Sunday, 17 January 2016

Finish Along

After our first quilt meeting of the year I was totally inspired to get cracking and get stuff done !
Thanks Karen 

There are a few things I would like to complete in the first quarter of this year.
Here is my list :

1) Allietare Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter - 2015

Last few blocks to assemble and to complete the middle piece and then on to the borders and then to quilt it. It will be be the largest quilt I have done so far. 

2) Grand Illusion
Last years mystery also Bonnie Hunter ( I might be a fan) which I finished at Goedgedacht.

This just needs to be quilted.
I have the backing fabric, which needs to be pieced (urgh) and then onto the frame. I will to and edge to edge pantograph.

3) Bailey's quilt
This quilt I also completed at Goedgedacht. I have quilted most of it and just need to do the circles. I did it on my frame which was easy enough with the swirls but the straight lines were trickier. So these I will do by moving the quilt through the the machine. After that it is just to square up the quilt and put on the binding. 

4) Heart Quilt
This also just needs to be quilted. Have a left over piece of bamboo batting that I will use. Just not sure how to quilt it, so have been putting this one off. 

Don't think this is a crazy "to do"  list but at least it is up and out there. 

Sunday, 10 August 2014

2nd Part of the Sew Along

So this is the 2nd part of the sew along.
This is a recap of what I did last Saturday at our quilt meeting.
It was preparing shapes for applique using tin foil. I can't remember where I saw this tutorial but it was for circles and I thought it would be a great way to prepare the orange peel shape.

Step 1: cut out your template accurately and make sure your edges are nice and smooth. I used 300gsm folding box board card, you can also use old cereal boxes.
Step 2: cut your fabric a quarter inch bigger than template, don't make your seam allowance too big. When you fold this around the template you want a nice smooth edge.
Step 3: cut your tin foil about half an inch bigger that your template.
Spritz the fabric lightly with a starch solution ( I mixed 1 cup of water with 1 Tablespoon of corn starch, make sure you give the solution a good shake before spritzing as it can settle at the bottom of the bottle)

Fold the tin foil around the template and fabric along the 1 side. Press with a hot dry iron. The tin foil holds your fabric in place and the spray starch gives the fabric body so that when it dries it is a nice crisp edge.

Fold over the other side over the template making sure that you have nice sharp points. Give it another press on both sides of the shape.
Let the shape cool before you remove the tin foil as it can get quite hot from the iron.

Remove the template carefully and and give it another press, your shape is now ready to use.
Next week I will post on how to applique your shapes onto the background square.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Arm knitted cowl

I have been fascinated with with arm knitting but just haven't had a chance to try it out. Trying to find the right wool for the project was also a small stumbling block. Working full time doesn't give me too much time to trawl wool shops.
We had out quarterly quilting meeting on 2nd August and can you believe it one of my favorite shops Stitch 'n stuff was selling XL chunky wool which turned out to be perfect for this kind of thing. 

This ball of wool is 200 grams and I used 2 threads to knit up my cowl. 
I cast on 12 stitches and arm knitted until I got to the end of the ball leaving enough to cast off and sewing up the end. It took me a little over half an hour as I pulled out the first batch of knitting. I wasn't happy with the tension, it was too loose so started over. Very pleased with the result so will wear for work tomorrow.  Now that's my kind of project. 

what it looks like on.

Friday, 1 August 2014

The start of the follow along

I along with other teacher's in training have been asked to do a quick demonstration for our local quilting guild on Saturday I am feeling really nervous and a little excited. 

There will be 9 ladies set up at different tables into the hall where we meet and every 9 minutes a group of around 20 ladies will move on to the next table for the following demonstration. The technique I have chosen to demonstrate is preparing shapes for applique using tin foil. 
I won't give too much away in this post but will post something in the next couple of weeks as part of the follow along. 

This is the orange peel block we will be making

The other part of my "demonstration" will be chatting about following quilt blogs online and quilt along's. I have chosen to call mine a follow along rather than quilt along. People usually put up links back to their blogs to show what they have done, but I feel this might well be a little ambitious at this early stage but maybe we can progress to this some day.

So welcome if you are going to be following along, feel free to comment or ask questions. 
As the first time doing anything like this there will  be a learning curve so happy to learn along with you.

The first part in the series is the drawing up of the block and creating the orange peel shape so that you can make your template. 
For my block I have chosen a 4 inch square. This could be any size that suits you. The principle of creating the template will be the same. 

I first drew a 4 inch block and then added the seam allowance.
I have used cardboard - cereal boxes material works quite well for this sort of thing. 

Using a compass I placed the sharp point in the bottom right hand corner and aligned the pencil in the bottom left corner about 1 eighth of an inch inside of the left corner and then swivelled towards the top right creating the first arc. Next I placed the sharp point top left and swivelled from left to right creating the petal shape you see below. 

You now have your block drawn up. At this stage you can cut out your template or use this as your master and make a template from there.

I will post again next week Saturday the preparation of the petal shapes ready for applique. 

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Retro Rubies and the start of something new

 So I have really bad at updating my blog, just noticed that it has nearly been a year since I put anything up.
I don't think I had too much to share but going over some of the posts I was reminded that I had completed my Retro Rubies quilt. I was quite pleased with the way the quilting came out. Was disappointed that after I put the binding on and washed it was really wavy. So I rewashed it and blocked it and that seemed to sort the ripples along the side out to a degree.

I donated this quilt to The Life Matters Foundation. They are holding a dinner on the 1st August to raise funds hope it does well and is appreciated by the person that receives it.

I hope to update my blog a little more often over the next couple of weeks.
One of the many reasons I haven't been updating my blog  is my participation in the Teacher's Training course. This is being run by the SAQG - South African Quilters Guild. I have been struggling to keep up with everything. Working full time, being on the GHQG and Creative Quilter's committee as well as finishing the practical and written assignments on time has given me little time for recreational sewing.

The "teacher's in training" have been asked to do a demonstration at our quarterly meeting on Saturday. I have decided to do preparing of applique shapes using tin foil. I can't remember where I came across this,  but thought is was a marvelous idea. The other part of my demonstration is to introduce our ladies to Quilt alongs which you can do via the internet. 
I am not sure how well it will be received but I think this would be the perfect opportunity to test the waters. We are trying to promote the art of quilting and I feel this is a different way of reaching people.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Birthday weekend away

My husband treated us to wonderful weekend away and the Thali Thali game lodge to celebrate my birthday.
It was so good to get away for the weekend and be somewhere different.

We stayed in the tented lodge. Thank goodness for extra blankets as the day was beautiful but as soon as the sun disappeared there was no doubt it was winter. 

View from the tent so quiet and the birds were going crazy

Perfect way to end the day 

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Little teddy

Found this adorable pattern for an easy sew teddy. Thought I would test it out and see how long it takes to make one. 
I  am hoping to make a few of these and donate to charity. I think to make things go a little quicker I would raw edge appliqué the nose and heart. I stuffed the arms, legs and ears to make it a bit more cuddly as I used cotton fabric. The original was made from felt which I guess had more body. Might try the next one using fleece.