Trying something new

Well I have to now start to quilt some of my quilt tops.  I have never done this before, so I went and checked out some websites.  I discovered one called The Inbox Jaunt which is all about free motioning quilting.  It is Lori Kennedy’s blog and gives  examples of free motioning quilting and examples.  It really inspired me so I decided I would give it a try.  I brought a free motion foot for my sewing machine – most sewing machines tend to have this attachment available.  I fitted mine and this is the result of my work.

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I used the pattern called squiggles which is just free motion of the quilt.  You move the quilt what ever the way you want creating a doddle like pattern which looks very nice.  There’s a couple mistakes in it but I’m happy with it.  I found the hard bit moving the fabric so it would glide across the machine.  I don’t know if I should have put the dog feet down or just leave them up.  I changed the stitch size thinking that it would help but I put it back to the default stitching length.  I just need to play with this a little bit to improve my technique but overall I am happy with what I have done.

The top of the quilt is a jelly roll which was I used in a jelly roll race.  The rows in it made it easy to use them to as a guide for the free hand designs.  Hopefully my son will like the finished results of this quilt.

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2 baby blankets and a few blocks

Again I’ve been busy not only with work but completing quilt.  Two lovely ladies I know were having babies – one was having twins and both were having their first babies.  What do you give them….well a baby quilt of course.  The problem with giving a baby quilt is that you feel you have to give each child a quilt which can be challenging and time consuming.  I made a decision that I would make my baby blanket as double sided blankets – one side for  a girl and the other side for a boy.  Thus I have made a family  baby blanket.  I originally brought this quilt called Through The Looking Glass Little P Quilt patterns by It’s So Emma.  When finished it measured 38.5″ x 42.5″ which I think is a good size for a baby blanket.   I’ve done one quilt with pastel colours and the other done in bright colours.  I love the fact that you can get a range of fabric which can be used for either a boy or girl and you can use it in one quilt.  The range I used for the bottom one was Celebration which has a girl and boy range.

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I have also been trying to complete Berries and Bluebirds by Gail Pan.  I’m not very happy with my leaves or my berries.  I intend to unpick the berries and redo them so they look more rounder.  But it is slowly coming together.  I did find doing the ric rac challenging but do like the way it to

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Oh and my sewing machine did come back and was fully repair and working well.  I have attached a walking foot to it and I did not know what I would do without it.  I plan to do some machine quilting having just got some chalk and templates to decorate some of my quilts.  I didn’t know that you needed to quilt through the fabrics to stop the layers moving.  I guess I learn from mistakes and through looking at how to do things differently.

Well it’s going to be another hot day with our temperatures here in Australia being up to 41°C and I have to wait a few weeks to get the fan fixed on my car.  I hope it is cooler where you are.

A belated Merry Christmas and a happy new year

I have been a little bit busy as have many other people I dare say.  Well, my sewing machine has arrived back but due to the high temperatures (around 37°C and 42°C) I haven’t used it yet.  The lovely people at the sewing machine centre told me it was a motor problem and it was replaced at no cost for me as the sewing machine was under warranty (a whole 5 years warranty!!!!).

Although I have not done any machine sewing, I have been doing some hand sewing.  I decided that I need to finish some items that I have, well lets just say it, put aside when something new came along.  I am currently up to block 4 of Berries and Birds by Gail Pan Designs.  I decided to do something different.  I have only done the applique blocks only with the intention of going back and complete each block completely.  By photocopying out the patterns and laminating them, I have quickly developed my templates allowing for easy tracing and cutting out.

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I have also been doing a stitchery which is preprinted.  Its been a bit of a challenge due to the mistake in it.  I am trying to incorporate a way to hide the fault in it.  I think I have achieved it.  The quilt is called The Street by Smee Designs. What do you think so far???

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I am still doing Cornelian by Hugs ‘n’ Kisses and have already brought more material to make a second one.  The quilt that I keep in my work bag is called Christmas Magic by Gail Pan Designs and I am just completing the stitchery before I do the sewing up part.

Since my sewing machine is back, and I have a few days off, I have no excuse but to get my machine out and start finishing the baby quilts…

Well, I hope you all had a very happy Christmas and a Safe New Years….

Sleigh house

I’ve been catching up on Welcome to the North Pole. I’ve almost finished this block – just got to put the sign on it. I have of course been doing another but I’m sure there is a mistake in it so I’m going to order more fabric to complete it. As for my sewing machine – it’s holidaying at the repair shop and I hope it will be back soon.

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Sewing machine saga and hexies

I have sent my sewing machine back to be repaired.  I’m hoping to have it returned soon, ready and will to perform my quilts.  Currently I’m using my other machine which works ok but needs to have some fine tuning.

Is anyone doing Hugs ‘n’ Kisses’ Cornelian?  I’m currently doing it and have just started to put on the hexies on the first block.  Of course it is French General range of fabrics and it looks very nice. I got mine through Quilt Fabric Delights Creative and I love it. The kit uses the applique pre-cut paper which dissolve in water.  I’ve only just starting to do hexies, but this is really fun.  Again, I am a little behind and have to catch up but that is fine.  Since my studies have completed, I’ll be able to catch up with some of my quilt and get them finished.

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The sewing machine problems….

The lovely man from Singer Australia rang me to help me fix my problems with my Singer 160 Limited Edition Sewing Machine.  Apparently you need to make sure you have the thread firm and when you thread the machine it should have some tension on it.  Well, I rethreaded it and it is still not working.  I’ll contact him again and see if we can fix it.

I guess that brings to my next problem.  I recently purchased a BOM which stated that thread and fabric was included  for about $210.  In part they were correct – but the fabric was calico and there was no boarder or binding fabric as I thought there should.  This is second time this has happened to me.  My question, have you ever brought a quilt kit and it not been what you thought it should have been or did you have to wait for ever for the rest of product.  Or the value of the product sent doesn’t match the cost of payment.  And what do you do about it?

Well I’m going to continue to do some more hand quilting and hopefully more sewing machine will be fixed soon.

Been busy and sewing machine trouble

Well I have been busy. I have been trying to finish off my scrappy quilt. I found that placing the pieces out and taking a photo of them helped to remind me how it was set out.
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While sewing it together, I found that I really needed to buy a walking foot.  I looked everywhere for a singer walking foot and eventually I got a walking foot for my singer sewing machine off ebay.

I have also been busy making other quilts.  I have attended a couple of classes making quilts at Whatever Whereever.  I learnt how to make hexagons and turn them into stars and how to applique jugs.  I enjoyed doing these.
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I have also discovered that a friend was having a baby.  What’s a quilter to do…you guessed it make a baby’s quilt, but what color when you don’t know the sex of the baby.  Thankfully, I discovered a range called Celebrations which came in boy and girl colors.  So the challenge was on…do I make 2 quilt or one.  I found the pattern called “Through the looking glass” by Sarah Price and brought 2 kits – one boy one and one girl one.  I cut them out and sewed them up and decided to sandwich them both together.  I discovered that by starching the tops they sat nicely.  What I do is use a lot of starch, allow to dry then iron and the tops look great.

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I used three pieces of wooden curtain rods and rolled each of my pieces up with them and slowly pinned them together.  Once done, I trialled my new walking foot.  Was a bit of a challenge getting the walking foot onto the sewing machine but the effort was worth it.  I commenced sewing with a fancy stitch,  almost finished and got new bobbin  in then my sewing machine decided to tell me C4 error.  I am trying to fix it but I’m not getting there fast.

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Now I have to try and fix it or send it away.  And I was so close to finishing this baby quilt…