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Fall Finishes

Hello and welcome back. I’ve taken a bit of a leave of absence from sewing and blogging. We went through a big move earlier this summer and with all that’s involved in such a long move and waiting for furnishings to arrive, well I won’t bore you with the details lol but it does take a lot out of a body 🙂 Now with getting settled in…….to the sewing room that is…..because of course , that’s why we are here?! The walls have been painted and as you can see I am stuck with mint green shag like carpet until spring lol  thats when some decent flooring will go in..which means moving all the machines again arg.. lets not think about that right now LOL   and like I said I’m “getting” settled in  🙂   I have a little less space for sewing here in NS but that’s ok, it may help me use the fabric and yarn that I have on hand…to make room ….for more of course LOL Sew…let’s see what beautiful colours fall has brought our way. And by the way it is beautiful with the changing of colours.. the gorgeous reds and golds and browns..i love it.

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One of the first projects I got into was stitching embroidery designs onto ready made placemats. The placemats were a great buy at $1.50 each ( Canadian funds) at the local bargain shop, that also sells fabric and yarn 🙂

I  don’t think I could make them that inexpensively myself..with that same type of fabric.. so here we go..I chose the design and colours I wanted to use on the dark gold fabric.

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Using temporary spray adhesive on tear-away backing , I lined up the backing and placemat. The design is going to be close to the left side of the placemat. Its going to take the large hoop for this project. (6″X10″)

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Since the fabric design has a waffle pattern, this makes it easier to line up and place the fabric in the hoop, but since I’m so close to the edge I secure the placement with a few straight pins through the placemat and backing. Which I keep a close eye on while the design is being stitch so the pins don’t get caught up with embroidery foot or hit by the needle. As you can see I have plenty of the backing on the outer edge of the hooped fabric which  really helps stabilize the project. The width of the placemat worked out pretty well, the edges cover the entire hooped area.

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Now to start stitching..I picked a nice airy design and wanted to focus on adding dark fall colours rather than filling in.

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Since my embroidery machine is a home crafting model it does not go at break neck speeds, I set the speed at mid way for the best quality stitching 🙂 It does get the job with excellent results and using a great quality design definitely helps.

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And here we are, After about an hour of stitching and thread changes, clip all the thread ends and tear away the backing. Yes there is still backing within the stitched area on the back of the placemat. but who looks at the back ?? 😉 I stitched 3 others to make a set of 4 placemats. They are very washable and any pulling of the design can be eliminated with a press of the steam iron if you desire.

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My next fall finish is a wool candle mat. Its a very easy project. I use felted wool but crafting felt would work too. I found some nice leaf templates on line and printed them out. I used heat and bond to adhere the leaves to the mat but a fabric glue or spray adhesive works too, just until you have the leaves stitched to the main mat. I stitch each leaf onto the mat free style and finished with a blanket stitch around the edge. Wool can take a good amount of steam pressing to get in back in shape after stitching and you’re ready for the candle.

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It’s nice to be back in the sewing room and back to blogging, I have a lot of catching up to do but all in good time. Thank you for dropping in and I hope you have enjoyed my projects. Have a great day crafting at what ever makes you happy.

Izz

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October 25, 2015 · 11:52 AM

Crazy Blanket….The Craziness Is Over !!!! :)

Hello and welcome to Thee Crazy Blanket posting. 🙂 I started the Crazy Blanket idea back in February, stitching a few blocks each week with a different embroidery designs. A little something that had meaning to us transplanted Nova Scotians living here in Alberta . There were some changes here and there and an oops or two but it finally came together !  I am sooo glad I sent for the extra wool and exchanged those 3 squares for the natural white  and used the rest of the natural white for the border .

Then came the job of assembly! It took a little thought and planning to get everything together because I didn’t want double stitching to show on the backing. I didn’t use any batting or layers in between the wool squares on the front and the flannel I used for the backing. I assembled all the pieces with a blanket stitch ( of course ;)) on the sewing machine. I used a medium grey for the top thread since I thought this would be neutral overall to the wool squares. I took some measurements and marked a starting point on the back of the flannel and did a little experimenting on how I would lay out the squares and how it would stitch it. The first bottom row was tricky because only the seams between the squares were stitched. With the use of spray adhesive and alot of pins, the sewing and assembling went along alot better and faster then I thought it would 🙂

Flannel backing

Flannel backing

I cut the natural white wool into 5″ strips and started with the  sides and finished off with the two ends pieces

Blanket stitch on the corner

Blanket stitch on the corner

 

Thank you to those that have followed along with my crazy idea   lol 🙂 I’m sure this will be a great conversation piece as I take it to camp outs and firework displays or just sitting out in the evenings and watching sunsets

Crazy Blanket

Crazy Blanket

Have a wonderful week of crafting

Izz

PS.

I did want to mention that the great embroidery designs that I use are from embroiderylibrary.com and /or urbanthreads.com

 

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April 16, 2014 · 3:08 PM

Crazy Blanket …All Blocks Are Stitched

Hi there, I hope you all have had a great week of crafting and planning new projects…myself ?… well I’m doing a little happy dance around the weird and crazy blanket !!  All the blocks are stitched!! And if you have been following the craziness of this great blanket you will understand why I’m happy dancing 🙂 I  did replace 3 of the blocks with a natural white wool as I mentioned in the previous post.  I also restitch 2 blocks that I wasn’t happy with. I’ll be ready for assembly when I pick up an off white flannel for the backing. I was waiting until I got the natural wool and decided on a size for the border before going after the flannel..that way I knew I would have enough. This really has been a work in progress. And I am very pleased with the results after replacing  blocks 12 (cameo) and 20 (the boat sketch) and switched out a dark grey block for the natural white (block 30). I can’t wait to snuggle under it!  Its going to be a wonderful conversation piece and I’m sure it will be part of some great memories with  our children and grandchildren.

Its a sunny day but the temperature is still around  -10 C .  Working quickly and thankfully there wasn’t any wind, I spread out the blocks on the deck and got some very nice photos…finally. I was standing back squinting my eyes trying to visualize it all sewn together lol I’m sure I’m not the only one who does that lol  thats when the rearranging started 🙂 I changed the order of the blocks and even these last 5  aren’t in the spot where I originally planned them to be as you can see from here  🙂 By the time I got my arranging and rearranging done my fingers and ears were cold lol I did put a jacket on but really didn’t think I would need a hat ,  its is spring ? right? 😉

I hope you like my Crazy …weird and memorable blanket so far… next time you see it, it will be fully assembled and ready for snuggling 🙂

 

Revised Block 12

Revised Block 12

Revised Block 20

Revised Block 20

Block 26

Block 26

Block 27

Block 27

Block 28

Block 28

Block 29

Block 29

Block 30

Block 30

 

 

Crazy Blanket Final Block

Crazy Blanket Final Block

As it lays now it measures 129cm X 108cm  (51″ X 42.5″)  Each block is 21.5cm (8.5″) square. I’m thinking a 15cm (6″) border of the natural white wool. I hoping it will be about  114cm X 139cm (46″ X 55″) when it is finished.

 

Thanks for dropping by and happy stitching and crafting.

…Izz 🙂

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March 27, 2014 · 5:12 PM

Crazy Blanket ..The Next Step

Hi everyone, well its crazy blanket time 🙂 or as its been jokingly suggested that I call it my weird blanket. I think of it as fabric art. And sometime you don’t know how a sewing project is going to turn out until the final stitch has been placed . I enjoy projects that take shape as I work on them and as for the blanket, it’s doing just that. I originally wanted to work with the wool fabric I had on hand. I’m trying to use what I have because it is quite bulky to store and I haven’t made a penny rug or candle mat in ages. I seem to be busier with knitting and machine embroidery. This past week I came to the realization that I have to give in and ordered a metre of wool fabric. I have to confess the ol’ blanket needs a little brightening up and I want to make a border for it. This means the order of the blocks will probably change and a couple of blocks may even get stitched again. My creation is still moving forward and the new fabric will be here sometime next week. Before I can stitch on it I will have to wash and felt the fabric, which won’t take long, by then I will have decided which blocks will stay and which will be replaced. Oh the colour I ordered is……a surprise. 🙂 LOL

For now I would like to show you which blocks I have stitch for this week.

Block 22

Block 22

Block 23

Block 23

Block 24

Block 24

Block 25

Block 25

Happy stitching and have a great weekend

Izz

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March 21, 2014 · 8:03 PM

Crazy Blanket Part 5

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve had a great week of crafting. I have a few more blocks stitched up for the crazy blanket. I hope you like what you see 🙂

Block 18

Block 18

The next block in the blanket is a Knotwork Claddagh

Block19

Block19

Rose Filigree

Block 20

Block 20

A row boat in the fog on shore

Block 21

Block 21

Poppies

Crazy Blanket Part 5

Crazy Blanket Part 5

And the Crazy Blanket so far.

Thanks for dropping by and happy stitching
Izz

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March 14, 2014 · 8:54 PM

Crazy Blanket Update and Revision

Hello everyone, I hope your weekend is going well so far. For me I had some revising to do on the crazy blanket. Like I really don’t have anything else to do ..right? lol It was just one of those things that stands out and says FIX IT!  so I did.  I rehooped the infamous Block  13 …that should have been my first hint.;)  The new design started just a little off centre from the original and thats what I wanted to happen for a shadow affect. Now I’m happy with the blanket.

Block 13 Revised

Block 13 Revised

Blanket Revised

Blanket Revised

The photos really don’t do it justice, because its not as dark as it seems.

Thanks for dropping by..I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend

Izz 🙂

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March 8, 2014 · 2:32 PM

Crazy Blanket Continued…

Hi everyone, whew…. what a busy week its been, it feels more like a week and a half 🙂 The thing is, I haven’t even been busy in the sewing room.. we all know how life gets in the way of our craft time…. 🙂 Back in the sewing room I go. I seem to have a lot to get caught up on but the best I can do is pace myself ..Right?

So I just wanted to drop in for a quick visit and a Hello and show you what I have gotten done on The Crazy Blanket this week. Last week I said I wasn’t sure if I would get  3 blocks stitched a week or 7  stitched but I managed to get 4 squares embroidered this week.

Block 10

Block 10

Next in line is block 10. Its a celtic style quilting design that I double up on the stitches with a handy copy/ paste feature.

Block 11

Block 11

Blue Butterfly on black I think is quite nice.

Block 12

Block 12

It might be a little hard to see. This one has a cameo , key and stork scissors on medium grey.

Block 13

Block 13

Block 13 is a dark green plaid that looks a little wonky 🙂 I wanted to pick up the dark burgundy colour in the plaid with a mariners compass quilt design.

Crazy Blanket part 3

Crazy Blanket part 3

I hope you like The Crazy Blanket so far.

Thanks for dropping by and happy stitching.

Izz

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March 1, 2014 · 2:25 PM