Sunday, 21 October 2012

UFO Sunday #9

I did a lot of work last Sunday on my little crazy wall hanging.

In retrospect, the idea of the panel was great, but next time,  I will look at the size of the motifs a bit more closely because this panel is very small, hence outlining these tiny bitses was a bit of a hassle. Mind you, I will never again feel reluctant to outline anything after having gone around tiny cat ears and teeny-weeny birds.

I continued to outline the major bits and then started to microstipple around the shapes. Seriously, I think my stipple is more of a nanostipple it is that tiny...and all this with white thread on a white background, enough to drive you insane. However it got done and not a line crossed (ha, ha...). I can be absolutely assured that this thing will never become undone, ever. Don't know whether you can see it, I even outlined the tiny nine patch block pictures...it was hard to stop after a while. How great is the wool batting. The cats just about jump out of the panel.


Microstippling

With that done I tackled the house because this was seriously puffed out. Not wanting to nanostipple again I just followed the bricks and the windows...a bit untidy because it is so small, but never mind, it got the job done.

Then the border...decided to stick with my idea of the loops and worked some stars into it...all on a bit of a smaller scale. I chose this as I don't find loops that easy if I have to fill an area with them. The design always looks so easy-going but is actually quite tricky because it sends you in a certain direction, so you always have to think ahead. And well, the stars...I have struggled with them in the past  but after the first few on this border I got the hang of it. Bit wobbly, but adds some charm to it, I reckon. I did this in variegated thread which had the added advantage of allowing me to place the stars at pretty regular intervals...just had to wait for the colour change.

 

And tada...did the binding over the week...here it is, all finished.

Cat Wall hanging 18" x 22.5"

Had a few anxious moments as I could not remember whether I had washed the fabric beforehand. I carefully wet the edges before I washed it...Yep, must have washed the fabric beforehand...no colour runs, not even a hint. Dried it a bit, then blocked it and managed to square it off pretty well (mind you, it is so tight, there was not a lot of 'give' in there).
 
After I had done all this, I actually remembered that I have two more panels sitting amongst my fabric stash...totally forgotten about them. One small lighthouse, similar in size to this and one big panel with lots of blocks printed on it...here we go, should really finish them off. I reckon they have been sitting in there for at least two years. Should really be counted as UFOs as I had all good intentions to finish them quickly by just quilting over it.

Linking up to Leah Day's UFO Sunday on the Freemotion Quilting Project

Until next time

Karin

12 comments:

  1. It looks great and what great tiny stippling. Happy Dance for you.

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    1. Yes, glad it's finished. that was a bit intense

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  2. So cute! I love the way the microstippled areas turned out.

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    1. The photo does not really do it justice...the cats are really puffy, almost like trapunto

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  3. Oh! What beautiful work! And such a feeling of accomplishment! Good luck on the next ones!

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  4. I love it Karin! Really good job on all the outlining, that's never as it easy as it looks :).

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    1. Agree, that is always a bit tricky. In this one the bitses were really small, so it is not one where you should look too closely

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  5. Die viele Arbeit hat sich wirklich gelohnt! Mir gefällt das Wort "nanostipple" :-)

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    1. Ja, das war ein bisschen intense. Das stippling ist wirklich unheimlich klein und an manchen Stellen konnte ich das nicht einmal so richtig sehen wegen den Farben.

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  6. What a happy little wall quilt. I do have a question because I bought two of those metal hanging things. How are you going to hang them on the wall?

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  7. If you look at the picture ...there are 3 little loops. One in the heart and two on each side. So you just put a nail in the wall and hang it on those loops. As this is quite small, I just hung it on a nail through the heart. I hope this is what you were asking.

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