Today was another busy day. We typically go into San Antonio on Fridays. We had to drop the new car off for a minor adjustment. When we got there, they gave us a loaner car to go do something so we wouldn't be sitting there waiting. We went several places just to kill some time. I need to find a new hat to go with the new car... did I mention that the new car is a Corvette... Ron's Dream Car. Still have not found the right hat, but we did stop in several stores, including Bass Pro Shop.
When we finally got home I was able to get the words stitched onto the last block I completed yesterday. This block turned out really nice. I have no intention of hand quilting this, so I didn't feel any need to hand embroider the words... besides my machine does a great job at embroidery and it sits idle way too much since we no longer have the embroidery business.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
This block has real thin handles on the urns and points on the reverse applique on the base for starters. Lots of pointy small leaves, and many little circles. I actually used a technique that I kind of made up on my own when doing the circles. I first found a button the size of the finished cherry and another button for the bubbles. I then cut my circles like 3/16" wider than the button all around. (Wider seam allowance causes too much bulk in the center). I used a yo-yo technique but fine tuned it a bit. The running stitch I made all around the circumference of the circle was very close to the edge. Not so close that it would fray the edge, but close. I left tails of about 2" on the thread - no need to knot the ends. I placed the button in the center on the wrong side of the fabric and pulled both tails at the same time. When I had it pulled up pretty taut, I tied the ends - twice to secure the knot. (The threads can be clipped now, or when you are ready to stitch the circles down). I now pushed the fabric opening to one side of the button and maneuvered the button out of the opening. I straightened the opening back to the center and with my fingers pinched and smudged the pointy areas smooth. When you are sewing these circles down you can use the needle to fix any stubborn points.
I have been really busy, but I guess that really isn't anything new. I sometimes don't get to posting or reading messages on my computer much when I get real focused on my quilting.