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Monday, June 17, 2013

Working On My Projects

I've been working on a couple of projects the last few days. I ordered beading thread and needles from Amazon. The needles weren't the right kind, but that was OK. I realized I could use smaller embroidery needles. It turned out that although I've bought beads in the past, I didn't really have much of a pallet. But that also was OK in the end.

I've thought about beading on cloth for a long time, but I've never actually done any. I decided this piece needed something. I'm not sure the beads were what it needed. From a few feet away you can't even see them, but as you get closer suddenly they are there, adding complexity. There is another area that could be beaded, but I don't think I'm going to do any more of it. Time to give it some kind of binding technique, probably a zigzag edge. And some way to hang it up. I think it is light enough for a thread hook to catch on a nail in the wall.

I guess it is time to declare it finished.

 I've done more FMQ designs on the first of these log cabin blocks and one more section on the second one.

I'm going to put something more elaborate in the larger blue rectangle on the first one, but I don't know what yet. And feathers of some kind on both of them in the grey borders.

I've been watching Leah Day's Craftsy class today and I've got ideas for several patterns for the second block.

It is possible to see how much better my stitching is from early parts of these projects to later parts, which is exactly why I am doing them.

Practice, practice, practice.

Not easy to do when sitting at the computer or at the sewing machine has to be done in 26 minute bits. Any more than that and I have trouble getting up and walking.

Take care all.


  1. Be thankful for everything you can do. As your saying says, Bloom where you are. I had to learn to bloom where I was stuck in a job I didn't like and then learned to like. It paid the bills.

  2. Your quilt blocks are really lovely! I like the different kind of quilting in each section. And I think the beads add just the right amount of interest to your quilt.

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  3. The beads add just the r ight touch........ I am impressed with your FMQ...I have been wanting to learn that for some time but so far there has been very little time..........

    Now I must head outside and get busy in the garden...........

  4. The beading looks just right on that piece. Your practice sessions are looking good.