Wool Stitch Along Finishing and EQ8!!

Today is the finishing post for the wool stitch along penny rug.  Just a few tips to show you the way I like to finish mine.  Fast and simple is is the goal.  Here’s the finished project to tempt you, LOL!!  You can still see the steps and get the pattern on the previous Sunday posts.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

I use fusible stabilizer on the backside of the stitched piece, mainly the ends and bits left over from other projects.  I fuse to the stitching side with a hot iron no steam, according to the directions for the brand.  Be sure to read the instructions on yours.  This does two things, it locks down the stitches so it is less likely that they will become loose over time, and adds some body to the finished piece.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Next, audition your base color.  I thought about this green as it went well with the buttons and set off the rust appliques.  I also tried out a rust base color, which accented the buttons more than the appliques, so I went with the green.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Lay your applique piece on the base, and mark a cutting line 1/2-inch away from the edge of the applique piece.  I use a Chaco chalk marker for thin lines, like this one – Clover Chaco Liner.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

The thin lines are easy to see for cutting and brush off easily.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Trim to the line with your Perfect Scissors.  The drawing for the Karen Kay Buckley scissors was this morning, so if you didn’t get an email, order your pair with my affiliate links at Fat Quarter Shop HERE or at Amazon 7-1/2-Inch Perfect Scissors, 6-inch Perfect Scissors, and 4-inch Perfect Scissors.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Pin in a few places to keep the piece in place.  Using two strands of matching or contrasting color floss, begin the stitching of the base  by burying the knot between the layers.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

For the edge, I think a deep whip stitch looks nice, kind of folk art style.  Blanket stitch would also work well, your preference.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Continue all the way around, catching just the top of the base layer so no stitches show on the underside.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

After your last stitch, make one more just catching a bit of wool to knot off.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Pass through the loop just once.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Pull securely but not too tight, the knot is tiny and really won’t be noticeable.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Now insert the needle between the layers on the edge right at the knot, and bring up at some point in the interior of the top piece.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Pull up slightly and cut the floss.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

The end of the floss will retract behind the top, disappearing.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

All done!!

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Display with a candle or other autumn decorative piece.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Did you enjoy the stitch along?  Share your progress and finished projects on the Facebook Autumn Jubilee Sharing group.  You can also upload your photos to our Flickr group Autumn Jubilee.

Have you heard, EQ8 releases tomorrow for current EQ7 owners!! If you are a current EQ7 owner, beginning tomorrow you can Upgrade From EQ7 to EQ8 25% OFF until November 6, 2017!!  Yes, I’ll be upgrading my EQ7 so I can bring you more mysterys and quilt alongs.  General release for new buyers is 11/13.  This is NOT an affiliate link.

So help celebrate, Electric Quilt is providing a $25 gift certificate for today’s drawing!  Even if you don’t have quilting software, you can still use the gift certificate on other items anyone can use like their Printables.

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If you don’t have the software, check out the Behind the Mouse blog, they often have giveaways and who knows what will happen with the EQ8 launch?  You can subscribe to be notified of new offers too.

So leave a comment on the stitch along or EQ8, and be ready for entering the giveaway!  Thank you all for stitching along.

 

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49 thoughts on “Wool Stitch Along Finishing and EQ8!!

  1. manasotavacation

    Maybe EQ 8 will be THE ONE FOR ME! I have EQ 5 and it was a miserable failure for me, but I suspect that those times had a lot to do with it. I was managing a business and working full time at another job also! I ‘might’ have been too busy to put the kind of time in on it!!

  2. I haven’t tried any quilt designing software but I have several friends that have EQ7. They love it and tell me I need it too. Maybe I’ll give it a go!

  3. Hi Carole,
    I love this wool sew along! I have been wondering how you were going to finish these off – now I know. Also, I have been seriously thinking about getting EQ7 – now EQ8. I just can’t decide if I need it, or will use it enough to justify buying it. Not like I’ve EVER purchased something that I don’t use before . . . nope, never. HAHA ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. Your felt project really turned out nice. Maybe I will be able to follow along with you in the future. I am looking forward to upgrading to EQ8. I never got that good with EQ7 but I am hoping to be able to use EQ8 a lot in the future.

  5. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole; I love your wool candle mat, it is stitched so pretty. Plus, I love the added beauty the beads made. As for the EQ8, until I get a new updated lap top an update in anything is null and void; I think my poor computer would just crash and die of shock if it was asked to load something along those means. LOL. One of the reasons, I pretty much gave up on blogging. So, off I go to start my day of sewing! Have a great day!

  6. Love your penny rung project – such terrific process photos!
    I have EQ7 and use it a bit. I would love to see some tutorials on using it to design original quilts that are not just based on dropping specific blocks into a layout.

  7. This is beautiful. Years ago I’d purchased a book with wool applique projects….and then at the time getting the wool seemed so expensive that I just never did anything with it though I do love seeing wool projects. What had attracted me was the ease, as in not a lot of prep that is usually required with fabric applique. Tempted now 🙂

  8. I’ve heard EQ8 is much more “user friendly”. I have 7, and have not mastered it yet! I think one of my guilds is going to have some EQ8 workshops early in the year, so I plan to order. 🙂 Candle mat is very nice.

  9. Such a cute little autumn mat! Thanks for the step by step instructions. I have done some work with wool before and hope to make another wool project soon.

  10. Monica from Texas

    Your candle mat is so cute. I JUST got my wool in the mail on Saturday so I am BEHIND. I plan on making a candle mat and hope I get it done befote fall is over ! Since I work full time -time is short on crafting. I do not have quilting software but do have embroidery software with my Brother!

  11. Linda W

    I’ve never used quilting software, but I would love to try it for foundation paper piecing patterns. Thanks for sharing. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

  12. sheila Scott

    I have never worked with wool appliqué but I’m gonna try, it’s adorable. I’m really excited about EQ8, I went to a couple quilt shows looking to buy 7 this year but didn’t find anyone. I guess the new version coming out was why. Should be easier than me drawing chicken scratch on paper.

  13. Helen G

    That is a beautiful wool piece. Makes me want to do some handwork. I would love to be able to use quilting software. Just never take the time to learn!

  14. Teri c

    I have an older version of EQ but was not able to get it to work with my computer. Would love to give it another try. Love your wool project.

  15. I used an early piece of software for quilt design – can’t remember the name. It wasn’t supported well, and I didn’t reinstall when I got a new computer – years and years ago. EQ is much more complete and allows more variety.

  16. I did make a little wool autumn mat, but did not have enough wool for the larger lower layer. So, mine got just a same-size lower layer, lol. ‘Will be posting about it tomorrow, in the Flickr group and on my blog.

  17. Monica Kostak

    I just received my wool on Saturday so I’m already behind. Will get started soon. Thanks for the beautiful pattern and taking the time out for all that you are doing and sharing.

  18. Camille

    I have had every version of EQ since version 5. I am always learning new things about the program but use it often to design quilts and draw blocks. I am thinking about the EQ8 upgrade.

  19. Deb Stoehr

    I have EQ 7 but haven’t really had time to master it. I’m hoping that after I get moved to Texas, I will have more time to play with it. I know it can be a great help.

  20. Debbie Miller Meyer

    I’ve begun the wool stitch, but don’t like my ted leaves much. Too small for me, but I’ll have to embellish them better. Love these stitch projects!

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