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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Pink Cellphone Pouch and Redwork Cupid Complete!

I did some serious stitching yesterday! I finished the stitching on the pink cellphone pouch:

Pink Cellphone Pouch

Susan commented on how perfectly spaced my Buttonhole wheels are. I have a trick for that! I took a coin, a dime actually and drew a line down the middle using a ruler and a black permanent marker. Then I lined the black line up on the dime along the seam line. I used a pencil and traced around the dime. It's best to start in the middle of the seam that you want to cover. That way you won't have too much space on either side of the row you're working on.

If you want larger Buttonhole wheels, use a nickel or a quarter.

You can also use a quilters blue pen to mark your piece. That only works on very light fabrics though. If working on a dark fabric, try a white caulk pencil. And if working on a plush fabric like velvet, you'll have to use tissue paper. Using a ruler, draw a line on the tissue, then mark the line with your coin. Line it up along your seam on your CQ. You can baste it or pin it on. Do your stitching and then carefully tear away the tissue paper out from under your stitches. Now I know alot of stitchers use Press & Seal. I've tried this and I don't recommend it. I had alot more trouble getting it out then I do with the tissue.

I guess with my cross stitch background, I feel the need for my stitches to be perfectly and evenly spaced. Eyeballing it just doesn't work for me. I use waste canvas for feather stitches and fan stitches but it doesn't work for the Buttonhole Wheels so this is a nice way to do it. I hope these ideas help you to have perfectly spaced stitches too!

When I completed the cellphone pouch, I worked on the little redwork cupid that I started back at Thanksgiving and completed that:

Redwork Cupid

Since I love beads and do-dads, I will be adding a few embellishments to this. Probably just on the heart. Stop by again tomorrow to see what I do with it!

I'm off to run my sewing machine. I want to sew the cellphone pouches together and then work up another CQ block or two. I have such a cool idea for one! I have to see what my stash offers in the way of white fancy fabrics first!

2 comments:

Susan said...

I can hardly wait to see what you do with the cupid embellishment. He's one of the cutest ones ever.

Thanks for the explanation of how you do your wheels. I've been using one of my Miss Carole templates, but your stitches within each wheel are terrific, too, so I think you must have a good eye for spacing. And your wheels are actually *round*! What a concept.

The pink piece looks great!

Susan said...

I can hardly wait to see what you do with the cupid embellishment. He's one of the cutest ones ever.

Thanks for the explanation of how you do your wheels. I've been using one of my Miss Carole templates, but your stitches within each wheel are terrific, too, so I think you must have a good eye for spacing. And your wheels are actually *round*! What a concept.

The pink piece looks great!

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