Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Work In Progress Wednesday - Elna is Snacking on a Snake Sandwich

It is snacking time at Work In Progress Wednesday.

A week ago, late Wednesday night, after blogging about the preparation I had made to sandwich and baste Trinity Green, I actually lined up and layered the backing, the wadding and the flimsy. It took me only three hours to crawl on the floor and baste the entire quilt! Believe it or not, I did not have any pain in my knees or a sore back the next day either!

Since then I have been feeding my Elna sewing machine with the sandwiched quilt:

Elna has munched her way through the 'snakes', the columns of triangles, and not brought anything back up - yet!

Working with the walking foot is much easier than I expected, and I now only need the time to work and this stitch-in-the-ditch job will be completed.

After that I will do some free motion quilting on the 'tagliatelle' strips. That part of the cooking might be a wee bit more difficult...

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 26: Zig-zag Stitch

Welcome to Sunday Stitch School where we have reached the end of the alphabet. This lesson will feature a stitch beginning with Z, the Zig-zag Stitch.

French name: Point Zig-zag en Croix.

I have found it in several books and tinkered with it before. It is easy and fun.

Work it like this:

Take a double straight stitch at the end of the row, then begin the return journey.

Aren't they nice?

On my Aida sampler I made the mistake of using variegated thread, NOT a good idea.

Fill a square on this 'fake' canvas. There should be no problem, this time!?

Friday, 23 June 2017

Friday Revision Homework - Stitches 21 - 25

It's lucky that Sunday Stitch School runs evening classes and I can hand in my homework late at night. Although I finished the Sunbonnet Sue sampler in time, it has been one of these days and it it not until now, past 10 pm Tokyo time, that I can show my summery of stitches.

The homework was for a seasonal Sue. The rainy season is on in Japan and that is why Sue is hiding her face underneath an umbrella - Sunbonnet Sue ought to be called Umbrella Sue.

Whipped Running Stitch was used for the outlines.

Upright Cross Stitch works well as a filling stitch, both on the teaser (the Wellington boots) and on the hand, where I staggered the stitches.

The Y Stitch with its loop made good raindrops, I think.
 The Vault Stitch was a challenge to do on the plain weave.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

WIPW - Ready to Make a Sandwich

Work in Progress Wednesday:

Greeting Card

I made another birthday card of a floral basket. Wool embroidery with a smattering of Perle.


Trinity Green

I went shopping to get wadding and quilting thread.
I pressed the quilt top.
I pressed the back.
I am ready to make a quilt sandwich and start basting the three layers together.