Wednesday 27 February 2019

Follow the Instructions!

 Hard to see on this photo, but the centre block at the top in this photo is WRONG!  For some reason I'd failed to follow my own instructions (or anyone else's!) and the centre four patch wasn't rotated as it should be.  Doh!
 At least I found the problem at the 'ironing the quilt top' stage, just before basting, rather than after basting which would have been even more annoying!

Still, I don't really like to spend my precious sewing time re-doing what I should have got right in the first place!
 When it was corrected and the quilt basted I then sat down to quilt.  Having chosen what I thought was the perfect thread I wasn't completely convinced that I had enough to complete the quilt - which does make you a little bit tense, particularly as I have no idea what make or colour name this little lovely is!  Looks like a Cotty spool, but has nothing stamped on it....  Still, success - and the quilting on the main quilt was completed.  I shall also use this on the cushion front part of the quillow, but from the centre out so that any change can look as though it has been planned!
This is the layout for the cushion front - taken from the Twiddletails blog earlier in the year.

I'm pressing ahead with it and trying to get it complete before my sewing space is given over to being a guest bedroom at the weekend!  Fingers crossed that by then I'll be down to the hand stitching on the binding, but I still have some way to go before that yet!

Hope that you are enjoying some sewing time too!

Tuesday 19 February 2019

A Busy Week / Disappearing 9 Patch Tutorial No. 2

First of all, I must tell you all to try to visit The Hepworth in Wakefield.  Fabulous art, fabulous building, fabulous access to lots of Barbara Hepworth's work.  Hard to believe that it is free - although I'd recommend that if you can afford it you make a donation / buy a book / spend time and money at the cafĂ© in order to help fund it.  I was blown away by the whole museum, but the Hepworth and Moore galleries in particular.  Visit if you can (and if you are in that area, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park too - lots of lovely art in the fresh air). 
 Now on to the main part of my week - starting a new quilt!

Time for me to try a different disappearing hour glass pattern.

Start with an hour glass block and cut into thirds in each direction.  (once more I started with two 10" squares, sewn right sides together around all four edges, cut on both diagonals, opened out and resewn into the hour glass, which gives me a 12 3/4" block to start from.
 Now rotate the centre block 90 degrees.
 Next turn all four corners by 180 degrees, so that the little triangles are on the outside corners.

 The final stage on the re-arrangement is to turn the middle blocks from each edge 180 degrees, so that the 'arrows' are pointing in to the centre.  This is the only step that is in addition to what you would have done on the previous Disappearing Hour Glass tutorial.
 Now resew your 'nine patch' together, and you will get a block that looks like this, with a counter change star in the middle of it.

I can't show you a full quilt top yet (I've only managed to complete a couple of these blocks this week) but already I'm excited about how it is going to look!
 Other sewing was to make another fabric 'bucket' gift.  I love that they are completely reversible!

A chance to use the tiny Dresden that I made a couple of weeks ago.

 My last sewing was to make a set of postcards - the final set for a swap group that I've been part of for several years, but which is winding up.

This  was a final experiment for me - turning printed paper into 'fabric' and then sewing it.  I did this by applying it to a fine muslin with dilute PVA.  A number of tutorials online then recommend adding another layer of something on top, like coloured tissue paper, again with PVA.  Nice idea, but I wanted to keep the print a little clearer, so I just coloured the fabric paper with Inktense pencils and added machine and hand sewing to complete them.  Something that I'll try again in the future, when I'm less concerned about retaining the printed text, perhaps.
I also managed to make a crochet bowl (no wonder I'm tired, it's been a full on week!).  Using a ball of t-shirt yarn from Tiger for only £3, I was quite pleased with this, although it might have been nice to have bought another ball of yarn and made it a little deeper.  It's roughly 6" across and 1.5" deep.

Off for a nap before enjoying some more half term fun with my lovely family!

Wednesday 13 February 2019

Another finish!

 Another finish!  The quillow that I was making is complete!

This is the outside 'cushion' part of it.  I made a bunch of half square triangles, and then played with the layout until I got one that I liked - which was this one.

You can't see, but there is a 'thank you' message quilted on the bottom right hand corner.  This will be gifted later in the year.
 This is the final look of the quilt, lain out on the craft room floor.
 And draped over the sofa.
 It's been washed so has a lovely crinkly texture.  A large meander over the main quilt.  A stripey backing.
 I also finished this spring-like hoop hanging.  I don't like the bird shape that I made, though, so I don't think that this will make it up to the wall!  Never mind.  The hoop will still be available for other projects when the fancy takes me!
 Another finish - this little piece had been half-worked for some time, and now has become a card for an old friend.
This final finish is a small project bag -  a little larger than A5.  Another project that has been on going for a while, but it now complete.

So, a good week for finishes, and now it's time to get on with my next project, another type of disappearing hourglass quilt.

Wednesday 6 February 2019

Progress in Unexpected Projects

 I know, I know!  A bit early for Easter!
I was waiting for the backing fabric and wadding to arrive for the disappearing hour glass quilt that I was showing you last week, so I moved on to a project that has been on my 'to do' list for several years now.

Finally I'll be able to gift an Easter mini quilt to my lovely SiL!
 It is quilted quite densely.  This is how the back looks.
 Another project whilst I was waiting was to make a fabric bucket to coordinate with the quilt that I was making.  A handy way of using the scraps that it generated!
This is twice the size of the ones that I'd made previously.  I have to confess that this is because I'd forgotten which direction I had to sew the side seams, and I'd already hand sewn the mini Dresden plate on!
 Isn't it cute?  This finishes at about 3" across.
 Another project this week was to play with alcohol inks, scrumpled foil and cardboard.  Lots of fun.  My gal pals produced some really love cards too, but I failed to photograph them - sorry!
 Lastly, these mini Dresden plates were made last week, but failed to get onto the blog post as I was making the tutorial.

This was my first attempt - another 3 incher.  Thanks to Westwood Acres fabric for their free tiny Dresden pattern.

I got caught up in the Instagram fun of a #TinyDresden Party2019 of Deidra from Quilty Obsession.  Lots of eye candy to be seen!

My next attempt came from a rummage through my Aves scraps - I had a few short lengths of joined strips.  Not necessarily the best quality work, but lots of ideas generated for the future.  This finished slightly larger than the others, at about 3 1/2" across.

I'm thinking about making another style of disappearing hour glass quilt - but not until I've completed the first one, which I've now decided should be a quillow, so needs more work still to complete it!  I'm off to decide on a design for the 'cushion' part of it.

Happy sewing, everyone!