Posts Tagged ‘sewing’

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41.8 Sewing in Spurts in Summer 2017

October 27, 2017

This past summer, I have not been exactly away from my sewing machine. I’ve not exactly been glued to it either.

The last post of personal sewing was in May, when I was working on Grandma’s Footstool quilt, which you saw in full as a quilt in the Kansas City Regional Quilt Show.

The quilt now rests in the sun of these shorter fall days while I contemplate where it is going to permanently reside.

This next piece isn’t a quilt, but a metal “barn quilt” that I had to purchase at the show. I promised myself it would make it outside in my yard, but this wall still had an empty space, and I think I still like it here. For now. Maybe this is where Grandma’s Footstool will reside more permanently if I do move this block outside.

In June, I attended a mini quilting retreat, a weekend away with my sewing machine and several “mostly new-to-me” friends, although I am starting to get to know some of the ladies better the last year or two they are in my guild. The group of ladies I joined for the retreat have been sewing together for years and years and go to retreats every month. I got lucky last year in hitching a space at the retreat last year, and attended this year, and am going to try to plan to attend next year.

On that retreat, I used some leftover pieces to make a nice scrappy small quilt. This was actually made the last thing at the retreat.

I had the aqua and maroon four patch squares from so long ago in addition to the one in the middle with gold, I had brought with me the gold pieces and decided just a nice scrappy quilt (my size) with it. I am improving the borders as I rarely do a “plain border”.

The color in this quilt isn’t near as wonderful as what it could be in actuality. Something about the photograph tones down the colors here to ‘real life’.

During the retreat, I worked on quilting the small quilts I have had here ready to baste since earlier this year during March A Long.

This one was mostly “fish-scale” aka clamshell quilting. As I put these random pieces together last fall, I saw the main piece as a fish head and tail. One block got away from the design so it was going to be its own miniquilt I might as well put them together. Currently it’s just a pin holding the piece on the bottom together, but I like the flow of both pieces visually. The quilt above was leftover blocks from someone’s other quilt that I took the scraps. I can call this quilt something like Fish Scraps. Or Fish scraps and heads. If I ever get the gumption to put a quilt in my bathroom, I think this might relocate to there. Right now it’s got a great small space next to my design wall.

This mini quilt is super mini, like 1.5 feet by 2 feet. The half square triangles used were 1.5 inch bonus blocks. Isn’t this a nice setting for these tiny blocks? I couldn’t decide on a flange color so I went with three, blue sides, pink top and bottom, and purple corners. This is currently in the entrance to my quilting room. Simple. I was originally thinking of donating it to my guild show, and I still can, but I think I will have a hard time doing that.

The other quilt that was from the same leftover pieces from the same quilt. These were a little larger 1.75″ each half square triangle. I like the setting on these, and yes, the oranges/yellows cut through the diagnonal here. No name on this one yet. Again couldn’t decide on binding, went with a highly contrasted choice since that’s what this quilt told me it wanted. This quilt is a little larger overall, about 2.5 feet by 3.5 feet or so.

This quilt I have had pieced for several years but never had the edges pieced. I originally intended this quilt to have wonky borders and binding, and then maybe it was a year ago, I decided to add the black triangle border. Now on retrospect, I could have added another black border to the quilt before quilting and binding this.

The binding is a gold and black inner flange, set quite wide to get the effect of the pattern better, I had drawn out a year ago what I originally wanted the quilting to look like, but I never until this year decided to do the actual quilting in such a high contrast color.

This optical illusions quilt started off its life as a single ombre fabric that graduated from green to black. I was specific in how I cut the fabric up to piece back together, and most of that was done in 2012 – according to my notes and pictures. I am glad I went simple and bold on the center of the quilting, I like what the gold brought into this quilt, even though it was scary to quilt. Most of the quilting was done still at the retreat, but in the wee hours of the morning when there were no eyes on me at the time. Then I just got to sit and stare at this quilt for the rest of the retreat.

Speaking of sitting and staring, I finally got my applique hot air balloon sewn down to a white piece of paper. For a while this summer, I had the balloon floating over this scenery piece I picked up from a guild member at one of our guild quilt shows. I do like the affect, and I kept searching for tree fabrics until I realized that we are supposed to be looking at tree tops here. I am thinking I may not match these two pieces up this way anyway, and go with a different background even yet from what I here for the hot air balloon. I have stalled out on the basket, something I didn’t draw already, and I have sorta one made, but not really liking it yet so far.

 

The piece on the right on the top, was from way way back with a tilted four patch swap with Quilt Cabana Corner Sandi that I made for myself as inspiration. I was making a quilt top the way I always do, and I decided to cut it and I am wanting to quilt it and somehow attach the three pieces together. Possibly. I had this out to remind myself to quilt it, but this didn’t happen.

Also, this might seem less impressive, but I expanded a scrap quilt this summer to be bigger than it already was!

I believe this scrap quilt that you already saw pictures of last fall was on my design wall like this until I realized that if I turned it, I would get to use the whole design wall more efficiently and get a better chance at not duplicating too much.

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I did have other sewing adventures this summer, but I am going to break them up into other posts. It worked well for me last month to write several posts all within the span of a few days, and I am currently on the same kind of roll here.

Several of these quilts were finished, but none of them are really large in size. It helps me to stay motivated to get small things done. And then they can be moved around my house and displayed there!

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26.9 SQ Ep 046 – G, I Made a Lanyard

August 9, 2012

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I had a small accident at work where my blue beaded lanyard went skidaddle. All over the floor.

Not a real accident, I am fine, even if my beaded lanyard sorta died.

This used to be a necklace.

The sacrifice of my beaded lanyard prompted me to make my own lanyard for work.

But I ignored the whole thing for a while.

And now I finally needed to bring the idea to the forefront.

How to structure the idea? Will one piece of fabric do? Will I actually figure out how to use my sewing machine again? Will Roger ever get out of the trunk that Jessica put him into?


A bit over-dramatic way to say, yes, I’ve had an idea to make a lanyard out of a physical constant for a while.

But which one to chose?

I consulted a list I found online to help remind me of my nerdy past.

Fundamental Physical Constants

And then asked my quilty friends to see if they liked anything on my list.

Okay the list was more simple than that.

And then a quick poll, and then I found I liked one more than the others even with the poll.

And then “A Lanyard” was born!

Can you guess which constant that I picked?

And then, here’s a picture of the fabrics close up. I wear red a lot so I thought it would compliment several of my outfits.

And no I don’t have many in process pictures. You fold in half. Lengthwise.

Then open up the seam & fold in 1/4ths.

So you get this skinny skinny strip (start with 4 times the width of strip that you want.

And then you sew the ends down really good around the lanyard piece that you have to work with.

Excuse the blur. And the fake wood paneling.

Here’s the lanyard in total.

And now I have a secret # associated with this lanyard. Maybe I’ll make the 2nd highest requested scientific constant and then rotate?

You may want to make one for a new teacher for the year, or make one for yourself.

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18.2 Tutorial: Tangram-esque Fabric Puzzle (via Beauty All Around)

August 11, 2011

I saw this little “42 piece toy” blogged and I had to reshare it with you. Squares and triangle shapes, 42 mini quilts that are turned under become a toy / puzzle. This looks like a lot of fun! Those of you with bright colored charm packs or fabrics, here’s an idea for you and kids to enjoy!

Tutorial: Tangram-esque Fabric Puzzle This is one of those projects that's been on my mental to do list for a while, like before I had my Pinterest boards, or I would be able to tell you exactly when and where I saw it. (Oh Pinterest, how did I ever get along without you?) I did pin a similar project as soon as I saw it, but this was months after the original inspiration struck me. Curious yet? After tumbling the idea around in my head, I finally cracked down and did it, and rather t … Read More

via Beauty All Around

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16.2 Periodic Table of Sewing by Scientific Seamstress

June 9, 2011

I totally failed to mention this wonderful periodic table of sewing in my periodic table episode a couple of days ago.

Carla of the the Scientific Seamstress fame (must be something weird about people with the names rhyming with ‘arla’?) has put together the periodic table of sewing elements.

Keeping the symbols of the elements the same, Carla has found some cute replacements for elements!

I particularly like Ne (neon) for Needle, and Sr (strontium) for Seam Ripper, and Mg (magnesium) for Magnetic Closure.

Check out her science/sewing lab on this post where there’s a link to a larger printable version of the image!

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13.3 One More Sewing Day

March 6, 2011

I finally get to sew with some swap ladies, I think the last time we sewed together (including me) was July.

I am really looking forward to this day and I spent a lot of time in the kitchen making my pasta salad recipe (which we are starting to just love around here).

I have my quilt swap blocks for the Quiltcast Strip Twist block swap ready to go.  Just waiting on an address clarification and for the post office to be open tomorrow.

Once they are received I will post pictures of what almost went wrong, and of my block that wasn’t correct.

For now, enjoy the picture I took from my new water bottle found in the garden section of walmart.

I also got some jewel corsage pins that aren’t photographing all that well.

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10.13 Make it Sew Idea

January 22, 2011

I have an idea that involves:

1) a sewing machine

2) a spectra (lithium anyone, or rather, dilithium?)

(found at This site)

3) a popular (back then) science fiction television show

(found at This site insignia stencil)

4) inspiration from a picture from icanhascheezburger

(found at this site)

Here’s the start of the idea!

 

Thanks Pam, for being geeky and in doing so, inspired this idea!

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6.1 The Home Sewing Front

May 2, 2010

Here are pictures from the Home Sewing Front

Kelley from the Pioneer Quilter has issued a May Mayhem challenge which I am taking. Kelley wants us to quilt 15 minutes every day in May.

I had to practice for about a week to make sure I could discipline myself in quilting every day. Brye asked Kelley if we had to sew every day or we could double up one day instead. Kelley responded that she wasn’t going to sit in our living rooms, but progress was progress.

So I came up with the Drill Sergent idea:
“Okay you quilting scum. Get out the needle and give me fifteen stitches! Don’t even think about putting down that project, you still have 10 minutes left, you filthy maggots!”

Image courtesy of wikipedia

Here are my May Goals for May Mayhem (found in big tent Brye Lynn’s subgroup)

1) Finish the embroidery for quilt guild (two small 15 minute sessions should knock this out)
2) Complete the tote bag in time for the swap deadline
3) Finish fans on quilt, cut and applique corners down
4) Get an idea on quilting pattern for the fan quilt (perhaps trace it down & deciding backing fabric for it)
5) Cut out and finish one more applique piece for the sunflower quilt
6) Find another hand project for work (only if #5 is done).
7) Craft more podcasts in May than in April. Oops!

Guess What?  While waiting for Audacity and Podbean I found two sessions of 15 minutes in the past few days to finish goal #1!

Progress on April 24th

A couple of long sewing sessions – one watching television, and one sitting on my newly cleaned off porch got me mostly finished by yesterday afternoon.  Here is the finish!

Next project!