Final PHD Cushion Complete

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May 082018
 

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Last Cushion Cover Complete

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I’ve previously shown you four slightly different foam cushions I’d made patchwork, quilted, covers for – here, here, and here.

I also showed you a foam cushion I’d made by sticking three pieces I’d cut off when making the others fit the chairs I wanted them for.

A bit of trimming to even the edges and it was ready to cover.

This isn’t a cushion specifically for anywhere, in fact it will probably be used on the floor or out the garden by my nephews, so I wasn’t planning on making such an effort for the cover this time as I’d made on the previous foam cushions I’d shown you.

I went searching through my stash and found a piece of materisl left over from when I made myself a pair of shorts last year.  (I need to check but I do think that the shorts are one item in my unbloģed items that needs to be put into a “catchup” post before long.)

This time I simply cut a long piece of the material that would go all the way round the cushion with extra to hem both ends, and of the same width as the cushion plus seam allowance.  I also cut two strips 2.5″ wide by the length of the cushion plus seam allowance.

It was then simply a case of sewing in the side panels to join the cushion cover together.

I did oversew the seams with a zig-zag stitch as I thought it would need it it the cushion would get used and thrown about by the youngest nephews.

Then it was simply a case of putting the cover on the cushion.

One extra photo – on the 16th April I showed you one of the patchwork cushions I’d completed but I didn’t show it in its final location. So here it is positioned just inside the front door.

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So, that’s the last of the foam cushions with covers and one PHD project complete.  I do have some ordinary cushion pads to make covers for, but those are amongst the things not yet started not PHDs. I’ve also got a round boulster cushion to complete a cover for – that is part done but I just can’t find where the bag of partly sewn pieces have been put, but with other projects on the go I’m not stuck for crafting to do.  Keep an eye out and find out what I tackle next on my blog on a future date. And I’ve still got some more Items I’ve never blogged to show you in more catchup posts as well.

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May 062018
 

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UFO Quilting – An Update

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Today is another update on how I’m progressing with the patchwork for the fronts of my two single bed quilts.

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Yes, I’ve been doing some more work on my quilts.

I did create a bit of a mess, but I got my Accuquilt dies out and cut some more patchwork pieces out.

I know I was going to try and photograph each planned and cut block before putting the pieces in bags and making them rumpled, but with so many different shapes of different materials being cut, and me being a bit clumsy and knocking things onto the floor, I decided to go back to putting each piece for a particular block into a bag and then taking out to photograph once I’d got all the bits cut, even if it rumpled everything.

When I came to sewing this block up I realised I’d cut enough of the center pieces to make four blocks but only cut enough to make three blocks of the outside triangles.  So next time I have a cutting session I need to cru some more.

After pressing all the pices I’d cut, I set about sewing them into squares. Then randomly picking squares to attach to the started patchwork front of the quilt I’ve shown you previously.

And now is the time to cheer! I’ve got one complete front for one quilt made up.

The matress that will go onto the top bunk that my quilts will go on is still down being aired in front of a radiator. So I hung the patchwork quilt front over the side of it. You can’t see it properly but there is another complete row of patchwork blocks as well, as a row of sashing/border, over the top of the matress making the piece five blocks plus sashing wide and seven blocks plus sashing top to bottom.

And the good thing is that I’ve already got 15 blocks sewn up as well as 10+ cut out ready for the second patchwork quilt front.

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Please keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with this “‘Big’ Work In Progress” in the future.

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More Screen Printing

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May 042018
 

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More Screen Printing

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On my post of the 2nd – here – I showed you how I’d added some details to the pockets of my new gardening shirt by screen printing a floral wreath on one pocket and my initial on the other.  Well, on the same day I screen printed those, I also screen printed a small mumber of other things.

Firstly I printed the same Floral Wreath onto cardstock in red.  Neither was a big sucess as the first one was slightly over the edge so I must have moved the cardstock. The second was smudged.

So I decided to wash it off before printing again in black.  Unfortunately the tape over the English wording came off and I forgot to re-tape, so I’ve got words on the prints that I didn’t want.

So I gave up on that screen and put it to wash again while I went on to another screen called Plumage and Foliage.

I wanted to screen print this onto a board mounted canvas, but that was too thick to alow the Screen Sensation framework to close properly. I therefore just taped the screen onto the frame in the usual manner but didn’t insert this into the Screen Sensation framework. I just put it in place over my canvas and held it in place with one hand while using the other to pull Copper Screen Sensation Ink over it.

And it worked!

I then put the screen into the main framework and did another print onto 280gsm cardstock.

As I had my small, travel, iron out to heat set the ink on my shirt so that it can go in the wash I did the same for all these other prints – I did a test with the iron on a corner of the canvas before houng all over just to make sure it was OK with heat.

By this time I was exhausted and couldn’t think of doing any more printing, so the T-shirts, etc., I’ve got in ready will have to wait for another day.

So now it’s just a case of what I’m going to do with these screen prints.

Well I’ve just got one ready to show you today – the one of the peacock screen printed on cardstock.

Back at the start of April I told you about the calender I bought for my Mother, and I said I was adding some sort of picture to each month as we came to it.  You can see the post – here – if you missed it.

Well for May I decided to quickly colour up the peacock.  I’m not so good at painting, but this time I decided to give it a go.  I’d just got in some Dinky Inkies Pearl Reinker Multibuy, and, because of the different effect of these I thought that they would suit the image.  Only problem I had was no suitable blue colour, so I reached for my Gansai Tambi, Blue Gem colour. And while I had those out I picked the purple colour from the same set. Every other colour used is a Dinky Inky.

I did go online to have a look at some photos of peacocks, but there’s no way I could get near to the beauty of a real peacock with its miriad of subtle, shimmering, colours, so I just went with the colours I’d got.

It doesn’t look too bad, and Mam is quite pleased with her May picture.

In some lights it looks quite flat.

But, because of the types of mediums I’d used, in other lights you can see the sparkle in some areas and the irridecense on others.

It is quite lovely when the light hits it at some angles.

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So that’s it for today. I’ll show you how I get on with makeing something with my other screen prints in the future.

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Working On More Clothes For Me

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May 022018
 

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A ‘Designer’ Shirt

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A while ago I showeď you a catchup post with a wrap around skirt I’d made last summer, to wear when doing my little bit of gardening. I’ve got an old, warm, jacket I wear out to the garden when it is cold, but it is a little bit too warm to wear when weeding or watering my pots, etc., in the summer. But, because I have a bad reaction to insect bites, I like to cover up as much as I can if I’m going to sitting out and working in the garden.

So this year I decided to buy a lightweight denim shirt for myself.

I don’t know what it is with clothes manufacturers, but when making clothes in larger sizes the sleeves are never wide enough to be comfortable over the upper arm or to button at the cuff. It’s like the manufacturers have a job lot of sleeves and then use them in several different sizes of the same garment. The shirt that arrived was nice and loose around the body, which is what I’d expect having bought the correct size for me, but the width of the sleeves were a smige too narrow so, although the shirt went on me fine, the sleeves were a bit too tight to be comfortable when weeding my pots, etc.

So, rather than go throught the whole busines of packing it up and sending it back, I decided to have a play with it and add a little bit of material to make the sleeves more comfortable.

Rather than going for denim material I decided to go bright and use some more of the bright red material with white stars that I’d used to make myself a pair of shorts – here.

I got out my 2.5 inch AccuQuilt strip cutter and cut two strips from the material.  I then set to unpicking the seam of the sleeve – then I thought why not go the whole hog and unpick the whole seam from wrist down to the hem.  Make it a real ‘designer’ shirt. I know the body wad already quite loose and comfortable enough for me to work in, but a little extra wouldn’t make it too huge.

So I unpicked both seams from wrist to hem!

Then prayed that my idea would actually work in reality!

So it was time to put my sewing machine to use and sew a strip into each opened seam.

And it worked!  The sewing in was a straightforward job. After doing the straight stitching I went over the four new seams with a sort of overlocking stitch to give the sewing added strength and stop the two materials fraying too badly.

This is what the strip looks like when inserted in the seam.

It was a little cifficult to get the stripes to show on the sleeves when hanging therefore I decided to tuck th cuffs into the neck so this is the whole shirt hanging up.

Then I had another idea!

What if I jazzed it up a bit more by screen printing something on the pockets, perhaps something in red to match the inserted material.

I don’t have a huge amount of screens for printing with, but in the end decided on a floral wreath for one pocket and a letter G stamp using the same ink and the stamping adapter plate that fits in the Screen Sensation frame on the other pocket.

It was a bit of a fiddle getting the positioning of the screen right for the pocket, and the fact that the pocket was sewn onto the shirt giving a raised area didn’t make it an easy task, but I didn’t want to unpick the pockets to do the printing and then have to sew them back on again. (If I’d been prepared to do that I’d have chosen to applique a flower of something in the same material as the stripe onto the pocket rather than screen printing.)

I don’t think it’s perfect with me, but it’s quite good enough for me to have a “designer” shirt to garden in.

This is how the additions to the pockets look. looks in the end.

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So that’s it for today. I’m working on a few more different projects at the moment, so expect to see those appearing on my blog in the not too distant future.

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