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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 538511 views.
Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)


I have my wee hexie basket project that I started eons ago... I started it before I learned about the Flat Back stitch...and I am not liking that the stitching is showing...

Might just have to REDO the whole entire thing with the Flat Back stitch..

I got a set of the SewTites - magnetic pieces that some EPPers are using with Flat Back to keep the pieces snuggled up against each other.. Have not tried them much yet. They seem like they are overkill for the wee hexies but your project is bigger so they might just work for you.

I saw those at a recent show but wondered if they wouldn't still slip around.  I've just been using masking tape and it works pretty well - though I think I'll want clear tape when I go to match the seams piece to piece.  I did resort to folding the pieces together when I started the seam, just so I could get a couple of stitches right on the corners.   I couldn't see them well due to the seam allowance folded over. 

I'm going to go through my scraps tonight and see what pieces are big enough to get the 6 blades out of the same fabric.  I don't have very many largish pieces left as I had already gone through and cut out for 2 other projects - kind of odd to think I don't have a lot of scraps.  But plenty in the folded fabrics.

Oh look, just noticed that leaves are starting to fall outside my window - yipee, fall is here!  We've still had pretty hot temps during the day (90's) but the mornings & evenings are cooling off some.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


Progress pictures on my EPP, "Forget Me Not" by Sue Daley.

I've discovered that if I make "units" of hexies, they are easier to sew to another unit than if I did it hexie by hexie.  Making these "units" also eliminates the need for me to COUNT every single time.

Here is a border unit that will go around 2 con-joined diamond units.  The diamond units go inside the border.

Here is a shot of the whole thing, so far.  You can see (2) borders have been sewn to the con-joined diamond units.  All of the diamond units have been sewn together but NOT sewn to the center medallion.

I've also heard of the flat-back stitch and I have tried it.  Honestly, it was a bit on the fiddly side for me, even though from the right side, it does look lovely.  I still use the whip stitch, as having the small stitches show on the front doesn't bother me.  I also wonder about the strength of the flat-back vs the whip stitch.  Do the two stitches have comparable ability to hold the pieces together without popping under stress?

flat back stitch, it is a bit harder to hold the pieces, but I decided it's not any more difficult than applique.  and I love how it looks on the front.  I am going through more threads than just 2.


From: judyinohio


You guys are making my brain melt.  tired_face

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)


You can get an LED bulb for your FW that doesn't get hot.  Haven't burned myself since I switched.

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)


Very cute llamas!  Be careful.  You'll finish them before your retreat.


From: MelRN


I started working on a simple's like 9 patch ish kinda thing. I was very excited about it when I designed it but then the fabric (which was "good" fabric...Kaufman unbleached fabric) was not good. It's very stretchy and I'm finding it a pain in the butt! Grr.


From: judyinohio


If you prewashed the fabric then you might need to starch the bejabbers out of it to make it user friendly again. I know that this is a lot of work but it might make you happier when you go to run those squares under the needle.

Just an idea.

(I know I'm kinda wishing the small 2.5 inch squares I am working with right now were stiffer goods but I'm stuck because this was a kit and the quality of the fabric varies a bit from one square to the next. I'm just stitching very very carefully.)

  • Edited October 2, 2021 11:40 am  by  judyinohio

OK, I might have overdone the kit thing just a bit

I was flipping through a folder 2 days ago on my bookcase and discovered several ideas I had drawn in EQ and printed off a couple of months ago.  I think they were all from my 2 new Kim Brackett books but I got focused on the Christmas applique about that time and forgot about them.  Hmmm, something to do while waiting for the retreat on Monday....  So now I have 6 I spy kits (plus a scrap house kit by MSQC).  I think I'm good for things to sew for a while. grinning

All but 1 of them have snowball corners, so I'm going to have TONS of tiny triangles left over.