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Day 41 Another way to embellish a Shi-Sha July 31st, 2006


I have used Shi-Sha Stitch to attach a coin to this project…I surrounded the coin with overlapping fly stitches sealed with a Colonial Knot

Day 40 Button Cluster July 30th, 2006

Butoons embellished with Beads

Today I found the photos that I had taken for the next project that I will detail…tonights detail is a Button Cluster that shows several different ways that Beads can be added to the Buttons.

Day 39 July 29th, 2006

Praire Points

tonights detail is a grouping of 3 prairie points, the first one is a
Folded Fabric Prairie Points the other 2 are folded Ribbon.

And I will let you in on a secret about the fabric under the prairie points…when I pieced the block I used a very bright pink fabric….it looked Yuck…it had to go…rather than unpick and repiece that corner of the block I decided to Paint the pink out and it worked..There is still evidence of the original colour under the Praire points.

Painted Fabric

Re my sore throat last night, I dragged myself to the Doctor this morning and its Tonsilitis, the appropriate medication has me feeling somewhat better tonight.

Day 38 detached Chain Stitch July 28th, 2006

detached Chain Stitch

I was planning on a more colourfull detail for today but I have a sore throut, a headache and I just didn’t get myself organized so this detail is one I prepared a while back…It is detached chain stitch with pearl beads.

Day 37 Shadow Applique Heart July 27th, 2006

Patting myself on the back…This morning I have uploaded to my website gallery a better photo of Garden Path that I made into an image map, my first, so that you can click on the hotspots to see the details and info about them.

This detail, the last from Garden Path, is a Shadow Appliqued Heart…While piecing the block I sandwiched the heart shape between the background fabric and a layer of organza…The embroidery around the heart holds the fabric in place.

Shadow Applique Heart

Day 36 Shi Sha July 26th, 2006

Shi Sha

When embellishing around a shi sha the circle can be off putting to start with, if you look closely at this detail you will see that not all the detached chain stiches are at the same angle from the circle…I later discovered that It is easier to judge the angle If I did opposite stitches ie I do the 12 o’clock stitch then the six o’clock stitch…next I do 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock…then I fill in the gaps.

Day 35 The stitch on the left of detail 32 July 25th, 2006

Twisted Chain

Hi Lillian the stitch on the left of detail 32 is Twisted Chain Stitch. Mine looks different to Sharon’s illustration because I have done a wider gap at the open end of the stitch, I have alternated the side with each stitch and I have used a different thread (3 strands of stranded cotton). The thread you use has a big influense on how this stitch looks, it is lovely done with metatlic threads.

Twisted Chain Stitch

Day 34 July 24th, 2006

Garden Path button Cluster

The Button Cluster on Garden Path is a simple arrangement of a few buttons with loops of seed beads with a hanging crystal forming the focal point.

Day 33 Tassel Stitch July 23rd, 2006

Tassels and Butterflies

This seam is a Combination of Colonial knots arranged in half circles, Tassel Stitch and Detached Chain Butterflies…The Butterflies are from Dorothy Bond’s Crazy quilt Stitches Book.

The Tassels are a Variation on Maltese Stitch which I found in an old Dmc Encyclopedia of Needlework.

DMC Book Maltese Stitch

To make the Tassel use a stranded thread…After threading the needle bring both ends together but do not knot them.

Tassel stitch step 1

Take a small stitch towards you (this stitch will be at the top of the tassel), leave the tail of the thread a little longer than you want the finished Tassel to be.

Tassel stitch step 2

Bring the tail of the thread down and hold it with your thumb while you take the next stitch which goes over the tail and up next to the first stitch.

Tassel stitch step 3

Before pulling the threads tight, thread the needle down through the loop.

Tassel stitch step 4

Use the eye end of the needle to adjust the top of the Tassel.

Tassel stitch step 5

Trim the Tassel to desired length.

Miniature Quilts July 22nd, 2006

Micro 2 30 squares

My website and most of this blog show my crazy quilting but from time to time I do do other things…One of those other things is the making of miniature and micro miniature quilts both traditional and crazy.

This weekend I have pulled the miniature box out and started making microminiature quilt brooches that I can put into the Canberra Quilters Sales Room at the Annual Quilt Exhibition in a couple of weeks time.

I am hoping that blogging them will help me achieve my goal of having 20 made for the exhibition sales room.

These 2 quilts are not crazy but some consider me crazy for making them lol

The one on the right measures 2 3/4 inches by 3 inches…made from 1/4 inch squares

The one below measures 1 5/8 in by 1 7/8 inches…

Micro miniature Quilt