100 Day Project: Days 11-15

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11. I have only been to Tuesday Mornings once, and I happened upon a backpack that I fell in love with at first sight. It has served me well through grad school, travel, and now lugging things to work on between home and candy shop or office.

12. I spent the day learning more FreeBSD. I like learning.

13. The head gasket of Boy’s Subaru Forester was leaking when he changed the oil around 80k miles. That shouldn’t be a thing, especially with how nice he treats it: always changing oil, using premium synthetic oil, and never driving it until the engine warms up. It is out of warranty, though. I suggested he call Subaru of America and after googling the issue it did look optimistic that Subaru may front some of the cash. Turns out, they paid for all of it! I fell in love with Subaru when I first visited their plant and found out just how green they try to be. Their appreciation of customers is well established! #Subaru4life

14. I got a surprise package in the mail from my world-traveling brother. He ships things to me to house for his return, and usually includes a small gift of some sort.

15. Boy always cooks for me, even when he isn’t hungry. As much as I love eating, I hate making food. One of our go-to’s is a hot ham and cheese with mayo on toast. Nothing special, but we call it a Croque mon Ham – a reference to a Croque Madame that we had in France. (This one actually had an egg, so it would be more similar to a Croque Monsieur.)

The 100 Day project is proving to be challenging. I have to admit that I don’t usually draw every day. I keep a record of what made me happy, and then when I have the motivation to draw, I catch up. This is perfectly fine for a process, but, kinda like painting, I find drawing to be somewhat boring. So some are less studied drawings (which would help my skill improve the way I want) and more quick sketches just to get it over with (which does help, but not as meticulously with real-life effect). I don’t foresee myself quitting, though, so that’s something! I also signed up for a colored pencils class that starts this week at the library. Maybe I will like drawing more when color is involved? Stay tuned to find out!

TAST: herringbone stitch

You’ve read about my idea for this here, right? Ok! See all completed TAST posts here.

Front and back, for posterity;)

I just kind of played around with the stitch – nothing too fancy here. I tied some, I overlapped some of varying sizes, and I used some to couch a ribbon.

I began to explore with more fluid shapes, and herringbone, though seeming stiff, actually easily bends around curves. In this example, I just made a row that shrank in size, then threaded it (orange and dark blue). Below that is a ladder herringbone stitch (using a backstitch base in yellow, with light blue). To the left is a few herringbone squares, and the center feature is a laced square sitting over another square at a different angle. The main motif is an icecream cone with pom-poms. The icecream is just tacked down with quilting thread, but the cone is a bunch of overlapping herringbone stitches in a few different browns.

And the title portion – I used two strands and it does look much nicer than previous attempts, though I could still use some practice making the stitches small enough to handle the tiny curves. I also almost forgot to add the basic stitch so I had to squeeze it in. You can’t tell here, and I hope that when all the pennants are lined up together, you can’t tell then, either!

What will next week bring??

WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 5

I had intended to show you a WIP of a snazzy foundation-pieced project today, but I decided to postpone starting that until I had the proper tools. I only recently heard about an “add a quarter ruler” so when that showed up in the instructions, I bit the bullet and ordered some. Gosh, that would have made Hester’s Rose and my UnderCover Mat so much easier! I also ordered newsprint paper, which supposedly is as good as foundation paper, but much much cheaper. Previously, I just used printer paper. It worked fine for those two projects but I could see it being an issue with other ones.

For one (!) of my other WIPs, I am a bit disappointed. I ordered fabric from Missouri Star and it took almost two weeks to get the shipment, which was then missing an item. When I called, I was told that they are no longer carrying it (they sent an email but it never hit my mail server). Well, great, because that item is literally the fabric required to start anything at all. And this quilt has a deadline in basically one short month (literally – hello February!) – I wanted to handquilt it but I seriously doubt that will come to fruition now. And with the state of things lately, I haven’t had a chance to go find a decent quilt store. Oi vey! I did what I could, though, which is to arrange the charm squares how I will want them. Not a small task when mixing different designs. I’ll detail more later when I start sewing it just in case I need to change my mind on the whole thing!

I usually try not to have too many projects going at once (for fear I will put one aside to never see light of day again) but alas, I began my first ever dive into the realm of ribbon embroidery anyway. You saw it once already in my 100 Day Project. I will post more details once it is complete but what I’ve learned so far is that it is not for the faint of heart! Silk ribbon is delicate so this is a slow and methodological process. I do enjoy it, but it is quite different than normal surface embroidery, I must say. For those of you who might have fallen in love at first sight like I did and can’t wait til I post more about it, this is a kit from Tatiana Popova at Owl Crafts.

I also want to show you that I am attempting a “drum” solution to keep the fabric from slipping in my cheap bamboo hoops. I just used some quilting thread and whipped around the hoop, right next to the wood. Then I went back and shoved the excess fabric out of the sewing area and tacked it periodically. So far, so good!

With it being a slow process, I haven’t progressed very far just yet because I needed to swap over to TAST to stay caught up there.

This week’s TAST is the Herringbone Stitch. I’ve only the motif left. Nothing particularly amazing is striking me, sad to say. I did see an amazing pair of fishnet stockings by Luiz Vaz, though!