Hand stitching did happen at our cabin this weekend, but it didn’t all turn out as expected. After pinning and preparing the dresden plate blocks, they shifted during stitching. While I was fretting over making sure that my stitches were small and hidden, my block started sliding in a bit of a spiral pattern. Some un-stitching is definitely in order so that I can try a different technique next time. I really didn’t see that coming. I am used to pinned fabric staying in place.
After I posted the above photo to the Celebrate Hand Quilting forum on Facebook, I got several helpful tips to help me in moving forward. I think I will try to fuse the blocks down with some Wonder Under (stopping a half inch or so before the ends so I can still hand applique the blocks). I am hopeful that it will hold the blocks firmly in place while allowing me to practice the tiny, hidden stitches that looked so nice (before I noticed the shifted blocks). Oh well, it’s all part of the ol’ live and learn philosophy that I have and that I will continue to have until it becomes a major time crunch–then it’s time to panic! For now, time is not an issue, so I will soldier on for another week and see how things go.
I hope that all of my American friends were able to celebrate Thanksgiving this year with an open heart and a stuffed tummy! For my international friends, I hope you were able to spend some time with family this week also! Love to all the stitchers out there!
What are you working on this week? Are you a Slow Sunday Stitcher?
Till next time,