Sunday, 16 September 2012

Julia's Quilt Finito!

Okay, in the interest of ease and time, I stippled this quilt with rather big loops. My machine is quite slow on the different voltage in Europe. Maybe it's the adapter I use, but I haven't looked into a different model yet. I also bought a machine here that I use for piecing (I'd go mad piecing at the speed of my old Singer from Canada), but I haven't bought any attachments for free-motion quilting.

Amazingly, no problem quilting or putting on the binding, and ah! it was so pieceful and quiet to sew down the binding on the front...

Here's the finished product, delivered on schedule to my grandmother's:

Measures about 55 x 78 inches.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Putting the Pins in Julia's Quilt

You know, when you're used to basting on smooth floor, using tape instead of pinning a quilt to a carpet, it makes such a difference to live in a place with laminate flooring again (after a few months in a place with carpet).  Big sigh of relief!

I ruined my nails during pin-basting, as usual :) They were quite long, admittedly.  Apart from the tape getting old and coming off the floor over night, the basting went quite well.  What a refresher quilt this is!

I finally got to hear that great sound of hundreds of safty pins clicking on the floor when I shook out the quilt in the end :) Music in my ears.

And now it's ready for binding, one of my favourite steps!

Friday, 31 August 2012

Back of Julia's Quilt

Okay, next installment of the quilt for my cousin Julia.

This is a close up of the backing fabric:

I took some of the fabrics from the front and cut out the letters of her name and enlargements of the flowers on the white fabric, to be appliqued.

I don't really bother with heat'n'bond paper, glues or sprays to fix applique in place; I either find that the quilt gets too stiff with an extra layer, or don't have the stuff and can't be bothered to buy them for the rare times I need them.  I'm more of a piecer, on the whole. So pins do the trick for me...

I did the quick way of appliqueing, i.e. zigzagging around the shapes. Folding the edges under and hand-appliqueing is a lot prettier, but also takes a lot longer, and of course, there's a deadline for this quilt (upcoming birthday).

Okay, time for basting!

Friday, 24 August 2012

Special Order For My Cousin

See that white background fabric? My grandma bought a big chunk of it and said "Please use this an make a quilt for your cousin Julia, pattern doesn't matter, I leave it all up to you".  Okay :)

After a year of pretty much no quilting, I had to remember quite a bit, but it was pretty much like cycling :) 

I decided to use the white fabric for the back and picked a bunch of fabrics for the front that match in colour. 

I found it a bit too girlish, despite the green I added for a splash of something else, so I switched the purple against a burgundy. Much better, and better contrast, too. I know, I know, it's a quilt for a little girl, but in my experience, most girls grow out of pink/purple :)

I decided to do a pattern that I've used once before using brown and turquoise. The idea was that I wouldn't have to do any calculations, but of course I did, because I ended up making the blocks a bit smaller to fit the backing fabric. The page of notes in my design book got pretty messy, and I noticed how rusty I was considering seam allowances in my calculations...

After a few blunders, I got the hang of it again (especially the 'measure twice, cut once', haha).

And here's my first layout of the front, hooray!

I've always liked photos of quilt tops against the light (have seen that on several other blogs) - it looks so much like a church window, so I decided to take one of these too!  I'm excited about this quilt and to be quilting properly again...

Now the question is: will I remember how to turn corners on the binding???? :)

Friday, 29 June 2012

New Home for my Mom's Mobile

That's what happens when people like the results of one's craftiness.  I almost didn't have to look up the instructions on how to layer the lining, padding and outside on this case.  If I do a few more, maybe I'll even lose the thrill while I'm turning the thing inside out (the thrill of wondering "will it work again?")

Friday, 22 June 2012

Ruffles galore

I was so tired of looking at my washing maschine, I decided to finally get in gear and make curtains. A curtain rod was already in place, though it was one I've never seen before and that needed special curtains: the ruffled kind :)

I went to the home hardware store and got the necessary parts (ruffling ribbon, hooks) and was going to barge ahead, but luckily I listened to the tiny voice that told me that it *might* just be a good idea to maybe see if someone may have posted a little video or tutorial on how to use this ruffle-ribbon :)

Well, I was so wrong in my original plans, I probably would have wasted a whole bunch of fabric and ribbon...

This is the final result:

And here's how I got there:

  • Fabric about 30-50% wider than needed for the courtain width (to accomodate the ruffling), (selvadges removed, fabrice washed and ironed)
  • Enough ruffle ribbon for the width of the curtains
  • Enough hooks to have one about every 4"

This is the T-bar that the hooks will slide one later: it's kind of a T attached to an upside down T. I put masking tape along the raw edges to keep the curtain from slipping off the rod (I didn't want to have to go back to the store to get special end pieces - it's quite a ways to the next store that sells this stuff).

Start by finishing the edges along the sides by folding the fabric over twice and sewing it down (relatively large stitch length).

Next fold the top edge of the fabric 1"-1.5" and pin along the length of the fabric.

Pin the ribbon in place on top, so that the bottom edge of the ribbon aligns with the bottom edge of the folded fabric.

At the ends, flip about 2" of the ribbon under to make a nice finished edge. Importantly, pull out the 2 threads that run through the ribbon and that stick out in loops every once in a while out, so that they come out of the ribbon where it's folded over.

Here's what it looks like with the ribbon pinned in place and folded over at the edge. Between the two pins, you can see another spot where the 2 threads are loose so that they could easily be pulled out there.

Sew along the top and bottom edges of the ribbon, just catching the edges, so that you end up with a nice double seam on the finished side of the curtains. At the end, fold the ribbon under again, pulling out the 2 threads just as you did at the start of the seam.

Here I'm showing where the hooks will go through. These loose bits in the middle stip of the ribbon run in regular spots along the whole ribbon. Before I looked at instructions on how to do this, I had thought the hooks go through those loops made by the 2 threads :)

Put the hooks in like so:

Next, put all the hooks onto the T-bar and gently pull on the 2 threads that are hanging out at each end of the curtains. Pull and move the fabric along until you reach the desired width of your curtains. I then tied the 2 threads and hid them in the ribbon.

Here's what it looks like all aligned on the T-bar.

And now my guests have something pleasant to look at when using the guest bathroom :)

Sunday, 6 May 2012

New home for my mobile

Is it possible to be crafty, yet BUY a case for one's mobile? Probably. People can do as they please.
I have too much fabric for that, especially too much fabric I like :)

I thought that I could do this hidden-seam case without looking at the instructions, since I did one just last year, but alas! after taking it apart twice because I hadn't sewn the right layers together, I checked and had my Aha! moment :)

Next time I'll definitely not use the sticky velcro patches (leftovers from a friend, thought they'd be useful for this kind of thing) - the glue just about killed my needle and the thread kept breaking when it got stuck in the glue. Hopefully I won't have further damage later, from glue that went further down into the machine...
One learns :)
The fabric on the flap is one of my all time favourites - I could look up what it is, but don't really car about names of designers etc. enough... I'm pretty sure it's MODA though ;) That's usually a safe bet with me.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

City Art

As seen in Hannover, Germany, on 11.3.2012

Variations of these, as well as other things (including a big clock at a central meeting place) covered in knitted creations can be seen all over time. Is it some kind of movement I'm not aware of? Like Acts of Random Knitting?

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

From box to "cupboard with a view"

Finally, I'm starting to set up my fabric room.

Out of 2 tubs of fabric and one IKEA flatpack, I made...

... one lovely cupboard with lots of delicious fabric on display!

Much better! A few more of these and my sewing room will be usable :)

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Another start...

A while ago, I posted about the idea of this quilt - part of the top is finished now! And has been finished for a while. To be a baby-quilt, it'd need something along the side, but I think I want it to be at least lap-quilt size, so I'm playing around with ideas for the frame.

I intentionally laid the colurs out to be dark-light-dark.

These are all left-overs from a MODA Wonderland quilt, mixed with solid gray to make about 4.5" HSTs.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Something is happening!

A bit of quilting is happening!

I've started so many new things since 2010, it's hard to get anything finished.

Now I'm making some progress on the blue stripes quilt. I think I want this to be big. So far I've just been using leftover strips and I want to keep it that way rather than cutting into fabric especially for this. There always seems to be strips leftover from projects, so it makes sense to use this in the traditional sense of quilting, i.e. using the waste from another project for a quilt!
So 4 more blocks are almost done, just need to be ironed and cropped to size...

My make-shift sewing space - in the living-room once again :) The future quilt room is still awaiting furniture, and right now I've got a big rug drying in there after beating it out in the snow to clean it, so there's hardly enough space to get across the room!

Now that I've moved, my place is much more quilter friendly! Laminate flooring so I can tape my backings to the floor again, and lots'n'lots of light from the south-facing window wall... the future quilt room has westfacing windows - nice light without the colour-fading effect.

I still don't have a lot of time for quilting, what with every night being filled with another activity (I'm learning Norwegian now, what a fun language!), but at least the starting conditions are much improved over the last hole, I mean apartment, I lived in :)