17 March 2018

Is it Just Me?

I am waiting for my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt to come back from the long arm quilter; I enjoyed every minute of working on that quilt and now I feel at a bit of a loss as to what to start next; does anyone else miss working on a quilt when it's done or is it just me? Don't get me wrong, I love starting new projects but I am not quite ready to move on yet 😀

I haven't exactly been idle...

I have been hand quilting my Happy Days while I wait, good progress is being made, just one small corner to do and then I need to decide what to quilt in the border

I made a sewing pouch for all my hand piecing/EPP tools, so I can keep them together, this is a Lynette Anderson pattern, I changed the embroidery design to use some of her buttons that I have had for years; it's very useful and holds everything I need.

I also made a thread holder for all my appliqué threads and tools; I bought one about 20 years ago from Pat Campbell, but it had started to shred, so I copied the design and made it a bit bigger (room for more threads 😀) The clever part is the strip of Ultrasuede sewn to each pocket, you can thread your appliqué threads through it and then just pull off a length without opening the pocket.
(I have since discovered that Karen Buckley now sells these, but her's are smaller like the original)

25 February 2018

A very productive day

It has turned bitterly cold here this week, so after a brisk walk with the dog first thing, I got busy in my sewing room.

I spent all morning (!) making a zip up tray pouch, the idea is clever but I am not really happy with the one I have made, maybe it needs to settle down into it's shape?

I like that when you un zip it, it forms a tray so you can see the contents easily

After lunch I decided that some faster projects were needed !  I bought a metre each of these fabrics on sale, I thought the Dale horses would be good for my Simple Folk quilt, but it is a very corse open weave cotton.

Not really suitable for appliqué, but good for making zipped project pouches, I really like lined fabric bags for my on-going projects, much nicer than a plastic bag for carrying to quilt group.

I had enough fabric to make a big one and a small one

Finally I wanted to make some kind of portable design pad, so that I could layout my pieces ready to stitch and then pin and roll it up to transport it easily.

This is simply a layer of wadding sandwiched between two pieces of fabric, inside is a padded surface I can pin my pieces to.

Earlier in the week I finished the binding on this small quilt for Project Linus  the fabrics were all donated to our group by the family of a quilter who had sadly passed away,  our group have made several quilts from her stash and there is a lot more fabric!

I am not sure if next week will be as productive, but the cold weather is here for a while and my sewing room is cosy, so we shall see!