My ‘Big’ Work In Progress

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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

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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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Some Patchwork

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An Update, Some Musings and Some Patchwork

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I’d bought some footstool/storage boxes for the two youngest nephews so that they could put away some of the large collection of toys and crafting things they keep here, rather than have an assortment of cardboard and plastic boxes that were begining to show their age littered around the place – not that they managed to get everything in the new footstools, but the room does look tidyer now.  But one of the nephews decided that the top could be softer to sit on if a cushion was added.  And of course, as soon as one wanted a cushion the other did – so off I went to make a couple of cushion covers.  It did take me four or five months to get both done, but at least they are done now.  Just wish I could say the same about all the other part done crafting projects I’ve got, as well as the “got the stuff ready” projects that I’ve not even started.

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MUSINGS:

UFOs – for a lot of people this, of course, means Unidentified Flying Objects.  But for us crafters it has another meaning – Un-Finished Objects.  Objects that have been started, and the aim is to finish them “one day”, but there are always other things that get in the way.

Often it is life in general that gets in the way, but also other crafting takes up the time, and trying something new.

As I’ve seen my bundle of UFOs grow over the last year I got to thinking about other crafters and how many of you out there have lots of UFOs, and what type of UFOs.  I’ve currently got a couple of crochet projects, some patchwork and quilting projects.  As well as several bits of jewellery and beading in general, as well as a couple of papercraft projects.  Very depressing not getting them finished – but I will “one day”.

So if any of you want to make me feel better about my collection of UFOs please comment below to tell me about any of your UFOs.  It really would chear me up.

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PATCHWORK:

I’d bought some footstool/storage boxes for the two youngest nephews so that they could put away some of the large collection of toys and crafting things they keep here, rather than have an assortment of cardboard and plastic boxes that were begining to show their age littered around the place – not that they managed to get everything in, but the room does look tidyer now.  But one of the nephews decided that the top could be softer to sit on if a cushion was added.  And of course, as soon as one wanted a cushion the other did – so off I went to make a couple of cushion covers.  It did take me four or five months to get both done, but at least they are done now.

Cushion Cover 04 01

I think this is called a pineapple patchwork pattern.

Cushion Cover 04 02

There is wadding behind the cushion cover front and I’ve done free-motion quilting on the centre panel and quilting in the ditch around some of the other  pieces.

This is the 2nd cushion cover I made.  This time the pattern is the disapearing nine patch.

Cushion Cover 05 01

This time I quilted in a cross pattern across the middle and then stitch in the ditch between the disapearing nine patch and the border around the outside of it.

Cushion Cover 05 02

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