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SpriteStitch QAL – Progress Update 4

As of my prior update, I had all of the panels sewn, cut, and ironed. The next step was to sew, cut, and iron again 🙂

The next round of sewing was fast and surprisingly easy. The pressed seams lined up really well and it wasn’t too bulky.

Sprite Stitch SpriteStitch KG Cross Stitch PC Stitch NES SNES Link Zelda Link to the Past Cucco Cuccos Chickens Attack cross stitch quilt pattern stitch-along quilt-along QAL shape cut ruler June Tailor fast rotary cutting Pellon 906F Fusible Interfacing web Steam-a-seam

 

However, when I went to cut the seams opened, I had some difficulty. With the prior round’s seams included, there was more bulk than the first time I cut and often the fabric extended farther out than the fusible. This made it a little difficult since the fusible was what I needed to cut through. I had to cut the seams to maybe 1/8″ (instead of 1/4″) and be super careful to not cut through any of the seams. And since there were more layers, it required more pressure (and probably needed a new rotary blade *cough* ).

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After I cut about 2 blocks, it occurred to me to test being able to press the seams open. Because of how small they were, I couldn’t press them open. But I could press them regularly, which was fine with me because it meant I didn’t need to cut anything else. And by “press regularly”, it was more akin to “smash the panels with an iron until they were sort of in the ballpark of flat”. I smash/pressed each panel into submission. I then attached the rows together and ran into an unexpected problem… one row was longer than the other two. I started with 1″ squares that were supposed to end at 1/2″ but there was some variability. The bigger problem was that there was a different amount of shrinkage for the first round of sewing to the second (I’m not sure if this was due to user error, small size of the squares, or is expected. The tutorial recommends quilt shop fabric to avoid fabric distortion, which I am using, so we can rule that out). When I was all “I’m going to be smart and sew whichever side has more seams first”, it resulted in my sewing the vertical seams of 6 panels and horizontal of 3. Next time, I would sew all of the vertical seams then all of the horizontal. I’d end up with a finished rectangle instead of a square, but better than my trapezoid.

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 became

 Sprite Stitch SpriteStitch KG Cross Stitch PC Stitch NES SNES Link Zelda Link to the Past Cucco Cuccos Chickens Attack cross stitch quilt pattern stitch-along quilt-along QAL shape cut ruler June Tailor fast rotary cutting Pellon 906F Fusible Interfacing web Steam-a-seam

I was able to pin the heck out of the longer piece to get it to attach to the smaller one, so it wasn’t a huge deal and when I go to quilt it, I imagine that there will be enough stretch in the left side to get this to look close to a square. The panel is around 23″ (supposed to 25″… close enough!).

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From the back:

Sprite Stitch SpriteStitch KG Cross Stitch PC Stitch NES SNES Link Zelda Link to the Past Cucco Cuccos Chickens Attack cross stitch quilt pattern stitch-along quilt-along QAL shape cut ruler June Tailor fast rotary cutting Pellon 906F Fusible Interfacing web Steam-a-seam

The project is supposed to have 3 more panels but I’m questioning what I want to do. It was fun to make but a little tough on my wrists. So I don’t know, we’ll see. I was thinking of making a larger one with 1 1/2″ squares since I imagine it’ll be easier to work with. The panel would finish at 50″ (theoretically) and I could add borders and have a quilt that way.

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SpriteStitch QAL – Progress update 3

As of last week, I had 3 of the 9 Link panels sewn. I finished sewing the other 6. The seams need to be pressed open to reduce the bulk. Since I’m working with a single piece of fusible for each panel, the next step is slicing a tiny piece off of each seam so they can be pressed open. I flipped each panel over and (very carefully) sliced a tiny little bit off of each seam.

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Here is the waste off of all 9 panels. It only took me about an hour and a half to cut and I didn’t cut into any of the quilt (phew).

Sprite Stitch SpriteStitch KG Cross Stitch PC Stitch NES SNES Link Zelda Link to the Past Cucco Cuccos Chickens Attack cross stitch quilt pattern stitch-along quilt-along QAL shape cut ruler June Tailor fast rotary cutting Pellon 906F Fusible Interfacing web Steam-a-seam

 

It also reminded me of this dog art I saw last year on Bainbridge Island. I’m wondering how hard it would be to turn those pieces into the dog.

Shaggy dog art sunglasses sculpture Bainbridge Island

 

Because of the amount of cutting and tools to quickly cut a ton of squares, I knew there was a high probability that I would cut myself. Especially at this stage, my hand was going to be right next to the blade and since I was free-handing it, I bought the Klutz glove on Amazon. [Quick note – none of my links are referral links, so I don’t generate any revenue if you buy something I share. I just want to share the tools I use.] I bought the medium which is a little large, but otherwise, it’s great. The glove has wire mesh in it to protect your hand and the white grippy dots will hold onto a ruler. What’s interesting is that the front packaging says that it’s to protect your hand from the rotary cutter but the back says it shouldn’t be used with a moving blade. I’m not really sure how that works, but I feel much safer with the glove!

Fons and Porter Klutz glove rotary cutter cutting glove protection  hand protection

 

After the seams were cut, the next step was pressing them open. For one panel, I tried pressing it to one side and it made it almost impossible to fold over for the next sewing step, so I should have trusted the tutorial. I put something on Netflix and ironed all of my seams open. This is one of the panels.

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And here are all 9 of the panels laid out. Each square starts at 1″ and finishes at 0.5″. Because of how I sewed the seams, there is the distorted effect in the blocks. After the next round of sewing, everyone will shrink up and fit together, since it looks pretty funky now.

Sprite Stitch SpriteStitch KG Cross Stitch PC Stitch NES SNES Link Zelda Link to the Past Cucco Cuccos Chickens Attack cross stitch quilt pattern stitch-along quilt-along QAL shape cut ruler June Tailor fast rotary cutting Pellon 906F Fusible Interfacing web Steam-a-seam

 

Next up: Everything gets run through the machine again and the opposite seams get sewn. Then more cutting and pressing, and the panels will be complete!

SpriteStitch QAL – Progress update 2

I’m continuing to make progress on Link. I spent a second evening gluing the squares and finished panel 5-9. The last step in the whole process will be attaching the panels.

Sprite Stitch SpriteStitch KG Cross Stitch PC Stitch NES SNES Link Zelda Link to the Past Cucco Cuccos Chickens Attack cross stitch quilt pattern stitch-along quilt-along QAL shape cut ruler June Tailor fast rotary cutting Pellon 906F Fusible Interfacing web Steam-a-seam

This is a close up of the first panel. You can see how the block looks up close with the squares next to each other.

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Step 5 – Sew

After everything was glued, I folded, right sides together, along the previously drawn lines and sewed a 1/4″ seam. I repeated for each vertical seam. When you sew using a 1/4″ seam, you lose 1/2″ total (1/4″ on each side). My squares started at 1″, so they’re going to finish at 1/2″. You can see how much the squares are shrinking up compared to their original sizes. These aren’t pressed so the shrink will ultimately be a little less dramatic, but you get the idea.

This picture is what the panels look like after all of the vertical seams are sewn. The fabric just folds around itself; it’s pretty cool looking. I was able to finish 3 of the panels last night. Once I get the other 6 completed, the next step will be cutting a tiny piece off of every seam so that I can press the seams open (there will be pictures). I am realizing that I won’t be able to do 4 panels in 30 days so I’m either going to do 2 panels in 30 days and then do some regular piecing to fill in where the other 2 panels would be, or turn this into a 4 panels in 60 days project… we’ll see. I do plan to try to keep up with the original timeline.

Sprite Stitch SpriteStitch KG Cross Stitch PC Stitch NES SNES Link Zelda Link to the Past Cucco Cuccos Chickens Attack cross stitch quilt pattern stitch-along quilt-along QAL shape cut ruler June Tailor fast rotary cutting Pellon 906F Fusible Interfacing web Steam-a-seam

As a math person, I usually calculate how many seams I’ll need to sew on a project. For a regular project (without the fusible), it’s one fewer seam than the number of pieces. So this block is 50 squares x 50 = 2,500 pieces. If I were to have attached this regularly, it would have taken me 2,499 seams. But, with this method, it’s only about 200 seams (and could be fewer if I attached the panels first). It’s still about the same amount of thread, but so much faster.

SpriteStitch QAL – Progress update 1

Happy Star Wars Day!

Saturday was the official kickoff of the SpriteStitch.com Stitch/Quilt-along. Officially it’s a Stitch-along, but since I’m doing it as a quilt, it’s a Quilt-along (QAL) for me.

After we submitted designs (52 in total), everyone got a week to vote on their favorites. From our favorites, the moderator randomly selected our first pattern on Saturday. We have a week to work on it and then next Saturday, the second pattern is chosen at random. Repeat for 4 weeks.

Here is the first pattern: Cucco Attack from A Link to the Past

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I’m really excited to try the fusible backing technique outlined on Cora’s Quilts. I’ve seen this before and have always been intrigued. The idea is that you:

  1. Take a piece of lightweight fusible interfacing (which is lightweight fabric, one side with heat activated glue) and draw a grid onto it
  2. Cut out a zillion squares
  3. Lay them on the grid
  4. Iron to fuse the squares into place
  5. Sew along the grid lines

Step 1 – draw the grid

I’m using the Pellon 906F which is a featherweight fusible. In the picture, you can see how it’s very thin and translucent so it shouldn’t add too much weight to the finished product. This project will use about 17 yards of it (it’s only 20″ wide) so I ended up buying a bolt at JoAnns of 20 yards. I cut out the different size pieces that I’ll need for my first block (what’s in the picture is just for one block).

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I turned on Netflix in the background and drew out my grid. The finished squares will be 1/2″ so the unfinished squares are 1″, as well as the grid. The pieces of Pellon add up to be 50″ x 50″. I just used a regular mechanical pencil to draw the grid lines on.

  Sprite Stitch SpriteStitch KG Cross Stitch PC Stitch NES SNES Link Zelda Link to the Past Cucco Cuccos Chickens Attack cross stitch quilt pattern stitch-along quilt-along QAL Pellon 906F Fusible Interfacing web Steam-a-seam

Step 2: Cut the squares

Next up was cutting the zillion squares. For this, I (finally) broke down and bought the Shape Cut ruler by June Tailor. It has slots in the ruler every 1/2″ (the slots are easier to see at the bottom) so you lay out your fabric and then cut at the increment that you need. You can cut strips, and then if you want squares, you turn the ruler 90 degrees and subcut into squares. Also, the circle in the center of the ruler is my light fixture… the rulers are very reflective.

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Since I’m cutting 10,000 squares this month, the ruler seemed like an appropriate investment. This is the first time that I used it and it was amazing. I cut about 3,000 squares in an hour and a half. To hold the fabric and ruler, I did need to get my fingers really close to the rotary blade, so I just ordered the Klutz Glove to protect my hand. The subtitle of this project is “how I finally used every tool and gadget I’ve ever purchased”. This picture is the black fabric after it had been turned into squares.

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And here are all ~3,000 squares (I only need 2,500 but I cut extras of the blacks, whites, and background).

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Step 3 – Layout in a grid

The next day, I went over to my ironing board, laid out the first piece of the fusible interfacing grid, and started placing my squares. These have not been ironed yet, just laid out. My ironing board can only comfortably hold about 11″ worth of squares, so I’d lay 11 rows and then iron.

Sprite Stitch SpriteStitch KG Cross Stitch PC Stitch NES SNES Link Zelda Link to the Past Cucco Cuccos Chickens Attack cross stitch quilt pattern stitch-along quilt-along QAL shape cut ruler June Tailor fast rotary cutting Pellon 906F Fusible Interfacing web Steam-a-seam

Step 4 – Fuse

Being very careful to not move the squares, I used the iron to fuse them into place. Here is block 1, which is 18″ x 20″

SpriteStitch 2015 Week 1 - Link to the Past Cucco Attack panel 1

I fused panels 1-4 and part of panel 5. The panels are not connected to each other; that will be the very last step in assembling the block.

Sprite Stitch SpriteStitch KG Cross Stitch PC Stitch NES SNES Link Zelda Link to the Past Cucco Cuccos Chickens Attack cross stitch quilt pattern stitch-along quilt-along QAL shape cut ruler June Tailor fast rotary cutting Pellon 906F Fusible Interfacing web Steam-a-seam

Tonight, I plan to finish fusing panels 5-9. Then Tuesday – Friday all involve sewing and pressing seams. My goal is to have this block completely done by Saturday when the next block comes out. We’ll see!

SpriteStitch Quilt-along

This upcoming weekend, a friend of mine is photographing my finished quilts so I can get them listed on Etsy and a few will be pattern covers, once I write the patterns up. So this and last week have been filled with finishing quilts. I’ve attached the binding onto 3 quilts and have cut the strips for 2 more. This also involved going through my boxes to find a specific fabric that I wanted to use for the binding, which was in the very bottom box in the stash (of course). In the process, I found my Wizard of Oz, Candyland, and Peter Pan fabrics which I plan to sell on Etsy. It’s been a productive week… just not many exciting pictures.

But… while trying to finish projects and realizing how many I have in the queue and saying no new projects or fabric… I of course bought fabric and committed to a new project. Obviously.

The fabric was a Massdrop deal. I got 75 beautiful solid fat quarters by collection. And I got it for only $1.50/FQ which is a ganga of a deal (my credit card didn’t quite appreciate how good of a deal it was).

Free Spirit Fabrics Denyse Schmidt Modern Solids  Kona bay Kona Kotton Cotton Michael Miller Solid Solids Fat Quarter Quarters FQ Massdrop

I put the fabric up on my cabinets at work and am enjoying just looking at the fabric, so they might be hanging out at work for awhile. It’s so pretty and pet-able.

Free Spirit Fabrics Denyse Schmidt Modern Solids  Kona bay Kona Kotton Cotton Michael Miller Solid Solids Fat Quarter Quarters FQ Massdrop

SpriteStitch.com is doing a cross stitch-along for April and May. In April, we submit patterns and vote. In May, each week, they post one of the winning patterns and everyone cross stitches it. There will be 4 patterns total. Here is my submission from Adventure Island 2.

Sprite Stitch KG Cross Stitch PC Stitch Adventure Island 2 NES SNES Dinosaur Fireball sprite grid

Cross stitching is a little tough on my hands and just not my favorite thing in general, so my plan is to participate with fabric squares. Each block is 50 pixels x 50 pixels, so I’d do 50 x 50 squares = 2500 squares. Times 4 blocks. So I’m insane. I want to try out a technique using fusible backing that I read on Cora’s Quilts. The basic idea is that you cut each individual square, glue them onto a grid, and then sew along the grid. I’ve seen this done before and have been intrigued but after reading Cora’s Quilts’ wonderful How To and seeing her Nintendo quilts, I am prepared to try this. And will jump in with 10,000 squares because, why not? Assuming I can get myself to remove the office decor, my plan is to use the FQ solids.

There will be some prep work over the next 2 weeks but the bulk of this project starts in May!