Sunday, March 17, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching - March 17, 2019

Not even an hour this week on the zombie kitties, I'm afraid.   I spent most of my crafting time working on things are not Slow Stitching.  

But at least it's a start of sorts

I do like the Hardwicke Manor hoop.   It has a slot in the adjustment screw, so you can take a small screwdriver and get it really nice and tight.  There's very little slipping of the fabric.  

I do think I'll like surface embroidery more with a better ground fabric.  This poly-cotton is very thin compared to my vintage pillowcases. 
Also did a couple of rounds on my colorwork sweater.  But most of the week was working on the old house - packing etc.

I will never hit the end of the Unfinished Object Pile at this rate.  I found another bin.   This one has un-quilted tops in it.   Four of them, and a bunch of finished but not finishing finished needlework, some of which will be finished as quilted wall hangings.  Most of them will be done by machine, but this one and one wall hanging will be hand quilted.
Once I get moved and get the quilt frame set up, this one will be hand quilted - by the piece in the blocks with feather circles in the plain squares and a wavy feather border.   What's weird is that I do not really remember making this top.   The notes are mine, the quilting plan is in my handwriting.  The leftovers from that blue on the left went into "It was 80s", and another blue is definitely from my grandmother's stash of vintage 30s and 40s prints.   I'm willing to bet I made this when JC was a baby and my short term memory wasn't logging much LOL.  


I would really LOVE to get started on this one, but I don't want to try to take down my frame and move it with a quilt on it.  That's could be a problem.
So this one will 'hibernate' until well after the move, unfortunately.   The wall hanging may actually get done first, since I can do it in a large hoop. 


I've been inspired to get back into hand quilting by the wonderful examples in the Slow Sunday Stitching round up (link to this week's link up). 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Quilt WiP: "It was the 80s" - Block 24

And another block from the original quilt subbing in for one of Pat's blocks.   Her block 24 is this same star with a nine patch center instead of a 4 patch and the corner blocks divided. 

This one will do just fine.
The Solstice Quilt on Pat Sloan's blog with the blocks and layout.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Quilt WiP: "It was the 80s" - Block 23

This block is a simple 16 patch,  I've seen it called "garlic knot" "tied knot" and Pat calls it "Eureka". 

At any rate, I was originally going to just sub in a 16 patch from the original quilt in the 'sunshine and shadows' set, but it had a LOT of that bright rose in it.   So I salvaged what I could, pieced pieces where I ran short and added new neutral fabric

I didn't take a picture of the 'dead' block.  But here it is laid out:


And finished
I think I did a pretty decent job of hiding the 'pieced pieces' by matching up the print repeat carefully. 

The Solstice Quilt on Pat Sloan's blog with the blocks and layout.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching - March 10, 2019

Sorry about missing last week, but church stuff and work stuff and family stuff have really eaten into my crafting time.   All good things - consecration of our new bishop and Ash Wednesday - bells played for both, month end close and the hand off of some of my extra job duties and finally my granddaughter's birthday.  

I did get my rotation finished on Teresa Wentzler's Millennium.   I am leaving it here for this rotation.  The back stitching is done on both angels down to the gold under tunics, which will be done with the base of the arch and the center landscape is sketched in on both sides (which had to be done to do the back stitching of the figures).  
And there was some of this going on last night:
Yes, I'm dipping my toes back into surface embroidery.  I bought a nice Hardwicke Manor hoop and wrapped it using Mary Corbet's tutorial (link to her website and that tutorial).   Not really loving the project (see Zombie Kittens), but there's not a ton left to do on this project and hopefully nice tools will make it go more easily.  I keep seeing all the wonderful surface embroidery projects on Slow Sunday Stitching and get inspired.   (link to this week's round up)

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Needlework Rotation changeout and Zombie Kittens

Well, I've put in my 10 hours on Teresa Wentzler's Millennium.  Last rotation, I finished all the stitching on both of the angels;  this round I wanted to do the back stitching down to the under tunics (the gold back stitching on that part will be done when I work on the base of the arch and the lettering there since the 'fabric' of the under tunics overlaps over the 'stone' of the base in several places).   But in order to work on the back stitching, I had to have at least one stitch on the outside of the figures.  I put in a 'needle's worth' of each color, then proceeded to finish the back stitching of the torch poles, outer masonry, wings and upper tunics with their sleeves.

Where I started:
And where I ended up:
I will admit that since most of the work was back stitching this time, the change in the coverage isn't as dramatic as it is some rounds, but I love the way the back stitching makes the figures so much more distinct.  I'm looking forward to seeing how the center landscape part fills in next time this comes up in rotation.

And now for the Zombie Kittens.  As I have mentioned before, as I'm packing up for my move this spring, I keep finding partially finished projects tucked away.   I call these "Zombie" projects because it's like they have come back from the dead.  I have trashed a few where they were either damaged beyond fixing or were a "what WAS I thinking??!!" type of project.   Most, though, are still to my taste or at least something that I don't mind working on.   This project is more the later.  

It's a set of two surface embroidery pillow cases.  I had worked the crochet edging and most of the first pillow case before abandoning them.   These have to date from no later than the mid 1970s (and possibly even into the late 1960s) since after about 1976 I didn't do much surface embroidery; counted thread work became my embroidery of choice.  Also the finished one has some faint rust spots in an oval, which I know would have been from my grandmother's vintage cork lined spring hoop, which I stopped using then when I realized it was leaving marks.
Not exactly to my taste now, but with only the embroidery on the second case to finish, I will go ahead and work them up.  Maybe Alexis would like them.   There were no threads with these, so I think the second one will be a black kitten with silver paws and tail tip.   There's about five different shades of grey in this one, and I'm not going to spend time trying to color match.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Weekly Check in - March 3, 2019

Back dating this because I totally forgot to even blog an "I'm late" post, let alone my Slow Sunday Stitching link.  Saturday the 2nd was the consecration of our new bishop.  The service was three hours long!!!  So many bishops!  Including our presiding bishop, who is just as lovely in person as he looked when he was preaching at the royal wedding.  He is truly an authentic soul, no matter where he is. 

JC worked security and my bell choir played.   Our two pieces were for the prelude and for communion.   Both were pretty difficult - the communion one keeps bouncing between 3 /4 and 4 /4 time.   Not easy to count.  But very effective "Gift of Finest Wheat".   By the time I got home, I was wiped out.   Then more bad weather on Sunday.   I'm so ready for spring.

Ash Wednesday - more bells. A much simpler piece this time, but very pretty.

I did, luckily, remember to take a picture of Millennium.   Ready for the back stitching on St. Raphael.  This is right at seven hours.
And I finished the orange twisted stitch hat.   Together with the cowl, this set should be comfortable and flexible in arrangement for hunting.  Plan to gift them to JC for his birthday this summer.   The hat looks small in this photo, but the fact that it's entirely twisted stitch ribbing means it stretches like crazy, then fits back snug.  Perfect for ducking though the woods.