NOTE: Those of you who soldier through this entire post will be rewarded with multiple chances to win the Special Edition design collection of your choice, valued at $99.95, from our generous sponsor, Anita Goodesign. I am not going to tell you how to enter the giveaway until the end, though -- I'm gonna make you work for it! ;-)
|Tutorial Photo of Appliqued Quilt Block Technique|
|48" x 48" Fantasy Birds Tiled Quilt Project in Silk Dupioni|
|Individual Blue Jay Design from Fantasy Birds Collection|
So I was ready to start embroidering, and I was going to start with this blue jay design! I knew it would take awhile to stitch out, and I figured I could use that time to enlarge and edit stitch colors for the subsequent designs. I had assembled all of my supplies and notions, cut out Jumbo Hoop sized pieces of silk fabrics, and prepared my fabric pieces as per Anita Goodesign's tutorial instructions.
|Silk Dupioni (above), My Kravet Glittered Silk Shantung (below)|
My enlarged design was 13 1/4" x 7 3/4", had 69,639 stitches, and was going to burn through an estimated 161 meters of bobbin thread and 4-6 hours of my time. And, considering that it was already 5 PM on Tuesday evening when I made this discovery, I realized that not only would I be unable to complete my entire table runner project for this post, I wasn't even going to be able to sew out the entire first design in one evening. Dinner and bed time stories with my children trump sewing projects any day in the week. So I embroidered about half of the design after I put the kids to bed on Tuesday night, and when I stopped at 11 PM I put my sewing machine in Eco Mode to conserve power while ensuring I could pick up right where I left off on Wednesday morning.
|Back of Design, Tearaway Removed and Muslin Cut Away|
|Can You Imagine These Designs on a Window Treatment?|
I plan to select a random winner from all comments on this post on Monday the 25th.
Here's the lineup with links, one last time:
Tuesday, March 19th:
Wednesday, March 20th:
Thursday, March 21st:
Fri., March 22nd
Once again, I want to extend a HUGE thank-you to SewCalGal and I Have A Notion for organizing this hop and for inviting me to participate, and an even bigger thank-you to Anita Goodesign for graciously agreeing to sponser the event, for supplying the designs featured in all of our blog hop projects, and for donating such generous prizes for our lucky winners.
Well, folks, I had glorious plans of not only finishing the entire table runner yesterday, but I also planned to complete this blog post before my kids got home from school and schedule it to publish automatically at 7 AM. Since it is now after 2 AM on Thursday morning. I'm going to do one thing AHEAD of schedule -- I'm going to go ahead and publish it right now and then head straight to bed. Happy Thursday, everyone, and good luck in the giveaways! May the best stitcher win. ;-)
UPDATED 6/17/2013: I didn't make this into a table runner, but I did finally layer it with batting and quilted the piece, and it came out so beautifully that I was doing a happy dance all over the sewing room! You can see those results in this post.