Thursday, 16 April 2015

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 40 - Back in 2011...


... I tried free motion quilting for the very first time, using ordinary white machine cotton,


meandering around some really drab samples of furnishing cotton,


with thermal curtain lining instead of wadding.  The resulting samples are still lurking around the sewing room.  I haven't a clue what to do with them.  But because I have done nil quilting this week, for today's rather unusual linky I thought I would show you my first unsteady steps.

This week you have an absent hostess...

I am off on another jaunt with my brother and will not be back until late next week.  This post is on automatic timer, a bit like an oven, so you can link up as usual and eat all the cakes.  I will not be able to visit your blogs for a while, so please make sure you visit each other.  Also, if you leave a comment it won't show, but please don't let that stop you from commenting - when I come home I want to look forward to reading real comments after I have deleted all the wretched spam.

See you all soon!  I shall take plenty of photos on my travels...

xxx


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Here goes for week 40...

Many thanks to Brianna, Cynthia, Hilary, Gwyned, Maartje, Linda, Claire, Angie and PearShaped 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.

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, France and Macau have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.

Monday, 13 April 2015

1949 Lutterloh Blouse - Halfway There...


This is the pattern for the blouse that I am making for Spring for Cotton.  It is printed in the back of the Lutterloh book on a minute scale.  These are the outlines for the back, front and sleeves.  The images for the back and front are only one and five eighths of an inch from top to bottom.  I thought that so long as I didn't read a 1 as a 7 everything would work out perfectly.  It didn't.  The measurement of 33.5 cm at the bottom left of the picture threw the whole pattern piece out of shape, so I ended up redrafting the front.  It is a bit late to dash off a cross letter to Lutterloh about it.

The pattern has an enormous dart down to the bust from the shoulder.  Regrettably, I haven't got the figure for it, so I have done tucks instead.  Also, the pattern as drafted came out too narrow in the back, so I had to add to the width of both the back and the front.  No need for drastic measures this time.


Today I have done a bit of sewing and have finished the binding inside the armhole seams.



  
The process I followed was much the same as for Meg's dress, with tucks at the top of the sleeves.



The blouse is now beginning to take shape.  The collar needs to go on next, then I can do the buttons and buttonholes, hem the sleeves and hem round the bottom.  I'm not sure yet whether I will put in waist darts, I shall have to see how it fits once it fastens up.  I know for sure that I shan't be bothering with a pocket...



... after all the serious effort I put in with the pattern matching.  Manically meticulous, but worth it.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

A Pretty Picture for Sunday - Winter Fuel


Part of the enormous stash of logs in the yard of my brother in law's neighbour in Poland.

Look at this picture for long enough and your eyes might start to dance.

Welcome to Marilyn Fletcher and Wrigglefingers, the latest followers - thank you for joining!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

A Problem Attaching the Seam Guide


It was only yesterday that I cleaned the holes in the bed of my 1927 Singer 99K and attached the seam guide for the first time.  I had forgotten that I had never been able to get the screw in because the hole was gummed up.


Having had good results with paraffin when cleaning up a Naumann machine with a stuck foot, I decided to try the same method to clean out the holes.  I twisted the ends of a very narrow strip of cotton material and poked them up through the bed of the machine from below.


Underneath, in the base of the machine, I put a little ramekin with a tiny amount of paraffin in it. Once the machine was lowered back into the base, the cotton strip was left lying in the paraffin.  It acted as a wick, soaking up the paraffin and breaking down the residue that was gumming up the screw thread.  I left the cotton strip in place for a few hours.


Then, after removing the strip, I dipped an interdental toothbrush in paraffin and thoroughly cleaned the inside of the hole.  It only took a few minutes, and then I was able to get the screw in.

Success!  Now I can use this machine with the seam guide.

And I even remembered to take the ramekin out of the base.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 39 - Pink Cradle Quilt


Finished today, the pink version of the red and cream crib quilt.  It is the same size, same piecing scheme, but there are a few differences apart from the colours.


Instead of just leaves and swirls, this time there are a few berries thrown in for a bit of variety.


Also, to prevent the seams of the little squares bumping up, I started by putting a straight line of quilting down each side before getting started with the free motion quilting.  The whole quilt lies a little flatter, which is what I wanted.


The free motion swirls that fit into the squares are the same way up as the swirls in the pink panels. On the red and cream quilt I managed to get the swirls upside down by mistake, but it was one of those mistakes that nobody else would notice unless I told them, which is why I have waited until now to own up.

I wish I could say that this quilt had been plain sailing.  There were so many stops and starts that I felt that I had slightly lost my thread, and the binding took twice as long as it should have done - it just didn't want to fold over neatly.  It was one of those irksome sewing days today, but fried up left over spuds and a fried egg for a late lunch made it all seem all right in the end.

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Here goes for week 39...

Many thanks Julie, Maartje, Hilary, Gwyned, Sophie, Alison, Lyn, Claire 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.

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, France and Macau 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
and Amanda Jean's blog Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 38 - Slow Progress


Better than no progress at all, I suppose.  Since last week I have done eight more leaves (well I can boast that averages more than one a day) and a few berries.




When I quilted the red and cream crib quilt I managed to repeat the pattern at regular intervals.  This time I have slightly lost the plot, and am approaching spaces wondering how I am going to fill them. I had also forgotten my tried and tested rule, that it is easier to travel down a stem than up.  I should write these thing down, in a blog post for instance.


This week's startling discovery is that I do better at FMQ when there isn't so much going on. Like turning the house upside down to have windows fitted, and then having a visitor.  My brother in law is with us for a stay.  He turned up last Sunday evening having driven here from Southern Poland. We were expecting him, but had no idea what day or what time.  He doesn't believe in phoning ahead - too middle class for him. Somehow I must have anticipated his arrival on the ether, because there was an extra portion of chicken left over from lunchtime ready for his supper.

I'm not complaining.  The sewing never stops, and I have made great progress on the latest 1940s blouse.  The men in the family quite happily supped beer and watched the trials of pattern drafting on the dining room table.  It's more sociable than free motion quilting.



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Here goes for week 38...

Many thanks to Maartje, Hilary, Sophie, JanineMarie, Teresa, Irene, Dora and Andree 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.

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, France and Macau have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.

Linking up to 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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