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.

SAL 2.11

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.

SAL 2.11 into the jungle Feb

I’m also happy to announce that we have a new stitcher in our group! Welcome Sunny 🙂 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, GunCarole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, ConstanzeDebbieroseKathyMargaret, CindyHelenStephLindaMary Margaret, HeidiConnieJackie, 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!)

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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 😀

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 🙂 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!

Into the Jungle SAL – January

A small stitchy finish!

This past weekend I finished the January release from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s Into the Jungle SAL. This was my first time stitching on Lugana 28 ct evenweave and while I found it challenging at first, I really grew to love it. The fabric itself is beautiful. Others who are stitching along are stitching on hand dyed aida and it’s really beautiful as well. Super excited about the February release tomorrow!

sloth cross stitch 2

sloth cross stitch

The back of my leaves got really busy and bulky. Objects with multiple colors, do you stitch the color with the smallest count up to the color with the highest count…or vice versa? Also, you can definitely see my hoop marks. I take my hoop off every time I put my work away and I try to re-hoop in a different spot when I start back up. Do you press often or just wait until the end. I saw someone on youtube mist her work with water and press from the back. How do you press your work?

Check out everyone’s progress on Instagram #intothejungleSAL

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