Tuesday, July 18, 2017

TAST Stitch 68

TAST Stitch 68 was the Woven Zig Zag Chain Stitch. Looking at the stitch, I could picture a seam of holly leaves.

I thought using waste canvas would help keep my stitches even.

It appeared to be working. 

Unfortunately, I failed to line the dark blue line of the canvas up with the seam, as I thought I had done. Removing the waste canvas revealed the zig zag chain stitch above.

So, I pulled the stitches out and tried again, just eyeballing the distance between stitches.

Size 8 green perle cotton was used to create the woven zig zag chain stitch above.

Clusters of 3 red seed beads created holly berries.

TAST stands for Take a Stitch Tuesday. It is a personal stitching challenge offered by Sharon B. at Pintangle.com. You may read more about TAST here and find the Facebook group here.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

CQJP 2017 March Block - 2 Seams & 1 Motif

Better late than never? Last week, I finally felt inspired to work on another under-the-sea themed block, so I pulled out my CQJP 2017 March block and added this seahorse.

I traced the shape on the back foundation of the block with light pencil marks. Using the marks on the back to guide me, I outlined the body with split stitches. The body and stomach area were then filled with satin stitches using a single strand of variegated DMC floss. DMC 4077 was used for the tummy and DMC 90 was used for the head and body.

The first seam embellished on the block was created with a strand of size 5 DMC #4020 and buttonhole stitches in various clusters and angles. At a later stage of embellishement, beads will be added to this seam.

The second seam was a quick one. Fly stitches were created with 2 strands of DMC 93 variegated blue floss.

If you have not heard about CQJP, it stands for Crazy Quilt Journal Project. It is a personal challenge to complete a crazy quilt block at least 8-inches square each month. Registration generally opens in November and closes in December the year prior to the challenge. You may read more about it here and see blocks others have created here.

Related Blog Posts

Seahorse Tutorial - here
CQJP 2017 January Block - here
CQJP 2017 February Block - here
My CQJP 2017 Pinterest Board - here

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Monday, July 10, 2017

QS Red Hearts Update - July 2017

It has been a while since I shared an update on my Heaven and Earth Designs "QS Red Hearts" cross-stitch project. It is based on artwork by the very talented Ching-Chou Kuik.

In June, I picked this up for the first time since March and worked on it for 2 days. Only 395 stitches were added, but it was visible progress on page 4. 

I had been sharing progress the first Monday of each month. Right now, my focus piece is Twilight Duel, so I will be sharing that on the first Monday and sharing this piece once a month when there is progress to share. (This one is for me, so I hope that is frequent progress to share!)

The project is 44.67% complete.

Pages 1-3: 100% 
Page 4:      28.22%
Page 5:      7.12%
Page 6:      7.26%

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

4th Annual Piggy Bank Savings Challenge

This was my 2nd year participating with the Piggy Bank Savings Challenge hosted by Val at Val's Quilting Studio

Last year, I saved $88.48 between August 1st and July 5th. 
(Here is the post where I shared the total & here is how I spent it.)

This year I managed to save $92.52.
(It would have been more, but I took some big, heavy blankets that are hard on my washing machine to the laundromat with a few of the quarters I had tucked away.)

Looking at the funds I saved, it is tempting to splurge on pretty fabrics for a new project.

However, my main crafty goal this year has been to finish some UFOs.
(If you missed the post with the priorities for this year, it is here.)

So, I am going to buy a couple of yards of interfacing that I need for two UFOs and put the rest of the money towards a student loan.

If you would like to see how everyone else did that signed up for the challenge, you may find the links here

And if you think you might like to join the fun next year, 
sign ups begin on July 13th for the 
5th Annual Piggy Bank Savings = Money for Quilting Challenge on Val's blog.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Twilight Duel Update #20 - July 2017

On June 5th, this is how my Heaven and Earth Designs "Twilight Duel" cross-stitch based on artwork by Ruth Thompson looked.

(I have a confession... I may be splurging soon to purchase a phone case featuring Ruth Thompson's artwork. If you are curious, you may find them here. I am not affiliated with her artwork or this company.)

In June, I added 2,783 stitches. (1,674 of those were added after I shared the above photo on June 5th.)

A full photo of this piece may be found on the sidebar to the right.

39,224 stitches are done, so there are 108,376 stitches to go...

My next update should reach the 40,000 stitches milestone.

Percent Complete:

Project: 26.57% (It was 25.44%.)
Pages 1 & 2: 100%
Page 3: 20.95% (It was 18.94%.)
Page 4: 100%
Page 5: 1.83%
Page 6: 0%
Page 7: 46.63% (It was 28.25%.)
Page 8: 100%
Page 9: 2.73%
Page 10: 0.25%
Page 11: 0%
Page 12: 0%
Page 13: 42.51% (It was 40.87%.)
Page 14: 3.62%

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