Tuesday 23 June 2020
Half square triangles neatly trimmed. Tick
What's worse, is that having sewn this as a test block, I then used it to make all subsequent blocks!
I suppose I should be grateful that all of them are wrongly the same!
It was only when the quilt flimsy was complete that I realised my error on the internals of the block!
Doh! So, not quite like the pattern in the book, but still very bright and fun. This will rest now until I feel inspired to back, baste and quilt it.
Hope that you've had a good week too!
Wednesday 17 June 2020
For me, it's just as well that I enjoy this stage, as I cut this fabric last week, but have yet to move it on to the sewing stage!
I'm sure that I've been busy, but I think that the home college / school work support and 'domestic duties' must have been more time consuming this week for some reason.
I'm not sure that the white background is a truly useful background colour when the size will be a baby quilt, but at least it will be nice and jolly.
I'm looking forward to trying a 'disappearing' shoo fly block with them. A pattern from 'Turnabout Patchwork' by Mairal Barreu.
I'm hoping to find more sewing time this week!
Wednesday 10 June 2020
Obviously you could buy or make a fabric bag to put it in (FabWraps is still open on Etsy and selling bags!) but I wanted something that I could keep clean masks in too - ready for a journey home, say.
So this drawstring bag with pocket was born. You keep clean masks in the outer pocket, and drop your used masks into the drawstring bag. When you get home you can drop the whole package into the washing machine.
Genius, if I do say so myself! So here's a tutorial. Measurements are for my style of masks (finishing approximately 8.5" x 4") but I'm sure that you can adjust it for your mask size / shape.
Turn a hem on the top of the shorter piece.
Put a button hole in the centre of one of the tall pieces, 2" down from the top.
- Right side up, button hole piece with button hole at the top.
- Right side up, shorter pocket piece.
- Wrong side up, plain tall piece.
Then sew around three sides - the long sides and the bottom. I like to reinforce the start, stop and where the top of the pocket it with a 'forwards and backwards'.
This is going to form the channel for your drawstring.
Now turn the bag out. If the pocket looks inside out don't worry - you just need to pull it from inside the bottom corners to make it go the right way round!
Ta-da! Finished item.
You are ready to load it up with your clean masks in the front pocket, ready for your trip out.
I hope that the idea is a good one and that it might have some use for you.
More mini homes. I'm still managing to complete one a day as part of the #100dayproject.
Loving these little bits of silliness!
Wednesday 3 June 2020
This turned out to be one of those!
Nearly a month ago I showed you these little 9 patch squares.
Then I added triangles to bring the size up a little.
Last week I patched up enough wadding (a total of 27 pieces!) to make something large enough to complete the quilt sandwich.
Once it was basted, it didn't take long to quilt it with a wavy line. Not too dense, I still want it to be cosy.
We already have a family game of 'choose your favourite' - lots of fabrics that we recognise from other projects!
Finishing at 40" x 60" This one is likely to be a keeper. It's destined for the back of my sofa for the moment. I'm enjoying it (and enjoying the fact that I managed to get all the sashing fabric facing the same way - I don't usually choose directional fabrics for a reason!).
I haven't made one of these simple 'clutch' bags for ages. Good to find that they are still as simple to make as I remembered!