Monday, April 9, 2018

Flittering between this and that

Another busy week with lots of little progress steps.

The second to last Cross Tiles block is causing me issues.  I knew that the colours were pushing the boundaries... the burgundy, green and mustard were in some of the other blocks, but not so much the pink and blue.


Forging ahead and knowing that it wouldn't be sorted until I laid it all out, I made the block and I'm still a bit undecided.  Located on the bottom left corner, I don't need to make a final decision until I have sashed all the previous rows.  At this stage, I'm considering replacing it.


And I've got the first two rows sashed and attached.  Definitely a quilt that you need to keep organised with.


More little jobs... I got the applique placed and fused on the March backyard birds block.


I'm just having fun choosing scrappy bits of fabric.




And I chose the block for April and made the background!  Choosing the pattern for the month leads to a LOT of dithering around, so getting that settled early in the month can only mean good things to come.


I even got the yellow April double nine patch block finished for the RSC colour this month.  Double whoop whoop!


And after thinking deep and meaningfully about the Bernina Triangle Quilt along since probably Xmas time... I finally pulled out the fabric and made some more blocks!  Two more blocks to do for Instruction sheet 5 and then it will be onto sheet 6.


The clothes sewing force is strong...

I bought this hey June pattern a while ago... I'm a sucker for a raglan sleeve top, and particularly liked that this pattern came with several sleeve options, including banded and with thumb holes, as well as a curved hem or banded hem.


Buying some material that arrived in a lighter weight than anticipated, meant that if you've got t-shirt material... make t-shirts...

It really is just a bit of fun... and I wanted to check the fit.


I could probably grade the waist and hips in a bit, and take the length up a bit, but it is good on the bust and sleeves.


And from the leftover dots a free undie pattern experiment...


(sorry it's sideways)

And from the leftover birdie fabric, an altered Megan Nielsen acacia pattern... also free.  Here I have made the rise a bit higher.


I have actually finished the legs now... but haven't tried them on.  I'm hoping for good things.


If you've been keeping up with Instagram, you'll know that I put together this bundle of fabric based on this amazing feature print by Basic Grey - Biscuits and Gravy.  I seriously love this fabric!


And a quick whizz through the stash found plenty of fabrics that pull out the various colours.  I can envisage a mixed pieced and appliqued quilt - with strong contrast and relatively traditional.  Now I just need to find that perfect pattern.


Of course, I don't need any more projects as I have recently committed to the Homespun magazine 2018 BOM using Tilda fabrics.


So far I've been through and labelled all the fabrics...


And looked at Part 1 but not started anything yet.




Monday, April 2, 2018

Whoops, missed the end of March

April has somehow snuck in before I was quite ready to give March up.  Happy Easter everyone!  While on the one hand I feel like I have been quite busy... on the other hand I don't feel like I have achieved much.  The end of March is a particularly stressful time at work, and to be honest, I have found I have been incredibly tired by the end of the day... and not found the energy to spend much time sewing.  Blogging also falls somewhere into the background.  However, quilting on the 2017 RSC is still progressing at a snails pace.


You can see the places still with pins left to quilt.  Also the stripes and border sections need attention.


And I finally today finished the Green March block for the 2018 RSC which I am completing scrappy Double Nine Patch blocks... I like how the black centres create a really strong design feature that helps to hold the scrappyness together.



Don't they look pretty all lined up?  I have already decided this will be sashed with cornerstones... no way am I going to line up all those internal seams!

Backyard birds is also progressing slowly... first the background was pieced together from scraps, then the stems were hand appliqued on.  Just the leaves and birds to figure out now.  As March was green month I chose a block that was heavy on leaves... OK, we are at 99% imagination at this stage :o)


Although the quilt along for Emily Denis's City Tiles/Cross Tiles quilt has long finished, I am still plodding away.  Finished up block 23



And block 24 is well underway.  Just one more block to complete then I can start piecing this one together.

Going off the beaten path a bit, I decided to sew a long sleeved t-shirt pattern, and after constructing the PDF pattern pieces, laid out the sleeve and neck band pieces on my contrast fabric and cut them out.  THEN, I used the leftovers to cut and put together this Barrett Bralette.


It actually looks really good at first sight.  In the grand scheme of things, it was an epic fail because the lining fabric I chose didn't have enough stretch in it... so the bralette was a bit on the small side (I have read the term "negative ease" which seams appropriate), and almost impossible to remove (I did think I would need to resort to scissors at one stage).  I also used fold over elastic, when I should have used lingerie elastic, and a wide elastic band for the bottom... so needed to adjust the construction methods a little bit.  BUT it was a great learning curve and not totally exasperated. I used the last of my leftovers to trial a different free undie pattern - a boyleg brief style this time, and since it was all a trial I used the lingerie elastic I had been a bit scared of trying for the bralette.  Also a learning curve.  The undies turned out just fine... not perfect... and I am keen to try the bralette from a stretchier fabric with the correct supplies.  And I'm actually keen to try a mix of the two undie patterns I have tried to sew the Megan Nielsen undies with a higher waistband.  So there you go.  Returning to the start of the story... I still need to cut out the rest of the pieces for the long sleeved t-shirt but after my twisting and turning adventures I was a bit over clothes sewing!  Patchwork is so much more straightforward!  NEED to disappear into my shed and play with fabric!  I have a completely new project yet to be taken from its packaging... watch this space!


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Plodding Along

I sewed another dress!

The Dungaree Dress pattern by Marilla Walker is a relatively easy pinafore style dress, with shoulder straps, pockets and a button tab on the side.  I bought some printed drill from Spotlight (black with cool white arrows) and it is the perfect weight - not too heavy, but not too light either.  It was a nice stable weight to sew with, which I also appreciated.

I really like how it turned out.




There were some parts of the instructions which I'm not really sure whether I did the right thing or not.  For example the pattern piece for the shoulder strap said to cut two in interfacing... but then there was no mention of applying the interfacing in the pattern... so since I didn't actually remember about it until well after the shoulder straps were made, didn't worry about it.  I made some minor adjustments - I sewed the straps into the bodice at the front and back.  There should have been snaps on the front, but as I didn't have any, and didn't really want to do buttons, figured just sewing it into the lining would be better.  It does mean that I need to take it off over the head, as opposed to stepping out of it, but it still works.  I also used some bias binding to finish off the inside of the bodice lining.

After writing a new list of monthly tasks, I settled in and finally BASTED the RSC quilt from last year.  This had been set to permanent procrastination...


It was so good to just get it done.

Then I needed to decide how it was going to be quilted!  Sometimes thinking about the quilting puts me off actually doing the basting, and this is a BAD habit.  This orange peel/melon shape/postage stamp design had always been in the back of my mind, and even though I looked through all my books, and thought about some alternatives - I returned to the orange peel in the end.  I thought it would suit the different sized blocks well, and as the quilt was already gridded... seemed like a match made in heaven.

These little 1" squares were pretty tricky.


As the black thread doesn't really show up in the black squares, it really does make the pattern look like interlocking circles... which I think is really appropriate on a quilt made up of squares!


These 5" squares were looking a bit empty so I added an additional feature to the centre of them.



I'm thinking about stippling in the melon shape also (on these larger blocks), but decided to get the rest of the quilt finished and make a decision about that later.


Now that my first quilt top has been finished for my "Year of the Sampler Quilt" - I thought you just needed to see some of these feature stitcheries in closer detail.





And I picked up a terrific wide backing from The Country Yard so I am all ready to jump in and get this one quilted too (or added to the pile with the several other sampler quilts also needing quilting).


In other news, I have been plodding along getting another Cross Tiles block done...


I finished up a second block using the Moda Cupcake Mix recipe cards... 6" block using 1.5" triangles... using charm squares of Sweetwater's Sunday Supper range.

Block One:
Block Two


I started cutting my green scraps to make another Double Nine Patch block...


And here is all my random projects together on the design wall!


They look kinda cute together.