Into the Jungle SAL – February

Another mini finish!

For February, The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery released a flock of Toucans and they are adorable! This was a really quick stitch, but I slowly worked on it each weekend this month. The top and bottom borders were also released, but I’m in no rush to complete these. As long as I can keep up with the monthly blocks, I’ll feel on track with this project.

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I’ve very happy with how the Q-Snap does not leave any marks. After removing them, there was a slight square mark around the area, but it has already smoothed out. Where my Q-Snap was over the sloth, the stitches are a little flat, but not smooshed to one side like the hoop made them.

Let me show you the borders, because they are just too gorgeous not to share! The image is linked to the website if you’re interested in purchasing the pattern ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to the next release on March 1st. Happy Stitching!

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Materials: Lugana 28ct Shale, hand dyed evenweave, by Picture this Plus; DMC Threads

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SAL Update 2.11

I think I’ve done pretty well at alternating between my projects, but this past week I’ve focused on my Winnie the Pooh project. I completed Eeyore’s leg and chest, and am currently working on his floppy ear.

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Here’s a little bit of progress made on my February block for Into the Jungle SAL by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. Working with the QSnap wasn’t as bad as I thought and it wasn’t too different to holding a hoop. I actually found that holding the bottom left corner helped my hand relax as I didn’t have to get a true hold. I also found it a little difficult to stitch in the corner with the grime guard, so maybe I will try making the width a little smaller next time. This one is 5″ wide…maybe 4″ for the next one.

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I’m also happy to announce that we have a new stitcher in our group! Welcome Sunny ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m looking forward to seeing your projects!

Follow the links below for a little blog hop and see how everyone is doing on their stitching.

Avis, Claire, Gun,ย Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze,ย Debbierose,ย Kathy,ย Margaret, Cindy,ย Helen,ย Steph,ย Linda,ย Mary Margaret, Heidi,ย Connie,ย Jackie, and Sunny

If you would like to join our group of stitchers, check out Avis’s blog for the full details. It’s a great way to motivate yourself to stitch that UFO and make some progress (and make room for more projects!)

Stitchy Stash and a Grime Guard Tutorial

I’ve been pondering this hoop marking issue of mine since I last posted my SAL progress and it became an even bigger issue when I moved my hoop on top of mister sloth… I was not happy with the VERY smashed stitches! I notice with Lugana, stitches seem a little more fluffy then they do on Aida, which is why the hoop smashing was more evident to me. I looked at some scrolls on Amazon and looked at reviews for the QSnap. They all have their pros and cons, that I even attempted stitching in hand. While I’m impressed that I’m capable of stitching in hand, I prefer the taught fabric to stitch on.

Since I have no patience for shipping, I decided to look for a local needlework shop. The one in my city closed last year and it didn’t occur to me to look for the next closest one until now. I’m so happy I did too. 30 minutes away from me is a fantastic shop, that primarily focuses in Needlepoint, but has a decent size cross stitch section. The ladies were so very kind and helpful. They had some scrolls, but they were a bit heavy, so I decided on the QSnap 8″. I also perused their patterns, fabrics, and threads. I left the store quite happy, wouldn’t you say?!

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I’ve seen “And a Forest Grew” on instagram and flosstube and I had no idea that there was a garden version. It was the most expensive pattern from my “wants”, but I couldn’t pass it up. It’s probably a little more advanced too, but I figure I can stitch these other smaller patterns first as practice. I think I’ll start with Lizzie Kate’s Never Give Up that will be stitched on 32 count Lambswool Linen. Check me out trying all these new counts ๐Ÿ˜€

One of the reason I wanted the QSnap was for those cute little Grime Guards! What a fun way to use a fat quarter and to have a fun variety of covers. You could easily sew one up for every project, amiright?! First off, here’s the video tutorial that I watched to sew mine up by Tonya Stitches. Please note, that you are learning along with her and so I highly advise watching the full video first as she learns some things along the way. I didn’t do this, jumped right in, and discovered I needed to make adjustments after already starting. No big deal though, I’ll comment those fixes below for you to see.

Mom gifted me this fat quarter a couple of years ago and it’s been waiting patiently in my stash for the perfect project. It reminds me of country cottage decor, which in my mind pairs nicely with the patterns I purchased. Not so much with my Into the Jungle SAL, so I think I’ll make another this weekend. This Lynette Anderson Designs fabric features scrappy dogs and cats, along with garden elements.

Materials: 1 FQ, elastic strap, and a sewing machine.

Step 1: Fold your fat quarter to cut as you normally would with yardage. Cut straight down the middle.

FQ cut in half

Step 2: Join these two strips to make one long strip. I used a 0.5″ seam allowance and therefore did not bother to remove the selvage. I pressed my seam to one side. (Video mentions press Open, but this causes a problem when you feed the elastic though, so press to one side) These 22″ strips sewn together will produce a 43″ long strip. I decided to trim mine down to 36″. For an 8″ QSnap, you need at least 32″ + some wiggle room.

Step 3: Press a double 1″ hem along both sides. I used my nifty Clover Hot Hem ruler. (The video only presses a single 1″ hem, but she discovers that the grime guard is too wide this way at 7″. At this point, I just rolled the hem again and stitched down a second time, producing a double rolled hem. Your strip should now be 5″ wide.)

Step 4: Cut 2 17″ elastic strips. (Perimeter divided by 2 + 1″ or 32/2=16 + 1= 17″). Use a safety pin to guide the elastic through the double rolled hem. You want to feed it in the direction of your pressed side seam. (In the video, she gets her safety pin stuck under her open seams). As the end of your elastic reaches the end of the fabric, machine tack it in place, then continue feeding the elastic through. Here’s where it begins to gather, then tack the other end in place to complete one side. Repeat on the other side.

Step 5: With right sides together, sew the two raw edges together to create a loop. I decided to top stitch the raw edge of my seam allowance down.

Your Grime Guard is now complete!

…and test it out around your QSnap. There’s a little viewing of my February progress too ๐Ÿ™‚ Colorful little toucan!

I hope you found this tutorial helpful! There’s a few video tutorials out there, but all in all, a very quick and easy project. The Grime Guard helps to store your excess fabric and protects your work from your hands as you hold on to the frame. Now I’m ready to continue my stitching. I’ll be sure to let you know how the QSnap works for me. Until next time, happy stitching friends!