I don’t have any complete references for either applique or machine quilting and I really want to complete my projects that I have underway. I get set to work on my projects but then I always second guess myself :(, hence the books. The applique has so many good tutorials with excellent pictures BUT I am quite taken with the machine quilting book! It is thorough. I have quilt tops that need quilting but I don’t necessarily want to get the professional machine quilter to do it; I want to do it myself, the way I want, with smaller stippling than the woman who does it. I am half-way through reading it and almost up to the way the woman explains quilting a full quilt. And she has loads of tips….looks like I will be busy! :).
The material that the books are sitting on is some fabric I got yesterday. It is real cheap so I bought 2 more yards of each (I already have some in my stash) because I really think that it is interesting fabric to do embroidery on. In fact I think that I posted my fabric postcards awhile back…projects, projects, projects. The flowered material is from the thrift shop, a few metres of at least 10 inches wide.
Well, the week-end is here and with my husband around, I don’t know if I will get a lot done in the sewing room, and plus it is supposed to be sunny on Saturday so it will probably be a day of biking….although, Sunday is supposed to rain ;)….I can’t believe that I am hoping for rain…sh…I
I really have to orgazize my sidebars and put my new exchanges etc up-to-date. Soon, soon, soon. Here is a Christmas block exchange that I am doing:
It is a Christmas Block swap and it is held by Beth at ModernJax. I have to make six scrappy blocks, following a pattern by Oh Fransson. It should be fun. I may be able to finally make my Christmas tree skirt with these blocks!
Well, off for some more reading of the above books!
Now what would I do with a $50 certificate? I would definitely but a fat quarter bundle….in Christmas colours! What would you do? Oh to dream!
I have been busy, sewing secrets and reading. I just finished “The Romantic” by Barbara Gowdy. It was a good read but the narrator, a girl, kept bugging me….I had to get angry at her a few times. She couldn’t see the “forest for the trees.”
My next reading pick is another cloak and dagger: Jonathan Kellerman’s “Survival of the Fittest.” Hopefully it will be a fast read, since it is not literature in any sense of the world. Nice summertime reading.
Thanks for the kind comments about my cat Jolie-Coeur. He is missed today. I have found myself opening the closet doors a few times. Pye, my other cat seems to be bothered about the absence of his companion.
I’m busy as ever. To take my mind off my cat I went to the 2nd hand store and found these shirts:
I want to have a “stash” of the shirts so that I can make scrappy quilts and add them to scrappy projects. I really like the red one! I started the cutting and cut some 2 inch strips, some 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8 inch blocks:
Each shirt makes a lot of blocks. I started cutting the red one and realized that it would go nice in some Christmas projects and I’ve made sure that I have gotten 100% quality shirts. Does anyone know if there is a specific way to cut up shirts to use in projects?
This is the quilt that I want to use these plaid blocks in:
You can see the plaid squares in the snowman quilt in the foreground….very scrappy looking. I gotta look for a yellow shirt.
On another note, there is a new Canadian Quilt magazine coming out in September! Now, we don’t have quilting magazines…the only one I know of is “The Canadian Quilter” put out by the Canadian Quilter’s Association, of which I am a member. The new one is called “Quilter’s Connection” and I am definitely signing up to try it out! They also have a blog which gives ideas for quilting that will co-incide with the issues. Yay for Canadian Quilting…I can’t wait for the first issue.
Well, off for a walk with the dog…it is nice and sunny, for once.
I wanted to try a yo yo technique; a hexagon. I have a small tin of 3 sisters moda fabric squares (5 x 5). So I puttered around doing a practice set.
This is the backside of the yo-yo:
The first step is to copy the hexagon shape onto the fabric (pick the size you want…mine is for a 5 x 5 inch block)
Now fold a point over to the middle…it kind of looks like an envelope.
Then, fold a second point over to the middle.
Now, fold the last point over to the middle.
Fold each point to the centre.
And voila, you have the yo-yo! Tack the points together.
Add a button and you have the front of the yo-yo.
Handsew them by rows and add the rows together (I haven’t decided how I want to place my colours yet)
What is nice about this yo-yo technique is that you don’t need a backing. I’m going to check out other options instead of a button for the middle. I find that the buttons would be too hard. Any ideas? I’m thinking something with embroidery.
This is the kit I have. I love the colours but I’m not too fond about that button idea. I’m still not sure if I will continue and do the yo-yos or simpley sew the squares together because that would make an awesome quilt too!
I hope that you enjoyed my first ever tutorial. There are similar ones out there so, no, I didn’t invent the wheel :).
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