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Well I had a mini epic weekend. Friday I was feeling the sewing vibe so I got down and dirty with some hand stitching. Now I know it looks like nothing, but this took me hours. My stitching is horribly uneven, my lines are wonky, and I am thinking I might need to change the colour pattern, but look!! I did embroidery!

I hope you're suitably impressed, because I was up till sunrise with this. I averaged about 45 minutes each. That includes unpicking time, because I finished my second triangle and realised I'd done the inside stitching in the wrong direction so it had to come out and get done again.

Now there's no way I could get this finished before tomorrows next lesson, but at least I've started.

I could have kept going on this today, but I was in the mood for my machine. So I started my giant swoon. So far I'm really happy with my colour choices. I may not have bought enough of my white fabrics, only because I've made a couple of mistakes. We'll see how we go and I might a)unpick or b) buy more fabric. Let's be honest, I'm lazy enough that b is more likely. But cross our fingers, I won't need to and there'll be enough already bought.

Anyway, just thought you'd like to see my progress.
Off to bed now. See you all on Let's Get Acquainted Monday.

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24 comments:

  1. I love your hand-stitching! It looks adorable! Both projects look super fun and awesome!

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  2. Ooooooh the hand-stitching adds such a lovely personal touch. I just adore what you are doing here!!! Looks gorgeous.

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    1. :-) Thanks, Lisa. I really like it.
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  3. I think it's all lovely! And well done for hand stitching too, I know it takes ages but you will feel so proud when it's done! Keep up the good work :-)

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    1. OMG the pride!! Every blimin' stitch makes me so happy! lol. I think when it's doen I'm just going to bask in how much I love it... While I note every misplaced stitch and every wonky line :-P
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  4. love the handstitching!!!! I love that idea!

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    1. Thanks! It never would have occured to me to embroider rather than peice a border like this, but I really like it. And the texture is lovely.
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  5. Wooohoo! It's time consuming but looks amazing when you finish it! :D If you want it to go faster, make the running stitches less dense. But I love the look of what you've done so far!

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    1. If it's anything like the blossom by the time I get round the edge they will be significantly wider! Then I'll have to unpick these odd dense ones :-) I love the trexture it's added. I admit to stroking it a little when I was tired :-P
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  6. Thanks, Lisa. I think it's pretty too. I just wish it wasn't so time consuming.
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  7. I am very impressed with the hand stitching Erin! You have way more patience than me. Just curious though is it supposed to go around the whole white border?? If so I will be even more impressed :)!

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    1. yes it will. This is just as much as I was able to do in my night of sewing.
      I'll probably still be going when we have our next guild meeting! lol
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  8. That is a very fun idea to hand stitch the border and it looks great! I'm just getting back into some embroidery myself.

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    1. I know! It's not soemthing I would ever have thought o fmyself, but I really love it. It adds such a nice texture.
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  9. That is a very fun idea to hand stitch the border and it looks great! I'm just getting back into some embroidery myself.

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    1. I've never done it before! It's always looked too hard. And it is, kind of :-) It's just so hard to keep straight lines and even stitches. But practice makes perfect, so hopefully I can get better and become an embroidery GENIUS!! lol.
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  10. I love the hand stitching, it always lends a cozy feel to a quilt. I've never seen patchwork squares sewn like this - does it increase the likelihood that all the squares line up in the end? I always have problems with that!

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    1. Thanks Nicole. (and thanks for hosting Monday's link up)
      I stole the idea of the squares from the scrappy trip along. I figured that if I made tubes I could unpick wherever and have a random feel to the quilt, without having the pain in the bum of having a thousand squares spread out acroos my floor. I also find when i cut square by square they tend to distort as you play with them (or maybe I'm cutting them wrong). I really like this so far. Will have to see if it works for the quilt as a whole.
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  11. Your hand stitching is great. It might help,to use washout marker to show the direction so you won't get mixed up and have to do over. You will be amazed that by the time you get to one end you will be so much faster at it!!

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    1. ooh! I like that idea!! I'm already using a marker for the squares, so it'd be no effort at all to add an extra symbol to indicate fill direction. You're a GENIUS! Iw ish I was home next to my sewing now, so I could put it into effect immediately :-)
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  12. Was your hand cramping? How did you stay up till the morning?!??!?! It looks great Erin!

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    1. I was just sticthing away, watchign bad tv. My husband wasn't home so I didn't feel bad for not being in bed, or have to keep quiet, so the time just slipped away. Next thing I knew the sun was coming up... I felt a bit tired at that point and had to go for a nap :-)
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  13. Your embroidery is such a great idea! I've never seen that before. Loving the effect it gives!

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