Wednesday 20 May 2015

An update...

Busy busy busy...story of my life.  How are things with you?

I have had a chance to do a quick bit of sewing.  We host a small class here on Tuesday nights, just four ladies who come share some sewing time away from their families.  They are always looking for something new to try and when I saw a tutorial for a Missouri Star Quilt pop up on my facebook, I thought it might be something they might like to try.

I've hopefully embedded the tutorial here:

It's much like another block in a quilt I made years ago, whose name I can't remember.  

So you remember that box of pretty pastels and greens?  The one that never diminishes no matter how much I use it?  I used a bit more, and no - the box is no lighter.

I am pretty pleased with the outlook of this quilt.  None of it is pressed yet, it's all on the bias and I'm just trying to stop the stretching for now, so it's only pinned.  But I do think it's pretty.

I cut way too many strips.  Way too many.   

So there you are - another quilt begun.  Because I need more quilt tops.

Hope your week has been a good one!


Friday 8 May 2015

What did we do before fusible webbing?

Back before I knew anything about quilting, I decided that I would make a design on one of the Disney characters I had always loved.  I was very young, probably about nineteen or twenty.

I didn’t know about fusible webbing like steam a seam or vliesofix.  I didn’t now about much really.  But I figured ‘this can’t be too hard’.

And it was SUPER hard.  I can’t believe I finished it.  I appliqued it all with pins and a good bit of cursing onto calico, with no sticking products at all, then I stitched it on with machine applique (which again, I had no idea how to do) but I think perhaps I was young and naive, and didn’t know how much easier it would have been with the right product.  And it just worked out.

It sat for so long as a cut out finished tiger, with no background.  I didn’t have a clue how to finish it off, but then the water colour quilt came into vogue and I thought ‘hmmm, that might do’.  So about fifteen years after I finished the tiger portion I finished the background section and now he is done. 

Well, he’s a flimsy.  But that’s done enough.







What do you think? Yes, I’m well aware I broke about 397 copyright rules, but I figure I’m not selling it for money – I can’t see how Disney would have any sort of issues.  But don’t tell them, just in case.

Hope your day is a good one!