WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 19

I have a lot of progress on my quilt!

It should have been finished by now because it was meant to be fast and easy but my imagination is just doing everything it can to slow it down. I am fighting to find the balance! When it is all said and done, you’ll see everything in beautiful ironed detail:D I’ll also explain how off-pattern I got. Up next is the challenging task of machine sewing the appliqué pieces where I can, and then hand-sewing the rest. Yes, I planned this poorly – but I had trusted the fusible appliqué, what can I say?

As for TAST, I finally did complete week 15’s rice stitch! It is currently drying after having sprayed it with water to remove the ink lines so I will probably post about it tomorrow. I then decided that once this week’s stitch was announced (whipped wheel), I realized that if I kept skipping stitches that don’t have much variation to them, I would be missing out on too much! Therefore, I decided to collect these on a single pennant (or more as the year unfolds). I started back with week 13, the buttonhole wheel that I skipped since I kind of added it to the buttonhole week’s pennant. So far this pennant has four separate stitches on it, but I will likely hold off on posting it in better detail until I fill it up. You may notice that I went a little bonkers with the “font”. I was in a hurry – if you hadn’t noticed with prior examples, the text is not the portion I care about. I enjoyed the challenge of “how fast can I get started with red thread?” ;)

WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 18

Time traveling, here! I made progress on my rice stitch sampler for TAST, though it was late and I messed up on my argyle sock so I need to pick out some of it and start again.

I made progress on my quilt, also. I have most of the bits fused on, though I have to say this will likely be the last time I try fused appliqué. Though I followed directions, much of it is coming off and will have to be sewn down anyway. It is quite frustrating, but since the quilt is for me and mine, I don’t mind it so much. However it turns out, it will suit the purpose of keeping us warm! I started embroidering the quilt too – and adding beads – knowing it will pretty much mean I have to hand quilt it. I may end up just tacking it, we will see.

WIP-TAST-ic Wednesday 17

Ok, I cheated – I forgot to publish this on Wednesday! Nevertheless, here goes. I did not get my TAST project finished last time, but I did make progress. Because I am behind there, and also because I cannot see myself filling up a pennant with the satin stitch, I am skipping this week’s challenge. Anyway, the TAST WIP is the rice stitch:

And, when I was making the cassette pouch from Lysa Flower, I made quite a mess as you might recall. I spent a portion of time tidying up and I noted that I still have gobs of fabric I inherited from my gramma. I decided to make something big to try to use some of it up. That plan didn’t pan out as well as I had hoped as I won’t be using very much, but I did embark on a quilt (and yet, didn’t I say here that you probably wouldn’t find me making a quilt just because? Sheesh.) I am using her fabrics, but just not enough to make a dent. That said, I am getting to use a lot of different kinds of fabrics (hers and mine) and, for the first time, the “cheater” way for appliqué using double-sided fusible webbing. Check out my fabric “stickers” below:

Learning about this method of appliqué has been fun. It is simple so I understand the draw to it, but I think it is like the argument of machine quilting versus hand quilting. I will always prefer hand quilted items, followed by master machine quilters (the ones who do custom work), and then lastly the standard machine quilting you’ve seen me use here. I, too, will always prefer needle-turned appliqué in comparison to this “sticker” type.

Now, one really cool thing I learned, which was quite by miserable accident, is a unique characteristic of dryer sheets. Once during my sticker creation, I accidentally fused the webbing directly to my hot iron. “Egads,” I shrieked! I immediately reached for my iron-out, but then I paused to think. A quick google search brought me to Make-It-Do’s Dyer Sheet Thrift post (her link to the original article at Real Simple is no longer valid). I was skeptical at first, but holy cow, that was magic! All you have to do is let your iron cool enough to touch it (set it to low heat), wad up a dryer sheet, and scrub the mess away. Then carefully clean up the oil residue that eeks out of the sheet. Ta-da! I did follow it up with iron-out just for surety everything was fine, but this is definitely a trick that I’m saving for later!