Jun 182018
 

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UFO Quilting – Starting To Quilt

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Today I have another update on how I’m progressing with my “Big” Work In Progress – creating two single bed patchwork quilts for the bunk beds in our newly decorated spare room.

By the end of my last update about the quilts I’d got as far as sticking and pinning one set of layers together, but only as far as putting the backing and wadding together for the other – because I’d realised that I’d not finishing cutting off thread ends on the second patchwork front to make it tidy.

It didn’t take me long, while sat watching the TV, to complete the tidying up of the patchwork, and then I got on with sticking the front on the other two layers and attaching the safety pins – well it needed to be done quickly so that we could put the sofa bed back and have use of the sitting room again.

Thought I’d done something stupid, as when I went to lift the layers to put the safety pins in, the whole thing wasn’t coming off the bed – but never fear – I’d not stuck the whole thing to the matress, only forgot that I’d started with pinning the backing layer to the sofa bed so that it didn’t move and remained as flat as possible while attaching the other layers. It was a simple job to take out the pins, and then pop in safety pins to make sure everything remains together.

But I did have a bit of a break from sewing for several days after that.

The next stage was to get my sewing machine out again.

I like free motion quilting, but with two, single bed sized, quilts to do I decided to stick to straight lines, as I’d done on my last cushion covers.  I figured I could still do some free motion quilting over some blocks at the end If I felt something more was needed.

So on went the walking foot to my sewing machine, and off I went with my quilting.

As I was quilting different rows I rolled the quilt up so that it easily went through the machine.

This looks as if I’m heading off straight through the middle of a block, but I’d pushed the quilt to one side off my lap to fetch my camera and forgotten to straighten it up before taking the photo.

I decided to sew my quilting lines either side of the boundry stitch lines between the colourful square blocks and the black sashing. Having made sure the needle was set to the middle of my walking foot I stitched keeping the edge of the foot to the boundry line.

This is looking at it more from the back.

Not the best photo I’m afraid, but I hope it gives you an idea.

And this is showing the stitching coming out the back.

It took me days, sitting at the machine in short sessions, to stitch all the lines from top to bottom.  A few wobbles, but it looks OK if you don’t look too closely.

I then started sewing the quilting lines side to side. Done half a dozen or so rows so far.

Unfortunately I then got another infection in my damaged right leg, and this ment more time in bed with my leg elevated on pillows, therefore less time for me to sit at the kitchen table sewing.

But I will be getting back to it soon.

The 2nd quilt is still waiting for me to start the quilting.

I’m still not sure whether I need to go in with more quilting. Although most of the lines are close enough over the sashing area there are gaps of around 7″ sqare over each of the blocks, and I’m thinking that might be too wide. I threw the batting packaging so can’t refer back to that for guidance, but, of the two other packs of batting I’ve got, one says that sewing can be 8″ inches apart and the other needs stitching closer.  Once I’ve finished the side to side lines I’m going to open the two rolls of batting and compare to what I’ve used in these quilts. I’m hopeing that there will be just enough difference for me to tell. And I’m hopeing that it was one that only needed quilting 8″ appart that I’ve used.

Not sure whether I’ll quilt the 2nd one next, or go on to trim off the excess wadding and backing and bind the sides of the quilt.  It depends how I’m feeling when I go back to it in the next few days.

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So, that’s it for now, but keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with this “‘Big’ Work In Progress”. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I have more to report.

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Jun 012018
 

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UFO Quilting – Preparing For Quilting

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Today is an update on how I’m progressing with preparing my patchwork quilts ready for actually quilting them..

In my last update about this project I told you I had both patchworks sewn up and was begining to put them together ready for quilting.

I said in a previous post, about quilted cushion covers, that I’d tried using temporary fabric adhesive spray to hold everything together, rather than pining the layers together, and that it had worked well. So I went for the same method again.

Spraying a small area of backing with the temporary fabric adhesive and then pulling the wadding into place over it. Then doing another strip of spray and rowling more wadding over it until I got to the end. Then doing the same for getting the top, patchwork, layer in place. Working on the matress of the sofa bed meant I could pin through to it to keep everything in place as I worked.

This is it with all layers stuck together.

I then put a few safety pins in at the end, “just in case”. I’m not sure how long the adhesive will hold it’s tack for if I have to leave it a while before I have the time and energy to do the actual quilting.

So, one is now all together ready for quilting.

Then it was a case of starting the layering process for the next one.

And then – I spotted that I still had some thread ends not trimmed off on that one, so I’ve come to a stop until I can make sure it is tidied properly.

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So, that’s how far I’ve got at the point of writing this post, but 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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May 262018
 

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UFO Quilting –  It’s Curtains!

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I’m starting today with a bit of deviation from the two patchwork quilts I’m working on. And going to talk curtains.

When I had help to start clearing out the spare room, prior to painting, new carpet and new bunk beds, the curtains went in the wash.  Now I think that they were always a little bit short for the window, having come from my gran’s old place with my parents when they moved in here, (and other family members also remember there being a gap with some trinkets on the window sill) but I’m also sure that when we hung them back up there was more of a gap. In any case I didn’t want to either buy or make new curtains, because I’ve already taken on a big project with what I’d already planned to do for the spare room.

But once I’d cut out all the blocks needed for the two patchwork quilt fronts I realised I had enough bits of material left to make smaller blocks that I could put randomly along the bottom of the curtains, that would not only solve the problem of the gap between curtains and window sil, but would also pull the curtains into the random patchwork look of the completed quilts.

This is what I landed up with. One of the curtains –

And this is both of them hung at the window of the small spare room. Not a lot of room, so you can’t really see both I know.

But, I still had some bits left over – so I decided to add a border to the pillow cases to make them look a part of the theme as well.

So this is one of them.

And one the bottom bunk of the bed waiting for me to finish the quilt.

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So, now it’s back to do more work on the quilts. 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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May 202018
 

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UFO Quilting – An Further Update

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

In my last update about this project I told you I had finished one patchwork front.

Well, I’ve had my sewing machine out on the kitchen table again, and had several more short sessions of sewing up 8″ square blocks and adding them to the second quilt front.

And –

The good news is that I’ve now finished the second patchwork quilt front.

The matress that was airing, that I used to spread out the first quilt front, has now been put on the top bunk, but I’ve managed to hang this second patchwork out over the side of the bunk to photograph it, using some pillows to weight down the one row that’s over the top to hold it in place.

Quite like the first one, obviously, as I’d used the same materials in 8″ blocks for both, but because I’d added blocks randomly there is some difference in actual layout between them.

So now it is on with the next stage of the project – preparing the fronts ready for the actual quilting. I went over the 1st one carefully snipping off thread ends before begining the actual layering.

Now I know many do the layering on the floor, but my health/disabling conditions mean I can’t do that. So my solution is to open out the pull out sofa bed and work on that while sitting on a box stool.

I’ve got as far as just spreading everything out.

I know I had done some measuring and calculating before staring the patchwork, and cutting the black cotton sheet and the wadding, but I wanted to be sure that the wadding was slightly larger than the patchwork and the backing larger than that – and would you beliece it – I’d actually got things right. And as it is coming out at just longer and wider than the top of a double bed sized sofa bed I know it will totally cover somebody sleeping in either of the two 3 foot, single bed, sized bunks.

And rest! I’m finding the whole project an exhausting, mamoth, task, and have to rest a lot both while working on each stage of the project and before I tackle the next step, but I am pleased with how my “Big” Work In Progress is coming along.

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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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Another Two PHD Cushions Complete

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Apr 242018
 

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Another 2 Patchwork Cushion Covers Complete

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

I also showed you some more ready cut out foam pieces from more cushion Projects Half Done (PHDs).

I decided to work on both the ones with the rounded end to fit two different kitchen chairs next.

The first job was, of course, to sew together the patches I’d cut some time ago into two pieces large enough to cover the tops.  For some reason I had more of one colour than the other cut out but decided to go with what I’d got and make a different top to one cushion cover. It’s not as if all the chairs are the same, or that all chairs will have cushions with my covers on, as some of our kitchen chairs already have cushions.

Next came the bit to make the cushion covers fit the shaped foam cushion.  After a bit of thinking I decided on this method – I sprayed the back of the patchwork with the temporary fabric glue I showed you previously and put the foam down on top of it.

After checking that the patchwork was flat on the foam, and making sure I had a seam allowance on the three straight sides, I cut the patchwork in a curve, following the line of the foam but out enough to allow for the seam.

Then it was simply a case of pulling the patchwork off from the foam and placeing it back down onto the batting/wadding I’m using.  This is the one that turned out a different pattern.

I cut out the batting, leaving it a bit larger than the patchwork in each case.  Then it was a case of quilting the cushion tops.

I decided to stick with the idea of quilting a quarter inch either side of each patchwork seam.

Once the quilting was finished I trimned off the narrow margin of excess batting, and made some ties so that the finished cushion can be attached to the chair.

All that remained then was to sew the sides to the tops as I did for the last two cushions, and then sew on the two pieces of the envelope back.

And this is what one of the cushions looks like on the chair it was made for. A perfect fit even if I do say so myself!

The other also fits perfectly and looks the same except for the slight difference in pattern.

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So all I’ve got left of my cushion PHDs is the one cushion I made up by sticking left over pieces together. I’ll probably just make a plain cover for that one.  Then it’s on to work on something else from my half done collection of various crafts.  What will it be next? I don’t know.  Keep an eye out and find out on my blog on a future date.

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Apr 222018
 

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UFO Quilting

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

Once I’d got together a dozen or so squares with one piece of sashing by the side, I decided to start sewing some of the blocks together to see how it looked and get feedback from others. I didn’t want to waste time sewing together more of the blocks I’d already cut out, or cut out more blocks either, if everybody thought it was a disaster and looked bad.

I stiched 5 blocks with side sashing into a row, adding a piece of sashing to the other end.  I then stiched together another row with a different assortment of blocks. A row of sashing was added top and bottom of one row before sewing on another row.  Over a period of several days, just doing a little at a time, I’ve now got 4 rows sewn together plus five or six blocks ready to put into rows, as well as quite a few blocks cut ready to sew.

This is what I’ve made so far looks like.

This is just thrown over the edge of the kitchen table so you can’t see it all.

So far the family members and friends who’ve seen it like the colour combinations, and they think the black makes the colours ping.

So I’m going to keep going, adding a bit at a time untill it is the required length.  I may even have another cutting out session next as I’ve not cut quite enough blocks to make two wuilts yet.

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Another One PHD Completed

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Apr 162018
 

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Another Patchwork Cushion Cover Complete

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A few weeks ago I showed you one completed quilted patchwork cover for a foam cushion that I’d made for one of the kitchen chairs (blog post – here)

I said at the time that I have a lot of Projects Half Done (PHDs), including cutting up some more foam into the right size for other chairs.

And sewing together more of the squares I already had cut out to make covers for them.

So, by now I’ve cut four more pieces of foam to the required size. One for a box stool inside the front door, two for kitchen chairs, and one more of a more random size made by glueing three bits I had left together with Pinflair Glue Gel.

The glued together one needs a bit of trimming to make sides even once glue has completely dried.

I also sewed together the patchworks for the cover of the one for the box stool and quilted it. (Have a look at my previous post to see what I used as I followed the same method for these as I did for the previous one.)

This cushion was wider than my first, hence 5 not 4 blocks to each row, but it isn’t as deep front to back.  Rather than cut one row in half I decided to wrap it round the front edge rather than putting the strip all the way around.

I sewed the 2.5″ (2″ finished) strips round the other three sides, which is the depth of the foam, before adding the back.

And here’s the finished cushion.

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So another done and a few more to go.  I do these when I feel up to doing a bit of crafting but not up to constructing more complicated blocks, so keep ane eye out a post in the future showing how I get on with covers for the two with a curved back.  Need to get my brain in gear for them.

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My ‘Big’ Work In Progress

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Apr 102018
 

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UFO Quilting

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Today I don’t have any finished items to show you. What I have got to show you is how I’m getting on with my “big” project to make 2 single bed sized patchwork quilts.

Hopefully, by blogging as I go, it will keep me on track to steadily work at the project and get it finished quickly – well sometime this year!

I’ve worked on several patchwork and quilting projects over the years, but haven’t made anything full bed sized before, so deciding to make two at the same time is a bit of a stretch.

I tend to stick to “safe” colour schemes, with a limited colour palet, when sewing, but wanted to go outside my comfort zone for this project, so when I saw the “Kaffe Fasset Artisan Box of 15 Fat Quarters” on Create and Craft I decided it would be a great way to go wild with colours and different materials that were made to go together. Material assortments I would never have chosen to put together.

Quite expensive to go down this route, but in addition to the fat quarters the box also contains 10 reels of cotton thread, which don’t come cheep by themselves.  I also bought the box when there were offers on, on top of my 10% off as a club member.

I’ve actually bought two boxes as I want to make two bed quilts. I also got some white cotton fabric to put in some places as contrast to all the colours.

I’d bought an AccuQuilt GO Qube Mix and Match 8 Inch Block and an AccuQuilt GO Qube 8 Inch Companion Set – Classics some time ago, together with an AccuQuilt strip cutter.  I’ve now also bought the Companion Set – Angles, though I’ve not used that to cut anything yet.

I wanted to play around with lots af different blocks for this project, rather than making a one pattern quilt, so I turned to the Accuquilt literature, pulled some of the fat quarters from the box, and got cutting.

While I did want variety, I did decide to go for three or four of the same block to make it a bit easier for me.

As I was cutting out the pieces for each block type I put all the pieces for that block tupe into a plastic bag. Then I pulled out enough pieces to make up one of the blocks, layed the pieces out how they should be, added a number – which went into the bag with the relevant pieces – and photographed the unsewn block with my tablet. (should have done that before shoveing them in the plastic bags as they got very wrinkled, but never fear I did re-iron before sewing).

Here are a small selection to show you.

The reason for this numbering and photographing was so that, when I pulled the pieces out of the bags and started sewing them into blocks I could see exactly how they should fit together by having my tablet open by my side – rather than searching through leaflets, booklets, etc., to find the original block pattern I’d chosen and then trying to work out which pieces I’d cut corresponded to which in the diagram.

At this point I decided that I didn’t want all the blocks joining together in my finished quilt, that I wanted some sashing between them.  So the next job was to decide on what colour, and also what material to use to back the quilt.

White didn’t have as much impact as I wanted, and after a discussion with Mam I decided to go for black for sashing and back.  I bought 2 large, king sized, 300 count, Egyptian cotton, black, flat sheets.  A bit unconventional, but I decided to go with it in any case.

I did wash the sheets two times and then dried them, before cutting a piece large enough for the quilt backs off, and then using my strip cutter to cut strips ready for the sashing. (The washing was to minimuse the risk of colour run in the quilts when the time comes that they have to be washed in the future, especially as one wash was at a much higher temperature than I’d ever wash a quilt at).

Then came the time to start ironing the pieces and sewing.  I’ve said before that I don’t do ironing, but I do make an exception in the case of patchwork pieces, but I do use a small travel iron rather than a full size iron or a ‘craft’ iron – the first because I find them too heavy and the second because I think they are more expensive to buy than travel irons, depending on the manufacturer and model of course.

In any case, here are a few of the blocks sewn up.

One of the number 4 blocks as above.

One of those I’d labeled number 1.

And another block.

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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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Completeing One PHD

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 152018
 

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Patchwork Cushion Cover

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I have a lot of Projects Half Done (PHDs).  My problems with health issues, etc., over the last couple of years has meant that I’ve started things that have never got finished, in addition to the projects I’ve actually finished but not blogged (some of which I’m showing you now as a series of “catchup” posts.)

I said at the end of my last post that I’d got our cleaner to pop my sewing machine on the kitchen table for me, with a view to me getting some sewing done.  I’ve got several patchwork creations on the go – lots of pieces cut out for making quilts and cushion covers, and I’ve now managed to complete – 1 cushion cover! Well, it is a start!

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I used the 4″ finished square die from my AccuQuilt 8″ cube to cut out lots of squares from two pieces of cotton material a few weeks ago.  (Still got lots left after this project to make more cushion covers.)

I’ve also cut out an assortment of pieces from other materials for quilts and have started making up 8″ blocks from them over the last few months – more on those at a later date – but when I got in a muddle with Y seams on one particular block, and had to do some unpicking, I decided that perhaps I should work on something simpler.

Hence getting on with this cushion cover for a foam cushion I’d cut out and put on a chair in the kitchen to remind me to get on with the project over a month ago.  I used 2″ upholstery foam for the cushion. Still got some left to make more –

After sewing the squares together I used temporary fabric spray adhesive to attach a very light weight wadding to the back before machine quilting 0.25″ either side of the seams between the squares.  I know! Still managed to wiggle in places even with a guide.

When I’d cut out the squares I’d also used an Accuquilt strip cutter to cut strips from one of the materials used.  After the quilting I sewed this around the sides before cutting out and sewing on an envelope back to the cover.  I then went over the seams with an overcasting stitch to give the seams more substance and help prevent any fraying.

Oh, forgot to say that I used some of the strips to make ties that I sewed into the seam between back and sides so that tge cushion can be tied to the kitchen chair.

And this is what the finished cover looks like on the cushion.

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Now I need to get back to the quilt blocks to see how far I get with making my single bed quilts.

Keep an eye out for some more catchup posts of created but never blogged items as well.  I’m trying to get my mother to wear two creations I made for her over the last 15 months – 1 sewing project and 1 crochet – so that I can show you those at some point.

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