29 August 2015

Ruby Red Dots Quilt Top Complete

Ruby Red Dots quilt has been a work in progress for over a year.  I joined my local quilt shop's block of the month for this quilt back in January 2014 and here we are August 2105 and I have finally completed the top.   I finished the first eight blocks before we made our move down under.  Here are the final four blocks.   This quilt is made with mostly Kaffe Fassett fabrics and I think it really makes the flower very exotic.  

The pattern is by Sheri Howard and is a very traditional pattern and layout.  I wanted to make it my own and I think that I achieved that.  I set the blocks on point in a cross pattern but still wanted to add more as it did not feel finished.  I only had a few yards of the Kona Charcoal I had to work out the best way to use what I got with little to no waste.  

I was originally going to stitch the Kona Pewter (light grey) on the corners of the blocks but felt it would waste to much fabric so appliqué became my only option for extra points.  I also was able to use scraps for the small colour points those are also appliquéd on.  

Because of the odd shape it was really hard to get it to stay straight and the wind that always seems to pop up when I want to take photos.  Hopefully that will not be an issue when it comes time to quilt it.  The points off the blocks are appliquéd on using a top stitch in matching thread.

I am still working on what I want to do for the backing and there is already a quilt on the frame so this one will go to the to be quilted pile and hopefully I will have it finished before the end of the year.  

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25 August 2015

Charity Quilts made with the help of Brisbane Modern Quilt Guild

I finished working on two quilts for the local modern quilt guild.  May was my month for the charity quilt and I chose Wonky Stars.  Members made blocks and returned them to me;  they all did such a wonderful job with there blocks.  I designed the layout and pieced the top with scraps of navy from the group scrap bins and my own scrap bins.   I ended up with enough to make a twin and a cot size quilt.  Awesome.

The small one is 37" x 43"

The large quilt is 63" x 81".

I quilted them on my Juki TL2200-QVP using rulers so make the arcs and straight lines.  I have to say these are the quickest quilts I have ever done since I left lots of space between the stitching; they came off the frame in no time.

I used scrapes from my bins to make the binding for both quilts too.  I think the scrappy binding was the perfect finishing touch for these quilts.

Now these are ready to be delivered and hopefully will make people smile when they snuggle in them.

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22 August 2015

Weekender Bag 2.0 - One for me

So my first scaled down version of the Amy Butler Weekender Bag was for my mom, for her birthday and it turned out so well I had to make myself one.  I blogged about my mom's bag here.   I used my scrap bins and limited my palette to blues and greys to crate one for me.

I did all the quilting on my long arm.  Here is some close up of the quilting. 

This is the inside of the bag. I added pockets to the inside of this bag a row on each side. I hate just everything thrown in the bottom. 

I originally put an adjustable strap on this bag instead of handles   The strap placement made the bag fall to the side. So I unpicked the stitches and cut the strap down to make handles.  If you want to put in a strap I would recommend putting in a zipper that is just across the top so you can secure the strap a bit higher up the side to keep it from flipping.  I also noticed that for some reason I only used a 1/4" seam and the corners did not all catch. So I removed the lining and re-sewed the bag to have a 1/2" seam.  Works much better now. 

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19 August 2015

A Few DIY Projects for My Sewing Space

I am back at home full time after six months of working and I have finally finished unpacking my sewing room and putting everything away.  Now that I am back to having more time for sewing a few things were not really working for me.

One was the small ironing board sitting on the return on my sewing desk.

I would hit it when I was sewing and it did not really have a lot of surface space.  So a quick trip to the hardware store to pick up a piece of MDF board and I created my own ironing board.  I love this one so much better since it is much harder surface and no more hitting it off the table.

Remember my sewing studio back in the states I had a 8 foot high by 12" foot wide design wall.  It was so nice, I miss it so much. 

Currently I have just been using my Fons and Porter portable design wall; it is OK but not as big as I like.  So I have been thinking of ways to have a bigger design wall but something that is easy to move since we are in a rental.   Oh and did I mention I also don't have a car or truck so getting huge sheets of insulation board like in the states is not an option. (Not even sure it is sold here to be honest)

Well we rented a compact car for a few weeks and I decided to go to Reverse Garbage in Brisbane to see if they would have anything that I could use to make a design wall.  Reverse Garbage is a treasure trove of manufacturing by products and all sorts of things that people were just going to through out.  My main requirement was that I needed something that I would be able to put pins in and the closest I could come up with is these plastic event posters.

At $4 each they were bargain.  I used cloth tape to be able to attach four together into a strip.  I taped both sides to provide a more stable surface. I brought light grey flannel with me when we moved so I was able to wrap the board with the flannel and secure the edges to the back to hold it all together.  Now I have a floor to ceiling design wall. 

I should of  got four more so I could do another strip but for now I am very happy.  I can poke a pin into these sheets just they have to be thick.  I have bent so many pins.

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