Sunday, October 15, 2017

Street Directory Quilt - Top Done !

It's huge and needs 'squaring up' but the top is finally finished.  I am yet to decide whether to put a border around the whole quilt or not.

I will now start the mammoth job of adding the street names.  The word 'Ulverstone' will also be appliqued at the top section of the quilt before quilting takes place.

Happy quilting  !

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Street Directory Quilt - Update

The Street Directory Quilt is starting to come together, 3 sides done and roughly straightened.

Now to tackle the sandy beaches, ocean and rocky outcrops of the coastline.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Bags, Bags and More Bags

Bags, Bags, Bags.  I love making them and over two weekends at our highlands cabin, I have made 18 bags from scrap fabrics passed onto me.  Each bag is lined.  Over the summer months, this will be my project, making bags,  when we spend time at the cabin.  The bags can be used as shopping bags and will be given away.

I am also using up some of my selvedges to make this same bag pattern but quilting the side panel and main outer bag sections.   These quilted bags will be sold.

I have done a little tutorial to show just how quick and easy it is to put together one of these bags.  Check it out and make up a bag for yourself.

Happy quilting !

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Wholecloth Quilt - a UFO done and dusted !

Once upon a time, many many years ago (26 years to be precise), I started hand quilting a wholecloth quilt.  It was started when funds were limited so the wadding was scrappy pieces hand sewn together and all different textures.
Earlier this year, I dragged it out from the back of the cupboard where it had been 'hiding' for many many years to show a quilter friend who was doing a wholecloth quilt on her long-arm machine.    The quilt was hand quilted but for one whole border and about a quarter of another border.   
I can no longer hand quilt so instead of folding it back up and putting it back into the cupboard, I decided to finish the quilting on my domestic sewing machine.
It was hard work, I am definitely not used to throwing around a huge king sized quilt under my machine but I persisted and eventually got the quilting done.

Here it is with the quilting done.  The binding came with the quilt top, cut on the bias and only two inches wide.  I like to do my binding at least 3-1/2 inches folded in half.  So I carefully pinned the single binding to the quilt, sewed it on, turned it over and sewed it down, turning under as I went.  

Next dilemma - would the blue markings wash out after so many years.  It worried me so I took it along to a drycleaning firm, armed with a list of do's and do not's.  They assured me they would take good care of it and after a 3 day wait, I picked it up.

The blue markings had all washed out, the quilt hadn't lost it's shape and it looked amazing.

Why had it taken me so long to get this gorgeous quilt finished.  

And the next day I ordered another wholecloth quilt online, a smaller version this time (40" x 40") and this one will be machine quilted and definitely won't take 26 years to complete.

Happy Quilting !

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mother and Baby Giraffe

This is my mother and baby giraffe quilt.  I had a big bag of little black and white scraps, left over from other projects, and I wanted to use them up.  Cleaning out a bin of patterns, paper and old templates one day, I came across a page torn from one of my children's colouring in books of an outline of the mother and baby giraffe.    Here was a good idea for those black and white scraps !

I enlarged to about 36" long and traced my drawing onto tracing Vilene.  

Mamma Giraffe is coming together.  

Mamma and Baby Giraffe are all fused onto the background fabric and sewn down by machine applique using a buttonhole stitch.

This quilt is now ready to quilt. 

Happy quilting !

Street Directory Quilt

Wow ! It has been over 2 years since I last blogged.  Life (or should I say) and Sewing takes over and I must admit I am not a great one for taking progress photos as I sew.  But for the past few weeks I have been working on my local town's Street Directory, turning it into a quilt.

It started out like this - the A4 street directory enlarged many times and joined together.

I then transferred the whole map onto tracing Vilene because it is a lot easier to manage and can be folded up when not in use

The map was then divided into a number of sections, again traced onto the Vilene, and I proceeded to work on the first section.  The aim for doing this project was to use only fabric scraps from my stash, I won't be buying any fabrics to complete the project.  

This is the first section under way.  For the 'houses' I am foundation piecing each 'block of houses' using scrappy pieces of fabric.  The schools are yellow sections, parks / recreations grounds/ fields are done using green scraps.  

Here is a close up after I had added the streets.  The streets are made using grey scrap pieces and are fused down over the 'house blocks'  I have then machine appliqued using blanket stitch along each side of the streets / roads.
Here is the first two sections joined together and ready for quilting.   But before I can start the quilting process, I need to write the name of each street onto the quilt.  
Then came the first section of highway, a little bit of a challenge but I am really happy with how it came together.  I can't wait to add little extras to the quilt when quilting like the recreation grounds, the fishing lake (blue area) and the white lines on the highway.  
The next section has the major portion of the river running through town in it so I spent a whole day gluing varying blues onto the river outline and sewing them down.  Oh how I hate using glue, I somehow manage to get it everywhere but where it needs to go !

The quilt, when complete, will measure over 2 metres long and over a metre wide.  Halfway through the project and it has been so much fun to do, quite addictive really  

Happy quilting !

Monday, June 27, 2016

Farmyard Friends

I can't believe it is over two months since I last posted, I must admit I am not too great on taking photos and posting them to social media.  I have, however, been sewing like crazy and this is my collection of farmyard quilts recently completed.
 This is the 3rd 'Cow' wallhanging I have made, so much fun
 A farm always has a working dog, although I doubt this one would do much work
 Stacked goats, using scraps from my stash
 Who Rules the Roost  !
 Just Ducky !  She is foundation pieced and stands 36" tall
Harvest season - apples, strawberries and tomatoes

I am now working on 5 quilts, 4 on commission for a dear friend and the other in Indigenous fabrics which I will take with me to Belgium in October as a wedding gift.  None of these can be shown until they are gifted later in the year.

Happy quilting !