Friday, December 11, 2015

Closer. . .

When I posted last week, I really thought that a day later, I would be quilting. You know what is coming, don't you?? The "but" statement is in the next line!!! 

But, I didn't see this:


Do you see it??? I don't know how it happened. I stitched the border in two different fonts! I didn't see it until AFTER I had photographed the step and was looking at the photo!












So. . .I restitched the borders. This took another day. It takes a long time to carefully trim all the stabilizer away from the letters! The extra "practice" wasn't bad. I understand now that I can change the spacing of the letters with just a click of a button in my embroidery software.

This is the second wall package wall hanging. It too is a gift. The recipient has different likes from the first recipient. I decided to break out the background stencils I purchased last summer from Cindy Needham. You can read about them here. I also purchased some rulers too; but, haven't tested them much. 
Using Cindy's papa stencils, I had the background marked in no time at all. I marked each package background with a different papa stencil.






I stitched in the ditch and used white silk thread by YLI. I was surprised how much the silk disappeared into the background. In the previous wall hanging, I used 50 wt. Aurifil. I also stitched around each an every letter. What a lot of stops and starts!!!











To get in some ruler practice, I marked a few lines. My thinking here was that if I had an actual line, I could use the ruler to gain an understanding of how to set it up to allow me to stitch on that line.

Here is a photo of my practice of lining up the ruler. When I used the ruler previously, I had a hard time keeping it flat because the tray table to my machine has a curve on the front side. I found using a shorter ruler helped. Also, working with the ruler to the front of the foot makes me use my brain differently. To learn more about the fine line in designs rulers I bought, click here.

I hope to finish the quilting in a couple more days! More too come next week!

10 comments:

  1. I never even noticed!!... looks good either way from here xx

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    1. Dianne, I could have left it; but, decided it would bug me too much if I did. I guess that it is true one can be too close to their work! Ha!! :) Thanks for your comment!--Terry

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  2. Oh Terry, I see you are a perfectionist! But, you have to be satisfied. And I know the quilting will be beautiful. :D

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    1. Monica, I'm chuckling over your perfectionist description of me! My quilts don't turn out flat or square and generally, there are several "oops" that are pieced or quilted in the project. I'm practicing NOT to tell you what those "oops" were! --Terry

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  3. It's looking great! I never noticed the font difference, but if it bothered you then it had to be fixed. Is that the foot you're using for your ruler work? If so, you really need to get a ruler foot. That foot can slip under the ruler and then your needle can hit the ruler, which can cause major problems! But that might just be the foot that happened to be on the machine when you took the picture.....

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    1. Nancy, Yes, I need a ruler foot; but, the extension from Bernina has been on back order for forever. I decided that I needed to practice so I've been sewing carefully. So far so good! --Terry

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  4. I really need to get my embroidery machine out and work with it. The program that came with my new HQ Fusion ProStitch can digitize for quilting AND embroidery! I wish I could afford to go to Utah for a month and just immerse myself in learning how to utilize everything that's available. But, I think it would be much cheaper for me to hire a housekeeper for a month, plus I could sleep in my own bed. Maybe I will ask for that for my Christmas present.

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    1. Luann, I hear you about immersing yourself in the embroidery software. I wish I could do that too! If I ever get these pesky words down, other embroidery should be a snap! Ha!! Thanks for stopping by!--Terry

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  5. Looks great Terry!
    BarbCA

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    1. Barb, thank you for your kind comment!--Terry

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