June 17, 2012

Cy - TAST TIF & quandry - some CQ seams

Just as I wrote "TIF & quandry" in the title box I thought it sounded like a special hair style treatment  that you can only get from an upmarket hair salon haha. "Good-day Mrs Llewellyn, would you like your usual TIF and quandry today?"

Lol - I digress. Back on topic now.

TAST - Buttonhole Wheel TIF 

....Taking It Further....   ....and my Quandry....


I had this idea to imitate a quilt block using the buttonhole wheel,
and to put a whole lot together to look like a quilt.
And then I stitched the 'whipped-back-stitch' in black, padded it, bagged it out, and finished.
And I end up with what you see above.
It's exactly what I could see in my head before I started, and exactly what I set out to make.
Now here's my quandry - 
I don't like it.
How can I get exactly what I wanted and yet not like it? I am puzzled.
Has this ever happened to you? If so, what did you do about it? 
Do I need to give myself permission not to like it, or do I just fling it in the back of the cupboard and let it stew?

CQJP Stitching Time This Week
I've not got much to show for the week, apart from a weak chest from coughing too much, a sore nose and throat from sneezing too much, and a hungry family because I've been snoozing too much and not done the shopping.
It's flu season in NZ. and it's a "knock-u-for-six" stinker.

Anyway, I did manage to get 3 seams on my June CQJP done before flu stopped my play.
A crochet trim I made especially for this seam.

I made a Celtic styled woven braid for this seam.

And a weird combination of stitches here, including a V stitch exploration row too.

Hoping the flu goes away soon so I can get more stitching done next week instead of falling asleep every five minutes. 

Hope you are all keeping free of the flu.

Happy Stitching

I'm going back to bed now! Feel free to talk about me while I'm gone.


Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Poor Cy. I hope you feel better soon. The flu is not a pleasant thing. I get a flu shot every year and have avoided it for several years.

As for your buttonhole wheels - Wow! I think you need to wait until you feel better to judge this piece. I think it looks fantastic! The crochet trim, Celtic braid (I want to know how to do that!) and combo stitching are wonderful additions for your block.

ladyhawthorne said...

I'm with Connie, I am totally impressed with the quilt look here and I like the colors too.
And yes we need a tutorial on the Celtic braid.
The combo seam is great too, I like the antler effect!

Debra Spincic said...

Yes, I am wearing the TIF and Quandry style right now; quite stylish!

You are making me want to do some crochet. I even stopped in the local craft store and looked at a swell book of edgings. But, I really cannot add another activity! but feel free to persuade me more.

The buttonhole wheel piece is nice but it's not freeform enough for you. Much too planned and rigid--although it could be splendid as a center medallion on a cushion or small quilt.

Debra Spincic said...

I am sure Cy will correct me but I believe the celtic braid is a looped running stitch. Another big bang for your buck kinda seam treatment.

Carol Neale-Broughton said...

You have permission to TIF every week if this is the result. It screams art deco and reminds me of our recent visit to Napier, which was wonderful, thanks for the memory.
Your crochet seam treatments are lovely and I especially like the last one. Do I rush out and buy a crochet hook In readiness for the lessons?
Hope you feel much better very soon.

Barbara C said...

I love your little quilt. Set it aside and it might grow on you. Sometimes you just have to make something to get it out of your system. Your seam treatments are lovely: such texture!

Cy said...

Yes I believe it is also known as a woven (or laced) running stitch when the running stitch is more 'spread out' length-ways and you can see the fabric through it. Mine was stitched with two rows of small back stitches, which were then woven (or laced) to give the Celtic braid effect.

Peacock said...

I do have that whole "why don't I like it, it's just what I imagined" thing happen to me too. Usually it's because I am too close to the project when it's first finished: I see all the sweat and toil and frustration and flaws. I have learned over a span of many years that if I resist the initial urge to give it away or throw it in the rubbish bin and instead toss it in a drawer where I don't have to look at it for six months, then when I discover it again, I usually adore it and can't comprehend why I disliked it in the first place. If I still dislike it after six months, then I decide whether to give it away or not!

I love all three of your stitch sets! The crochet trim is especially lovely-- you used a really nice hook to thread ratio, and the thread you chose really works well with the shell pattern. How did you do the celtic woven braid? Did you stitch back stitches onto the cloth and then weave the celtic part through them? or did you make the braid as a standalone somehow? I'm really curious- it looks fantastic, and I can't quite tell from the jpg how it was done. I also really love your V-stitch exploration-- they make me think of antlers or branches, and I like that they are delicate in thread size but and large in motif scale compared to the "river" that runs beneath them.

Cy said...

Thanks Angela, see answer above for the braid technique. That combo stitch row must be the reindeer stables at Santa's place, lol.

Peacock said...

...and please forgive me for re-asking questions that I now see you've already answered! I find it easiest to write comments when I don't look at what everyone else has said until after I finish my own-- otherwise I start trimming and modifying what I say in an attempt to not repeat what everyone else has said and too often I end up saying nothing if I read the other comments first!

Cy said...

Debra, I think you have hit the nail square on the head.
It's not freeform enough for me, it is too planned and rigid.
At the time of stitching it I was getting so bored with the repetition of stitches, I suppose having the flu didn't help, but I just wasn't enjoying it but as I was committed to completing it, it became a chore.

As for the crochet Debra, get yourself a hook and yarn and watch the YouTube videos to help you get started. I may even upload a video or two on MY channel there for our 2013 challenge ideas. Haha, you may have trouble understanding my British accent though, very West Country.

Cy said...

Art Deco - now why didn't I think of that? Thank you Carol, I'm starting to like it a little bit now I can associate it with Art Deco. And that also gives me an idea of how to develop it some more if I can bring myself to work any more on it.
Yes, get yourself a crochet hook before 2013.

Cy said...

Lol, Barbara, I certainly got that one out of my system.

Cy said...

That's ok Tahlia, I've no problem with questions repeated.
As for the Celtic braid question - I'll see if I can get a row done soon that is 'stretched out' more, so that you can see how the weaving bit is done. I like the 'closed' braid look though, as it adds weight to some seams.
I like the idea of not seeing this little quilt for six months or so, lol. To the back of the cupboard it goes, to be seen with 'new eyes' at a later date. Thanks for that suggestion.

Suztats said...

So, is that like my woven strip on my May CQJP? Horizontal bars and vertical strips with alternating over-and-unders? Or did you knot your 'overs'?

Suztats said...

I saw antlers, too!

Suztats said...

That's a gorgeous crocheted seam trim you created! I, too, like the mug rug, but understand that it's not your preferred style. I wonder if doing something in the diamonds around the edge would make it more appealing to you? Or weaving through the black borders? I, too, find that putting things aside for a while allows a fresh, new look later.

Suztats said...

Hope you're all better soon!

Cy said...

No Suz, it's not like your greens woven piece. Two parallel rows of back stitches first (that's the more olive green straight stitches in my row) then I used a slightly variegated brighter green for weaving through both rows with a 'back-loop' that then went one thread ahead. I bet that was clear as mud.
I'm going to stitch it again more 'spaced out' so that you can see where the weaving thread goes, then I'll post pics for it.

Cy said...

Thanks for the ideas Suz, I have put the Mug Rug away for now where I can forget about it until I dig about at the back of my cupboard again later in the year.

Cy said...

Thank you all for the "get well soon" messages.
There is still no let-up of the flu today, in fact my eyes are streaming so much that it is impossible to thread a needle. So I am going to close my eyes and "plug" my ears in to my ipod and listen to the soothing voice of Richard Burton reading "Under Milkwood" to me, and then, if I'm still awake, I'll get Scot Walker to sing to me.

Debra Spincic said...

I see a little Woven Celtic Braid challenge coming our way. Good, I need a few more seam treatments for this month's block!

Debra Spincic said...

I can crochet but I haven't tried anything as fine as trim before. I definitely like the idea of crochetting some trim; but, I may have to wait until 2013. Or not! what the heck.

cq4fun said...

I like your Fans, just as they are. I was very impressed, and couldn't believe it when I read you didn't like them! It looks super! I hope the flu is gone by now. Your "weird combination" of stitches is amazing and beautiful!