I’ve never done this before:
So that’s a Thing right there. I hope I did it right. Work’s been quiet recently so I’ve been doing quite a lot of sewing instead. How did I do that with an apparently broken sewing machine? Well, turned out that the problem wasn’t the machine, it was my walking foot. As long as I don’t want to quilt anything, I can sew to my heart’s content. And speaking of hearts, I’ve finally made a major leap forward with a major project, the project that kind of kicked all this off:
Continue reading Creative Oozings #25 – Progress, Actually and WIP Wednesday
I’ve managed to get very little done recently. Partly because I’ve had nowhere to set up a sewing machine and partly because all my sewing machines seem to be in various stages of death. Mum’s Huskystar, which has been my principle machine for at least a year, got caught in a plumbing leak we had and was found sitting in a puddle of water. I took it to my trusty sewing machine repair man and he worked minor miracles to clean out the rust and get it working again (fortunately it’s a purely mechanical machine), but when I came to use it at Quilt Club I found that the tension seemed to be all over the place, it was not sounding completely right, and then a screw fell out while I was doing a bit of free-motion quilting on the border. Ack. And Toby’s quilt is now partially quilted but I think I’m going to have to rip it all out and start again because the back is a nightmare of loops. I’m going to take it back to Mr Knight to see if anything can be done to salvage it (again!). But that’s ok, I thought – I have my cheap-ass AEG machine that I bought in Germany! It’s been serviced and sorted after I accidentally nadgered it, let’s see how that works out. It won’t FMQ (can’t drop the feed dogs), but maybe I can make a start on piecing Jess’s quilt!
Continue reading Creative Oozings #24 – Frus. Tra. Tion.
As well as the quilts I made for Nia and Chloe, I also decided to make quilts as Christmas presents for another cousin’s little boy and girl (I have a lot of cousins…). Thanks to a bumper pack of charm squares from the Cotton Patch, I already have Toby’s quilt top pieced, it just needs quilting. Continue reading Creative Oozings #23 – More Baby Quilts
While I was travelling in 2012/13, I stayed with my cousin and his family in Australia for a month. They were very good to me and I had a lot of fun helping with their little daughter Chloe, who was about one year old at the time. As a way to say thank you, I decided that I would try and make a quilt for Chloe as a Christmas present (not that quilts are much needed in Australia at Christmas, but it could also be an excellent beach/picnic rug and might come in useful when they travel to the ‘States to see family there!). Again, I decided to impose the deadline of entry into the Pembrokeshire County Show to make me get on and finish the quilt. Continue reading Creative Oozings #20 – A Crafting Holiday: The Birds and the Bees
I love batik fabrics, and had collected quite a few batik fat quarters with no specific plan for what to do with them. With my sister’s baby due at the end of August, I decided to use my batik pretties to make a quilt for the new baby. The advantage of my batik collection is that it isn’t particularly male or female oriented; a bonus because the gender of the baby was going to be a surprise! To make sure I actually got on and finished it in good time, I also planned to enter it into the Pembrokeshire County Show. I took a week “off” from editing to concentrate on finishing this quilt and the Birds and Bees quilt. (I had hopes of making some other things too, but underestimated how much work even two smallish quilts would be for a comparative quilting novice!)
I’d taken a great fancy to the Sparkle Punch quilt on the Oh Fransson blog, and thought it would look very well with a vibrant selection of batiks. I bought a few more fabrics to round out my colour palette, and decided on the size of my squares to make up the stars. Continue reading Creative Oozings #19 – A Crafting Holiday: Star Baby Quilt
Long time, no post. Not because I haven’t been doing things, more because I’ve not stopped doing things. August and September have seen several completed quilty bits, several shows of varying sizes, and a new member of the family, among other things. It’s not been dull!
Below are some sneak peeks of things I’ve made over the last couple of months; I’ll add links to the specific posts as I write them.
Continue reading Creative Oozings #17 – A Busy Couple of Months
So it’s been a while, but I haven’t been completely idle! I’ve been away and then busy with work, but I have squeezed a few crafty things in here and there. Below is the little coin stack top I made:
I bought a big budget pack of charm squares and some marble charm squares and made this up quite quickly (for me!) It was originally going to be a quillow, but in the end I decided that it was fine as a regular quilt. I’m annoyed that my “coins” don’t line up exactly, but it’s quite fun anyway. I have some red starry fleece to back it with, I just need to get on and baste and quilt it. It’s a good size for a baby quilt at ~ 36″ by 48″, and people keep having babies at me at the moment so it seems a good idea to make up some appropriate quilts! I don’t really hold with gender stereotyping of colours, but this does feel more like a boy’s quilt than a girl’s quilt. Mind you, depends on the child!
Continue reading Creative Oozings #15 – Coin Stack, Heart Attack and Retail Therapy