Wednesday, May 22, 2019

On the Needles

A couple of people have been asking what I've been working on lately.  I've been neglecting the blog.  But now Mom has asked, and I can't say no to Mom.

I've been hand sewing a lot, so it isn't exactly "Yarn In, Yarn Out."  More like, thread in, thread out.

I took a Sashiko (Japanese embroidery) workshop in January.  Here's what I did in class.  The bottom square, in process, is a design that appears as you work on a grid.

And here's the wall hanging I'm making with all the sample squares I made.  The grid is the second square from the top.  I'm doing a little hand quilting in the borders, to enhance the machine quilting I already did.  Not the tiniest of stitches, but it's actually the look I'm going for, although it may be hard to tell from this pic.

Next is what I'm making with a Sashiko pattern I bought from the teacher, Nancy Ota.  I've never been interested much in embroidery, but I love Sashiko:  we use a big needle and thick thread, and I love the geometric patterns.  It's very relaxing and because the thread is so thick, progress is made quickly, which is satisfying.

I've also pulled out one of the two-color needle-turn appliqué projects I haven't quite finished, and I'm hand sewing the borders down so a little of the background colors will show on the sides.  Then it will be ready to quilt.

And I just took a fabric folding workshop with Rami Kim.  Not sure what I'm going to do with this hexie flower, but it's an interesting technique using fusible batting, so each piece is sandwiched and quilted as you sew them together.

And I've been machine piecing a nifty modern quilt top:

This one required serious frogging halfway through.  I was initially using some tropical-themed fabrics for the centers, replete with parrots and palm trees and lurid sunsets, and the whole thing looked busy and horrible.  I conferred with my quilting friend, Elisa (as in, "Am I right that this looks horrible?")  She, of course, was very tactful as she agreed with me!  So I got out the seam ripper and went to town, and it was worth the extra work.  I like this much better.  All I have to do is finish sewing all the blocks together, sew a backing, create the quilt sandwich, quilt it, and bind it!  Almost done, right?!

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