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I really like you charity quilt! Where do you donate them to? I favor that pinwheel in the churn dash block.
The inside is busy enough that I think it just needs a simple plain border, like a picture frame, to set off the center.
I added the 12 trees to my collection but haven't worked any of the designs yet. My elderly eyes didn't like the markings on linen, so I'm going to try muslin with a Pigma pen next.
I hope you'll enjoy your embroidery journey!
Cris in MT
I bought a large floor stand magnifying lamp in 1985 when I found my eyesight betraying me when I wanted to work on an exquisite linen sampler piece that "challenged" me. This lamp cost me a pretty penny at the time but it has saved my mental health many many times over the decades.
I use it now for expedited seam ripping ...
If you are interested, I will add photos.
I'm curious how she does the marking - I need to go searching to see if she has a "beginner" video.
I got your email, and I thank you. I have a couple of those that came with Ott lights, and I can never get them adjusted at the right distance to be focused. So I don't cross stitch on fabric that has more than 18 stitches to the inch. I have a friend who does those very detailed HAED (Heaven and Earth Designs) things she stitches on 25 count linen over one thread. Being my friend, you just knew she had to be crazy, right? LOL!
I have Ott lights almost everywhere. I wear bifocal contact lenses and have several pairs of reading glasses in various strengths. I muddle through.
Cris in MT
The instructions for pattern transfer mention something called Sublime Stitching's fine tipped iron-on transfer pen. Shoulder shrug about what that may be.
BUT the method Mary uses is a mechanical pencil with .5 mm lead using a light box or sunny window because the designs are "simple" enough. I only transferred one exactly this way and couldn't tell I'd put anything down at all on the white linen.
I've just been through a major sorting and reorganization of some of my "stuff" and now doubt that I'll ever do these at all (even on bleached muslin with a Frixion or Pigma pen). If you would like the pattern and linen, I'd be happy to send them to you. My email address is petthouse at bresnan dot com.
Cris in MT
Lynne, those blocks are made from the Disappearing Pinwheel block. (Where you make a pinwheel, then cut it into pieces and rearrange).
these 2 quilts are for my guild and will go to the women’s shelter that also take boys that come with the mothers. Many shelters will not take the older boys. I think both of these will make nice ones for them!
I just made a backing this afternoon! I was going thru some more donations and came across a roll of fabrics 8” wide that all seemed to coordinate. And a light bulb went off!
So, I went digging in my “finished quilt tops” cabinet and found a top I had pieced from left over pieces LONG ago!
While the fabrics are not the same, they are the same coloring and style! Now to send it to be finished for charity! A Win Win for me!