WIP Wednesday 20

So to continue from last week’s trials and tribulations


I remade the dandelion embroidery at the appropriate size. And then I glued down the back without putting in the backing first. So I figured I’d just glue that in, too. And then the glue sorta peeked through the front and looked bad and dingy, so I thought maybe I could iron it up like you do with candle wax in fabric. Pro tip: That doesn’t work. (Exhibit A: The top right corner of the hoop above.)


So I remade the dandelion embroidery AGAIN, and this time used a no-glue method for securing it and called it very much done. Phew!


As for the curved piecing, I tried it again, thank you all so much for your tips and tricks! I’d used Leanne @ she can quilt’s video before and a few people mentioned it again. I THOUGHT that was the method I’d been using, but when I followed the link, I realized I had the wrong piece on top while I was sewing! I had the L shaped piece on top instead of the quarter circle. When I flipped it over, voila. It worked wonderfully. I also tried a few other methods while I was at it, but that was the one I found worked the best for me. (Bonus: no pins.)


So. Much. Better.


Now that I am more comfortable with my curved piecing, I went to work on another project which I can’t reveal for a bit, but hey look quilting fun! Looks kind of like crop circles. πŸ™‚

I guess the lesson in all of this is to keep trying, because you’ll get it eventually. Also,Β don’t hot glue fabric together, it looks like ass.


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20 thoughts on “WIP Wednesday

    • anne Post author

      Thank you! I get pretty stubborn (what?! SURELY not.) so once I had the idea that I was going to make it, there was no way I was going to let some silly glue stop me. LOL

    • anne Post author

      Thank you so much! Now that I’ve had some time between me and the failures getting to the finished project, I actually like it quite a bit. πŸ™‚

    • anne Post author

      Oh gosh, yeah I can be a bit bull headed. My dad used to call me a pitbull. They’re known for locking their jaws such that they just won’t let go of something once they bite on it. (They’re also incredibly friendly dogs with a bit of a bad rep. But I don’t think he meant that part. LOL)

      If I’d had another idea of what to do in such a short amount of time, I might have given up after the glue failure. But honestly I couldn’t come up with anything better, so attempt #3 it was! πŸ™‚

  • Whiskers

    You can salvage the dandelion. I can see a carefully cut hexie there. Inspiration will come.
    Circles are excellent. I have some that need attention, as do a lot of other things at this house. But, crop circles? Nah…..

  • Cari

    Yay, your curved piecing looks great! I agree that getting the right piece on top makes a HUGE difference in how easy it is to manipulate things. I had forgotten about that tip!

    • anne Post author

      I had forgotten it, too! I sure felt silly once I did it given just how much it helped. I sewed a bit slower as well, which I think was the other key point. But suddenly my blocks weren’t ending up wonky and too small. YAY!

  • Adrianne

    Yay awesome work on getting those curved pieces just right! Also I think I would have given up in frustration after the second dandelion disaster. I’m glad you didn’t though.

    • anne Post author

      Thanks Adrianne! I’m nothing if not a bit stubborn. πŸ˜‰ If I’d had another idea to work with for the swap item, I might have done it, but I couldn’t think of anything! By the third time I was getting pretty good at drawing the dandelion anyway. πŸ˜‰

    • anne Post author

      Thanks so much, Anita! Someone earlier suggested cutting it out and using it as a hexy which seems like such a brilliant idea! I’d never have considered cutting it out!

    • anne Post author

      Thank you so much, Lucy! One of the methods I tried used one pin but I just couldn’t get into it. lol I pretty much have to make pinless work or I won’t end up making them. Too many other things I could be doing instead of pinning! πŸ˜‰

    • anne Post author

      Thanks Leanne! I just needed to watch your video. Again. lol I managed to get the dandelion out of the hoop it was glued to. I don’t know what I’ll do with it, but at least I have the option of doing something with it now. πŸ™‚