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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Quilt Along Wednesday

I finished up the mini quilt for Quilt Along Wednesday. I found micro stippling a little challenging. I took me approximately 4 hours to do the micro-stippling. i only worked in one hour increments. I found it easier to keep my stippling small in the little areas, like the heart. On the outer edges, the stippling got slightly larger. I had to " reigh it in" a few times on the outer edges. I would start out"micro" but then my shapes would start to get larger. Also, doing such precision work caused my hands to start to cramp up a little bit. Did any one else experience this? All-in-all, I am pleased with the results! Even the the stippling size varies a little bit, it is slight enough that it still looks consistent.

This is my warm up piece.

I can see the need for blocking the quilt. there are quite a few waves. But I did manage to not get any puckers, front or back, on my quilt!! :)

front

back

I had a hard time figuring which was the front, and which was the back. All the chalk has rubbed off. When I go to bind it, i will have to look at it extra hard to find the front. I should probably mark it next time. That's a good thing, right??

Here is my mistake on the front. I'm not sure what happened. I think it's where I stopped and started again and had a little  excess thread .

Mistake on the back. Not sure what happened here. These mistakes are staying! I'm not even gonna attempt to rip out those teeny tiny stitches.
Just for the record, I did have other mistakes! Ha! But they were so subtle and un-noticable, that they aren't worth worring about!

Questions for Leah: 


How long did it take YOU to micro-stipple this??? Did your hands get cramped? Do you quilt micro- stippling at a VERY slow speed? I forgot to mention earlier that while quilting this motif, expecially in the shaped areas, my speed was super slow.


Here is what i learned. While a little challenging, Micro-stippling provides a beautiful texture to your quilt. It's not the best motif if you are in a hurry! I think I will  reserve it for art, or wall quilts, but I think it would be cute to add little border to a home-made quilt label! I can't wait for BLOCKING!!







25 comments:

  1. I had the same. Micro stippling in small areas was ok. In the border it was getting bigger. Lovely quilt.

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    1. Thanks! It was challenging. But anything worth doing is!

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  2. Oh WOW, oh WOW! FABULOUS quilting! You definitely got how to microstipple!!!

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    1. thanks! I am ready to get this set and binded!!! I love binding. It's like running to the finish line!

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  3. You did a great job!

    I've been doing mine in hour increments too- and it looks like it will take me 4 hours to do the micro stippling.

    In the hearts I did it quite slow, but I've sped up around the borders. I think I may have increased the scale a little though...

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    1. Yes, I went SUPER SLOW in the hearts too. i was scared I was gonna cross my outline. i think that is what made it look so jagged, going slow.

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  4. Your microstippling looks great, so nice and dense, love it!

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  5. Definitely a good sign if you can't distinguish the front from the back! I think I strained my eyes with this one more than my arms but I could definitely feel it in my shoulders as well. Good job on the stitching, it looks super consistent in the close-ups.

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  6. Yes, my microstippling started to get bigger on the borders too. Yours is beautifully done.

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    1. Thanks Ann. And I saw one of your comments that you were disappointed with yours after seeing every one elses. i thought, what is she talking about? She did a great job. Really, you did. Don't be so hard on yourself! i enjoy looking at your work. :)

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  7. You got this down perfectly! Looks fabulous.

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  8. Looks great...might try another piece myself using a dark background with a light thread. Re cramping...for me it is not so much the hands but the shoulders. Have to pace myself as I tend to really tense up and then get really sore shoulders. I am currently investigating a sewing cabinet ...

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  9. yes, i need a better sewing table! I really want the Gidget 2 , but I will have to wait. money is tight.

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  10. Wow- it looks great! I'm impressed with your micro-stippling.

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    1. Thank you :) I love being part of this group!! having so much fun!

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  11. Looks wonderful - you have this down pat! How nice that you have so few spots with extra thread - my whole project is dotted with globs of thread....

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    1. Thank you! Sorry if you are having problems! I did too with my old machine. I rescently purchased a Janome 1600, and it made my FMQ life sooooo much easier!!!! Don't assume its you, it may very well be your machine! I figured if it is something I really love to do, it was worth the investment. And I'm not downing your project, I think it looks great! I just know how it feels to not be completely satisfied with your own work.

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  12. Oh Danielle, this looks wonderful! I got some little spots of thread on the back also - I think it was where I hesitated when stitching. It seemed to get better as I went along. It really did take quite a while to stitch, didn't it? I think it was worth the time considering how great it looks! ~Jeanne

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  13. Thanks! And I agree, it was worth it! I think my blobs are where I hesitated to:P

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  14. Stunning! What a terrific job you've done on this quilt. I hope it makes you smile.

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    1. Thank you! I just need to get a dowel rod to hang it!

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