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?!
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, trimming to square your fabric. Next, cut straight down the middle. You should have two 8.5″ wide strips.
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. Trim the strip down to the perimeter of your QSnap plus 1″ wiggle room. (**Alternatively, if you have yardage, one 8.5″ wide strip cut selvage to selvage will equal 42-44″ long, no joining necessary.)
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 4.5-5″ wide, depending on your fat quarter size.) Personally, I like the finished 4.5″ wide grime guard. The 5″ was ok, just a tad to wide for my liking. Stitch close to the edge of the fold.
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!