Sunday, January 27, 2013

Back to what I know!

I've unpicked the quilting disaster and decided to have a go at a smaller version before tackling it again. I know where I went wrong but just so I can get my confidence back. I felt like such a novice, especially asking you all for help. Love this blogging community :-).

I'd never used quilting pins on my new machine, only hand basted. So that was the first thing to go. I was in too much of a rush to quilt, big mistake. On one of the blogs I read, Amy had just experimented with jelly roll racing, I'd never heard of it (can you tell I haven't been reading blogs? Don't worry i'm back into it!), googled it, and found it was huge. So with the left over strips from the quilt, I cut 1 1/2 inch strips and had a go. It came together so fast. The same fabrics clumped together a bit, strange how it did that, random didn't end up being random! Might try it again on a proper jelly roll one day.

This is doll quilt size so will be used by someone when I finish it. So here goes, straight line quilting I think. Then I'll baste the bigger size again and have another go at that.

Please note these are not my usual fabrics, I'm using up a bad purchase stash on the experiment!!

Monday, January 21, 2013

New fabric, oh my

Look what arrived in post the today. Very excited. It's Safari Soiree by Dan Stiles for Birch Fabrics Organic. I also got a superhero fat quarter bundle, that didn't quite make it in the photo. Got lots of ideas for this fabric, mainly baby gift bundles.

But that also means my fabric weight count has gone off the charts!! (Just realised I declared my fabric goal on my other blog!!)

+36g - 1319g = -1283g. Best get making and finishing some projects! I think the quilt might be shelved for a week or 2!

How are you going with your fabric purchases?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The patchwork

Thanks for all your suggestions in my last post. I've slept on it and know exactly where I have gone wrong. I'm going to unpick and try again. After I've done a spot of shopping with the girls! This is a photo of the patchwork before I stuffed up the quilting. I was pretty happy with it. It's a bit of an experiment which I'll explain more when I'm finished!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Grrr

Question for all quilters out there. What am I doing wrong? I have my walking foot on, the machine was dragging the sandwich through, and now my patchwork that was perfectly straight now isn't. Everything is now wonky. Which would be fine if that's what I intended. I now have to unpick. Am I not pinning correctly? Should I hand sew baste instead of pin? All suggestions very welcome.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Grocery bags

This is what I made from cutting into my DS fabric. Grocery bags for my sisters and crafty buddy. The pattern is from Michelle Patterns. I made the medium size. They came together very quickly even though every seam is double stitched. There is no interfacing which is very welcome after so many projects with iron on interfacing. I used calico inside. I love giving gifts that are potentially very useful not just sitting pretty on a shelf.





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