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the Nutcracker itself is about 10" tall. the Christmas ornament is a little bigger than a tennis ball. the nutcrackers eyeballs are tenee tiny, I had to use tweezers and the appliquick pointy stick.
Making the berries isn't too bad once I reconciled myself to the gathering method. I did have problems with losing them, I'd count 7 then all of a sudden there were 6 - one was stuck to my sleeve. I do need to make some even smaller ones for the poinsetta centers. They are just big enough that I don't want to embroider them. I might try just using the appliquick tools to gather and press instead of gathering with thread- I've gotten pretty good at that on some tight curves.
What I hate is all those pointy points on the holly - the batik makes nice points but sewing through them is a little nerve wracking - so far I've only broken one straw needle but I'm sure it won't be the last. which reminds me, I need to pack a magnet for the car trip.
I went shopping for greens at lunch, it wasn't very successful. I need to find a LQS with a good selection of "solid" batiks.
Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3) said:
so far I've only broken one straw needle
Oy vey! Those needles are SO slim. I know that I've bent more than a few in my time but I don't think I've ever broken one. Hand sewing through batiks is .... challenging.
It's going to be gorgeous when you're done!
I’ve been working away on Dear Jane blocks…some of these have so many pieces for a 5” unfinished block!
I have 10 blocks in a notebook by my relaxing chair to keep working on the applique. I find I can only work for short periods of time on these as hanging onto the small blocks cramps my fingers….sigh. So, I try to do a bit each day, even if it is only one piece.
here are my finished blocks ready to go in my done notebooks!
im going to try to keep getting blocks done while my mojo is with me. Maybe I can try to put rows together at my October retreat? That is my potential goal!
Those tiny blocks look magnificent.
Way beyond my pay grade (as Marje in East Texas used to say).
wow...those are great!
Those are looking amazing, Ellen! Nicely done!
I started cutting fabrics for a new I spy, pattern is called rick rac from MSQC. I am piecing it a little differently to use a 4x6 piece in the center so the novelties show better with fewer seams. But I think the pattern is very interesting. There is a video of course.
here's a picture -