Saturday, August 30, 2014
Here is my completed block.
Thank you Kathy Shaw, for offering the class and for all the information that you shared. It was just what I needed to jump in and begin a CQ journey.
I learned so much. It's funny how you can look at a block and think it looks great. Then you see a picture and are able to better critique your work. I see the purpose in having a center focal point to fix your gaze before your eyes move around the block. I want to further study that aspect of CQ.
I look forward to the next class and can only say that I dearly wish I had begun CQ long ago.
I learned that my best stitching area is in my room where I can close the door. When I was set up at the dining room table, the dogs liked to bother me by nudging my arm which often caused me to pull the silk ribbon all the way through the fabric, when it was supposed to sit fluffy on top.
I also know that would try other brands of ribbon on future project to test what I like the best. If anyone has suggestions, please let me know. This project is done with YLI, however I just got an order from silk ribbon.com which I haven't used yet.
I think future work will probably involve threads more than ribbons but we'll see.
I like stitching with a hoop. I like the tube hoop. I bought two about 30 years ago and never used them until this project. I found a smaller one ( 8 x 8) at Hobby Lobby and grabbed it. I will give stitching without a hoop and determine which I like better. I always bead embroider without one so it will be interesting to see the difference.
In the future, I'll stitch the perimeter of the block in a dark thread. I came too close to the outer lines here. I think I will frame the piece with the backing fabric, like you see hexie quilts finished. I like that look.
So, if you have any tips, suggestions, links to great places to purchase supplies I would love to know. I thought I had a lot, but I don't ~lol~. So much for what I thought was my "Retirement Fund".
Have a great holiday.