Monday, March 7, 2016

Answering Questions and More

The painted quilt has been hung on the porch!

Several questions were asked in last weeks comments, I did quick answers for them but today will write a bit more.
The first question was on backing and batting for my leaf pieces. I back all my hand stitched pieces with flannel, both the weekly and the dailies. I buy flannel in the home dec department in JoAnn's, it is wider than regular flannel and has a very nice drape. I get it on sale or with a coupon and buy several yards at once. I put misty fuse on the flannel before I cut it up. For the weekly leaves I cut the flannel into 6.5 inch squares and fuse it to the square after I've printed it. For the daily pieces 
I fuse the flannel to a large piece of the background fabric and then cut out the 4inch squares. I find that the flannel gives the fabric just enough body to do the hand embroidery with nice definition but no puckers. I never use a hoop to keep the fabric taunt, it's not needed with the flannel back.

The other question was what do I do with them.
The daily pieces get sewn together in rows of 19 squares. After I take a picture of the weeks squares I sew them together. When I'm done with all 365(or 366) I put on a backing and stitch in the ditch, then put a facing on.

This year the Weekly pieces are being fused to felt squares which are being sewn together.

 I finish each years project, whether weekly or daily, put on hanging sleeves and label them. Unfortunately then they get either folded or rolled and put in a big pile. There are now seven finished daily projects(it will be eight next week), you can see them all here and three finished weekly projects which can be seen here, here and here.

Sometime towards the end of the first year of doing these I had the idea that by the time I turned seventy I would have ten daily pieces and four weekly ones done and I thought it would be a great idea to be able to hang them all together. This would require me to write up a proposal and send it out to likely venues. This is not something that I am comfortable doing, so it's going to require me to step out of my comfort zone. The way off age of seventy is just a bit over a year away, so I'd better get busy!

The Weekly Leaf
This week I used some of the leftover paper from a couple of weeks ago.

Week #10

Daily Stitching updates

Gelli Prints #61-#67

Sari Ribbon #354-#360 , only six more to go!


  1. I love them all, but #10 weekly is superior!!!

  2. Your porch quilt looks fabulous and I like the way you hung it on point.
    Not 70 yet? I wish I could say that. I think all your dailies and weeklies would make a fantastic solo show. Please do persue it.

  3. You are the best! Thanks for sharing details on your approach. I need to read again your method to see how it would work for me. Thanks so much!!!

  4. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for all you teach us. I am not an embroidery person but when I read your blog I want to try. Your porch is the perfect space for the quilt sign. It really makes a statement

  5. Thank you for sharing!

    Seeing your work makes me want to stitch on everything.

    I am trying to come up with 17 ways to use sari silk...a challenge I put to my small group the Fabrigos. Do you mind if I do my own sari silk stitch project? I wanted to ask because this is where I would attribute the idea to you.