There are now some 800 quilt blogs that claim to have taken the "process pledge," where they commit to showing their works in process and occasional failures as well as completed quilts. Are they all doing that? I'm not sure, I haven't surveyed them all. But I doubt it. I am not even sure that people want to read all that.
But, loyal readers, you all know that I am now about 20 posts in on Sedona Star, and it has been all process and no completion, so I should probably add my blog to that list! Today I have yet another dead end to share on Sedona Star:
These are some 1.25" practice dots (from Months 1 and 2) that I set up a while ago to practice my machine satin stitch. Then back in May I thought it would be a great idea to do all the seam treatments by hand in chunky perle cottons. This is the result. Not what I was hoping for at all!
The dot on the left was embellished with #5 perle cotton, and the one on the right used #8. The purpose of the experiment was to try out the template I made to mark out the star shape in the embroidery. You can still see the white pencil dots. But, I learned right away that it is impossible to get the needle threaded with the #5 perle through the fusible-backed applique!
I was just able to sew the #8 through the fusible, but it put a lot of strain on my hands. And frankly, I am not happy with the result. I could monkey around with the fusible and cut away the centres before I fuse them to the fabric so that only the edges are fused, but I just don't think it will be worth it. The edges of the applique still show through the perle embroidery, and I really don't like that.
At one point I had considered combining machine and hand embroidery, but now I think I'll just stick with machine satin stitch on all the applique and leave it at that. And the hand quilting plan is out the window too.
So for now, this really is the last Sedona Star post until the air conditioning gets turned off in the fall. Now that all the indecision is (hopefully) behind me, I'm hoping that the months will fall like dominos once I get started again. Fingers crossed!