SAL Update: Green Iguana #18

September 9, 2018 at 12:21 pm | Posted in Embroidery | 15 Comments
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Working on Mr. Iguana’s crest is quite motivating, since for once it’s not just one itty bitty scale after another. So, during the last three weeks I went from this:

Green Iguana - 2018-08-18

To this:

Green Iguana - 2018-09-09

Three of the four “teeth” that make up his crest are finished, and you can see the outline of the fourth. Before working on that one, which is much more confetti-heavy than the other three, I decided to finish the page the three other teeth were on, which also had the area immediately to the left of the teeth. And I can say, I managed to do so right before taking the picture! This means that five of the twelve pattern pages are completely finished now.

I also broke down and bought another kit by the same producer. It arrived last Friday. The colours are very pretty, but it turns out this one is going to have 36 pattern pages – three times what Mr. Iguana has! Better not think about how long that one will take, given that Mr. Iguana is now officially estimated to be a two-year project.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Catherine, Deborah and Connie!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

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SAL Update: Green Iguana #17

August 19, 2018 at 9:32 am | Posted in Embroidery | 19 Comments
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We’ve got something to celebrate today! Last time:

Green Iguana - 2018-07-28

Yesterday:

Green Iguana - 2018-08-18

And yes, if you squint at the little zero to the right, that means I’m halfway done with him, however you count it. Time to move the frame, and an opportunity to show him in all his glory:

Green Iguana - halfway done!

I started him almost a year ago, so if I keep up this rate, it’ll be only another year till I’m done. Can’t wait!

Here’s how he’s looking with the frame in the new position, as reference for next time:

Green Iguana - 2018-08-18

Here you can also admire the grime guard I finally managed to make for my qsnap frame. What took me so long?

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Catherine and Deborah. We also have a new member joining us today, welcome Connie!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #16

July 29, 2018 at 8:26 am | Posted in Embroidery | 17 Comments
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With the quilt mostly finished, I got quite a bit more done this time around. Here’s where I was:

Green Iguana - 2018-07-08

And now I’ve almost finished that section:

Green Iguana - 2018-07-28

Once I’ve finished the last few stitches under the zero line, I’ll move to the right, where his crest starts. There will even be some background in there!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy and Catherine. We also have a new member joining us today, welcome Deborah!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #15

July 8, 2018 at 1:16 pm | Posted in Embroidery | 12 Comments
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Not much progress during the last three weeks, but I do have an almost finished quilt to show for my time. I promise I’ll post about it one of those weeks!

So, here’s the last update:

Green Iguana - 2018-06-17

And the current state of affairs:

Green Iguana - 2018-07-08

I managed to fill in some of the current area, but it’s going slowly, and overall there’s lots of light colours involved, which makes progress even harder to see.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy and Catherine.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #14

June 17, 2018 at 8:26 am | Posted in Embroidery | 13 Comments
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I’ve slowed down a bit this time around, since I’m working on a quilt with a deadline in parallel. Mr. Iguana is addictive enough that in order to do something else complicated, I need to put him away for a bit.

So, here’s the last update:

Green Iguana - 2018-05-19

And today I’m here:

Green Iguana - 2018-06-17

Still working my way towards the halfway point, which is at the red line with the number zero on the right side. Doesn’t look that much, but there’s still plenty to do till I’m there.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan and Timothy.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #13

May 27, 2018 at 7:03 am | Posted in Embroidery | 19 Comments
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Writing this post a bit early, but I’m in a good place to show progress. Here’s the last update:

 

Green Iguana - 2018-05-06

I’m finished with his cheek now and preparing to move the frame:

Green Iguana - 2018-05-19

Here’s the full design with the frame off – almost halfway there! Might take a couple more updates though to really get to the halfway point.

Green Iguana - 2018-05-19 Full Design

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan and Timothy.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #12

May 6, 2018 at 7:39 am | Posted in Embroidery | 14 Comments
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Oh my, time flies fast, but I’m still going strong! Here’s where we were last time:

Green Iguana - 2018-04-15

Today has exactly the same frame position, so it’s easy to see what got done:

Green Iguana - 2018-05-06

That’s his cheek, doesn’t he blush prettily in blue?

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan and Timothy.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #11

April 15, 2018 at 7:27 am | Posted in Embroidery | 15 Comments
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It’s been three weeks again, already! And I’ve got definite progress to show. Here’s last time’s picture:

Green Iguana - Progress 2018-03-25

A couple of days ago, I finished the area on the right, and had to reposition my frame. Time to take a picture of the whole project so far. I think I’m starting to get somewhere:

Green Iguana - 2018-04-12

The faint pencil cross is the middle of the project. Time to make my way to the halfway point! I’ve filled in the little area under and to the right of the big circle, and then started to work my way from the left side of that area, so that’s the view for the next couple of updates, probably:

Green Iguana - 2018-04-15

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Connie, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan and Timothy.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

Challenge 2018 – Penrose Tiling

April 1, 2018 at 9:55 am | Posted in Patchwork | 3 Comments
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Every year, my quilt group issues a challenge to make a small 40×40 cm quilt using specific materials. We show the results in our yearly exhibition. Here’s last years entry.

This year, we got a particularly ugly fabric to use – we were pretty much unanimous in that assessment. But then, it isn’t called a challenge for nothing, isn’t it?

Challenge 2018 - Fabric

Since we decided the fabric was enough of a challenge, there are no other constraints. As long as some of the fabric is visible and the quilt is approximately 40*40 cm in size, you’re fine.

As opposed to last year, I immediately knew what I wanted to do with this. I like English Paper Piecing, and I love to play around visually with mathematical concepts. Penrose tilings are a way to pattern the plane with a non-repeating pattern. One particular tiling of this nature is formed out of just two different rhombs, and making a quilt of this has been on my lost for a long time. A different type of Penrose tiling is been used as the basis for the internet-famous Passacaglia quilt pattern.

The flowers on the challenge fabric were just the right size to be fuzzy-cut for some of the stars, and in order to emphasize and not hide the pattern, I made the rest of the rhombs out of red and white solid fabric for the fat and skinny rhombs, respectively. I think it worked well, here’s the result:

Challenge 2018 - Penrose Tiling

I like the effect of the little flowers creating a bigger flower in the middle of the stars. For the quilting I made use of a different attribute of this tiling that I hadn’t noticed until I read about it, but is pretty obvious once you know it: since the opposite edges of the rhombs are parallel, you have various sets of parallel lines going in different directions over the pattern. That means you can run lines through the middle of each rhomb and end up with uninterrupted lines from edge to edge of the quilt – ideal for machine quilting with no fuzz! I choose a yellow thread to show up on both the red and white rhombs, taking up the colour of the flowers. I think it works well, and I love the smaller stars showing up inside the bigger stars of the pattern!

SAL Update: Green Iguana #10

March 25, 2018 at 7:36 am | Posted in Embroidery | 13 Comments
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Oh, how time flies! Luckily, I’m still addicted to Mr. Iguana, which makes for progress.

Here’s where I was last time:

Green Iguana - Progress 2018-03-04

And now I have reached the right margin, and even started the next section:

Green Iguana - Progress 2018-03-25

Still all confetti, all the time, but I have noted a big difference: the golden/brown area on the lower right mostly consists of about 5 different main colours, with sparse stitches in other colours. This is way easier to handle than the white to grey areas, where you’ll have about 20 colours all evenly distributed, so there’s very few stitches of the same colour next to each other. Let’s say things are going a bit slower there.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Connie, Jackie and Sunny. Please give a warm welcome to Hayley and Tony, who are joining us for the first time today!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

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