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Candace’s Cherry Pie

Looking back, I find that I began this project in January 2019.  I’ve had life interruptions, distractions and procrastination, but I am pleased to say that she is now completed.

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I am using two different cameras (one a power shot pocket, and one a new to me digital that I am having a terrible time learning to use), so you are getting head shots of my practicing to look at.

If you click on a picture, you will see a larger view.

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All of stitching is done by free motion.  It isn’t always pretty, or done with perfectly even stitch lengths and widths, but it is effective anyway.  I want you to see that, so that you will be free to stitch as you please and not be bunched up about perfection!

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Don’t waste time striving for perfection (or being stifled because of it).

There is no time to waste.

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My niece, Candace, came for a visit of a few days.  She had never made a pie, so I helped her to make a cherry pie.  Not with store bought crust, or canned cherries!  She used a rolling pin and a cherry pitter!

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And she had fun!

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This was to be our last visit together.

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Candace Leauna Elizabeth Smith (Age 14)

September 15, 1989 – February 12, 2004

To follow this project from the beginning to completion, click on the following links:

Candace Project 1

Candace Project 2

Candace Project 3

Candace Project 4

Candace Project 5

Candace Project 6

Candace Project 7

Candace Project 8

Linking up with Finished Or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts.

Candace Project Update 8

As I take a little time out to read blog posts that I enjoy, I see that most are in the midst of choosing their 2020 goals and new word of the year.

I find it all very inspiring!

And very distracting, too.

I have had a difficult time not planning fun, new projects and joining in the group challenges and mysteries.

I want to.  I really do.

But I also want to do ‘my thing’…whatever that is.  I guess I chose my word of the year already, when, in November, I decided to create a FOCUS list for myself.  I know it is only Day 1 of January, but I am amazed at myself for sticking with it so far!  I keep the list updated here, and I am happy that it does show progress.

Two projects (the RSC18 Squared Away Sampler and Vintage Ornaments) are completed and I am working on the third.

As you can see from the links below, I haven’t worked on Candace since last August.  Here is a reminder of where I left her:

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I have been working on free motion zigzagging all of the pieces so that they will be secure.

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I thought you might like to see some close-ups.

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She will be ready for thread painting detail soon.

May you all be blessed with a happy, healthy, and productive New Year!

Candace Project 1

Candace Project 2

Candace Project 3

Candace Project 4

Candace Project 5

Candace Project 6

Candace Project 7

Candace Project 7

I may switch out a fabric piece, or two, but I am happy with how the Candace fabric portrait looks, and I think she is ready for the stitching phase.

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This is the last update for awhile.

Other things call for attention.

Life beckons.

Candace Project 1

Candace Project 2

Candace Project 3

Candace Project 4

Candace Project 5

Candace Project 6

Candace Project 6

I haven’t felt this intense about a project in a very, very long time.

Except for the accursed day job, and having time constraints, I am using every moment that I have to work on Candace.

It isn’t actually work…it is play.  

I forgot how much fun it is to play.

I was stumped with her hair.  I only want to pull from my stash, and I had a difficult time of it.  All my browns are too red, or too green, or too orange… too dark, too light.

I finally called my Hubby into the sewing studio to get his opinion, and his opinion was of help.

But what helped the most was having a chat with myself. 

I forgot how much taking the creative process too literally spoils the fun.

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After my little chat with myself, I got back to playing.

And I really, really want to shop all of the batik fabric sales that I can find!

Candace Project 1

Candace Project 2

Candace Project 3

Candace Project 4

Candace Project 5

Candace Project 5

Candace is coming along faster than I thought that she would!

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I highly recommend putting the background fabric on first, since everything else goes on top of it.  It will be easier to build from the ground up.

I didn’t do this because I was undecided what I wanted to use for the background.

Remember…I haven’t permanently fused any of the pieces yet!  I can still change out something if I don’t like the way that it looks (or add background).

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I think I have it figured out.

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I am sorry that the lighting isn’t consistent for you.  I guess inconsistency goes with an amateur photographer and taking a photo at different times of the day.

Candace Project 1

Candace Project 2

Candace Project 3

Candace Project 4