Saturday, September 22, 2007

This is so fun!

I'm really enjoying the hand embroidery on the Crazy Quilt (my latest doll quilt) and bought a second book with some stitches at Borders today. I also had to check out the stitch library books that Amazon has so now I have a couple of those on order. I guess I'll have to do at least one more project after this one to get my money's worth. I did mention that I'm addicted to books didn't I? My basket with all my supplies is pictured below.

Before I let myself work on this project today, I'm going to try and finish up Mom's top that I started quilting yesterday.


These blocks are pretty busy so the stitches aren't showing up all that well but that's OK because it helps hide the flaws. My favorite thread so far has been the size 8 perle cotton but I don't have but 5-6 colors of it. I did buy some more floss at Joann's today. The size 5 perle cotton I have seems too thick but I did find some couching techniques in the new book where it might work.

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10 comments:

Becky said...

Are you using the embroidery as the quilting also? If not how do you plan on quilting it?

Gerry said...

Mary, I'm tickled to hear that the Crazy Quilting bug has gotten you. It really is addictive, isn't it?

Anyway, there are many online stitch dictionaries and resources. I have a number of them toward the bottom of my sidebar on my blog.

The best ones, I believe are at:
http://inaminuteago.com/stitchindex.html

http://prettyimpressivestuff.com/stitches/

http://www.needlenthread.com/ (these are videos)

http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Lofts/6531/ (a variety of things)

http://www.stitching.com/CDA/stitch/stitches/ribbon.html (ribbon embroidery)

Hope this helps!!!!

Gerry said...

Oh, and for finishing the quilt, this is a great tutorial:

http://alliesinstitches.blogspot.com/2007/04/finishing-purple-heart-crazy-quiltlong.html

Sweet P said...

I have that Quilter's Stitch Bible too. I haven't used it as much as I could, but I might pick it up. Your stitching is looking great.

Helen in the UK said...

Looks like your crazy quilt is coming on well :)

Karol-Ann said...

That's a very cute quilt. And the quilting on your Mom's quilt is great too!

meggie said...

Your mother's quilt looks great!
And the little Doll quilt is very rich & ornate. How lovely.

GRACE said...

mary, your little crazy quilt is adorable...the great part about the doll quilts is they DO work up fast, so is a fun, quick project. love all the beautiful quilts on your blog as well...

cityquilter

Linda_J said...

Gerry listed the stitchery index
Sharon B's http://inaminuteago.com/stitchindex.html that I would have sent you to for online help. But that's okay--she has more that I didn't have bookmarked, LOL.

I bet it was fun for you to have some handwork to do instead of all the machine quilting that you have been doing lately. It looks terrific.

atet said...

Your crazy quilt is absolutely lovely! What fun!

If you'd like some more inspiration for your stitches -- I love going to this site:

http://alliesinstitches.blogspot.com/