Sunday, 17 August 2014
Preparing the quilt top for straight line quilting around the border.... I lay down the blue painters tape pinning it down as I go, trim each corner so I can just keep sewing all the way around. The pins are needed to hold the tape well on such long strips . If I'm using the tape for a line of quilting with no corners to turn then I just lay the tape down as I go.
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Doing the free motion quilting around the appliqué - using the new open toe foot I purchased from America - I was able to quilt nice and close to the edge but the foot makes a clunk clunk sound which the other free motion foot I have does not! Any ideas ?
I have mentioned before about the aluminium bobbins I'm now using in my Brother PQ1500.... Well I just have to say again I LOVE THEM! My quilting has never been so neat and the stitches are so perfect!
It's raining! Lovely sewing weather and that's what I'll be doing all day tomorrow!
Cheers from Helen
Saturday, 26 July 2014
Sewing the binding down on my "vine" quilt .... Seems to go on forever!
Warm weather so not as pleasant to be working on a quilt ... Could be rain coming- hope so ! Our hill is do dry, it looks terrible.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
|"Peek-a-Boo" quilt for Oliver|
pegged out on the clothesline to get a better photo
|I always include a book with the quilt,|
baby Oliver is only 6 months old but
Spot is always a good read!
|and it's kind of a peek-a-boo book as it opens out to reveal|
Triangle label (thanks Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville!) -
a quick way to add a label when
you have run out of inkjet printable fabric!
I love a quick quilt and this one was certainly that :-) A few embroidered pieces waiting in a box, some scraps from the scrap pile, a backing fabric just begging to be used up and a piece just the right size for the binding - perfect!
I usually do a computer printed label but I've run out of the inkjet sheets so I did the quick triangle label method that Bonnie Hunter uses - a thick pigma pen to do the writing and it was all done in minutes!
Quilted with straight line tramlines (as I call them) in the sashing, and a square inside the four patch blocks (I use blue painters tape to form the square and just sew around that!) It's always a quandary as to how to quilt the embroidery or applique blocks so in this instance I left them alone except for the little duckies, I ditch quilted down the yellow pieces.
I wanted a 1/2" binding on the front so I tried the binding method where you leave excess batting and backing beyond the quilt front - I left a 1/4". The only mistake I made was that I forgot to attach the binding along the edge of the quilt front with a 1/4" seam...... I attached it at the edge of the batting/backing and used a 1/2" seam allowance which resulted in the desired effect --I wanted the outside sashing/border to be the same width as the inside sashings but still wanted a 1/2" binding, but the binding ended up quite bulky. It's done now and came out okay but I will remember next time to attach the binding to the top and not the outside edges if I am using this method again.
The quilt is washed and dried ready to deliver. I always prefer to wash a quilt I am gifting as then I know it's all ready to be used and as I always use a colour catcher in the wash, I will know if any of the fabrics ran in the wash. I also include a couple of colour catchers in a ziplock bag with the quilt.
So my Peek-a-Boo quilt is finished..... now what to do? :-)
Cheers from Helen