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Hand work: a finish, woohoo!!!


This week I finished getting all the black embroidered on.  When I started working on it, I realized there wasn’t that much I needed to do so I finished the last bit of embroidery, which was just the pink chain stitched cat collars.

Here’s a pic of where I left off on my last post on this:



And here it is now:

Raining Cats And Dogs Block 7 Final 1/24/2016

Raining Cats And Dogs
Block 7

Here is a close up of the chain stitching:



And now all the blocks are finished for Raining Cats and Dogs!  Woohoo!

I posted a pic of all the blocks laid out on my design floor but it’s so lovely, I must post it again! 🙂

Raining Cats and Dogs All blocks laid out on the design floor 1/24/2016

Raining Cats and Dogs
All blocks
laid out on the design floor

Now the next question… what will I do for hand work now that I’m done with the hand work for Raining Cats and Dogs?  I’ll take a week off to enjoy this moment and ponder this.

~Happy Tuesday!


WIP Wednesday – 1/20/2016

Happy Wednesday!

Greetings from Road2CA!  Yesterday I took Carrie Fondi’s hand applique class.  We learned how to use the glue stick method, the traditional freezer paper method, and back basting method.  The class description says that it is open to beginning appliquers to advanced, but I think it should really be for beginning appliquers unless an advanced appliquer wants to learn one of the particular methods taught.  I enjoyed Carrie and the classmates.  I enjoyed the pattern but I didn’t really learn anything new and I’m surprised to say that I’m no longer a beginner.  I guess it’s about time, I’ve only been applique-ing since I started quilting 10 years ago.  I took the class because I want to applique better.  I still find it hard to do V’s, sharp points, and internal curves.  I guess I just need to keep practicing or go to my LQS to ask one of the expert ladies there to do a one on one class with me.  The methods that we used in the class are fine but I generally don’t want to work that hard in preparing my project.  While working on Raining Cats and Dogs, I found it easiest to draw the pattern on the fabrics and just needleturn it.  I tried using starch and other methods but it would just take too long for me.  And it never gave me the smoothness that I got when I just drew it.  To each their own.  I did get a smooth curve using all the methods that we did in class so that was great.  I can see how different methods can work in different scenarios.  I didn’t really learn anything new but I would still take classes like these just to check out if there is anything new out there.  We got to hear and see different products that different people liked and use so that’s always a benefit.  I’m not sure I would do an all day thing like I did today.  Also, I know I’m not going to finish this project but here’s a far as I got.


Here’s the glue stick method with the wash away fusible piece on the back.  I just placed it onto the background fabric for placing and picture purposes.


There’s a missing stem that if I finished this piece would cover the the frayed parts of the leaves on the left.  As you can see, pretty smooth curves.


The leaves on the right were the freezer paper method and I didn’t like that method at all.  The freezer paper was on top of the fabric so I couldn’t really see what I was doing and the freezer paper kept moving around.  This was the most similar to me just drawing the pattern on the fabric.  The difference is the freezer paper and if it would just keep still, I think it would be fine.  Carrie did say that this method helps if you are using fabric that you can’t mark up well so I can see how it would help.

Today, I’m taking a break from classes and will do some work.  Tomorrow I’m back at classes and I’ll actually be staying in Ontario so I will not need to drive back and forth! 🙂  I’m taking an evening class that will end at 10 and then the following morning an early 8am class.  This was a last minute decision but a good one I think. 🙂  I don’ know if I’ll be able to post anything the next few days from Road but I’ve got some things scheduled for you to check on. 🙂

For those checking in from Freshly Pieced… Thanks for stopping by!

See more WIPs at … WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

~Here’s to a great week!


Hand work, an update


This week I got all the gray part embroidered on.

Here’s a pic of where I left off on my last post on this:


And here it is now:


In addition to the window, I have all the words finished and the blue cats’ eyes satin stitched on.

Here are some close ups:






Not sure if the pics help any but there you are.  Next step is to embroider the black parts.

~Happy Tuesday!


Hand work


I’m working on the embroidery part of the final block of Raining Cats and Dogs!  I’m so close to being finished, I can smell it! 🙂

I like to have my little projects in these work baggies.  They could be ziploc bags or, since this project started out as a BOM and each month came in a bag, I just used the bag it came in.



It makes it handy to store, handy to grab and go, etc.  Everything I need is in the little bag.  All the thread for the project.  The correct needles (I have one for applique and another one for embroidery.)  And I have my applique scissors.  I love little scissors.  I usually keep my eye out whenever I go to a quilt shop or show for cute ones to add to my collection.  I have a bunch just stashed in projects around.  It’s always such a treat when I find one in a project I hadn’t worked on in awhile.  Something to know when keeping bags… I’ve heard it’s not good to keep fabric in bags for an extensive length of time.  I don’t know if it’s true but I do know it’s true for photos so I imagine it might be true for fabric too.  This is why I only keep current projects in bags.  I know I’ll be working on it pretty regularly.  All of my UFOs that I’m not currently working on are in bins.


I take all the crap out of the bag and get myself organized.


I found this blue plastic hoop at a shop while doing the SoCal quilt run last year and I absolutely love it.  I used the wooden ones forever and screwing the thing on and off was a nuisance.  It wasn’t a big deal but when I saw this hoop, it is just a squeeze to put on and a squeeze to take off.  I had to get it to try it out.


Here’s a picture of it when it isn’t on a project. As you can see, simple squeeze of those metal things and it easily goes on and off.  I only have 1 so I keep transferring it between projects.  Maybe if I happen to remember and see it again, I’ll buy another so I don’t have to keep moving it between my cross stitch project and my hand embroidery project. 🙂  It is absolutely worth  the $6 or so I spent on it.


Here’s a close up of the tiny stem stitch that the project called for.  I’m not an expert on embroidery but with this BOM I’ve used tiny stem stitch, satin stitch, and the running stitch a lot.  I think those are the ones I’m most familiar with.  Any others and I need to check it out on youtube and practice before I attempt it on my projects.


And here’s the final block so far with both windows embroidered…


… a close up of my work…

~Happy Tuesday!