By any means necessary

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I have three more days to finish the center panel of my now 2017 North Carolina State Fair project, and if my schedule is to be believed, the days are almost completely errand free, so it is looking good for me to at long last finish this project which has carried me through three state fair seasons.

And if things don’t go as planned, I have a stapler and duct tape at the ready, so if necessary (and I certainly hope it’s not), I have all that I need to convert this crochet afghan into a mixed media project — and I’ll let the judges figure out which category it belongs in.

But from where I am sitting now, it doesn’t seem to me that it will come to that. The pieces are beginning to fall into place, I am getting things attached and seamed and decorated, and the only thing to do at this point is to keep my eye on the prize.

To that end I have spent a lot of time on what seems like fussy little detail work, but it is these details that will ultimately make the piece.

Both today and yesterday, I spent a lot of time on the decorative embroidery. Here is a detail of some work I did yesterday:

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A detail of crochet ric rac secured with French knots

and here is a detail of some work I did today:

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A super cute heart embroidery stitch

In addition to the surface work, I also made measurable, if not impressive, progress on the piecing, joining these two pieces:

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Two crochet crazy quilt pieces joined

Which after a touch more decorating, I will join into this spot:

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A spot for the two recently joined pieces

Which will then need some surface decorating to complete it:

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The lower left hand corner with lots o tricking out

This overview shows both how close and how far away I am from finishing this:

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An overview of the center panel

There is a lot of work I need to get done between now and my next blog post. I will continue to complete as many details as I can fit in between now and Saturday morning, but then I will need to turn my attention to finishing all of the piecing and working out the details of securing the center panel to the rest of the project.

In the meantime, I will continue working, one stitch at a time.

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5 thoughts on “By any means necessary

  1. I Love the little personal embroidery touched. The flowers, the hearts it would be hard to snuggle with this blanket without looking at it all the loving touches.
    Beautiful work Leslie

  2. It is fun to look at each bit and try to figure out wha you will add next!!!!! What a lovingly work of art! 🙋🤗👏

  3. This is really incredible. I used to know how to embroider when I was a kid, but don’t remember any of it. I don’t know how you find the patience. Absolutely gorgeous work.

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