Friday, April 18, 2014

A New Quilt in the Making (Triangle Quiltalong)

I decided this week, instead of a new embroidery stitch, that I would blog about my endeavours in the Triangle Quilt Along with the lovely Paula Hughes...aka....The Sassy Quilter.I have been a follower of this lovely lady ever since I started blogging just a short year ago.  Yes, I am coming up for my very first anniversary in the blogging world.
You may have noticed on my side bar that I have The Sassy Quilter Button.   You can just click on that anytime and it will take you straight to her blog.   I also have on my sidebar the Triangle Quilt Along button.  This will also link you up with Paula and all the other wonderful quilting bloggers out there that are taking part in the Triangle Quiltalong as well.
When I started the TAL, I was only thinking about making a table runner.   I soon discovered that I had many more triangles than first thought, so I am going to turn it into a lap quilt.
I actually won these delightful fabrics in a little facebook competition.  The beautiful Amy Friend who writes the blog - During Quiet Time was having the giveaway sponsored by Sew Fresh Fabrics.

The first picture shows the beautiful aqua/blue fabrics I won.  I took this picture at night, so consequently they look darker than they really are.   I didn't try to edit the photo as that would probably have just made them washed out looking.   The true colours of these prints shows up much better in the following pictures.

Here is picture of them all cut into the appropriate size triangles, ready to start piecing.

I started to piece the triangles together systematically, but found that random worked much better.   Now, as you can see, this is another of my quilt works in progress.    I so hope to have completed all of my three WIPs quilts by the end of this year. I will bring you updates with my progress.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Pistil Stitch

This little stitch is just so easy and looks so effective.   I will definitely be adding some of these to my Crazy Patch block later.

The first step is to come up from underneath your work.  Pull your thread up and to the right.  Wrap your thread around your needle twice, leaving a little length near base to make a long thread stitch.  This will become obvious in the next couple of pictures.

Pull thread taught, which makes the loops into a small knot on the end and push needle through to the back.

This is how the finished little stitch will look.   You then bring your thread back up at the same point as the first stitch.   That is if you want to continue to make little Pistil Stitches as a grouping.

This is how they look in a little grouping.   You can do them like this or have them as individual stitches.   Both will look very decorative.


Thursday, April 03, 2014

Palestrina Knot update

I promised I would post a picture of the Palestrina Knot demonstrated on my little Crazy Patch Block.   This little block I started way back when I originally started blogging about left handed stitches, just to give you an idea of how to highlight some of them on your work.

The Palestrina Knot is the line in the centre of this picture done in a lovely pink shade.