Saturday, August 19, 2017

The boring bit

I did manage to finish off all the quilting on the rainbow quilt during the week and spent sometime yesterday and last night making a start on  pulling all the threads through to the back, tying  off and burying them.   Very boring and mind numbing.  

Just to give myself a break from all that mindless work - and what takes forever with very little to show for all that time spent - I picked up the beanie and seem to be making good progress.    I have reached the stage of shaping the crown now.

I did set a goal of trying to have all the quilting finished by the end of the month - that has now been achieved- and seeing that there are nearly 2 weeks left of August my goal is now to finish off the quilt completely.

If you would like to see what others achieved last night for FNSI go over to Wendy's blog.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ready, Set, Sew

This week I had time to make a start on quilting the rainbow quilt.   Here it is all pinned and under the walking foot.  

This time next week my aim is to show you the completed quilting...hopefully.

Linking with Oh Scrap.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Putting in a Zip

That sentence usually strikes fear into my heart and into the heart of many others also.      When I decided to make some zippered pouches I looked at "google" and found many different ways of making them.   I did a couple and took what I considered the best way from each of them for me but putting in the zip was always the same - fiddly and difficult.   They all mentioned using a  zip longer than the intended pouch but had you cutting them down to size or even smaller and making sure that the zipper pull or head was in the middle of the bag and open.    This is where the fiddly bit happens as you are moving the pull along  upside down was you sew.     After giving this some considerable thought and thinking that there must be a better way I just happened to stumble across someone else who had the same problem and her method was a light bulb moment for me.

I will not go into the actual pouch making but just the insertion of the zip.   So here is the secret to successfully getting the zip in without any bad thoughts or words flying around your sewing room.

Make sure that the zip is longer than the intended pouch but have it closed all the way and sew in.   This is what it will look like when in from the top.    As you can see the zip pull is nowhere along the area that you are stitching

Just give a quick press and you are ready for the next step which is to top sew down both sides to keep the lining in place.

Next step is to bring the zip pull into the middle of the pouch - this is most important as you will cut off the zip pull if you do not - and sew cross the zip where it meets the ends of the fabric.     Once you have sewn across the zip at both ends you then trim off the zip to fit the pouch size.

 A close up of the stitching across the ends of the zip can be seen below.

Then proceed to finish off your pouch with a perfectly non fiddly inserted zip.   I hope the above helps anyone else who finds putting zips in purses etc difficult.

Now as you know the first Friday night of the month is always FNWF run by Cheryll at Gone Stitchin" and last night I decided to do a little knitting just for a change.    I was inspired by Cheryll last month when she showed us her pretty beanies.    Being the slow knitter that I am the thought was I could start a beanie for Miss M for next year and it may be finished in time.....LOL.     I still have a long way to go.

Linking with Oh Scrap.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August OMG

Goal setting time has arrived and this month my aim is to get the quilting on my rainbow quilt done.  As you can see it is sandwiched and pinned ready to go.   Normally I always use a wideback for the backing but on this occasion I saw this "bargain" and just joined it to make it the necessary width.   I will have enough left over which can be used as the binding also.

In an ideal world getting the binding on would be even better but there are "things" happening at the moment which need to be dealt with so being overly ambitious is not an option.

There are plenty of other lovely items being prepared by others at the moment in the hope of being finished by the end of the month and they can be seen over at Elm Street Quilts.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

I cannot stop......

Making little zippered pouches.    These are very quick and easy to make and very addictive.   After making one I had to make another, then another and so on.  They are ideal to use up all those pretty fat quarters that have been lying around for sometime.  There is one more ready to sew in my sewing room.

After making the first one I found that it was much easier to use a long zip, sew it in then bring the head of the zipper to the middle of the bag, sew across the zip at both ends and cut the zip to fit.   So much easier than trying to lift the machine foot past the head of the zip in the middle of the bag.

The charms on the end of the zips are those that I purchased at the recent craft fair.

Linking with Oh Scrap.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

From this.......

To this.

My rainbow quilt top has now grown into the correct size.   When doing the challenge only 10 colours were used however I added in the red with white and black with white blocks but the quilt was still not quite the right size so the pale pink and pale green blocks  along with the sashings and borders - that I managed to get on today -  have made all the difference.

It was a very cold and windy day - good for doing some pre-washing of the backing fabric and  I am using a lightweight flannel as wadding so that was pre-washed as well.  

I was lucky to be able to make an early start on my FNSI and am pleased with my achievement.   Next step is to sandwich and pin it ready for quilting.

Linking with Oh Scrap.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Quilt Retreat

Each year for the past 10 years I have been invited to attend a quilting retreat and this year the dates chosen did not work for me so it was time to take matters into my own hands and do my own quilt retreat over the last 2 days.    There are some advantages such as no 5 hour round drive, no packing and unpacking of the car at either end, not having to pre-plan projects ahead, my whole sewing room to myself, not having to queue up to use the iron and of course there are very big disadvantages such as having to prepare all meals and clean up,  the opportunity to cruise around the room to be inspired and motivated by what others are working on and of course that laughter and chatter of like minded people.    I took this opportunity to re-visit the projects mentioned in my last post and pick up where these had been left off.   Firstly the item that I started at the retreat last year which was a variation of a rail fence. This was a very easy design and went together well but a decision had to be made - make it larger or end it where it is and a have a tablerunner.   I went with the latter and only had to make 3 more blocks, add a border etc.  You can see below that it is now sandwiched and pinned ready to quilt.

Next I unfolded the rainbow quilt - which now has a good home to go to when finished - and measured it  to find that it needs another row of blocks plus some sashing and borders to make it the required width.    It does have green in it already but the green was "shades of the rainforest" so this time I pulled all plain greens or green with white and made 6 more 9 patch blocks.

The next colour is pale pink - again there is already pink in the quilt but it was hot pink - so all the pale pinks with white or other soft colours were used.   So far these are only cut and laid out ready to be sewn.  

I needed a break from all this cutting and headed back to the rail fence tablerunner after breakfast this morning and worked solidly on quilting it, then after lunch on went the binding and yeah I have a finished item to show from my quilting retreat.    I am doubly happy as I had nominated one of these items to be finished by the end of the month for July's OMG.

I may even have sometime tomorrow to sneak back into my sewing room and get those pale pink 9 patch blocks finished.

It feels good to be able to tick one off the list and have another  on the way to completion.   I must do another "at home quilting retreat" in the not too distant future to see what else can be achieved.

Linking with Oh Scrap and Elm Street Quilts - OMG for July.

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