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loveslife
#261 Posted : Wednesday, May 9, 2018 9:06:10 PM(UTC)
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Well I did take this to one of my ufo groups and worked on it for a bit today. I have come to two conclusions.

1) I am going to switch to heat n bond lite

and

2) I shouldn't have reversed traced.

I think these are the reasons for my frustration and resulting abandonment of the project and hopefully I can be stitching soon...

Karen
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#262 Posted : Thursday, May 10, 2018 9:11:44 AM(UTC)
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Karen, May I ask why you concluded to NOT reverse trace?  I have to say that I reverse traced my first "want to do" block, and had  heck of a time.  I don't have a light box, so I put the pattern on my Sew Steady extension and placed a light underneath, but it was difficult for me to see it clearly.

Sharon
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Quiltbaby
#263 Posted : Thursday, May 10, 2018 1:42:14 PM(UTC)
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I don’t reverse trace ever. Not with wool I trace on freezer paper as it’s pictured. I then cut out and iron onto my wool. Cut out and staple or glue to my wool, or background of choice. The freezer paper is on top. With wool usually there is no front or back. So I guess I’m not understanding why you are reversing.
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loveslife
#264 Posted : Thursday, May 10, 2018 4:53:38 PM(UTC)
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I don't usually reverse either, but I saw on this thread that someone said they reversed, and then I changed to that, and was using the Steam A seam as others also said.

Then apparently I traced on the proper side for the fusible, but that made my pieces backwards. It was okay for some of the pieces, but others are just wrong and I didn't like them. I guess I should have traced on the other, or wrong side, of the fusible. So I redid some of them. In the past, I used freezer paper as well, but being my first wool project, I was following the advice here pretty faithfully. I don't even like the Steam a seam product, I'm having trouble getting it to stick well to the background.

At this point, I would like to get one block prepped and ready for hand stitching. At this ufo group, there are some gals who have done a lot of wool work, so I sought their help. The one lady who has done so many wool projects said she used heatnbond, didn't reverse, and prepped all 12 blocks at once for this summertime sampler. She had also purchased a kit for it, but it would be really nice to be able to have all that hand work at the ready!

I am still working to salvage my first block, but going forward, I will use either freezer paper or heatnbond....

wink Karen
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Quiltbaby
#265 Posted : Thursday, May 10, 2018 6:26:32 PM(UTC)
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I see. I understand now. I found fusible was just another step, I didn’t like it. I now staple my pieces. If I need extra stability I us my glue stick on some parts after stapling. Staples don’t leave marks in wool. It’s fast and easy. Perfect for me.
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#266 Posted : Thursday, May 10, 2018 6:27:15 PM(UTC)
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Karen, I think I saw the same post/info you did and I reverse traced the patterns for the first block I was prepping.  I actually printed them on Steam a Seam 2 printer sheets.  I have gotten stalled on my wool, and am almost caught up on the projects I have been working on.  I have LOTS of freezer paper and think I'll start prepping the block again using the freezer paper.

Sharon
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loveslife
#267 Posted : Thursday, May 10, 2018 7:36:20 PM(UTC)
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I'm glad that made sense. Candis, is it hard to remove the staples? I'm tempted to go the freezer paper route.

I need to confess that I just ordered the complete, hand dyed wool kit for the summertime sampler the ladies told me about yesterday. They said it was a generous amount of wool. It was $55 for the kit plus shipping. I knew I wasn't going to have enough, especially with extra patterns I have downloaded, including the Garden mystery and Laura B' s. Shhh, don't tell DH yet.....

Anyway, the kit is from Wild Hare Fiber online. Now I really need to get this going, but they had ordered the kit years ago, and I wanted to get one while they were still available.

nervous Karen
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Quiltbaby
#268 Posted : Thursday, May 10, 2018 10:05:42 PM(UTC)
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I use the freezer paper just to cut out my wool pieces. It makes it easier. Then I staple my pieces to my background. The staples are easy to remove. Just flip over and bend the tines up. Easy peasy. Glad you got a collection of wool. Makes creating these blocks really fun.
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Candis
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#269 Posted : Friday, May 11, 2018 7:48:45 PM(UTC)
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Me too! Thanks Candis bigGrin
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#270 Posted : Friday, May 11, 2018 11:37:56 PM(UTC)
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I may try using staples on my next projects.

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loveslife
#271 Posted : Sunday, May 13, 2018 11:00:58 PM(UTC)
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Let us know Chelle!
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#272 Posted : Sunday, May 13, 2018 11:36:56 PM(UTC)
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So much quicker Chelle.
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#273 Posted : Friday, May 18, 2018 5:12:42 PM(UTC)
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I received my wool kit today for this! It seemed like it took a long time, but I guess it wasn't that bad.... Anyway I've only had time for a quick peek, but it's really going to add a lot for me!

Karen
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#274 Posted : Friday, May 18, 2018 5:20:29 PM(UTC)
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Karen, after thinking about it I finally checked out Wild Hare Fibers and decided to order the kit.  Haven't heard anymore about whether they have shipped or not...wondering if you got shipping notice and whether you think it was worth it.  Doesn't matter cause I've paid for it and now just waiting but kind of wondering what you think.

Sharon
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#275 Posted : Friday, May 18, 2018 11:56:37 PM(UTC)
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Sharon, I didn't get a shipping notice, or any contact after the order acknowledgment. That is probably why it seemed to take so long to get here, but looking back, I came to realize that it was really only a week before it came.

I do think that the wool is beautiful, and the ladies I heard about if from said it was a generous amount for their sampler.

Let me know what you think!

Karen
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#276 Posted : Saturday, May 19, 2018 8:20:15 AM(UTC)
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Karen, glad your wool came and that you say it's beautiful.  I'm going to PO this morning to mail the Medallion to Candis and maybe mine will be there.  I'll let you know.

Sharon
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#277 Posted : Saturday, May 19, 2018 11:44:57 PM(UTC)
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Sharon, when did you order?

I had really thought I would work on mine today, but it didn't happen.... DS is staying with us again, and it makes it harder for me to be down there. Would have been perfect, maybe tomorrow..

Karen
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#278 Posted : Sunday, May 20, 2018 8:29:35 AM(UTC)
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Karen, I ordered on the 12th...they responded to my inquiry and said it had been shipped "several days ago".  Wasn't there yesterday when I checked, but I might have been too early.  Gonna look again today.

EDIT:  My wool is here.  Karen, I think that the variety of colors is great and it will do a lot of the blocks, at least.  Mostly good sized pieces :)

Sharon
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#279 Posted : Sunday, May 20, 2018 4:19:07 PM(UTC)
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Oh good Sharon! That's about the same amount of time it took mine, and I'm glad you like it! I am excited about the beautiful colors and variety too. This coming week I'm thinking I have some nice sewing room time!

dance Karen
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loveslife
#280 Posted : Friday, June 15, 2018 7:39:16 AM(UTC)
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No stitching to report, but last weekend we did take our grandson to a wool market, which was kind of fun. We got to see sheep shearing, sheep dog herding, and see the wool being spun, as well as lots of vendors to show him the finished products, including his dad's favorite socks. Not a lot of felted wool other than some ornaments, but it was fun.

That's all I have to report at this time.... eh

Karen
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