Thursday, 29 January 2015

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 29 - A Third Pink Cot Quilt


My first finish of the year!

It doesn't look much different from the first or the second pink cot quilts - all those little scraps seem to be going on for ever.



Doing the swirly quilting wasn't particularly enjoyable because it was a job to see where I was going with all the busy prints, but once I had finished I was pleased with the result. 


The strawberry binding is similar to that on the second pink cot quilt , but these strawberries are bigger and pinker.


And here is the back.  I love this shade of raspberry pink.  Shame about the irregularities in the size of the quilting just below the centre, but no self-respecting baby is going to care.

This evening I made the sandwich and now have another cot quilt ready for quilting - but this time I have launched into a completely different range of colours.  For the moment I am all pinked out.


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Here goes for week 28...

Many thanks to  DoraMaartje, Quilt Musings JudyHilary, LeeAnna, Quilting Reader's Garden,  and Shannyn for linking up last time.  

If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.

Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.

Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-

1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.

Or, because it is still January, link up to show your favourite FMQ project finished in 2014.

2.  Link back to this post in your own post and/or grab the linky button for your blog's sidebar.
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3.  Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.

4.  The link up will remain open for four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.

So far quilters from USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand and France have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.

Welcome to Vintage Fox, the latest follower - thank you for joining!

Linking up with Kelly's blog My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday
and with Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday
and Amanda Jean's blog Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday



Monday, 26 January 2015

A Dress for Meg - 9 - Positioning the Buttons and Buttonholes


Finally, the last instalment showing the steps in making Meg's dress.  Here it is, finished, before I delivered it to her and she proudly tried it on for size.




The last thing to do before the hem was the buttons and buttonholes.  On this photo you can see how the gathers of the skirt are kept clear of the overlap.




To stiffen and strengthen the overlap I use a strip of calico, which fits snugly into the fold down the front edges.  The edge of the dress fabric is then folded about a quarter of an inch over the calico and machine stitched into place.




The seam attaching the skirt to the bodice has been constructed so that the raw edges are enclosed.  This gives a certain amount of bulk, which needs to be trimmed , as shown here. There are a few tacking stitches to hold the raw seam allowances together.




When the overlap is folded down and ironed the raw edges are hidden. 




The next step is to mark where the buttons are buttonholes are to be placed.  Because the buttons are five eighths of an inch wide, I have done a line of machine stitching, with the longest stitch length, five eighths of an inch from the folded edge.  This needs to be done down both sides of the dress so that both the buttons and the buttonholes are the same distance from the folded edge.




I started with the top buttonhole, placed at right angles to the edge.  To plot the position of the buttonhole, I pinned a button through one its holes so that the pin went through the line of stitching. This gave me the reference point for the buttonhole, the pin marking where the end of the inside of the buttonhole needed to be.

Then it was time to get busy with the buttonholer.




Here is the completed buttonhole on the finished dress.  The threads going through the right hand hole of the button correspond with the position of the pin in the previous photo.  





All the other buttonholes were stitched parallel to the edge.  Here is one of the buttonholes, shown before I had neatened the tail ends of thread.  The white machine stitching runs down the middle of the buttonhole. 




And here is the same buttonhole, with the white machine stitching removed and now all nicely fastened up, once the dress is completed.





Just to keep the overlap in place, after the buttonholes and buttons had all been done, I put in a few stitches by hand through the seam allowance at the bottom of the bodice.

Finally, I did the hem, gave the dress a good thorough ironing, and it was ready for Meg!

Welcome to Shannyn, the latest follower - thank you for joining! 

Linking up with Connie's blog Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday

Sunday, 25 January 2015

A Pretty Picture for Sunday - Frozen Puddle


For just one day this week the mud turned all nice and crunchy, complete with pretty patterns.

Welcome to Angie, the latest follower - thank you for joining!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 28 - A Cot Quilt In The Making


To kick start my sewing projects for the year I decided doing a cot quilt was the only way to get going.  The top was easy to put together because I had some strips already assembled, left over from previous ones.

This time I have tried to get away from my usual meandering quilting and have done swirls. Much as I love the end product, I don't really enjoy doing the quilting on these scrappy quilts because I can't see where I am going.  I thought swirls would be easier to keep track of than meanders, but now I'm not so sure.  Also, I'm not over-thrilled with the look of the swirls on the front.




If anything, they look better on the back.  And the whole thing will look better once the binding is on - it's always the way.

Enough moaning.  It's the January effect.


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Here goes for week 28...

Many thanks to MaartjeHilary, GwynedJudyQuilting Reader's Garden,  Barbara, and Claire for linking up last time.  

If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.

Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.

Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-

1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.

Or, because it is still January, link up to show your favourite FMQ project finished in 2014.

2.  Link back to this post in your own post and/or grab the linky button for your blog's sidebar.
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3.  Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.

4.  The link up will remain open for four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.

So far quilters from USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand and France have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.

Welcome to Marena White, the latest follower - thank you for joining!

Linking up with Kelly's blog My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday
and Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday

Sunday, 18 January 2015

A Pretty Picture for Sunday - Winter Sun


Somehow I can't quite believe how this photo came out.  Where was I?  How do you see it?

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 27 - More Leaves


Here is the latest leaf sampler, and I have to confess I am getting a bit bored - I hope you aren't too. It hasn't got the binding on yet, but I have taken the photo with the dark green that I shall be using in the background so you can get the idea.

There is a distinct lack of inspiration here at the moment, with energy being used up in all directions except sewing.  Here is one of the reasons:-



I have been busy digging, and had to put in plenty of hours over the Christmas and New Year holidays to get my allotment in order.  I'm not complaining - in fact, after the months of misery with a frozen shoulder last year it is a minor miracle that I have managed it.



Meanwhile, domestic creativity is being channelled into cakes.  Fancy making some jam muffins? Too easy to be true.


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Here goes for week 27...

Many thanks to Maartje, Hilary, Judy, Gwyned, Barbara, Janine, LeeAnnaLinda  and Quilt Musings for linking up last time.  

If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.

Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.

Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-

1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.

Or, because it is still January, link up to show your favourite FMQ project finished in 2014.

2.  Link back to this post in your own post and/or grab the linky button for your blog's sidebar.
  .
3.  Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.

4.  The link up will remain open for four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.

So far quilters from USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand and France have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.

Linking up with Kelly's blog My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday
and Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday.

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