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Baby Boy Square Quilt - Top

Baby Boy Square Quilt – Top

So you saw my first completed custom order here, and I’m delighted to say that I dropped it off to it’s new owner on the weekend!

I’ve already received feedback from here, and to say I’m excited would be a total understatement .. It’s new owner LOVES it, and so does baby Nate!

I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who commented with kind words on my previous post showing the finished quilt. Actually, I just want to say thank you to all of you who comment on anything, because it is really, really appreciated.

Damp Stretching & Blocking – Cross Stitch and Embroidery

Ruth O’Leary – Damp Stretching and Blocking

Check out this post by NeedlenThread on damp stretching and blocking your hand embroidery pieces. I had a look online and there’s quite a few tutorials on it, but many seem to link back to NeedlenThread’s tutorial anyway .. But here’s another tutorial I found, just to see a different version of the process.

As a brief run down, it’s basically pinning your work to a corkboard or something similar, lightly misting your slightly stretched piece, and letting it dry whilst still pinned. This method removes the creases created by storing or folding your piece, or the hoop crease from using an embroidery hoop.

There’s a couple of small speed humps I see with this method;

  1. Having a corkboard, or space big enough to adequately gently stretch my piece,
  2. Having enough space on said corkboard, especially if I’m using this method on a couple of different pieces, and
  3. Having enough pins to pin it all in hehe!

I’m going to give this method a go though, because I’ve personally found it’s way too easy to crush my stitches when I hand wash and iron my piece. I believe the crushing of stitches occurs during the ironing process .. Even though I iron my piece on a towel with stitches facing down. When I frame in a picture frame, I can sometimes see a little ripple in my aida, and I don’t know how to stop this from happening.

I like that it seems to be a gentle way of framing and “ironing” a piece, but one question I do have is regarding washing. For instance, if I’ve worked on a piece for long time I know there will be oil on my hands, and I like to wash my piece so there’s no chance of discolouration occurring over a long period of time. Washing it, and having to iron it flat would defeat the purpose of damp stretching and blocking, so I might give this a go on a small project that I’ve been able to quickly stitch I think.

Let me know if you’re interested in this method, and I’ll let you know how I find it once I’ve given this a go!

Baby Boy Square Quilt – Tada!

Baby Nate’s quilt is all done and will be delivered in person next week! I’m hoping to snap a photo of baby Nate getting acquainted with his gift from Aunty Kaz – fingers crossed!

This quilt is made from 7 fabric patterns, 5″ squares, 4 of which have personal hand embroidered messages on them. Final quitlt size is cot –  45″ (w) x 55″ (l), with diagonal quilting, and zig zag binding.

I’ve really enjoyed making my first order, and I hope it’s requester and owner are as happy with it as I am!

DMC Thread Organisation

I love organisation, and I loved to be organised. Don’t misunderstand this as, “Erin is totally and completely OCD,” because it’s not like that at all .. I just find an organised life for me equals an organised mind. So organising the little things for me help in the long run .. Like organising my DMC thread.

On the weekend I scored a total bargain. It’s pretty darn exciting, because it happened so quickly. I was just browsing a thrift website (Gumtree, for those of you in Australia), and saw a lady (Chantelle) was selling 400 colours of DMC thread, bulk lot of white, cream, off white, black and blue aida, and a few embroidery hoops along with a file of patterns .. All for $175!!! 

Now, if you’re like me, you get pretty darn excited because you know how much of a good deal this is. Thankfully Mr A is equally as excited by a bargain and insisted we collect this red hot deal on the night (thank goodness Mr A is so supportive!) .. So I picked up Chantelle’s deal and was so impressed by her organisation I had to share it with you all.

DMC Thread Organisation

Chantelle had her thread organised by DMC number, and tightly wound the whole skein onto plastic thread cards. Seriously, ingenious idea .. Plastic cards over cardboard cars makes so much sense now!

I currently organise my threads by colour, because I like to see what shades I have to pull the best one. Currently because I’m only designing patterns for myself, I pull the best colour I think will work overall, so this method has been working pretty well so far.

 
 

My downfall is that I HATE winding my thread onto those cards .. So currently each thread card takes up x3 as much space as it could, because they’re all loosely wound on.

Chantelle’s tight winding onto cards has inspired me. I’m currently incorporating my own thread into the ones I just scored, and I’m winding them as I go. I’m not yet 100% sure if the numbering or colour system is best yet to be honest, but I decided to stick with Chantelle’s method (partially because the organiser in me  <3’s them being organised by number), so there’s going to be a bit of trial and error so we’ll see what that goes.

These are all the ones I bought for $150 instead of $175. Chantelle was happy to get rid of them, so I got a further $25 discount, WHICH. IS. AWESOME!! I’m so excited by all these new colours .. I’ve designed a few more patterns so I’m in itching to be stitching!!

Baby Boy Square Quilt – Quilt Top

Hand Embroidery Quilt SquaresThanks for all your lovely messages everyone :) .. I’m totally on going to chalk this one up to being my first order!

I mentioned in my previous post that I was going to embroider some squares for baby Nate, so I’ve decided to share some photos of that.

I added in some cute sayings just so there were a couple more squares in the quilt. Aunty Kaz is the requester of this quilt so I added in a personal sign off from her.

Baby Boy Finished Quilt Top

Baby Boy Finished Quilt Top

The quilt top is now complete, and I’m a little ashamed to admit I still do a happy dance when my points meet! I feel like it’s pretty touch and go there sometimes ..  Do you guys have any tips for ensuring your points are precision perfect each time? 

Onto the back now, and I must admit, I never enjoy the back as much as the front .. I’ll be using the grey teardrop fabric for the majority of the back. I’m wondering if I’m the only one who loves making quilt top, but dreads making the quilt back/.