Sunday, 24 July 2016
For a long time some ladies at my church house group have been stitching HSTs together. They are not necessarily comfortable with a needle and thread, and some of the stitches are bigger than I would choose, but I'm all for encouraging them! After laying out the design and sewing the squares into strips on Friday, I got them assembled today and that's when they started asking to be quilted. I'm on holiday, and have the time so I decided to listen and start quilting.
Liberated echo quilting, nothing fancy, but I'm really pleased with the result
Just the binding to be hand stitched and then it's done. It's for one of our ladies who had a baby girl last summer ... 1st birthday pressie!
I also managed to finish the Gay Pride bag
And I've finished and embroidered a quilt for a cousin who has just had a baby girl, Annie
Now back to embroidering school uniforms!
Saturday, 23 July 2016
I'm making a bag for a friend who is going to a Gay Pride event in Brighton later in the year. She wants a bag that says "I support your cause but I'm straight"!
She loved the tshirt I showed yesterday so I got on with the bag while my embroidery machine was busy earning me some money.
The front of the bag - inside (with slip pockets) and outside with a big zip pocket
And the back of the bag - inside (with a small zip pocket) and outside
The embroidery is for the local preschool - just a few items!
Clarification on yesterday's post - I haven't retired, just resigned - I'm looking for a new, full time job, so this theme of sewing and blogging every day won't last for long!!!
Friday, 22 July 2016
School finished yesterday! And not just for the summer in my case, but forever! I have resigned- I felt it was better for the school that I left at the end of a year, and could leave everything ready for my replacement, rather than either giving notice during the hols and not going back or going back for a few days or weeks in September and leaving things half done.
The parents and staff were very kind - I got lots of lovely cards and gifts! And today I got to sew!
And this tshirt has been rescued from a charity shop to be made into a bag
Tomorrow? More of the same!!!!
Saturday, 16 July 2016
As for me - I started laying out my zigzag quilt
and pinning the blocks together
4 more days at school and then I'll have plenty of time to sew the blocks
Thursday, 14 July 2016
I've used fabric with a specific repeating pattern: these instructions are for general fabrics with hints where appropriate.
Cut six rectangles as shown. My front piece needed extending, but as the bottom will be inside the smaller zipped section I'm happy to bodge. My measurements are based on what fabric I had. If you are matching parts of a design check the pocket piece lines up with the front piece about 2" below the top of the front piece.
I also cut fusible fleece for the three outer pieces and ironed that on.
Gather up pocket lining, one zip, and pocket piece.
Pin them so all top edges align
Stitch through all three layers using a zipper foot (this allows you to get close to the zip teeth). Check whether you need to change your needle position . . . Q: How often do I change needles? A: Every time I break one by trying to stitch into my zipper foot!
Once stitched you can breathe
Fold the fabrics open and top stitch in place
Judge by eye where you think the pocket should be on the front piece. Flip it up and pin 1/4" from the edge of the zip, flip down and see the bottom of the pocket lines up,with the bottom of the front (and your design matches if it needs to). If not repeat until it works!
Stitch using zip foot. Flip into place. This is now your front piece.
Now line up the top of the combined front piece, the top of the second zip and the top of the front lining. (Right sides together, and the front piece right side to the front of the zip) You may prefer to check both zips pull the same way
And stitch. Then flip open and top stitch
Repeat - lining up the back, the zip and the back lining piece, stitching and top stitching
So now it should look like this from the front / outside pieces...
And like this flipped over / inside pieces
I seem to be very good at losing inches (off my fabric, not off my waist!) so now I trim it to size. Take care if you need to trim over a zip - and if your zip is longer than necessary make sure you move the zip pull to the inside
Now move the zip pulls to at least their middles
Arrange the pieces so the lining pieces match up, and the back and front pieces match up (RST). Pop the strap (folded in half) between the back and front pieces just below the main zip, with the raw edges slightly proud of the edges.
Trim the corners, either by eye, or draw around a cup or mug
Pin all round, leaving a 4" gap in the lining. I pin parallel to the edge apart from either side of the gap, that reminds me to stop in the right place
Stitch (going slowly over the Zips). You did move the zip pulls to the centre didn't you? If so you can turn this through (aka give birth) and then stitch the gap closed
Then fill and admire again!
(Then, if you wrote this tutorial, spend ages worrying that you should have used a lighter fabric, or taken better pics, or written it differently . . .)
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
I got home from work to an empty house - shovelled in some food and then off to the sewing room!!!
If you're my friend on Facebook you might have seen these blocks that the Richmond & Kew ladies made on Monday night
There were some fabric strips kept over so several of us took some home to make more - and I finished four tonight - these will all be made into project Linus quilts
I also did a bit of work on a tutorial for a two zip pouch like this one, but that'll be a post for another day.
Sunday, 3 July 2016
I picked up some Chinese indigo dyed fabric from a speaker at Richmond & Kew quilters last month (Jennifer Hughes) and had a recent delivery of zips from the Zipit lady so I had a play, and 15 minutes later had this finished
The weather at the family party was alternating tropical rain and brilliant sunshine- thank goodness for gazebos!
Some family pics: (specially for Jackie)
Niki and Lulu