Sunday, 25 November 2018

Traditional Wednesday Sewing

Almost a month ago now (wow time flies!), we had our half term holiday; can you tell by the amount of sewing I managed in October??

As I had finished the baby quilt before half term, I was able to start a new project. On the Wednesday of half term, I headed to my friend's house, in what is fast becoming a holiday tradition. I decided to sew myself an advent calendar I had bought in March at the Duxford Quilting Show.

We had had home made advent calendars when I was little, and I remember watching my big sister making one (or I'm pretty convinced I do!). It is definitely something  I have wanted to do for a very long time.

After one day of sewing, I had most of it together, other than hand sewing the binding on and making some loops for it to hang on. I also had a couple of singed fingers - it turns out box pleats are a little fiddly and fabric gets very warm!

I will get a shot of it hanging up soon (ish), but I'm pretty chuffed with the result! I absolutely love the backing fabric - it's just a bit of a shame no-one will really see it.

Sunday, 18 November 2018

A Sort-of Leafy Finish

The lovely baby quilt I was working on had to be handed over to the recipient before our half term holiday (almost a month ago now!). The recipient went on maternity leave a bit earlier than I thought she would, so cue late night sewing on the Thursday before half term! No matter how early I get the material I always seem to see an am time that I shouldn't!

I pinned the backing and wadding in place, quilted around alternating chevrons, put the binding together and sewed most of both sides of it on, all between about 7pm and 1am.

I then ended up finishing the last bit of binding in work - my colleagues thought it was excellent that I was using my non-teaching periods to finish sewing! I have never done that before, and it didn't take too long, but it's not something I'm intending to do too often!

But, I was able to hand the quilt over and it was well liked. Other than some lining up issues, I am pretty chuffed with this quilt. Especially how the pattern looks a bit like falling leaves, both in shape and colour.

Friday, 16 November 2018

OPAM October 2018

I keep queuing up posts and then forgetting what order to post them in, so goodness knows when this will get posted or what I'll have posted about!

BUT. This month (or October anyway) I finished three projects - and actually only started them this month also! I'm pretty chuffed. I'm sure I'll do more posts about them, so here is a shot of each.

Thanks as always to the lovely Peg and Kris for hosting!

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Weekend Sewing

A few weekends ago now, I finally decided to brave sewing my half square triangles together into the pattern I had laid out. I find HSTs really challenging, especially when ensuring points match up and so on. This was particularly challenging

It wasn't too bad. There are some points where it doesn't match up perfectly, but the nesting seams trick really works. My husband and his friend who was visiting at the time didn't notice that the lining up wasn't perfect, so that's all good.

I think my next step with HSTs is to actually remember to square off the blocks before sewing them together. As I was against a clock, I forgot to do that - or was a little impatient to do that anyway!

I also managed to find the perfect backing fabric at The Cambridge Fabric Company. They had a couple of fat quarters which I fell in love with, and very luckily they had an off-cut left that was the right size! It completely fits with my trademark non-plain backings!

Monday, 5 November 2018

Quilt Planning

After a lovely visit from the in-laws a few weekends ago (where we got very soggy!), I settled down on the Sunday afternoon to work a little more on the baby quilt.

I didn't do much, but I pressed all the seams open and worked out a layout.

I came across the pattern on Pinterest, and it turns out it's a Cluck Cluck Sew pattern. I've linked it here. I probably won't do the borders, but I enjoyed this HST pattern, rather than doing zig zags.

Now just to be brave and sew it together!

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