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A finished project!

Posted on 2013.09.08 at 20:28
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Of course, the finished things are only vaguely similar to my initial plan, but that's pretty much the norm..

On to the story: So, in a post in 2007 I mentioned having an idea for a quilt with embroideries on. I'm pretty sure that this is that project.* I have always liked redwork quilts, with their simple line embroideries and limited colours. Usually they are made of cotton muslin with embroidery in Turkey red - household leftovers and the cheap but colourful and colourfast yarn.

Here's a couple of links to examples in the Quilt index:
Connecticut, early 20th century
Detail of above quilt
Quilt made by Emiline Lacross, Connecticut
Detail of Lacross Quilt

So, that was my starting point. I then decided to make a bluework version, because I had half a kilo of blue embroidery cotton.** And white cotton cloth can always be found cheaply. For free, occasionally.

Yeah, I think I was having one of my "trying to be normal" episodes when I decided on the colour scheme.

So, fast forward a couple of years. I'm still working on the occasional piece of embroidery for this quilt, but have realised I'll never use it! So, in the spirit of my new crafting mantra "Done is better than perfect", I decide to make reusable grocery bags out of the embroidered*** bits instead. And now they are finished! Two nice sturdy bags.


Bag the first (for some damned reason Photobucket has decided I don't know which way is up on my own photos, and refuses to budge. Sorry):
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This one has the embroidery alternating with solid blue cotton, and is lined with an old pillowcase I think.

Bag the second:
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This one is finished more like the original quilt was supposed to be, with a line of stitching separating the embroidered panels. The stitch I used for that is feather stitch. (Although I like the Swedish name more: kråkspark= Crow kick stitch.) It's lined with my mom's old living room curtains.

And the patterns? I have used mostly stem stitch, and some back stitch. They are a mix of anything that seemed interesting at the time, and they are pretty much a list of "my favourite things".**** I like bats, and coffee, and Babylon 5, and Buffy the vampire slayer, and Terry Pratchett, and you get the idea...

And I have finished two more things! Yay me!

* There is another quilt project that might fit the description, but that one is classified as "quilt with quotes", not "quilt with embroidery" in my head. So this is it I think...

**If you ever decide to make a joint order for yarn, or anything else, and then want to flake out on it? Please do so before the order is placed! That was ten years ago, and I'm still slightly miffed about it...

***By now I have written this word so many times in one post, it's starting to not look like a word anymore.

****Which does not include Sound of music.


Lady K
astroflammante at 2013-09-09 18:57 (UTC) (Link)
oookay... Today the pics are right side up? What gives, Photobucket?
kseenaa at 2013-09-11 20:19 (UTC) (Link)
Apparently Photobucket has been a pain in the ass for many for quite some time, according to the graphic-makers that I do follow in various communties... :-P So not your fault there.

And for the record, THESE ROCKS! :-D Me and peting73 amused ourselfs with trying to recognize as much as possible. We didn't do to badly, I'd say! :-D
Lady K
lady_knits at 2013-09-13 10:18 (UTC) (Link)
I've heard a lot of complaints too, and this isn't the first time I got a bit frustrated myself. You got any alternatives?

*grins* Thanks! I'm guessing you got pretty much everything that's anything to get. The scissors are my own embroidery scissors, so that one is kinda unobvious to everyone else. And the five exclamation points might only be recognisable to Pratchett fans, which I know you aren't. (Or, I don't know about peting73?) And the cat is copied from a Lise Myhre drawing, so it's a sneaky way of adding Nemi. If you want to know about anything else, ask! :-)

(And I still want to do a full scale version, an entire quilt like this. But in black and red instead.)
kseenaa at 2013-09-25 22:18 (UTC) (Link)
Peting was indeed a Pratchett fan. :-) He hasn't read any Discworld in a long time now though. :-P

And talking alternatives, I actually use Livejournals own Scrapbook. It is really really sweet and easy to use. I don't know how much, if any, storage you got when being a free member? Since I have a permanent account and Alexandra has a paid one though, there's plenty room in both our galleries. It's pretty stable to. Apart from when LJ is under DDOS attacks, but that's understandable, I'd say.
Lady K
lady_knits at 2013-09-29 18:16 (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm... I can't find any info about the amount of storage, but I'll try it for my next post. I suppose I can always find the limit by reaching it. :-)
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