Wednesday, 21 September 2016

WIPW - Three Cheers for TAST

Work In Progress Wednesday no longer includes the HC (Himeji Castle) quilt as I completed it last week. This will give me a chance to speed up progress on Trinity Green - I thought. There was another birthday, though, and I made a card.

Trinity Green
I added another 270 triangles and the total is now 4,752:

Fabric in Focus
I don't know if you can call this 'designer' fabric, but it is sold at IKEA, the Swedish furniture giant whose shops pop up like mushrooms all over the world.
Typical for Swedish prints, and maybe especially IKEA, is the large scale of the design. It makes it hard to use for small pieces in patchwork. So I fussy cut the green areas, ignored the cute animals and just salvaged the green.

Birthday Card

I wanted to make a simple birthday card and picked a few of the TAST stitches I have recently been having Second Helpings of.
Three Cheers for TAST!
Light blue is #95 Linked Chain Stitch
Turquoise is #14 Stem Stitch
Blue with orange links is #104 Buttonholed Cable Chain Stitch
Blue with beads is #26 Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch
I also added an appliquéd dot (with a plastic cup inside)

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

TASTy Tuesday - Second Helpings 111 - 116

In the last post you saw that I have run out of space at the bottom of the sampler for more stitches. I have divided the sides into ten sections where I will stitch three stitches in each.
 Here I serve up the six first stitches in this new section:
111) Zig-zag Coral Stitch
112) Feathered Chain Stitch
113) Beaded Feathered Chain Stitch

114) Long Tail Chain Stitch
115) Whipped Long Tail Chain Stitch
116) Beaded Vandyke Stitch

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

WIPW - A Finish

Oh, it is so nice to tick off a WIP (Work In Progress) on the Wednesday list! The H C Quilt is completed!

First, let's look at the update for

Trinity Green
It wasn't a very green week! Only 81 triangles added. Total count 4.482.
I had to take this photo while the daylight was still sufficient - since then I have stitched those remaining triangles, and have three filled paper strips..

Fabric in Focus
Dots, another favourite pattern that quilters often use, are many in my collection. Some dots sneak in with other patterns (stars e.g.)

Now for the completed

H C Quilt
H C standsfor Himeji Castle. Together with Kumamoto and Matsumoto castles it is one of the most famous medieval fortresses in Japan and is visited by crowds of tourist every year. It is also known as the White Heron Castle, and in the recent renovation the roof was restored to its original white colour. In the old photograph I used for my drawing on the quilt, however, the roof is greyish, and so I used grey crayons.
You can read more about Himeji Castle and its long history here.

The progress I made this week:
I quilted some rays of sunshine with metallic thread.
Then the wind in the sky.
A bit more greenery.
I settled for black and white stripes for the border.
Without too much trouble I made neat mitred corners.
Then framed the quilt
and hung it next to 'Kafferepet'.
It's rather small, the measurement is 54 cm x 65 cm.

The quilt has been given to an armchair traveller, with the hope that one day a real visit to the castle will be made.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

TASTy Tuesday - Second Helpings 106 - 110

I must be on a diet - or have I lost apetite in the hot and humid climate of Tokyo? This week I have only worked five TAST stitches. The real reason is that I have run out of space at the bottom of the fabric:
As I don't want to add another piece of fabric, the next 30 stitches will be squeezed in at the sides, and stitched in a vertical line. Five blocks on each side with three stitches each.  Hopefully these blocks will frame the first 110 stitches:

So here are the five stitches I did manage to stitch:
From the top:
106) Looped Cretan Stitch
107) Beaded Looped Cretan Stitch (with bugle beads)
108) Rice Stitch
109) Square Boss Stitch
110) Rope Stitch