Saturday, 27 April 2013

Stash Bee - Pippi Quilt

This week I have been working hard piecing together my Pippi quilt top


I absolutely LOVE IT.

This is intended to be a birthday present for my eldest daughter who is 5 at the end of May, so I do need to crack on and get it finished.

So, now I need your expertise, advice and suggestions please.

How do I quilt this?

You can suggest feathers and squiggles if you like, but the straight line suggestions are more likely to win - as straight lines are about my limit!!

I am thinking of long straight lines (OK long wonky lines) up and down and across the quilt through the coloured squares. Does that make sense??  So what colours would you choose??  I would really welcome any suggestions or ideas please


Friday, 26 April 2013

Weekender bag started

Eeek this week has been so hectic I am the last to blog about our fab day with the East Midlands Modern Quilting Guild last Saturday.  You may have already seen some great blog posts by some of the others here, here and here.

What a brilliant day.... before going I told myself, there is no way I am going to even attempt a weekender bag - that is totally beyond me... so I took along all my fabric and some other things to work on.   But somehow the excitement of the others merrily QAYG-ing, and the sight of Di's bag almost finished (stunning and glorious photos here) meant that I did indeed start to make my own.

here is the efforts of my day with the EMMQG.  Although in my defense I did cut out all my wadding and canvas panels too.  And obviously I made the most of being in the company of people who were keen to show fabric and quilts they had made, and talk about sewing for ages without glazing over.... and I just loved wondering round the room seeing other people's fabric choices and panels taking shape.

That evening I ordered my extra supplies from Jaycotts.  Thanks so much to Mandy for the canvas and cord as that meant I didn't need to buy those.

I can definately feel some more QAYG-ing coming along this weekend.... and I am looking forward to the next meet up.


Thursday, 4 April 2013

I made a quilt

Do you ever write blog posts in your head as you are making something???

Well, this post has been written in my head on numerous occasions in numerous ways. 

Over a year ago, I won a jelly roll of fabric from Jodi at Tickle and Hide.  This inspired me to hunt through the library for a book with a suitable quilting pattern in it.  Good old 'Jelly Roll Quilts' was made for the job.

So picking one of the easiest patterns I ordered lots of White fabric and off I went.

The cutting out and sewing together of the strips happened quite quickly.  Although I soon learnt that my cutting skills left a lot to be desired, my accuracy at sewing 1/4 inch seams also left a lot to be desired, and the overall effect was therefore not geometrically accurate.  In fact 'extremely wonky' was more the order of the day.

The buying of wadding caused another delay.......  but I got that fab bamboo type stuff, and that sorted that.

Then the decision of what to back the quilt with (by this time the price was mounting up, and I was unsure if this would ever be finished, and if it indeed did get finished, whether it would ever be allowed to see the light of day).  The lovely Tracy solved that problem, and gave me a purple sheet which was just right.

With quite a lot of excitement I started to quilt the layers together (ooooo forgot to say that I didn't really know how to stick the layers together properly - I have since been informed about spray basting - so it was a few pins and some bulldog clips borrowed from work.  This had limited success, so I sort of repinned as I went along).  I must clarify these are not techniques I am advocating - and nor will I be using these methods again.

So, once again I am starting to quilt......  with a turqoise colour - because it seemed to match the front - I now know you have to also consider the effect on the back of the quilt.  Turquoise is not looking so good against the purple backing, and is also very unforgiving - so every mistake is very obvious.

Can I remind you at this point that this is my sewing machine.  It is old, temperamental, and has a tendency to do it's own thing, go at whatever speed it likes and and alter the tension whenever it fancies.  This old lady (although I love her dearly) was not impressed at being asked to undertake this task.

This lead to a lengthy pause - almost a year............

Until recently I got fed up of the heap of half-quilt at the bottom of the wardrobe and decided to just tackle it once and for all and get it done.  Two left over annual leave days before the new leave year did the trick, and I set to.  I cannot say it was an altogether pleasing experience, but along the way I learnt a lot about quilting, sewing in general, and a fair amount about myself.

I decided to quilt in straight lines.  Sort of following the pattern of the quilt - so it made sense to me to quilt squares...... until I started and it soon became clear that the squares would pucker up and there are folds all over the quilt top as a result of this.  But having started it seemed there was no going back.

By the time of choosing the binding, my enthusiasm was fading, however I like making bias binding, so got a renewed sense of umph and soldiered on (this thing was not going to beat me).  I like the hand sewing on of the binding, and during several children's DVDs and then this weeks episode of Broadchurch the binding was completed.

Hey - check me out, I have only made my first ever quilt.

Things I have learnt:-

1) Buy spray baste
2) Quilt in a colour that blends in and cannot be seen so clearly
3) Make thinner bias binding
4) I am not a perfectionist
5) That I am in absolute awe of you guys out there who make the amazing quilts I see on your blogs
6) That I love my quilt, with all it's hundreds of flaws.

It's only two days old and we have played under it, I watched the Sewing Bee programme snug and warm under it, and it is going to take it's place in the lounge


Monday, 1 April 2013

Fresh sewing day

So, it feels like I haven't blogged for ages, and actually when I look at the number of times I've blogged so far this year it's a bit of a poor show.....  so let's try and do something about that!

Lily's Quilts

I'm linking up with Lily's fresh sewing day, so what did I make in March??

Mainly it was a month of bee blocks and birthday presents (cushions and aprons).  Plus some QAYG.

There were two things that I almost didn't show as I was so unhappy with them!  My bee block for Rachel, which had all the points cut off.

And this oval zippy box - which looked so fab in the pattern, was such a git to make, and ended up looking dreadful - won't be making one of those again.

In non-sewing related news...... our Easter day out was to Twycross Zoo - where I was spat at by a Dinosaur!!

Tanya x