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    #31
    Prior to zig zag on all machines. we used masking tape to cover the edges.

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      #32
      I learned that the Outline Stitch was made holding the thread above the needle, allowing it to flow around a circular shape and the Stem Stitch was made holding the thread below the needle making a straighter line. Also, a great resource is Ariane Zurcher’s YouTube channel On the Other Hand for those who are visual learners. She is left handed so many of the stitches are demonstrated that way. Hope this is helpful.

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      • kemopuzzle commented
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        Yes Ariana is amazing. Her videos are so helpful

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      Last edited by Lisa E.; 12-11-2021, 02:24 AM.

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        #34
        Originally posted by littlestitches View Post
        What size is your background? What size was the length of the block to start? I am having a hard time figuring it out to cut.. I like your layout.. not to complicated.. Thank you
        Yolanda, I just posted a sample for you on the ask question sections. Check it out. HelenW

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          #35
          Originally posted by owasyleczko View Post
          I learned that the Outline Stitch was made holding the thread above the needle, allowing it to flow around a circular shape and the Stem Stitch was made holding the thread below the needle making a straighter line. Also, a great resource is Ariane Zurcher’s YouTube channel On the Other Hand for those who are visual learners. She is left handed so many of the stitches are demonstrated that way. Hope this is helpful.
          I just ran into her you tube channel last week and she is a wealth of information. ALL LEFT HANDED QUILTERS SHOULD GO TO IT FOR
          A REAL VERSION OF WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE AND NOT HAVE TO MIRROR IMAGE THE RIGHT HANDED PEOPLE. HelenW

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            #36
            My shades of gray are going to have black silhouettes that I do my embroidery stitching on in DMC floss. Everything is coming from my stash on this one. The silhouettes are raw edge fusible with steam a seam lite. Nothing fused down yet still thinking about placement. I have one print gray fabric that I wanted to include, but will need to play around with a circular shape that is appliquéd to the other background if I use it. May just go with this.
            I am having fun and I have not even started stitching yet!!! HelenW

            CLICK ON PICTURE TO SEE THE FULL BACKGROUND

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            • Paula S. commented
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              I really like this idea!

            #37
            I loved my process but not the result.. I may go back for some prettier colors. I pieced it like it was a functional paper piecing project. The back is a piece of cotton and all seams are enclosed, except the outside edges which I will tape. No fusible.
            Last edited by Paula S.; 12-11-2021, 06:26 PM.

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            • Noella D. commented
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              Nice work putting your fabrics together here. I love that tiny dark strip. And the purple! Are these your colors, from your stash? Lovely, the embroidery will look great on this!

            • Paula S. commented
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              Thanks Noelle D., I bought 5 1/8 yard pieces at the local fabric discount store. I am liking it better as I add the embroidery.

            #38
            Originally posted by [email protected]
            I loved my process but not the result.. I may go back for some prettier colors. I pieced it like it was a functional paper piecing project. The back is a piece of cotton and all seams are enclosed, except the outside edges which I will tape. No fusible.
            Try again to post your pictures. You may have to change the size to smaller. I would love to see it. HelenW

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              #39
              I am loving working with the silk and the floss from the kit. I have embroidered, cross stitched & done redwork for decades, off and on. I am making my stitches smaller than I usually do with redwork and it really makes a better result. I have to use a hoop.
              Carol in SW Michigan

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              • Noella D. commented
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                I see here that you made your stiches really small, they are beautiful! This way you make it around the circle without the stitches being wobbly, like mine. I guess I’ll have to make mine smaller. (Sigh!) Thanks for sharing!

              #40
              I am loving this class. No pressure, no negative comments, but also still no stuff!
              My project supplies are still caught up somewhere in the US.

              While I am waiting, I am assembling a practice piece and embroidering on it, a piece of fabric given to me by my good friend Francine B. I already had floss and embroidery needles, a lap desk, and a lot of the other stuff in my stash that I have built up by trying any and all techniques, over the years, that embellishes fabrics. I can’t wait for the “brights” kit that inludes the varigated threads by Wonderfil.
              In my photo I was auditioning fabrics to add a border that includes more colours so that if I use some colours in the embroidery part they are harmonious with the rest. I drew some motifs using iron off pens. Motifs that I thought would go well for the embroidery.

              Make sure to make the photo full size to see all the pretty colours!
              Noella
              Last edited by Noella D.; 12-12-2021, 12:44 AM.

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              • Linda L. commented
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                Noella, this is lovely!

              #41
              One planned. One not. They are smooth; just poorly photographed. Very hard for me even with 50 years of quilting experience. Age??

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                #42
                Originally posted by Tigerannie View Post
                One planned. One not. They are smooth; just poorly photographed. Very hard for me even with 50 years of quilting experience. Age??
                Tigerannie, Don't feel alone. I have been quilting for several decades and I feel like a fish out of water. HelenW

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                  #43
                  This is my piece so far. I decided to add some cotton circles and a butterfly to do decorative stitches around. I’ll add more free form circles all around too. I used Pelion featherweight interfacing which I’m pls’d with since it give it a good stability.
                  looking fwd now to starting the stitches

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                  • KWinks13 commented
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                    Great idea! I love the butterfly.

                  #44
                  Originally posted by littlestitches View Post
                  What size is your background? What size was the length of the block to start? I am having a hard time figuring it out to cut.. I like your layout.. not to complicated.. Thank you
                  The hemmed size is 17.5 inches. I was going for not complicated. 8 inch squares with 2 inch rectangles.

                  I'm finding this very soothing. I've done a lot of counted cross stitch and painted canvas. This is much less stressful. Here's an update. The center circle/pyramid combination is a Star Trek symbol meaning 'infinite diversity in infinite combinations' I'm going to keep adding circles and pyramids.
                  Ellen Lindow
                  Plant City, FL

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                  • Jackie M. commented
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                    Love your IDIC.

                  • Karla W. commented
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                    Looks wonderful! I am still at stem and chain stitch!

                  #45
                  Making progress. The circle is actually on the orange fabric, it looks anything but orange in this photo! Enjoying this immensely. Something to enjoy while others are crazy shopping and partying LOL
                  Carol in SW Michigan

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                  • Karla W. commented
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                    Beautiful! I agree--I'd rather be home stitching!!

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