Inking a Goose…

Just when I thought I was almost finished the first border of Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore”, I realized I still had some circles to do and a bit of embroidery.  A couple of years ago, I took a class from Pearl Pereira, and I learned this nifty way of making circles is that class.

First, I ironed 3 sheets of freezer paper together.  Next, I used a 1/2″ punch used for scrapbooking.

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I cut out out a bunch of perfectly shaped circles in no time!  Then, I prepped them just like I would prep any other piece.

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Slick!

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So, once I stitched all the circles in place, I embroidered the stems using 2 strands of embroidery floss.  Sweet!

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I finally worked up enough courage to do the inking on the goose.  This is the block I worked on in Rita’s class at TESAA.  One of the many skills that Rita teaches is how to ink fine details with a Micron pen and then smudge the lines with a  Clover eraser pen.  Here is a pic of the goose before inking…

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Til next time….

Kerry

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Turning a Corner

Finally!  I have finished hand-quilting all 12 blocks of Sue Garman’s “Bouquet For A New Day”.

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Now I can start the border!  I had my stencil picked out for the outer border and I was raring to go.  I must admit, the half-square triangles had me a bit stumped.  I know I could just quilt in the ditch, but I know myself well enough to know that boredom would quickly set in!  So I decided on circles.  Lots of circles!

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The stencil I chose for the outer border did not fit the border exactly so here is what I did to make it fit.  The stencil does have a nicely turned corner so I didn’t have to figure that out!  First, I drew a line at the centre point of the border.

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Next, I started tracing the stencil at the corner, and continued until I reached the centre mark.

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Then, I flipped the stencil over and continued tracing.

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And this is the nifty little design I ended up with at the centre of the border!  Spiffy!

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And guess what?  When I got to the next corner, it fit perfectly!!

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Til next time…

Kerry

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