So this just came across my Facebook feed lol
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
I finally finished Granddaughter's quilt. The last quilt I finished was for her mom - roughly 29 years ago! Don't look too closely or you will see lots of imperfections. Having said that, I am so pleased with how it turned out!
I thought about embroidering butterflies on it after I had pieced the quilt top. You would think it would have been easier to do that ahead of time but I think having the top as a sheet helped with the hooping for the embroidery machine. I quilted diagonal lines over the Irish chain squares, and then decided not to continue through the butterfly squares as I didn't want them to hide. Then I had to decide how to add some quilting for stability within those squares. I finally settled on free motion echo quilting. This was also a first for me and my seam ripper got a really good workout. I finally decided to ditch the King Tut varigated thread I used for my diagonal lines and instead go for a colour match to the butterfly background to better hide the very beginner free motion quilting. I think in the end this was a good choice.
I continued the diagonal lines through the border all the way around, but left the bits between the butterfly squares as long rectangles. I used 2 1/4" strips for the binding as that's what I had on hand already cut. It worked just fine and I don't really think you need 2 1/2" as is usually recommended. I spent about 5 1/2 hours sewing the binding down by hand. I may try stitch in the ditch on a future quilt but I really wanted this to be the best that it could be. I finished it off with a label.
I did run into some problems with this quilt. The heat-activated glue-basting batting wouldn't stay stuck. I have two quilts using this batting and had the same problem with both. Apparently the quilt store had a bad roll. I ended up having to pin baste it all anyway. Then I was in a bit of a panic when Phoebe the Pfaff was getting all wonky with the tension as I started quilting. I was working on the class quilt (that still isn't finished) from the class that I took to learn how to finish this quilt. I sent her to the dealer for service and started working on Bob the Brother instead. This meant buying a walking foot. And a 1/4" edge guide. But Bob was also giving me tension issues - I thought I was going to lose my mind! Then I realized that Bob wasn't cutting my bobbin thread, and I was using the same bobbin as I did on Phoebe (there are supposed to be interchangeable), so perhaps there is a problem with the bobbin. I rewound it to a Brother bobbin and then Bob started giving me a beautiful stitch. So half of the quilt lines on the class quilt are a bit wonky where I was test driving quilting but it was all sorted out before I started quilting on this one. And now I have two machines that I can use for quilting. Bonus! I should mention "Butterfly Kisses" has the Holley stamp of approval.
Thursday, January 04, 2018
Some Christmas' are fairly mild where I live and we are able to have our Christmas dinner in the sunroom with a heater on. This year we have been having a very cold early winter, and are heading into sub-zero temps over the next few days. What better time to think about some warm sunny colours for a sunroom lap quilt!
I was at Lens Mills last week and picked up the above fabrics. I initially was thinking of making placemats or mug rugs just to give me something to play with on the old White machine I brought up to J's, but I didn't know how much fabric I would need. I ended up buying a meter of each and then though "that would make a quilt!". I've got the blocks made and they are just waiting to be assembled. I did find that my points are not nearly as accurate as they are with the first quilt I pieced on the Pfaff. I'm not sure if that is because of the Pfaff's IDT or because the Pfaff has an edge guide 1/4" foot where the White just has a 1/4" quilting foot that you eyeball your edge. Could be a combination of both. If you click on the pic you will see what I mean. I haven't decided if I will rework a couple of them or just live with them. What do you think? I guess I have to decide how much it will bug me every time I look at it!
While I was at Lens Mills I saw packs of Northcott Stonehenge Gradations 2 1/2" strips on sale half price. I thought this was a really good deal so I bought four packs. Once I got out to my truck I saw on my receipt that they qualified for a further 65% boxing week clearance sale! So of course I went back inside and picked up four more packs for a total of eight in four different colourways (two each). A few days later I had a project in mind for a queen quilt and figured I would pick up one more pack to ensure I don't run out. Well I was informed at the checkout that no, they weren't supposed to be discounted the extra 65% and that had been an error. That's ok, they were still 50% off but I guess I really did get a good bargain.
I start a quilting class next week that I am really looking forward to. I'm doing ok with the piecing but I am really needing some direction when it comes to quilting and binding the quilt. I want to finish the class before finishing my granddaughter's quilt; I don't want to mess that one up! We will be making "Sue's Star" shown here. It looks like it is all half square triangles so I am looking forward to learning the proper technique for making those.
Friday, December 29, 2017
I guess the new baby and the new hobby aren't quite connected, but seeing how negligent I've been about updating my blog I'm just going to put them both in this post.
The new baby, as you can see in the above pic, is a Babylock Enlighten serger. I've been happily serging on my Brother 1034D for many years. The other week I went to adjust the stitch width from rolled hem back to a regular stitch width when something popped loose. I had the pressure foot down and I think that's why. I managed to get it working again but decided that since I had a little extra cash in my pocket this fall why not take advantage and buy my dream serger? So I did! As an added bonus I brought the Brother serger and my old original White sewing machine up to keep at J's house so that I can play when I am staying up here.
I'll be honest I haven't done much with it yet as I've been totally engrossed in my new hobby - quilting! I started and finished a quilt top for my lovely granddaughter as she moves from her crib to a bed. Pics are the purple quilt pics on my previous post. I had a lot of fun with it; it is an Irish Chain done with strip piecing which made it quick and easy. I then embroidered butterflies on all the large squares. I'm going to call it "Butterfly Kisses".
So far 2018 is looking to be a very busy year!
Saturday, December 02, 2017
Between picket duty and then being back to work I've been crazy busy the last month. I've carved out some time to work on projects but I haven't had time to post about them. So I'm just going to plant a bunch of pics here and perhaps I'll get back and write about them at some point. You'll have to scroll all the way to the end to find a finished project.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
When I bought the black and blue checked ponte to make a pair of pants I didn't have the pattern with me, so I bought over two meters because I know that's what I need for a pair of jeans. Of course I wasn't thinking that denim usually comes 45" wide and the ponte was 60" wide. Therefore I found I had enough fabric left over to get myself a second pair. To be fair I considered saving it to make a pair for daughter post-pregnancy but with her long legs there wouldn't be quite enough fabric. I have another length of ponte, a charcoal plaid, that I may be able to work a pair for each of us out of if I plan for that from the beginning.
the first pair, because the fabric is dark and the lighting is not very good in my dressing room. I changed the lightbulbs and saw that I have a fair bit of wrinkling under my butt, and that if I pull up the back of the pants the wrinkles are reduced. I then slashed and pivoted to reduce the back seam by 1". This definitely gives me a shaplier fit over the seat; even a slight wedgie. So I am going to try and fine tune that for future pants.
Monday, October 16, 2017
I had traced out the back of this pattern earlier this summer when I was comparing the shape and size of three different pants patterns. I was initially going to use this black and navy checked ponte to make another pair of Simplicity 1696 but in a knit, but I'm still not convinced that that pattern is fitting as well as I would like. I finally got around to tracing the front of this Lutterloh one as it is drafted for a knit fabric and I could have a go at my first Lutterloh pants pattern.
I ended up having to take the pants in 1" at each side to below the hips, tapering to the knees. This could be a design change because of the pockets on the original version. They were possibly intended to be a bit baggier than how I like to wear my pants. There is no way to tell from the fashion drawing because the top of the pants are hidden by a long blouse. With my alterations they are not tight but they do skim my body. They are definitely not as tight as leggings.
The elastic gapes a tiny bit at the top because it is stiff and because it is all one piece it is straight up and down over my curves. Therefore, when I make my next pair I will do the waistband a little differently. I will use the curved back waistband from Simplicity 1696 for both my front and back. I will also cut the elastic in two pieces instead of one so that I can shape it at the side seams. On a second look that is how it is done on the Nygard leggings.
So my final judgement? This Lutterloh pattern worked as well for me as any other pants pattern does. I still don't have the confidence to know what makes a perfect fitting pair of pants, other than I know it when I see it, usually on someone else. I don't know if something should be tighter or looser or adjusted in some other way, and it doesn't help that I can't see myself walking away in whatever I am fitting. You can only check out so much looking over your shoulder in a mirror and you certainly can't see how the garment moves. Maybe I need a videographer to follow me around when I am sewing and fitting! lol