Wednesday 26 October 2016
These batik blocks had been hanging around for ages - I made them so long ago that I can't even remember when! Clearly leftovers from a Jelly Roll - I'm guessing from about 5 years ago - they must have been aging in my scrap drawer since then.
When I put them up on the design wall I could see why I hadn't got any further with making anything with them. The blocks were just too 'mushy'. Most of patches within them don't have sufficient contrast to show the piecing - grrr!
I thought that some sashing might help them. Of course, I forgot (AGAIN!) that although I *think* that this fabric is mostly black, it doesn't 'read' as black! I only have tiny scraps of this left now, so at least I won't be able to get it wrong another time. Even so, it doesn't look too bad with these bright blocks - at least there is a colour contrast even if there is no tone contrast!
I bound it in orange print - nice and cheerful - and quilted it with orange thread too. Having never been a big fan of orange before I've been enjoying it recently, since making the quilt including some for my SiL.
Great to have another finish. This one is 36" square and will probably go to Project Linus.
Hope that you are enjoying some pre-Halloween sewing too!
Wednesday 19 October 2016
For my birthday I received the most stylish light box that I've ever seen!
Thin like a computer tablet, but with a surface that you can draw on and a control for how bright the light is.
Richmond and Kew Quilters) so I thought that I'd trace some positioning squares with wash away pen and then work on making the applique pieces for them.
Turns out that the ones that I was most attracted to were ones that could be turned into simple stitcheries..... so that's what I've done instead!
Such a great product - it even comes with a bag to store it in, so you don't have to crush it in a stack of stuff, but can easily hang it within easy reach - genius! I'm really pleased with it!
Next I need to cut them up, following the first step of the mystery.
Happy sewing, everyone!
PS For those who are interested, the light box I have been given is a 'Vario' A4 light box - they also make an A3 size in a similar format. Available from Amazon and I'm sure other places too! NAYY
Wednesday 12 October 2016
Thanks for DD2 (for only needing one shoe liner to make her shoes fit perfectly) and to Debbie for the fabulous green and gold fabric (the photos don't do the colour justice - it's a lovely dark emerald) for helping to make this happen.
Quilt ideas come from the strangest places!
Stitching the shoe liner on, then stitching around the edges of the stencilled shapes followed (once the paint stick had cured and stopped smelling!).
Then came lots of kantha style stitching. Fun to decide which lines to echo and when to make breaks in the stitching.
And why 'Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes'? I don't know! I've always loved the song, and I think that the idea of having decorated sole 'prints' like these made me think of it again.
Fun, and I need to get on and find a place for this to hang.
Happy October sewing, everyone!
Wednesday 5 October 2016
Never fear! You can make a great key keeper / bon bon tray and still have time for a quick brush of your hair and a slick of lip stick before you meet them!
1. Sew the charm squares into a four patch. I quite like making this with two pairs placed diagonally, but I've made it with four separate fabrics too.
2. When you've sewn and pressed your 4 patch, place the wadding on it with the points of the wadding on the seams of the 4 patch.
Secure it with a little fusible spray or a couple of tacking stitches.
Sew along both short ends with a 1/4" seam.
Match the short seams in the middle and sew the long seam, leaving a gap in the middle of one of the patches (does that make sense? It's best that it isn't at one end of the seam and I prefer it not to go over where the other seams meet up).
You should have a padded 'hourglass' block.
6. Ladder stitch the opening closed using matching thread to try and keep it invisible.
Machine or hand quilting? It's entirely up to you. Machine quilting is quicker if you are short of time.....
Sew them together tightly and they should form neat corners.
Of course, if you don't want to use your sewing machine these are easy to make by hand. No more than 90 minutes from start to finish, unless you go mad with the quilting!
Many thanks to Lis from Piece'n'Peace for the original idea for how to make the block.
I hope that you enjoy making these little trays - plenty of time to get started and to make a pile before Christmas comes along!