Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Friday, November 25, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Very cool! Great job everyone - I hope you enjoyed this challenge as much as I did. Now vote!:)
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Last month we challenged everyone to bring a piece of ugly fabric for a sort of White Elephant draw. Everyone drew a piece and now the challenge for next month is to make something fabulous with that ugly ugly piece.
We had a vote, and this is the "winning" piece. It was purpose bought so it had the advantage over others that were coming from stash. Elizabeth still deserves honor for locating this piece. The more I look at it the more I have to agree that it is...well, ugly. As perhaps you may have guessed, I was indeed the one to draw the winner for my November project.
I jokingly said that I would make an article of clothing out of it and wear it in public even, but I realized that I really should do a quilting project. But never fear, the ideas are already brewing. Of course maybe they aren't good ideas (I mean, who designed this?!? It is worse in person.) but they are brewing. Check it out. I even have a palette going....
I live in full expectation that EVERYONE will post the fabric they drew and what they make with it for this month. (yeah, well....)
At any rate, good luck to us all and may the best competitor win. (The prize is a lovely new pair of scissors that have never been handled by toddlers nor ever cut paper...or upholstery for that matter!) k.
Friday, August 12, 2011
I was trying to find a technique to show everyone at our meeting and found this. There is a second part, which I will post next. It is fairly simple and straight forward. I have been thinking about my Korean quilt - how to lay it out, sash is, and bind it. I have never made bias tape/binding before and wanted to learn how. I used a piece of material, that after being sewn together was 22 inches square. After cutting it out and measuring it, it was 7.5 yards of bias tape. It's hard to believe that 44 square inches of material will make that much bias tape, but it does! It only took me about 45 minutes to make it, and that was with having to rewind the tutorial to make sure I was doing it right. So if you read this before Monday and want to try it with me, just bring your material already sewn together into a square or rectangle.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
As you can see, some of the pieces are super small, and Nicole F. asked if that made it difficult to sew them. No - with the seam allowance, they are just big enough that it isn't a problem.
As you can see, you leave the wax paper on as you continue to sew. If you are more of a perfectionist than I, you can adjust the wax paper as you go along - if you sewed pieces together and you were a little off from the edge of the paper, you can pull off the paper piece and re-iron it on closer to the seam you made.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
It is now hanging in my sewing room:)
Next up - Korean Friendship Quilt?
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
She has some great projects that are scrap/stash/beginner friendly. I have printed out some of the patterns, but go check out the list on the right side (down towards the bottom.) Especially Strip Twist (which I love) and Simply Strippy. With the Accuquilt and some motivated ladies I bet we could really get some work done! k.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Korea is already feeling like a distant memory so I will cherish this always. Many thanks to all of you who stuck through with the whole process even though at times it was a little painful.
I can't wait to see what you all did. Mine is a boring. I played it safe like always.
What can I say. I am simple.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
I think we will try to do School Bags, Play Dresses, some kind of easy quilt blocks and maybe pillowcases. Any other suggestions? People should plan to bring fabric (or a little cash to help.) ALL projects require only straight stitching and will also have non-sewing aspects for those of you who are afraid of the terrible beast, your sewing machine!
More details forth-coming. k.
I turned to my fabric stash and Oh, Fransson!, my favorite site for quilting inspiration for a quick project. She does beautiful, modern quilts and I just bought her book because I love her stuff so much. I really wanted to showcase the fun car fabric I bought awhile ago and I loved the punch of color and contrast the panel of blocks provided. I cut out pieces on Friday, sewed all day Saturday and Sunday and bound the quilt on Monday. (Which shows me that it doesn't take a year to make a quilt, like my last baby quilt took me....) Here's the finished product:
I also wanted to practice free-motion sewing. Luckily, this fabric has a pattern built right into it, and I quilted along the road. Unfortunately, my free-motion quilting (with the feed dogs covered) didn't go so well, so I reverted back to the feed dogs, but I think if I buy the right foot for my machine, it'll go much easier with practice.
The binding was a pain but I think with more practice, I'll get much better at it. I machine sewed the entire binding, and I think in the future, I'll hand sew it which will leave me with better results. But, this is only the second time I've bound a project this way and I can already tell I've improved. Luckily, my sister-in-law is pregnant and I'm planning on making her a baby quilt as well so I'll get more practice soon.
Friday, February 4, 2011
In other news, the meeting falls firmly on another day off school again this month. (Remember how we got our "Cursed Quilt" name?!? sigh!) Taking nominations for a better choice of day..... k.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Are you as amazed as I am? You really should be.
Here's the front in all its red, white, and blue glory.
And here's the back. I've been debating about whether or not I wanted to quilt the stars around the border, but I thought that was maybe a little bit too ambitious and then the quilt really would never get done. So after nearly a year of planning, prepping, sewing, and stewing, I'm declaring this quilt officially done.
David has been after me for many many months to finish the quilt. But, as with any large quilting project, I grew really sick of looking at the dang thing. I didn't love the fabrics anymore, I made too many mistakes. There were things about it I wanted to change but just couldn't. I wasn't sure how I wanted to bind it and I had had one too many fights with my sewing machine over quilting the center squares. So it sat in my tub of fabrics for many months, imcomplete and untouched while I had a baby and pursued other sewing projects.
But since my goal for 2011 was to set aside time every week for sewing, I knew I couldn't start a whole bunch of new projects (of which I have many ideas) before I finished the ones I'd already started. And since I like to make arbitary schedules for myself, I decided that Sunday would be my sewing day. With David off at work and a moderately well-behaved baby playing on her mat, I set to work this past Sunday binding the quilt. I was so energized by that successful endeavor, that I spent the majority of Monday morning finishing the actual quilting of the blocks. I got into a good groove, and before I knew it, I'd finally accomplished what had been eluding me for months.
And what once filled me with disgust, now fills me with profound joy. I finished something. Sure, there are things I still don't love about the quilt, there are things I wish I had done differently, but ultimately, now that the finished product is in front of me, I can't help but marvel at what I created. There is real joy in the process of creating--and finishing--something to be used and loved by my family.
A few things I learned along the way:
- Be patient. I often wanted to cut corners or speed through certain steps and would then be disappointed by my less-than-perfect output. When I actually slowed down, and took my time, my results were always better.
- Don't worry about perfection. I am a classic perfectionist and it is often difficult for me to accept results that are less than stellar. But now I look at my quilt and all its tiny flaws, and enjoy them because they were my mistakes and no one else's. Meaning, I made this quilt; I didn't buy some mass-produced product. And so every flaw is a testament to my work and effort and I can see very clearly how I improved as I went along.
- Plan ahead and visualize the finished project but don't get so caught up in that vision that you can't accept when changes must be made. The finished project will always be different than you imagined, but no less amazing once it's complete.
- It's okay to walk away when you are frustrated. You won't hurt the quilt's feelings.
- Use fabric that you love. Even if you love it when you start it, you'll find yourself hating it while you're making the quilt but when it's done, you'll love them all over again. But the fabrics I only moderately liked still have not grown on me. And now I will forever have to look at them and wish I'd picked something different.
- And always remember: the intended recieptent is going to love it, no matter what.