My January Stitch Along week 2
I have to say, I had lots of fun this week with my stitch along. My only problem was the fun ran out too soon and now I need to wait till next week to continue. I hope you didn't miss the rules, here they are just in case: week 1 and week 2
I'd already pressed the fusible to the back of my warm colored scraps so all I needed to do was trim them up ready to use.
I hadn't realized at the time that it was a good idea to remove the paper from the back of the fusible before I cut them up! Good thing was, I could share that tip with you first before you did yours after I had to painfully remove each little square of paper from mine, but I have to admit, it is great finding those little haha! moments.
I cut my scraps into rectangle shapes using free-hand with my rotary cutter. This is a lot of fun by the way so if you haven't tried cutting free-hand do so. What's better than cutting a straight line? A curvy one!
The next step was to scatter my rectangles on my dark square and press them in place. Of course, it wasn't until after they were pressed that I had another little haha! moment and that was try to avoid the center. I'm not going to tell you why right now, but because I knew where I was heading, I thought it made sense so I know you're going to have a bit better experience with this challenge than I am, but then, a challenge is a challenge and it's good that it is that for me too.
Now for the fun.... connecting the dots, as I mentioned in the rules. First I backed my block with stabilizer to prevent puckering because I knew I'd be stitching between the shapes as well as on then. Then I threaded up the machine with a variegated thread and began to stitch using free-motion.
I first started stitch around the edge and curling to each rectangle. I didn't try to be careful... this is to be fun after all so why work hard at getting it perfect when I didn't have to. That's just too much concentration and too much seriousness. The more I stitched, the more I relaxed into it.
I went from stitching around the edge to adding a line through the center...
and then an extra triangle or loop...
to a zigzag...
And before I knew it, all the shapes had been stitched over.
Now that went way too fast! What do you think, should I make another?
How did you get on? Let's check out the gallery for some fun blocks from the others... January Gallery