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What can we do with inchies?
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Started by Mary Redford. Last reply by Waltraud Dec 3, 2007.
Started by Lorraine Strohkirch. Last reply by Waltraud Dec 3, 2007.
Woah! These are some of the coolest inchies I have seen! I normally do paper, but these have really stirred me up! :D
Oh! Forgot to mention, I started an embellished quilt block swap. It is listed under swaps on the main page, left column. Come play along. You make all the difference. Time to get back to moving stuff. We start hauling tomorrow morning.
And how is it going Michelle Ro? I usually do mine one at a time, chained together, then clipped apart. I have yet to have made several from one fabric. Eventually though. I like to have blanks at the ready for embellishment, and inchies are only one type of blank. I even have mini-quilt blanks for embroidery, and more ever at the ready. Then there are the beaded yo-yos (Yo-Yo Delights), and the book covers, and the applique sashes. It goes on and on and on.
This series with lots of funky little shops are one of my favorites. I wish I could have found the image for The Fly Zone. In one piece it is for flight training. In another, it is a fly fishing supply store. I keep about 20 blanks at the ready. They are pillowcase sewn, with the opening left open, in case I need to embellish from within. At the end, the opening is sewn shut. Each of these gets two rings at the top corners, to hang them from. Of couse, none would have 90* corners.
Someone told me to do a lite zig-zag around edges and keep them all attached when doing multiples , then clip your inches close to your stitching after sewing is completed. To mine one at a timehis was a concept for doing a sheet of 9 inchies at a time (which I have never done).
Shelagh, a stiff backing is key to success. I have trouble zigzagging the edges, so I buttonhole/blanket/edge stitch them. I like the look too. It creates a more suttle frame. On some, the zigzag was so thick it dominated the design. Here you can see what I mean. It is sloppy and distracting to the fabric featured. When I fussy cut something for the Inchie window, I want it to stand out; not look like a huge truck ran over it. Needle down at corners to pivot is a major plus.
Wow such wonderful ideas, I feel inspired. I have worked quite a bit on 3inch squares & crated inchies from larger pieces of work, but I love the idea of creating just on the one square. I shall have to put my thinking cap on!
My inchies on a soft buttercream colored wool. Squares are beige.
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