Here is the practise top put together with the double cotton wadding. Decided our small dog Sophie will benifit from this, as she loves to sit on quilts, and doesn't have one of her own.
Will try out different threads to see which will look best, so its a bit experimental.
I have drawn in a couple of borders to do some whatever there too.
I will use an aurofil thread on the back.
I may not post again till after Christmas - need to get some other things done for Christmas...and the apricots need to be picked as they of course all get ripe all at once...and the plums are ready to do the same thing!!
Andrea wants to try using the dehydrator ( which hasnt been used for some years) - should be interesting.
Have a wonderful Christmas and I will catch up in the New Year.
May your holidays be safe and healthy ... and not too cold/hot.
Friday Nights Sew In hosted by Heidi ....
Didnt get a great deal done, but managed to get this practice piece done for Friday Nights Sew In ..so I could do the flowers on the runner. ( now done) I now will sew these peices together and do some practise FMQ to see how the double wadding will work out.
Sewed up the appliqued flowers and ...MADE SOME STARCH!! - fist time. I starched both the backing fabric and the top and have double layered the cotton wadding and it is on the table ready to baste. I am not going to pin - I will hand sew the basting again...much as it gets hooked on the machine - It really is held together better. At least I will give it another go......Lots of lovely spaces to FMQ - I think this will keep me going for a bit. Then I need to get some UFO's completed!
Not sure if I can get any done today..its now Saturday here, and I am out for a staff dinner tonight :) Still having a problem with blogger and putting the photos in a differednt spaces.
'Scuse the mess in the background...at least the table got cleared LOL.
I was struck with a new idea during yesterday..... which resulted in a quick - so I thought , table runner Here are some pics of what is done so far. The top is all together, with lots of room for me to quilt.
I designed this patten to go on a 12" block In the right hand corner is the original 1/8th of the design which I repeated around the 12" square. I have drawn the three central white blocks with the design.
I have freezer paper ironed to the back of the quilt so it will be firm as I draw.
Freezer paper design ironed to the reverse of the block #1 andf ready to come off.
On the light box positioning it ready to draw on the fabric for Block #2
And my todays inspiration - a small flower using turned edge appliqe.... (which I still have to machine down) I have put one of these each end of the runner. It took me most of the day...and evening..
I havnt drawn on the rest as that other lovely space is for FMQ .
Now I have just to sandwich it together ....and quilt it. Maybe another UFO as I dont think it will get done soon. But I would love to get it done ....sigh
I have presents to wrap and shops to go to.
Its nearly 2am and I need sleep again to refresh for tomorrow.
Well - off I went again today. Busy sorting out my studio... and shifting 'stuff'' around so I can actually see the top of my cutting table.
Did some machine practise, stacked feathers for a bit in between times just to feel good.
Came across this square of fabric - too tempting wasnt it, so I started to think of different types of feathers...as I was working ( as you do )... and this is what happened. I didn't do too much more tidying - will do that tomorrow before FNSI.
But I have it all together...had no plan - it just evolved :) ....and now I need to S&S (Sit and Stare) and wonder how I am going to sew it on the fabric...machine button hole, with Aurofil thread - or buttonhole by hand...ho hum ... 1.15am and time for sleep.
Had a great full day today using the Handiquilter Sweet Sixteen... 6 hours!
It was a wonderful machine to use. You can see it here .
As you can seeI had a busy day
This sample had two lots of wadding - one cotton and one wool, to see how it handled the double sandwich.
All the squares except the one on the right were done on my Bernina 440, half the one in the lower right square was done on the HQ 16. There is quite a noticeable difference - for the better, for the section I did on the HQ 16
I went really easily and I think gave lots of extra puff.
The circular one was sewn with Aurofil thread on top, and I did get a bit muddled only in what I was trying to do. The swirly one with the multi couloured thread was interesting, but I was not sure about the actual colours... It was quite forgiving to oversew on.
This was the first piece I did, the feather on the far left was half done on a Pffaf machine, and I then went - and stayed with the Sweet Sixteen. The feathers on the right side are sewn with silk thread ' I used cotton fabric top and botton and wool wadding in the centre.. It was harder to get the tension right for this, however by the timne I got to the filler feathers in the lower right...the tension was OK.
I had almost decided to get ...if I can ...the Bernina 820, but now I am not sure.
I am too tired to try to work it out now.
Has anyone any thoughts on these two machines?
I am off to do nothing now...I have a day in Perth tomorrow...so not getting anywhere fast with my projects for now.
She was inspired yesterday as we went to look at a John Watts Quilting machine and table. We both had a go at it, but found it soooo different from our DSM, and when we got back home, she just wanted to quilt.
Just as well, as I am back to doing my binding. One more long side to go
I think Andrea is a natural - but then I am biased I think :)
I hope she finishes it soon and she can put it up on her blog, Obscure Thoughts, where she has already put some of her poems.
I must have sewn some of the seams too large, cause the blocks were 9" when they should have been 9 1/2 - (9" finished!)
So I fudged!
May not use these ones - may do some more - too weary for now.
Back to my FMQ - tomorrow!
Just checking the blog - and noticed one of the blocks is an
Amish one - you know... nothing's perfect...in fact one piece is sewn in completely the wrong place!!
Now THATs a boo-boo and a half!!
Definitely wont use THAT one :(