Status Shots Sunday April 1, 2012 - 11:00pm (Scroll down for newer updates.)
|Wholecloth Starting to Microstipple Back|
|Wholecloth Starting to Microstipple Front|
I was able to start the microstippling tonight - pretty pleased with how it's going - considering this is my first time doing it! I'm not sure I have gone small enough scale so will check Leah's site tomorrow before doing more.... It looks very good when you are a little ways a way from it. Up close you can see the little balls of extra thread that happen when the thread splits and you can see the little tab of thread that shows after I hide the thread - and of course the threads that I have yet to hide! If the little tabs still show after it's washed then I can cut them shorter. Had a phone call with friend so not sure how long it took me to do this - it didn't seem like a long time though! Fun!
Status Shots Monday April 2, 2012 - 5pm
|Whole Cloth a little more progress - front|
|Wholecloth a little more progress - back|
Note April 3, 2012 - 11am
I just watched Leah's video lesson on microstippling and realize that I haven't reduced my stitching to the small size yet. I thought I had watched the lesson before, but now remember I only read the post without viewing the video - big mistake! But I'm glad I have more areas to practice in after I get the two final corner four hearts done....
Status Shots Tuesday April 3, 2012 - 5pm
|Wholecloth - Front - Tues 5pm|
|Wholecloth- Back - Tues 5pm|
What the heck?
Every once in a while the top spool of thread sort of jumps and makes the thread very loose - sometimes I can see a few stitches later that the thread has split. Sometimes I'm curving, sometimes going sideways, sometimes just going backward so I can't figure the pattern for this. I can't tell if it's operator error, something wrong with the machine, or just that I should get one of those external thread holders that would sit on the desk behind the machine.... If I don't catch it soon enough there is a knot of thread that I haven't been able to rip out so I'm just leaving them in - yuck!
Even though I'm not completely done with this step I'm linking to Leah's site:
I'm #16! The other ladies are making much more progress and growth in their ability than I am - please go and take a peek at their blogs!
Status Shot - Thursday April 5, 2012 - 10pm
|Wholecloth - with more filled in - back 10pm|
|Wholecloth - more filled in -front 10pm|
Status Shot - Thursday 11:30 pm
|Wholecloth - front - 11:30pm Wed|
|Wholecloth - back - 11:30pm Wed|
I went back and did the stitching to the outside of the hearts in the middle, then cut thread and did the four little areas I had forgotten in the center of the feathers on the inside.
No thread breaking until I started the outside section (and I wish I had marked the outside line so I knew when I could stop - but will deal with that tomorrow when I stitch again). A few times the thread did jump so I had to stop and reroll the spool on the top so there was a little tension in the thread. I think I will be able to finish the outside stippling in one day....
Status Shots Friday April 6th
|Friday evening I decided to finish the outside. |
This was where the second break was.
|I think this is the third break.|
|Think this is the fourth break.|
|This shows the fifth stop - ran out of bobbin!|
|This shows the sixth break - shredded thread.|
Ta Da! I think this is the finished wholecloth - now ready for the next steps! (rinsing, blocking, binding)
|I went around two sides again and filled in the little triangles - front.|
|I went around two sides again and filled in the|
little triangles - back view
It's not very good looking so I'm thinking of perhaps making a pillow instead of a tiny quilt - will be reading Leah's directions and see what she suggests.
I may need to add more filling to be sure there is stitching when I do the cutting....
Status Shots Wednesday - April 11 -
I went back and added more stitching to the corners and sides that were narrow. I was thinking I'd do more after I finished my Leah's Flowers - but now I have run out of this green thread so glad I did what I managed to do! I'm starting to think I may integrate this in the FMQAYGQAL quilt - since I didn't really microstipple the piece would be soft enough for a quilt....
|Corners and Sides more filled in Front Apr 11|
|Corners and Sides more filled in Apr 11 Back|
I am doing this as part of Leah Day's Quilt Along Wednesdays on the Free Motion Project. The directions to this (and much more) are there for you to learn. To help support the project I have purchased some of my supplies from the Day Styles Design Quilt Shop. For many items the prices end up being lower or the same as buying in a local or online store that is not providing free training and help with free motion quilting. Go Leah!
If you want to bump up your FMQing - please join in Leah Day's Quilt Along Wednesdays on the Free Motion Project
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