Sunday, October 14, 2018

Expenses: Fusible Interfacing and Zippers and Crafty Gemini Class

I'll be making a few things thru the Crafty Gemini site.  Her directions are so clear, it will be nice to have items that I can use or give away right away!  As part of the 2018 Bag Club we will be working thru ten projects at rather a fast pace as she is thinking we will be making Christmas gifts to give away this holiday!  2018 Bag Club:  I'll do what I can to try and keep up.  But will have access to the lessons and patterns after the timed events, so I feel good about making the commitment to the sewing classes.

She recently posted a video about different types of interfacing and stablilizers to use in bags:
Very interesting.  I was going to get all my special supplies from Vanessa, but she said she did not have a master list of supplies needed for the different bags so I couldn't just order everything ahead and at once from her.  So I just went to Walmart to get what I needed for the first project.

I found similar interfacing/stabilizer to what she mentioned, but not the same manufacturer...

She recommended woven cotton interfacing. I had never noticed this stuff before, but looking at her video it looks very nice to work with.  I got two yards of that, and two yards of the light polyester interfacing that I believe I have used before.  My plan is to make several of the zippered bags using different interfacing in each.  In addition to these I am going to use felt and batting.  We'll see how they turn out (and when I get them done).

The first little project (Over-Under Pouchhas a woven top so I will get to use my wefty needles again.  Hopefully, with more success than last time...!  I know I can create the larger bag, but not sure if I will be able to do the design for the smaller over-under pouch.

5 22-inch zippers @ $1.77 each
2-yards fusible woven cotton Pellon interfacing @ $3.44 each
2-yards fusible polyester (unwoven) featherweight Pellon interfacing @ $ 1.97 each
Subtotal including tax = $21.11

2018 Crafty Gemini Bag Club $75.00  This price until October 16th then $95.00 - If you sign up let me know!

Total including tax = $96.11

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Starry Bright Sky QAL - EXTRA Hexagon blocks 3 and 4 made with equilateral triangles

We have been using Teresa's blocks for the textured four patch blocks, but I found this video and it caught my eye. I thought it would be a fun additional block in the quilt... so made one with my blue and yellow fabric!

To enlarge the block and to make the block square, I added the extra strips. Very fun block to make!

This is not one of Alida's 22 designs, but I think it will be a nice addition to the quilt anyway...!

Starry Bright Sky QAL: Embroidery Pattern 10b

Hmm.  Alida hasn't updated the website yet, but she did send out the patterns for the month.  This time the technique is embroidery. The pattern has directions for different ways to mark the design and how to do different hand stitches.  But as always it's open to interpretation...

I cut my star shapes out of freezer paper, then pressed them where I wanted them to appear on the block...

Then I referred to my sewing machine manual and found a stitch I thought would work to make the stars stand out.  (I had gone to a quilting shop, but they did not have any 12 weight thread in grey! So I decided to make use of what I already had).

Sewing Machine Manual download link:
I used stretch stitch 03 with the default settings.  When I was looking at the manual I didn't notice the name.  It was a nice sharp repeating design that made the stars stand out using regular thread so it fit my needs of making the regular thread stand out and appear thicker.

I completed the stitching in a short period of time.  Was originally just going to do one star, but it went so quickly I continued until I was done.

 I used my clover 'cheater' needle to bring the threads so they were all on the back.  Tied the pairs up with two knots and then left the thread long as I am not sure how short I should cut them.  I guess it's good the background fabric is so dark...  For the thread I used the Isacord Polyester Thread that Leah Day recommends for quilting. I'm not sure if that is what I'm supposed to be using for this kind of stitching.  I use cotton thread when piecing though.

Update:  Alida has updated her blog now!  The link to see how others are interpreting the block is:

I'm not sure how this will be quilted in the final quilt.  Sometimes wish I was doing these all Quilt as You Go so the stitching would already be in the batting.  Oh well.

I have found at least two other pieced star blocks that I'm going to make to add to the Starry Bright Sky QAL quilt - they will be posted soon!  I have done most of the blocks Alida has prepared, so may go back and do more of them.... Or maybe will go ahead and try to create the final block, it's sort of a New York Beauty block but looks to have blunt ends instead of a lot of points.

I started with a selection of blues and yellows for this project and have just been grabbing what was handy really when preparing the blocks. Handy meaning piecing that were already cut in strips or sizes that would still leave me with larger pieces of fabric.

Sewing with Friend in Two States

I visited my sewing friend and we worked together to create this little back pack for her granddaughter to where for Halloween.

We didn't have a pattern.  It goes along with a cartoon the girls likes called True and the Rainbow Kingdom.  We found images on Pinterest, but had to watch an episode to really understand how the gizmo works.  Supposed to be the circle wishes are inside the squishy circles, and when the button on the front white circle are pressed the wishes are released.  My friend figured out the system for adjusting the location of the backpack and front piece.  I mainly sewed what she handed to me.  I will offer to send my Gay Pride Parade Tutu to add to the costume.  Hope I get a photo of the little girl on Halloween!

The second project we worked on was putting the mitered border on this quilt (she had already made the center section).  Then there was sandwiching the piece, basting, and preparing the binding.  She had only done binding made with the backing before.  We started in Rhode Island, then finished in Massachusetts!

Ruth Jensen's method for Mitering Borders was really easy to follow:
The other sites we found started by marking the 1/4 inch outer squares - which was really hard to do accurately.  Ruth suggests simply sewing on two opposite sides of the border, then using that stitch link to guide adding the top and bottom pieces.  It's a short video - watch it for help!

For the binding, I cut the strips 2.25 inches wide and referred her to Laura of Sew Very Easy Binding:
The start and stop was easy, the way she does the corners really works too.

We both didn't remember how much time it would take for her to do the FMQing, so I ended up making a little example of something to bind as a demo - then I pinned the binding on the piece and then pretty much had to leave her to finish it on her own.  She did a wonderful job.

Isn't it cute the way the sharks are circling the quilt?

She went back and stitched around all the blocks after applying the binding. 




She had asked me if she should wash it before giving it away and I had said to wash with color catcher and regular soap in cool/medium temps or to give with the color catchers and directions for washing.  She decided to wash, but then was worried it was too wrinkled so she asked if she could gently iron it.  I had told her I had never done that, but since it was all cotton would be old to do a little.  Was I right?  I hope so!

My First Purse

I made this purse for my trip to Ireland.  It has a zippered pocket for my passport and tickets.  Two zipped pockets where I put Euros and Pounds.  Outside pocket for phone and glasses.  Inside for sunscreen, external battery - and just enough room for the box deal we rented so we could have the internet where ever we were.  Should have had room for two external batteries (phone and internet deal) and if the inside were just 1/2 wider would have been easier to put travel brochures in. I guess it would have been nice to have spot for sunglasses all the time too....

The links I used for help are listed here:

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Starry Bright Sky QAL: Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern 9b

This month is fun - we are doing a foundation paper piecing block!

I am starting with the second block, but have the paper part all ready for the first block too.  I'm busy getting ready to go to a wedding, and then dog sitting and visiting friends on the East coast so get to do that first!

It was an easy pattern to prepare and sew.  Completed it all in one sitting!

I like the way the paper lets you know when you have misaligned the pieces.  I had to add two extra bits of blue to fill the block out...

I've only done a few other paper pieced blocks.  The best was a beautiful deer design that I found online at Julianna's site at:

I sent it off to Katrin in Germany when I was mailing her some blocks she was compiling into a quilt for a friend with an ill child...  I just peeked at her blog and see she has been working on adding blocks to surround the deer block!

The link to see all the other interpretations of the blocks is at:

Starry Bright Sky QAL - Textured four-patches - Star Gathering month 7

I'm a bit behind in the optional textured four-patches part of the Starry Bright Sky QAL.  This month finally had time to get the materials out, read the directions and do the stitching. for the challenge for month 7.

I had fun relearning how to make the knots for hand stitching...!  I like the method where:

  1. Thread the needle
  2. Take the long end of the thread and place it on the needle so the end is near the eye of the needle.
  3. Wrap the thread a few times around the needle.
  4. Transfer to the other hand
  5. Hold the thread so the wraps stay, and slide the resulting knot so it magically appears near the end of the thread!

After I did some of the gatherings, I had to return to make it so more the fabric would be gathered.

Here is how it looked after I finished the stitching:

I don't have a steam option on my iron, so I left the work pinned on the board for a few days before sewing in the four patch.

Something was wrong with the tension on the stay stitching, but I thought it was making the noise when I got to a stitch that had to be sewn.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Starry Bright Sky QAL: English Paper Piecing Pattern 8a

Link to see how others interpreted this block:

In my quest to avoid hand stitching I found a site where I learned how to make an eight pointed star:

(I realized after looking closer that y-seams might be involved, so I jumped on the method taught at this site)

So here is my block!
I found a nice tutorial for marking the pieces that I may use another time (it's a variation of what I did two years ago when I did the hexagons for Alida's challenge.)

I need to get more comfortable with hand stitching, but pleased that I figured out a way to complete the blocks!

Starry Bright Sky QAL: English Paper Piecing Pattern 8b

I have trouble with all hand stitching.  So again I had to adapt the design and methods for the blocks.

I did make freezer paper templates for the design, but I put the pieces together and sewed them.  I decided to keep going and to sew the background pieces on too.  I was at a quilt away from home sewing event when I did this and I realized I didn't have the fabric I thought I had stacked to bring, so it came out a little differently than I had envisioned.  But I'm pleased with the effect.  (Originally I was going to put additional points on some of the pieces so it looked more like a star, but now it looks like a planet or maybe a meteor like we saw last weekend while in Colorado. Cool!)

I could have been more deliberate with the way the seams went, it could have added additional detail in the final block.  

To see what the others have completed click here:

Starry Bright Sky QAL: Fabric Weaving Pattern 7a

While I was in Ireland I ordered the wefty needles, I watched the videos I could find, and was really excited to try this new-to-me way of making fabric. -
Tumbling Blocks Madweave Tutorial (Wefty)

Fabric Weaving: Triaxial Tumbling Blocks Weave -

Fundamentals of Fabric Weaving with Mister Domestic -

I watched more than this while there and once I returned...  I decided to set things up using the bottom of a box I was given at Costco.  Worked well.  I felt good that I didn't go to store to buy the foam core board.

Also, I didn't have the recommended lightweight woven fusible, but I used tape to secure the piece and was able to remove it quite well.

So that wasn't the problem.  

Here you can see that I drew the grid on the box, and used painters tape to secure so I could remove it to the sewing machine...

I just need more help and different directions so I can get the correct pattern in my work.  Maybe an example where a different fabric was used for the different sections - just to get where to do the weaving! I'm not sure if my error was made in level two or/and level three...

So this is what I ended up with.  Not happy with it.  Maybe will make a pillow top, or maybe not.

Other people were able to do the design as planned, and some did not.  I submitted my block via email, I received the next month's pattern but just now it doesn't look like she posted my image on the linky.  Oh well.