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    This is Annie Whitsed's Crazy World a world where I stitch the joys and chaos of life into beautifull crazy quilts. email annie@loopylace.com
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Box Top – Detail 470 January 3rd, 2008

I have pulled my Box Top out again…A good thing about not working on a project for a long time is that when you come back to it you have fresh ideas and see it through different eyes…

when I was last working on the box top I had a long seam that I wasn’t having any ideas for, I had put a black and gold ric rac along the whole seam but didn’t like it, when I got the box top out again today I immediatly saw what I could do to break the seam up, I unpicked one end of the ric rac and looped it back on itself similar to what I did for detail 424 and sprinkled a scattering of beads along it.

Ric Rac and beads

Detail 469 January 2nd, 2008

Ruched Silk Ribbon with Beads

This seam is a rushed Silk Ribbon with beads scattered amongst it’s gathers…

This is the last seam treatment on this stocking, just a few embellishments and the trim across the top to do but they are going to have to wait because I have had enough of christmas for now and am going to pack the christmas things away till December…

progress on Christmas Stocking #16

TAST Round Up – Weeks 25, 37, 48, 52 and 49 – Details 465 to 468 December 31st, 2007

TAST wrap up in visual journalNow that the years end is nigh I have used my visual journal to check off the TAST Stitches that I have done and make a list of those that I still needed to do.

First on the to do list is

TAST Week 25 Long and Short Stitch

Long and Short Stitch…Umm does half a loaf of bread count?…I started this loaf of bread to put on Mum’s memory quilt, in memory of my Dad having been a bread carter for years but didn’t get it finished because I hate working Long and short stitch…so I do hope that half a loaf of Bread counts, I did give it a try.

TAST Week 37 Rice Stitch and its variation Boss Stitch

Week 37 is also quite a while ago as this stitch prooved to be more of a challenge than most…I saw rice stitch as very much a counted thread stitch and couldn’t imagine it as a crazy quilt seam treatment that is untill today when the pressure is on because I would like to complete this challenge before the years end…Today I thought what if I put the big crosses linked corner to corner along the seam, a quick sketch it just might work…to vary it even more I alternated the larger squares of the Rice Stitch with the smaller squares of Boss Stitch…the squares are a little wonky because it is harder to gauge the size and angle of the stitches when the threads can’t be counted, but it is such inconsistancies that give seams there own character and I like the effect.

Alternating Rice and Boss stitch

TAST Week 48 knotted Cable Chain This is a nice stitch that I have used quite a bit.

CAble Chain Stitch

TAST Week 52 Spanish Feather Stitch

I love this Stitch…To vary it I randomly changed the angle and length of the stitches and wandered it back and forth across the seam.

Spanish Feather Stitch

TAST Week 49 Pistil Stitch

Umm It’s new years eve and the radio has been interviewing the fireworks organizers around the country and I am thinking Pistil Stitch fireworks. I did fireworks on my mothers quilt using french knots and straight stitches but they can be done just as well with Pistil Stitch.

I did the starburst fireworks a couple of years ago on a block that I originally pieced for another project…Today I added the silver ones on the left, the ones that shoot straight up into the sky releasing puffs of light as they go.

As this is the last of the 52 TAST Stitches Firworks is doubly appropriate as a celebration of finishing the Take A Stitch Tuesday Challenge and my Congratulations to everyone who took part in TAST in any capacity, that is Sharon for her inspiration and hard work coordinating, To All the stitchers however many or few seams you finished, and a Big thank you to the blog readers…And A Very HAPPY NEW YEAR To Everyone.

Pistil Stitch Fireworks

TAST Week 50 Berry Stitch – Details 463 an 464 December 30th, 2007

Berry StitchI didn’t think that I would like this stitch very much but to see what Berry Stitch, the TAST Week 50 stitch would look like when placed end to end I did a short seam on a sample block, I used a piece of my left over Thread ends and when I pulled out a an extra strand of another colour because it was a sample block I didn’t bother seperating it and surprise, surprise, I think the extra colour flecked through it helps I actually like how the berry stitch looks on the seam …

So I did another seam on a christmas stocking with an extra strand of metalic thread.

Berry Stitch

TAST Week 51 Chained Bar Stitch – Details 461 and 462 December 29th, 2007

I have done Chained Bar, the TAST Week 51 Stitch on one of the unfinished Christmas Stockings. I worked 4 lots of bars along the seam so that they crossed back and forward acrosse the seam line but the undulations formed are so slight that they are barely visible.

Chained Bar Stitch

Seam before detail 462This seam on the same stocking has always annoyed me because the front of the train is chopped off but tonight when I was working on te chained bar stitch I realized that the front of the train would still be in the seam which means that by unpicking the seam and nicking the fabric either side of the section that I wanted I could lift the train over the seam in the same way that I did the design on the Pink block.

To finish the seam I did a black buttonhole stitch which extends the black background around the train.

Applique and Buttonhole Stitch

TAST Week 43 Drizzle Stitch – Detail 460 December 28th, 2007

This Flower Trail is composed of different ribbon flowers, it had a few lazy daisy leaves but not enough so I have added more leaves with Drizzle Stitch, the TAST Week 43 STtich

flower trail with drizzle stitch leaves

A Net of Lights was the Inspiration – Detail 459 December 27th, 2007

Net over a patchI still have a few TAST stitches to catch up and have been casting around for ideas of how to use them…This photo on a box for a net of christmas lights gave me an idea for TAST week 50 Berry stitch which is also known as double lazy daisy stitch or double detached chain stitch

Net of christmas lights

As it turned out the Berry Stitch was to big and heavy but a single detached chain on each intersection worked…now I just have to find another idea for the Berry Stitch.

More Christmas UFO’s part three – Detail 458 December 24th, 2007

Beaded edge on Santa Pocket #3

For this edge I stitched the gold beads on first, I stitched them a little further apart than I did on the edge I showed yesturday and it has helped the beads to sit better, It is also a more delicate edge…To form the pattern I went through a gold bead then picked up a green, a gold and a green bead, I then went back through the red bead and picked up another green bead before going through the next gold.

How to make a Santa Pocket Step 1Ho to prepare the pocket

Cut the front and lining for the pocket 6 inches square…place pocket and lining right sides together and stitch a 1/4 inch seam across the top…turn right side out and iron seam across the top.

How to Assemble the Santa Pocket

Cut backing 8 inchs square and place right side down on the table, place batting on top of it and place a 6 inch square (will be the back of the pocket)…

Stitch the first border at the top of the centre square, when stitching you are sewing through all the layers so that it self quilts the wall hanging as you go.

How to make a Santa Pocket Step 2

Place the pre prepared pocket in the centre so that the top of the pocket lines up with the seam sewing the top border on…

Sew on side borders and then bottom border.

How to make a Santa Pocket Step 3

To finish the Santa pocket bind the edges (Instructions for one method of binding can be found here) and add a ribbon hanger.

More Christmas UFO’s part two – Details 457 and December 23rd, 2007

Beaded edge on Santa Stocking #1

To do this beaded edge I stitched the red beads on first and then went around again putting the needle through a red bead and then picking up a green a gold and a green bead before putting the needle through the next red bead…I then, because the beads were flopping all over the place and wouldn’t sit flat, I went around again and stitched the gold beads to the backing.

I only had to stitch the hanger onto the back of this Santa pocket to finish it.

Santa Pocket #1

More Christmas UFO’s part one – Detail 456 December 22nd, 2007

Appliqued Gold Star
A few years ago I had an idea to make Santa Pockets for my neices and nephews….A Santa Pocket is a small (8″ square) wall hanging, that can be hung on a door or above a bed, with the childs name embroidered on a pocket that they can put a letter to Santa in.

I have 5 in various stages of constructionfrom just started through to nearly finished…On the right is an appliqued star…below is a detail of the Chain Stitch that I wrote the name in and the embellishment around the star which is Coral Stitch done with 2 strands of silver metalic stitch and a strand of black perle.
Detail around green star