Jan 20, 2017

Heart-burn

Some times, finishing goes smoothly.  Other times, it burns more than a flash.  I had no problems tracing a heart, centering, sewing the backing. 
But that damn cleavage always is an issue with me.   It's fine until the stuffing enters.  All worked out in the end but it was a real test.  I passed.
 
 
 
 
Finished the heart using my usual method of just folding paper and cutting a heart shape until it fits.  Real technical.  I hate measuring.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Once it's close, I hold it up to the light and pin
into place, trace on the backside with a Frixion pen.  I always leave a decent allowance since I can sew it closer if need be. 









 
 Instead of leaving a side opening, I sewed around the entire heart and used my envelope method for the back.  Because of the fricking cleavage, I seamed a short section at the top and the very bottom instead of having two halves.  Pressed the seam allowance in and clipped the excess.



I used the 1" thick quilt batting cut to shape, decided to add another layer of it, then steamed. Carol of http://stitchingdream.blogspot.com/ wrote about her favorite bagged fill and once I bought it, there was no going back.  She recommended Touch of Silk and I love it.  Never thought there would be a difference but there is.  I steam and smash the fill until I get the density I want which would always flatten, almost melt, the batting.  This brand will condense the fill and give a nice feel, but doesn't harden like the other.  In fact, you could actually remove it and pull it apart to re-fluff it, even after steaming.  The quilt batting (yardage type) worked well so I didn't use this product for the heart, but do for a lot of finishes.
 
So what's next?  Another small sampler?  Or heart?  Not sure, but I am certainly loving my new bench.  Magnifiers, tools, and baskets with projects, all hidden but handy. 
 
Have a good weekend!
Thanks for visiting.
 
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26 comments:

CalamityJr said...

I just knew this would be a gorgeous finish! Thanks for sharing how you made it come together. Can't wait to see what's next!

Linda said...

Beautiful My mother in law always had me stitch to the point then one stitch horizontal then back up the other side Trim and clip always made a nice pint


linda m

C. M. Designs said...

Beautiful heart. I like to use the same method on the back as you did. The ones I do are not at neat and clean like yours though.
Looking forward to your next stitchery.
Charlotte in Va.

Marilyn said...

This turned out so pretty.
Your finish is perfect!
I too took Carol's advice, that stuffing is great!
Marilyn

Jacqueline said...

Great finish. Thanks for sharing the process. Lovely heart with all your changes.

Truus said...

Love your finished heart! Thanks for sharing your method of filling.
Have a great weekend
Greetings Truus from Holland

pj said...

Love your heart finish! The motifs are great and the bee just tops it off! Sweet!
You put a lot of time and effort in getting it just right for your liking!

Hope you find some relief for those hot flashes.

Robin in Virginia said...

Your heart turned out fabulous, Marly. I think the cleavage looks perfect. Enjoy your weekend.

Rita said...

I love your heart. I wonder if sewing some interfacing to the heart might help with the cleavage issue.

Vickie said...

I am sooooooo envious of your perfect heart finishes Marly. YOU ROCK AT THESE! I too bought the Touch of Silk at Carol's advice. ;)

Mary said...

Quit beating yourself up, the finish is great. The envelope back method is inspired! Well done Marly.

Jeannine520 said...

Really love your version of this design, and your finishing is perfect, love it. ;-)

Annie said...

That is just a perfect finish! Your eyeballing is just as good if not better than measuring!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the pictures and valuable info!
Gorgeous stitching and finish.
Lancy

Maryann Olsaver said...

Just love it Marly 😀

Maureen said...

Marly do you make little cuts in your cleavage seam allowance coming close to the seam but not so close to snip the stitching(have done that before and the words that fly from me are not pretty!) Your envelope backing is great!

Maggee said...

It looks so perfect... glad to see it finished. But sorry the finishing was a bear... I really like that heart! Hugs!

Barb said...

Thanks for sharing the heart construction. I will be trying that filling. If both you and Carol like it, it must be good!

deb said...

Love the way the heart looks - changes you made are much nicer than over-busy original, imo, and it finished up very nicely!

Berit said...

Ohhhhhhhh---it's SO cute! I'm feeling the love for it--congrats!

Kristen said...

Wonderful finish, Marly! ❤️

Krissy B. said...

Yup, just as I expected it turned out fantastic. Your colors and placement fill the heart but don't overwhelm it. Just perfect!

laceystitcher said...

Love the heart project - it is wonderful! I will have to try the new kind of filling; always looking or a new product. Enjoy your week.

Karen said...

Looks good from here in NC! And thanks for the tips on stuffing. I don't care for the stuffed look but a less stuffed look so to speak. I will try this method.

Heartland Stitcher said...

The heart turned out great! Thanks for all the info on finishing.

Andy Lloyd Williams said...

Thank you for sharing your useful tips. LOVE the heart. Can't wait to receive your London Zoo pattern. My son and daughter in law got engaged at London Zoo! It will be a special surprise for Sarah's birthday.
Kind regards Andy LW

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