Thursday, 28 June 2007
Monday, 25 June 2007
Pin around top edge matching seams and stitch.
Sunday, 24 June 2007
First decide how long you want your handles - I like mine fairly long. Cut 2 strips of wadding 1.25 inches wide by the length you want - mine are 35 inches long.
Next choose 2 fabrics that contrast well. Cut one 1.25 by 35 inches and the other 2.5 by 35 inches.( or the length of your handles )
Lay your wadding strip down and place the smaller strip on top - right side up. Next lay the wider strip on top - right side facing down - level with one edge of wadding and smaller strip.
Sew along this edge - bottom edge in photo.
Now you will need something to pull handle through to right side when it is sewn. I use a strip of the selvedge. Make sure it is quite a bit longer than the handle length. Fold back the smaller strip from the edge you have sewn and lay this pulling through strip along the length. You can also use ribbon or piping cord.
Now place the unsewn edge of the wider strip level with the unsewn edge of the smaller strip and wadding and pin - making sure the pulling through cord is not in the way. Sew along this edge. Make sure the pulling through cord sticks out of both ends.
Stitch along one of the top edges with a small stitch enclosing the end of the pulling through cord.
Now pull through using the cord to the right side !
Roll the edges a little to get them nice and even. You could sew a line of stitching along each seam if you want or lightly press with a bit of steam to make them flat.
Clear as mud ? I hope not ! Will try to get a bit more done later or tomorrow.
Saturday, 23 June 2007
1- choose your fabrics. The outside of the bag is completely composed of 3inch squares. The basic bag is made from 7 different fabrics but less can be used if you double up. i think once the method becomes clear you will see lots of possibilities. Completely scrappy would be good or maybe 2 colours. Anyway here are my fabrics.
From your chosen colours ( from top left moving across ) cut 3 inch squares in the following quantities.
20 squares of first colour - this will be the main colour.
4 squares of next one and then 8 squares of the other 5 fabrics.
Sew them together with usual quarter inch seam in the following order -
Then make three more identical panels. I find the easiest way to do this is to make one complete section first and then chain piece the rest - keeping an eye on the one that is done to make sure the order is correct.
Cut 4 pieces of wadding ( batting ) 6inches by 21 inches and place each panel on top of a piece of wadding. For my first bag I used a nice fairly stiff wadding and this worked great. I had no more of this left so for this bag I also placed a piece of cotton curtain lining fabric in between the wadding and the panel for a little extra support. Using your walking or even feed foot quilt in the seams on each panel. To make it easier and instead of stopping and starting sew further than the seams and move to the next one. These pieces will be trimmed anyway. Here is a picture to show what I mean.
Now trim the edges of wadding level with the panel. Each piece should measure 5.5 inches by 20.5 inches. Cut four pieces of fabric for lining the same size as your panels.
Any questions please ask - more later !
Thursday, 21 June 2007
Wednesday, 20 June 2007
Friday, 15 June 2007
Thursday, 14 June 2007
Sunday, 10 June 2007
Saturday, 9 June 2007
Thursday, 7 June 2007
I think I had made just over 6o blocks and so decided to cut my losses and not exactly abandon the quilt but to use the completed blocks to make a smaller quilt. I made hour glass blocks with some of the 30's fabrics and set them alternately with the DJ blocks. Thats as far as I've got. I need to get borders on it and that is one of the things I will try and get done soon. I will post a picture of it tomorrow .
And by the way - I have started my new DJ quilt. I have done 8 blocks so far.. I really wanted to do this one in a trip around the world setting as the original quilt does so thats what I'm doing. Each "round" will be in the same 2 fabrics - quite dark subtle colours. I like it so far !
Tuesday, 5 June 2007
I was trying to be good and get shut of a few quilting magazines which are breeding like mad and making my shelves buckle... However after only putting 3 in the "dispose of" pile with about 53 in the to" keep" pile my brain is working overtime with loads of ideas for potential new quilts. As I said previously I really want to finish some UFO's before i start anything else but the urge is overwhelming- lol.. I have promised myself that if I finish the apple core I will be allowed to start this next one... Its from Australian Patchwork and Quilting which is one of my favourite mags... This quilt is done by English paper piecing which I have dabbled with. I have a half ( or is it a quarter ) finished hexagon quilt somewhere that I completely lost interest with. Maybe someday it will get done.
Oops - just realised my toes are in one photo - lol !