Mini Win

As I predicted, I didn’t get to work on my Strike Out! quilt much this week, but I was able to pull it out for maybe an hour and do some embroidery.

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On the bottom of the bowling ball, I embroidered the name “José” for the recipient of the quilt. I used my own hand writing as the script and three strands of a true red embroidery floss that I had on hand.

I’m very happy with how it turned out as this was my first try at real embroidery. I notice a few mistakes, like uneven stitch lengths and some areas not being totally straight, but I once read this philosophy and have tried to stay true to it.
If you can’t see the mistake if its galloping by on a horse, then you’re OK.
I can’t remember where I first saw it, but I like it! Anyway, what do you guys think?

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Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be able to at least get the finger holes on the ball.

Label Like Whoa, part II

I hope I didn’t keep you in “suspense” for too long, but—-
*insert drumroll*

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“I was waltzing with my darlin’…”
Tennessee Waltz Quilt 4-H

I finished my label! I am very pleased with how it turned out. That quote is the opening line to a poem titled “Tennessee Waltz” by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King. The poem is absolutely beautiful and sad…. I wish I could have put the whole thing on the label!

It is cross stitched with what I dubbed the Pull-Out method. I basted a cross stitch canvas over a quilting cotton then stitched like I normally do.

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When the stitching was completed, I cut the canvas into small-ish sections (careful not to cut the stitches) and then pulled out the canvas. Hence the name. I learned that using eyebrow tweezers really saved my finger tips.

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I had to be really careful; if I pulled the canvas in any way but straight out, I risked distorting the stitches. My only complaint is that the stitches are loose and I’m scared they’ll get messed up once they go through the wash.

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I think this is a darling way to do a label and will definitely use it on my other projects!

-Linking up to Finish It Up Friday