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Cross Stitch Instagram // In the "Studio"

I was thinking the other day about how cool it would be to sit in someones sewing room and watch their process as they work on a project. Outside of Instagram I am notoriously bad at sharing about my works in progress and I thought it would be fun to share what I am up to during the week, but instead of showing you through pictures how about through quick videos! As usual I had to turn this into a blog series and give it a cheesy name, In the "Studio", I don't actually have a sewing studio just a small bedroom turned sewing room, but a girl can dream right? I set up a camera as I worked creating a time lapse style video condensed to under 5 minutes.

Without further ado here is my first In the "Studio" episode… 1-cross-stitch-cover This week I was working on many different things some which I can't share yet, but I worked on the Cross Stitch Instagram quilt quite a bit. I am using the Cross Stitch Quilt Block tutorial from last week. All the blocks are ready to piece together and I suppose I will make a mini quilt.


What are you working on this week In the "Studio"?


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  • Karen says...

    Well that was fun. Wouldn’t it be great if we could work that fast. I have to say I wanted to stop you about 10 times and say “why did you do that” “how did you do that” “what’s that fabric on your pressing board” “oh look they look like butterflies”. LOL Look forward to watching more of these.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Margie says...

    Loved this! Can’t wait to see more! :-)

    On August 21, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Yup, I use Elmers Washable School Glue with a fine glue tip. I use it to glue baste my pieces as opposed to pins. It isn’t too messy, the key is after you have glued two pieces you must heat set the glue with a dry iron. Then your pieces won’t shift at all and everything will line up. The glue washes out when you wash the quilt and doesn’t do any harm.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Jennifer Fullerton says...

    Are you using the elmers glue to baste your blocks? How does that work? Doesn’t it get messy?

    On August 21, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Haha! I bet I do weird things and probably somethings the hard way. The fabric on the pressing board is Home Dec Fabric from the new collection for Ikea.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Mary Helen in OR says...

    I LOVED IT!! Someday I’ll be able to work that quickly and accurately :)) Thanks for the entertaining post.

    On August 21, 2014

  • barbarakonkle says...

    I still have not tried the Elmer’s glue method but I think I will have to soon! Those blocks are so small! They look amazing!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs says...

    Fun! Now I doubly want to try glue basting (have glue – need glue tips!) and I have a question – what do you use for your ironing surface next to your cutting mat?

    On August 21, 2014

  • Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge says...

    Yikes! Those yellow cross-stitch blocks are TINY! What a fun quilt in the end… this might be just the technique I need to make a quilt of a logo I’ve been thinking of for a while. Thanks for the inspiration. Looking forward to the next lesson in the Skill Builder!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    If I could work that fast I would be busting out 5 quilts a week haha

    On August 21, 2014

  • Shar F. says...

    I love this pattern. I use to cross stitch when I was younger. I loved it. This has sparked a new interest to go back and finish up some of my UFOs. I also want to make a quilt of cross stitch. Thanks for this.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Alyce says...

    Haha!! I totally wanted to know what that fabric was too!! Thanks for that, will have to keep an eye out for it.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Mary says...

    Alyssa, that was cool. I’ve heard of people using the school glue instead of pins. I am thinking of getting a second sewing machine. The Juki 2010 is at the top of the list for machine quilting. Thanks for sharing. Mary

    On August 21, 2014

  • Jean says...

    Great video, I would be too embarrassed, my quilting area is a mess and when I design or quilt I am scattered from one place to the next. So happy to know others are more organized than I am!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Julie N says...

    Where do you get the finer glue tips? And do you always use this basting method?

    On August 21, 2014

  • Rene' Creates says...

    Alyssa, I just watched your video on You Tube and I have to say it’s awesome! I love the time lapsed and was interested to see how you used the glue instead of pins. Thanks for sharing.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Kim Jalette says...

    One of the best videos I’ve seen! Thanks for posting this, Alyssa.

    On August 21, 2014

  • liveacolorfullife says...

    That is super cute! I’m Instagram-obsessed. I have a plan for these cross-stitch blocks—just waiting for the background fabric.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Hey Rene! Glad you liked it, you should definitely try glue basting. There is a second video on this post too http://blog.pileofabric.com/2014/03/06/cross-stitch-instagram-in-the-studio-2/

    On August 21, 2014

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