Posted by supermom on August 20, 2011
I’m going to start off by saying I am ridiculously pleased with myself.
Last night during FNSI, I was having trouble figuring out how I wanted to quilt the hot pads I had prepped and ready (see previous post.)
I had toyed with the idea of free motion quilting them. For a while now I’ve been watching videos on youtube to learn how it’s done, but felt I hadn’t learned enough to give it a try.
First I tried sewing ¼” on either side of the blocks but didn’t like how that looked. So I unpicked those lines of quilting.
Then I tried stitching in the ditch. I liked how that looked especially when the stitches actually stayed in the ditch. I don’t know if it was the extra layer of batting or what but I ended up having to unpick those lines of quilting too.
As I sat there at the machine trying to decide how I was going to go about quilting those hot pads, I thought to myself… what did I have to lose by just dropping those feed dogs, installing the darning foot and giving FMQ a whirl. So that’s what I did. And I had a blast doing it!
I meandered. I made loops. I made points (some intentional and some not so intentional.)
I overheated the foot controller of my 15-91. Dave made some adjustments to the speed control screw and after a half hour break to let it cool down; I was back to meandering and loop-de-looping.
Now my FMQ certainly isn’t the prettiest. And there are places where the stitches are bigger than others. I’m still learning how to control how I move the quilt so that it moves smoothly so I don’t get those unintended points and wobbles. But I’m definitely on my way to learning how to free motion quilt.
The Jacob’s Ladder hot pad was the first one I FMQed:
Front of Jacob's Ladder hot pad.
Back of Jacob's Ladder hot pad.
For the second hot pad, I only FMQed the background fabric. That made the pinwheel really stand out and created a pretty “butterfly” on the back.
Front of Pinwheel hot pad.
Back of Pinwheel hot pad.
The third hot pad will be quilted today and then I’m going to get the binding on them so that I can start using them.
I’ll say it again, I am ridiculously pleased with how the quilting on these turned out for my first attempt at free motion quilting.
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Posted by supermom on August 19, 2011
On my Unfinished Projects list I have listed two table runners/toppers with a notation saying they needed to have borders added and then be basted, quilted and bound. The blocks in these two items were made back when AmandaJean over at crazy mom quilts was hosting her first quilt-a-long. Not only was it AmandaJean’s first quilt-a-long, it was my first ever attempt to piece those more intricate kind of blocks. I hadn’t yet learned that a ¼” seam isn’t really a ¼” seam but an almost ¼’ seam so very few of my blocks came out the right size or even the same size.
At the time, rather than try to sew all those variously sized blocks into a quilt, I sewed them into two table runners and a table topper. One of the table runners did get completed but the other two have been sitting in a drawer for well over 3 years now because I wasn’t satisfied with the way they looked but couldn’t really figure out why.
Then earlier this week, I had them out and was looking at them again and I had an ah-ha moment when I realized what it was that wasn’t quite right about them. I had used the same fabric for the sashing as I had for the background of the blocks so that the blocks themselves lost some of their definition.
The effect of having the sashing and background the same isn’t as bad in the table topper with three fabrics (the yellow, green and background) but on the table runner where I’d used blocks with only two fabrics it was more noticeable. It’s not that they looked terrible. The blocks just weren’t being shown off to their best advantage.
I decided to unsew both the table topper and table runner. I’m going to sew the table topper back together with different fabric for the sashing and also add borders. I’m thinking about using that fabric you see draped over the chair in the photo above. It’s hard to tell from the picture but the green fabric is actually green with gold swirls.
Or would another fabric choice perhaps work better? What do you think?
Instead of remaking the table runner as well, I turning the blocks from it into hot pads to use on our dining room table. Up until now, we’ve been using placemats folded in half when we needed to put something hot on the table. These will look much prettier.
Here they are sandwiched, basted and ready to work on during tonight’s FNSI.
I've used one layer of Insul-Bright and one layer of cotton batting between the top and backing for the hotpads.
Are you joining us for FNSI? There’s still time to sign up over at Handmade by Heidi.
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Posted by supermom on August 16, 2011
I’ve moved two more projects from the Unfinished Projects to the Completed Projects list on my 2011 – The Year of Getting Things Done page (click on link up top.)
First, is this crocheted beaded Christmas tree garland:
I had first tried to photograph the garland on the holly bushes in front of our house, but the shots weren't coming out like I wanted.
I made two of these garlands a couple of years ago and then one again last year, but that still wasn’t enough garland to go all the way around from the top of the tree down to the bottom. I’m pretty sure with this additional garland we should have enough.
The pattern for the garland can be found in White Christmas in Thread Crochet by Kathryn A. Clark put out by Leisure Arts. The pattern book is available here.
And the second finish is this child-sized Flying Zebra quilt.
It has the same backing as the Flying Zebra baby quilt I made for Bama Bound Quilts.
I tried something different for the quilt label this time. For the baby quilt, I printed off an iron-on label that I ironed on to white fabric and then hand-sewed on, but for this one, I decided to embroider the label.
I’m not completely satisfied with the neatness of my printing, but this will probably be how I label future quilts.
Ten more projects on my Unfinished Projects list to finish before the end of 2011. Not counting of course, the secret Christmas projects that still need to be completed.
And this Friday night might just be a good night to get another one checked off the list as it’s time for August’s Friday Night Sew-In.
Sign-ups are over at Handmade by Heidi. Clicking on the logo will take you there.
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Posted by supermom on July 23, 2011
Last night, we’d just finished supper and I was about to head to the spare bedroom to settle in for FNSI when our neighbours from across the street stopped over for a visit. I got to show off our newly recovered lawn chair cushions and we spent a pleasant evening chatting on the front porch until it got dark.
By the time Dave and I came back into the house, I decided that rather than start on something new at 10 o’clock at night, I’d do some crochet.
I don’t know if you’ve been following my progress on my various projects on my Unfinished Projects list, but if you have, you know that I ran into a bit of a glitch when working on the crocheted beaded garland. In trying to use up what I had on hand, I ended up running out of the South Maid crochet cotton thread that I was using and then wasn’t able to find more locally. When I checked out ordering some on-line, the shipping would have cost more than the crochet thread itself.
So earlier this week, I made the tough decision and took apart the one and a half very long rows I had already completed and started over with a new ball of Aunt Lydia’s crochet cotton. Last night, I finished row two and made a start on row three.
Then tired, but not enough to go to sleep, I decided to cut out the paper pattern pieces for this vintage apron pattern.
This pattern was one of the treasures that I found in the bench seat that came with the Art Deco cabinet we bought for my Singer 15-91. It had the same awful smell as the cabinet did when we first brought it home, so it, along with other bits and bobs, has spent the past several weeks in a bag covered with kitty litter to absorb the odour. The kitty litter worked great!
That’s the sum total of my FNSI. No actual sewing, but progress on a UFO and a pattern prepped and ready to use. Not what I had planned but a very pleasant evening nonetheless.
Note: Don’t forget to leave a comment on my previous post to be entered into the giveaway for The Traveling Stash.
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Posted by supermom on July 18, 2011
Saturday morning when I logged in, I found an e-mail from Natasha over at Scraps-A-Plenty saying that I’d won the traveling stash. Yeah!!!
For anyone not familiar with the idea of the traveling stash; it’s a box of quilt fabrics that is mailed from person to person. Due to mailing costs this particular one only travels around the US.
If you’re the lucky winner, when the box arrives at your place, you open it and pick out some fabrics that you’d like to add to your stash. And then you fill the box back up with fabrics from your own stash; fabrics leftover from quilts you’ve made or perhaps fabric that you bought and never got around to using or fabric that you bought and loved at the time but now your tastes have changed. You can also add quilt patterns or notions.
And then once you’ve made your choices and refilled the box, you hold a giveaway to determine who gets the box next.
Yes, that means I’ll be hosting a giveaway in the near future. So if you’ve been following the traveling stash in the hopes of winning it or if you’re new to the idea (like I was) and would like a chance to win, be sure to check back in the next week or so for my giveaway post.
Natasha posted photos of some of the lovely things she added to the stash and let me tell you if that’s any indication of what I’ll find in the rest of the box, I’m going to really enjoy just browsing through all that fabric goodness.
I’ve already started searching through some of my stash to see what things I can add to replace anything that I might take out.
This is going to be such fun!
Oh and speaking of fun… don’t forget that July 22nd is the monthly Friday Night Sew-In co-hosted by Heidi over at Handmade by Heidi and Bobbi from Crafty Vegas Mom. They should have the sign-up post for FNSI up soon.
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Posted by supermom on June 20, 2011
One of the most fun things about FNSI (Friday Night Sew In) is getting to discover other crafting, sewing, quilting bloggers. Today Bobbi announced the winner of this month’s FNSI and encouraged everyone to go check out Karen’s blog Sew Much 2 Luv.
I’m so glad I followed Bobbi’s advice. Karen’s blog was such fun to read back through but one post in particular prompted me to write this post. You’ve got to check out her Spock-Topus.
I may just have to try creating one of these myself some night when I’m having one of those “abso-stinkin-lutely-fabulousness of the sleepless nights in early menopause” that Karen mentions.
And because posts with pictures are more fun too, I thought I’d share a couple of photos of the tote bag I made to co-ordinate with the Flying Zebra Baby Quilt.
This is the front of the tote bag with a pocket to hold a stuffed toy.
And this is the back of the bag.
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Posted by supermom on June 18, 2011
The binding is on the flying zebra baby quilt, but it didn’t get done last night. I have a tendency to underestimate how long it will take to do things or to take into account pesky little details like having to stop to eat, etc.
I had miscalculated how much time it would take to sew in all the quilting threads and remove any of the basting threads that weren’t removed during quilting. So I spent last evening doing that.
Putting the binding on took the better part of this afternoon, with a couple of breaks during which Dave and I made 20 breakfast burritos and two different kinds of English muffin breakfast sandwiches (6 bacon, egg and cheese and 6 sausage, egg and cheese.) Those are now in the freezer; ready for breakfasts and lunches over the next couple of weeks.
Now I just need to hand sew the binding to the back. Aren’t those just the prettiest little binder clips. I picked them up at Staples a couple of months ago when I was putting the binding on the Green Teddy Baby Quilt.
Once the binding is finished, I just need to add a label to call this quilt done.
The lady at Bama Bound Quilts has requested that all quilts be sent in a co-ordinating tote bag with at least one pocket and a stuffed toy. So that’s next on the list, though I’m not sure if I’m going to make the toy or buy one.
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Posted by supermom on June 17, 2011
I almost forget, this month’s Friday Night Sew In is tonight. But there’s still time to join. This month the sign up is over on Bobbi’s blog: Crafty Vega Mom.
I hope to be to the point where I can spend the evening sewing the binding on the Flying Zebra Baby Quilt that I’ll be donating to Bama Bound Quilts.
It would sure be nice to add another finish to the Projects Completed list.
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Posted by supermom on May 21, 2011
Last night’s Friday Night Sew In didn’t go exactly as planned. I did manage to get this little sewing companion almost finished last night. I completed the last bit of sewing on it today.
Instructions and pattern can be found here. Instead of the button and tassel closure I use pearl snaps.
That’s the sum total of what I accomplished before I started having an extended hot flash that if I believed in such things, would have had me wondering if instead of being raptured with the rest of the faithful, I was getting a dose of the other place. Rather than the sewing I had planned on doing, I spent a good part of the evening sitting with an ice pack on the back of my neck and a fan blowing directly at me.
So quilt basting has been delayed until today. When I need to take breaks from that, I’ll be checking out what some of the other FNSI participants accomplished. Not sure if I’ll make it to all 175 blogs that signed up this month, but I’m going to try because I think that’s one of the most fun aspects of FNSI… blog hopping and getting see what everyone else was working on.
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Posted by supermom on May 18, 2011
Today I’m working on sewing the quilt back for this scrappy nine patch quilt top:
A larger photo of the quilt top can be seen here.
I’m using a thrifted white cotton sheet for the back but it wasn’t quite long enough so I added a row of blocks made from the leftovers fabrics from the front.
When I was pressing the sheet to get it ready to use, I noticed one small area of discolouration and a couple of little stains that look like marker stains so decided to conceal them with some appliquéd hearts.
I’ve got one heart done, two more basted and ready to appliqué. The back is going to need another good pressing once I get them sewn down.
And now I’m actually glad there were those little flaws that needed to be creatively covered up, because I really like what those three simple hearts are adding to the back.
Once I’m finished with this quilt back, I’ve got one more to make for my Disappearing Nine Patch quilt top and then it’s on to cutting batting to fit. Then I’ll have 5 quilts ready to be hand-basted. Almost perfect timing for FNSI this Friday, May 20. Though I may also spend that evening getting acquainted with the vintage Singer 15-91 that I won on an ebay auction on Mother’s Day.
If you haven’t done so already, you can still sign up for this month’s Friday Night Sew In over at Handmade by Heidi. Just click on the FNSI button below.
This post has been added to WIP Wednesday #27 over at Freshly Pieced.
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