Wednesday, 30 September 2009

More photos!

Pinwheel baby quilt mosaic, originally uploaded by soja.

Still stormy and overcast here, so not great pictures, but the quilt is all dry and wrinkled up.

I think this Nouveau fabric is really lovely, some of the prints remind me of Liberty or William Morris designs. This collection was designed by Sentimental Studios for Moda, I purchased a charm pack from the Emerald City people on Ebay, and a half yard bundle of six of the prints from Whipstitch at Etsy.

The quilt pattern was designed by Jodi Nelson (Pleasant Home blog) and is available as a free tutorial at Moda Bakeshop.

The white cotton backing/border fabric is bleached quilters muslin from The Cotton Patch. It is lovely and soft, though I thought it was a little thin and might be see through, but after washing it has wrinkled up and looks thicker. The wadding/batting is Quilters Dream Cotton 100% pure cotton batting, the select weighting, also from The Cotton Patch.

The thread is machine quilting thread, cotton, I think Coty 30, again from Cotton Patch. I managed to find a slightly cheaper 'Big Foot' free motion foot on Ebay, designed by Lynn Graves and I found it to work really well. There is great visibility and it is plastic and not as noisy as my metal foot, so I think I have the ol' presser foot problem solved.

I did have some trouble with the thread snapping, but I think there is something wrong with my machine (or me! eek!)

I'm really happy with this, I was worried while quilting that some of the stitches were too big and some too small. I did rip out a few bits here and there and redo them, but now it is all washed and finished I think that it looks pretty sweet.

I'm going to try and take some better pictures, make up a little appliqued matching baby top and pop this into the Etsy shop and see what happens...

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Pinwheel quilt - finished!

Pinwheel quilt - finished!, originally uploaded by soja.

Wow - having the rulers, mat and rotary cutter really made a difference! I didn't have to trim off much more than the extra backing to size up the quilt, and it has ended up perfectly square (or rectangular really...)

And being able to cut the binding strips with the cutter, rather than scissors was much quicker and easier. I'm really pleased with the binding, and the whole quilt. It is so pretty! I'll take more pictures when my camera batteries have recharged and when there is some light - it rained almost continuously through the weekend and Monday.

Edit: The sun came out, the quilt has been washed and it's out drying on the line, all wrinkled up... :-)

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

European Quilting Bee

I was invited to, and have joined, my first Quilting Bee! Tacha contacted me through flickr to see if I was interested. After checking it didn't matter that I was new to quilting - I was thrilled to accept.
To keep postage costs down, it is a European Quilting Bee. I think that there are eighteen of us and that we will be starting in January. Tacha has started a flickr group for us, it seems there are quite a few other beginners, not just me. I'm feeling quite excited already, just looking at everyone's flickr photos and blogs, inspired by what they have done, and wondering what types of blocks are going to be requested and what fabrics are going to be used.

I've volunteered to be last, so my quilt might take a while before it is made, but I'm really looking forward to working on blocks for this group.

Here is Tacha's logo for the bee:

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Mini-tortoise Tutorial - jpeg

Hmm, can't seem to enlarge the gif images, so here it is as a jpeg....

Mini-Tortoise Tutorial

Dad went home on Wednesday, staff meeting on Tuesday, we've had mad thunder, lightning and hail storms, it's cool in the mornings... summer is over, sigh.

We had a great time pretending to be on holiday, going to the beach, drinking coffee on plazas, going for long walks with Lucky and eating out. I've got quite a few new projects started, or being planned, but first, here is the promised mini-tortoise tutorial.

I couldn't really get the sewing machine out while Dad was visiting to make more tortoises and take photos, so I drew some sketches to show the steps and then scanned them into the computer. Now, I don't know how to make a pdf document, and loading each sketch into blogger was slow, and I was having difficulty moving the images into the right order. So, I'm not sure if this is going to work, but I have set out the tutorial as a power point presentation and then saved each A4 'slide' (there are 3) as a gif document. Hopefully, if you click on each slide, you will get an enlarged image to print off or read - if it doesn't work let me know and I'll try another way of doing it. :-) Edited: Ok, when I clicked on these images nothing happened, so I have just converted them to jpegs and posted them - see blog post above!

If you make a mini-tortoise, I'd love to see it! Please leave a comment and link to a picture if you have one. This is my first tutorial, so if it isn't clear, let me know and I'll help/change it.