which I had thought would be easier. Folding was much better, so I kept at it.

 

I rolled and rolled, folded and folded. Only one time did the whole thing spring apart…wish I had taken a picture of that, but I was just so frustrated! Yes, hating to fail, I rewound it all!

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It won’t surprise you to hear that I decided a SMALL bowl would be great for this trial! In the picture above you can see that I have used the ever-useful binder clips to raise the outer edges as I begin to shape the bowl. Heaven knows, I was taking this in baby steps so as not to have the whole thing unwind again. I was also gluing it as I went and discovered I really like the gel glue.

The following picture is after a couple of days of SLOOOWLY shaping the bowl.

20160123_121423.jpg Not quite finished, but it is coming along and I am actually liking it! Could be a cute little hat now…tee hee!

It is finally shaped and ready for the Mod Podge to finish it off…

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This part is easy and (in addition to all the glue I used) makes a very sturdy vessel. Aren’t the colors fun? I decided I would like it better with glossy Mod Podge, but had only matte on hand. That’s okay.

This project had a happy ending. The bowl ended up 6″ wide at the top and almost 4″ tall. Plenty big for a test and good for stashing keys, little things on the desk, etc. The question is, will I do it again? Remains to be seen. I am happy with the outcome though and as usual, glad I didn’t give up.

My friend may not have finished hers yet. She is off doing other things, as am I. Never just one project going. So, I can’t compare notes on the newsprint vs. magazine paper. I can say that I used a very high-quality, colorful magazine and the pages were heavy, which may have made it more difficult to roll, yet more sturdy. I also didn’t have newsprint-stained fingers like she did. If I do it again, I will try to find magazine pages that are a bit lighter weight…AND I might try some painting and lacquering of the finished bowl, like some I have seen online. For now, I am happy with this fun little piece.

What is your latest attempt at something new and how did it go?