January 21, 2014

Fitzy - A Little Progress

A little progress on a little project!

Despite a busy week and time well-spent with my seam ripper, I give you this today:

I had oriented the 2nd flower incorrectly, which needed changing, and had the opportunity to correct my connecting thread color...whew! I'm glad to be getting this project out of my system, these tiny hexies do not play well with my arthritis!!

I want to take a moment to thank a new special friend Susan N. She's gone out of her way by supplying me with the beginnings of my CQ stash. Beautiful ribbons and cordings and beads..oh my! I was able to add to her generosity by way of a quilt show this weekend, and I now realize I have NO EXCUSE for further delay. Thank you again Susan.

My question of the day to you all - When working with quilting cottons in CQ blocks, do you like to interface?

11 comments:

Moira said...

Nope, I don't interface when working cottons in my CQ blocks. (Note, I'm only using cottons, linens and silks for the most part now for that.)

Your hexies are looking great as you put them together.

cq4fun said...

I don't interface anything. I do sew it on a foundation, usually a thin muslin, and I machine sew it, not by hand. I know some people put the pieces down by hand, though. You're welcome. There's more where that came from. Now I'm curious what you got at the show! Your hexagons look great, but definitely too small for me. 3/4" is my smallest side!

Debra Spincic said...

What? I was waiting for some color or design direction before sending supplies! that Susan beat me? LOL! Holler if you need more.

No interfacing for me either. I use the lightest possible backing--remember you are going to be hand embroidering through the thickness.

QuiltingFitzy said...

Monochromatic or VERY pale pastels is the direction I want to go. I'm not sure I'll ever have "enough", VBG. At the quilt show, I picked up some watch parts....and a few metallic baubles. I think the embellishments will help pick-up the colors from the minimal color choices in fabric. I found some dupioni in white and beige, and some silks in the same colors, I'm looking for some fabric bits with texture in pastels.

Debra Spincic said...

I'll try to remember to sort through my fabrics for you. I have some drapery samples that may have textures. I have quite a bit of linen fabric I am sure I can share with you.

Judy S. said...

Sounds like you're going to have some fun!

Judy S. said...

Those really are tiny hexies! Love the heart ones especially. Hope you show us a finished mat.

ladyhawthorne said...

I don't use interfacing either for quilts. I did use it for machine applique pieces that were going on large banners for the church I used to attend, it really helps for that if you are using wiggly fabrics like lame and such. But the banners were meant to be stiff and it was all machine embroidered. I would hate to try hand stitching through interfacing and fabric together.

Suztats said...

I, too, use a muslin backing for my CQ cottons and no interfacing. I would think it would be very difficult to hand-stitch through interfacing, and one would lose the suppleness of the fabric.
Your hexies are so small! I'm doing a year-long Hex project with StitchMAP, but ours are 7"- and that's small enough for me...lol!
( whaat? no pictures of your purchases? You do realize we like eye candy, don't you? The only thing better than drooling over someone else's stash is drooling over your own (though it can get messy!) lol!

Debra Spincic said...

Yea, listen to Suz. We like eye candy here!

Cyra said...

Love those tiny hexies. I like 'miniature' projects like that.
I am another stitcher who is a fan of muslin for backing cq blocks that will have hand stitched embroidery on them.
Looking forward to seeing your cq develop.