Saturday, 12 April 2014

A non-quilty finish

I don't always quilt in my spare time. One of the other crafts besides sewing useful things other than quilts, is knitting and crocheting. This granny square blanket was started in Canada, with sheep wool produced on Prince Edward Island. After about 60 squares, and seeing how little a piece of blanket those squares made, I was actually fed up with the project. However, I spent the last 3+ years plowing through the rest. Unfortunately, it took so long that when I had a friend send me additional wool from the same store, the brown was slightly different (darker). Cause I don't think woold bleaches that fast, does it???




I liked the combination of wine red, brown, purple and pale rose. The colours already imply warmth to me (the purple is much less blue than in this photo). I crocheted a scalloped edge along the long sides of the blanket and want to use the left over wool to make frills along the short sides. Some day. The blanket is over my lap right now and lovely and warm!

Friday, 4 April 2014

Quilting Warm and Fuzzy

I've nearly completed the quilting on the Warm & Fuzzy quilt. First, I quilted around all the log-cabin diamonds by doing different kinds of loops every few strips (outlining 3 squares in each block) and free-motion quilting around the shapes in the focus-fabric in the middle. (There's a photo of the back below, where you can see the quilting better.)


I have a soft spot for feathers, so decided to make a feather circle in the center of each solid diamond, similar to the this quilt I raffled off to raise money for Doctors Without Borders in 2011.



The blocks on the Warm & Fuzzy quilt are quite a bit bigger, so I made my own template. I only made a quarter and pinned it to the quilt with a sewing pin, rotating it to mark all 4 quarters. It worked well :)





In the solid triangles around the outside, I also quilted feathers, mostly free-hand for a less rigid look. I just chalked out 3 wavy lines and feathered along them. My feathers changed quite a bit between the first and last triangle (I was trying different techniques), but since I quilted tone-on-tone, it's not very noticable. To fill the empty space between the 3 feathers, I added a flower on each side.


Here you can see the quilting around the log-cabin diamonds a bit better:

I like tone-on-tone quilting. One day I will tackle a whole-cloth quilt in white. I love the effect of intricate free-motion quilting on white fabric! I have been looking at a lot of Diane Gaudynski's work, which is gorgeous.


And here's the almost complete top. I am currently deciding whether to quilte the border in burgundy or black on black. And what to quilt in the border. And what colour to use for binding... The black border is a bit oppressive, now that I look at it in this photo. What do you think?

Friday, 28 March 2014

Diamond Dash

A finish!

This babyquilt was finished in February. I've left the borders unquilted to either add the name of the recipient-to-be (this quilt was not made for any specific baby) or some random stitching.


I'll try to take some photos of the back and the quilting. I basically stitched with a walking foot about 1/4" from the coloured diamonds in the gray areas, to emphasize the diamond pattern. I stitched-in-the-ditch along the brown strips holding in the diamonds.


I painfully noticed my long break in finishing a quilt. I cut my binding strips 2" instead of the usual 2 1/4" I do to get a nice tight binding. In this case, binding this quilt felt more like adding piping. It was a very tight job, and I had to crop the outside seam to almost 1/8" to make the binding strip reach below the seam on the back! But I've learned, 2 1/4" binding strips to be cut next time!


Saturday, 1 March 2014

Scrappy bowl protector — the whole set

So here it is, the whole trio:


I'm quite pleased with them and have been using them with joy. These bowls are my lunch bowls, so I use them almost every day.


It feels a lot nicer to handle these protectors than the ones made from cardboard I used before!


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Scrappy bowl protector — medium

The last one, interestingly, was the most difficult one.
I again started with all kinds of scraps in roughly the right shapes for 2 centers and 4 arms.


Found some matching batting pieces.


Here you see how I made the arms. Folded one rectangular piece of fabric in half, then laid a batting piece on top and sewed along each side to get a tube open on one side. I made the seams so that I just barely caught the batting, to minimize bulk.


And this is why it got tricky. After turning the arms inside out and laying them on the center pieces, I realized that I had no side left to turn the whole thing inside out. Shucks! So I left one arm off and one side open for turning.


It was a pain (and no fotos of it), but I blind stitched the opening shut with the arm inside. The part of the arm was blind-stitched on the front and on the back, rather than going all the way through all the fabric layers at once. I guess that would have been an option too. Oh well, it's a scrappy bowl protector,  destined to spend its life in a cupboard. I really don't have very high expectations for this thing, when it comes to craftmanship :)


Important thing: it fits!


And it works!

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Scrappy bowl protector — large

For the largest bowl protector, I started with an improv log-cabin style tree I had left from a quilt-guild challenge.


For the back, I used some triangles left from some other project.


Any old piece of batting that is big enough will do for these things. Piece them together if necessary.


I cut the center so that it had 4 sides approximately opposite each other.


Made some protector-'arms' with a single layer of batting inside.


Sandwiched everything together for a turn-it-inside-out project. It was pretty bulky, so I used pins to keep the arms in place. I had to fold the arms out of the way so that they didn't get caught in some of the outside seams on the wrong side...


I'll spare you the torturous view of the turning-process :)
Good thing there was a fifth side to this protector, so that I could leave a space to turn the whole thing inside out.


Tada!


Looks good, and...


... it works too!





Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Scrappy bowl protector — small

I wanted to used up some scraps AND I needed something better than cardboard to put between a set of glass bowls I have, to prevent them from hitting against each other when I stack them or open/close the drawer they're in.


For the smallest one, I took unfinished christmas ornaments, found some batting leftovers in approximately the right size and sewed all around the edge, leaving a little opening for turning the whole thing inside out. trimmed the edges of the batting as needed.


Here you can see the layering: top and bottom facing each other, with the batting on the outside, so that it's all in the right place after turning. Oh, and I eventually did trim this batting down to the right size ;)


Tada... time for my favourite blind-stitch to close the opening.


And it fits.


That was easy! And looks much nicer than cardboard.


And last but not least: it used up some scraps/UFOs! Always a good thing, eh?