Just finished another cute quilt, the pattern is, I love Home from Jacquelynne Steves Here
I´ve had this pattern for ages but only got around to making it now. Sometimes I really just like to follow a pattern, I still feel like I´m being creative without the anxiety of …..is what I am creating here ridiculous or is it good…. 🙂 yep I´m never quite happy with what I create from scratch.
This quilt was also an opportunity for me to practice some free motion quilting, I did feathers, pebbles and stippling, but the feathers were my goal, I´ve been wanting to try those for ages, and they didn’t come out to badly, just a few wobbles here and there.
Here is an image of the back.
And here it is, all finished , another quilt to add to my granddaughter´s collection.
A while back I finished a quilt based on a pattern by Suzys sitcom – Esmeralda´s garden Here When I first saw the pattern I really liked the fact that the background was dark depicting a nighttime garden. I’m so used to making quilts on white backgrounds, that it was quite a change to work with black.
I changed some of the animals to ones that my granddaughter would find easier to identify, such as the owl, hedgehog and snail.
To make the animal blocks I only used my fabric scraps, I honestly thought I would make a huge dent on my scraps, but not true, I still have too many scraps, so now I´m planning a new scrap busting project.
I had quite a problem with the fusible I used on this project. I had heard so many good things about Steam a Seam Lite, that I ordered a whole bunch from Amazon, it was quite expensive with transport costs etc, it´s not available for sale in Portuguese stores. As soon as I started sewing down the applique pieces, my thread started shredding, and I couldn’t figure out why, I tried different needles, re-threaded a bunch of times, watched loads of videos on You tube on how to do maintenance on my machine, sanded lightly the top plate of the bobbin area in case it had a notch that the thread might be catching on, etc etc.
The thought that it might be the fusible never ever entered my mind, until I happened upon an old online post, where someone was having the same problem, and the culprit was Steam a Seam lite, it gums up the needle, and the thread gets caught on the gummy needle and shreds. So, I was totally ecstatic that the problem wasn’t my machine, and totally horrified that I had all these appliqued blocks ready for sewing down the appliques and I couldn’t sew for longer than a few seconds before the thread would shred.
Well….. I had to finish the quilt, I simply can´t have unfinished projects. So I got a Q-tip and poured some rubbing alcohol into a saucer, and every 10 seconds would stop and clean the gunk off the needle with the alcohol soaked Q-tip. Needless to say a lot of cursing went on during this whole tiresome process 🙂 Now of course I still have a bunch of steam a seam that I don´t want to use ever again.
In spite of the issues I had with the fusible. I really love this quilt, I simply love the idea of a garden coming to life during the night.
When not in use, it lives in my granddaughter´s bookcase, because it also has a story to tell.
I finally found the courage to venture into the world of art quilts. After a lot of procrastination, such as tiding the workspace a few times, dusting the sewing machine a bunch of times…I just sort of dived in without the due attention that it merited. I wanted to start with a portrait quilt of one of my dogs, however, I didn’t choose the best photo for either, I just picked a photo randomly without the notion of which pose etc. might be the best for a textile rendering….. Lesson number 1 has been learnt. Jack´s pose in this photo is not the best, it has a lot of depth, which makes it harder to portray.
I actually began the Portrait of my other dog Oscar first, because he´s a shaggy brown dog and so I thought it would be easier, but then I put him aside and started Jack because I couldn’t stop thinking about how I was going to portray a totally white short-haired dog, and I always like to get the difficult stuff over with first.
This is a quick summary of how I did it. I took the photo, enlarged it to an A4 (page size) and then using a lightbox traced the major outlines and shadow lines to another paper, then took that to our local copy store and had them enlarge it. Using a sharpie I traced the enlarged image to a thin muslin type fabric. ….Lesson number 2, ……use a waterproof sharpie because when I changed my mind about a piece of fabric and had to squirt water to loosen the glue, the ink smudged all over the muslin and the fabric pieces, and on light coloured fabric that is definitely a no no.
The interesting part comes next, which is choosing bits of fabric, cutting it, gluing it, and thereby creating the image. I spent quite a bit of time reading Susan Carlson´s blog Here she´s such a fantastic teacher.
The background was particularly difficult for me, I just didn’t know what to do., I messed around a bit, changed my mind a bunch of times, and eventually just settled for what you see here, red squares portraying the floor, and a different upper fabric. The red part is covered with red tulle and the upper part with black tulle, I stipple quilted with matching thread.
I also made the background to big… lesson number 3, …..know which size the finished work should be, so I don´t waste time and fabric. I bought a canvas from the local store and attached the quilt to it by folding over the sides and stapling it to the back, so it´s nicely stretched.
And there you have it, all done!
I showed it to Jacke and his friend Ollie, They think it´s kind of ok 🙂
So, I´ve been wanting to sew with tulle, or netting if you prefer for quite a while, and since Christmas is here, I thought it might be a good time to join the 2, Christmas and tulle.
I saw this cute table runner from Addy Lou Creates here, so I made a version of that pattern, 3 different fabrics for each tree.
Then I added the tulle on top, this is a very fine tulle with fine gold glitter.
Free motioned crazy patterns on top of each section of the trees and stippled the background.
I don´t know quite what I was thinking when I decided to add the stripes in the middle if I had a redo, I wouldn’t do that at all, but oh well, now it´s done. I found that the tulle does mute the colours of the fabric quite a bit, but is actually far easier to work with than I expected.
So now it´s Christmas time, and I have a new table runner to display 🙂
Just finished the cutest little mini quilt ever! I found the pattern at Flamingo Toes by Beverly Mccullough, here and I just fell in love with it, I loved the black and white theme with the dots of colour. So I was very, very uncreative and made mine the same.
Also because I have never embroidered in my life, It was an excellent opportunity for me to learn how to make french knots and embroider the birdy, I actually can’t believe I managed to make the bird, when I tried the first time it kind of looked like a huge alien vulture, so I ditched the embroidery floss and used normal sewing thread.
I really love this project and can see myself making another with different coloured houses.
OK, so I´m loving the Jaquelynne Steves – Sew along, Save the bees quilt. I’ve had a blast with the applique. I’ve only ever appliqued once, so it was great fun to do it again, and I will be machine appliqueing a lot more in the future. I could never make hand sewn appliques, firstly because I hate sewing by hand, and secondly because my eye sight isn’t the best and I would probably end up stabbing my nose with the needle!!
Although I love the quilt, what I really wanted to make was a table runner using 2 of the blocks, if I used more than 2 it would be too big for my center table. I invented a small block with appliqued hexagons to join the 2.
So there I was showing hubby the new creation and he says, “Oh you made a traffic light in the middle”…….Really!!!… now I can´t unsee it!
Oh well, with my Zebra on top, you can´t see the traffic lights, and it all just looks gorgeous.
I used a pentel Gell roller to trace the bee´s flight, a tip from The crafty Quilter, who is also making the quilt, So you can always buzz on over here and see for yourself. The quilting is simple shadow quilting.
Finished the first block, of the Save the bees free BOM pattern by Jaquelynne Steves, the link is on my side panel, or click Here . So if you´re interested in joining there´s still time, to play catch up.
It´s the first time I´ve done an applique block, and I really enjoyed it, the fabric is from my stash, so not sure if it will be enough for all the blocks, but we´ll see, I´m living dangerously right now 😉
It´s also the first time I´ve joined a BOM, and it´s great!, it´s lovely seeing everyone’s finished blocks with all the different fabrics and different types of appliqueing, I chose to do raw edge applique with contrasting black thread sewn a little haphazardly to give it a scribble effect.
This was great fun to make and I´m really looking forward to the new block which comes out in September.
Apparently, nowadays children are getting a whole lot of homework at a very early age. Ever since my 10 month old granddaughter started nursery school 2 months ago, she has been given homework to do, and because she really doesn’t like doing homework, her mum and dad have had to do it!
Well last week, she was told she had to make a fabric block with Love as the theme, so I was roped in to do my bit, actually I was thrilled, I have been wanting to try applique for ages but hadn´t had a clear idea of what I wanted to do, so here was my chance. We chose to make an elephant with hearts, so printed an elephant from clip art and I made the block.
Ok, it´s not perfect, I still need loads of practice on my appliqueing skills 🙂 but I loved making it, so it was a well named theme, the Love theme!