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WIPW

This is dead boring stuff.  Sewing the binding on a quilt.  I have finished the machining now all the hand stitching.

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This is another quilt I made for my grandaughter that she didn't like.  "Too babyish."   My daughter's friend has just had a new baby so it will be for baby Bella.

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I had the quilting done at my local quilt shop, "Bayside Stitch Craft " at Cleveland.  I am really please with the job that they did so will return with some of the other quilt tops I have in the bottom drawer.  I see I haven't made a label.  More hand stitching.


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I am having serious reservations about Typepad.  After most of my comments being blocked, now, I find that I can't answer comments.  If this isn't resolved I might have to move my blog elsewhere which I wouldn't like to do as I have been at the address for the past 10 years.  Still, it might be the only solution.

I thought I might put a link up to Salley Mavor's new video.  boy that woman is talented.  It is a great little video and will worth the time to look at her embroidery.

Liberty and Justice.

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The other link is to the work of Claudia Pfeil on facebook.    And this one is her website.  I met Claudia in Huston last year and besides being a force of nature,  she is a wonderful quilter.  Friends Pam and Lisa have been in her shop in Germany teaching and It seems to me they were doing more falling about laughing than any serious work. 

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WIPW

Firstly, the wedding dress is finished and it fitted perfectly.  It is all lace and net and would suit Cinderella and my client looks beautiful and I promised not to put up a photo until the wedding on the 13th of May.   Such a relief.  That was so stressfull I don't think I will do it again.

The patchwork continues without to many dramas.  But,  I can't sew straight.  Thirty one correct blocks and 4 re-sew ones.  Just one more row on each block and then I can sew them together.

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And I have given up  getting that poly-cotton fabric to work for chicken scratch.  No matter what I do it looks terrible.  I still need a couple of new breakfast cloths so have resorted to stitching some zig zag with herringbone stitch around the edges.  I won't be able to leave it like this I will have to add more.

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That sample block

Well I reapplied my mental strength to the math on that patchwork block again and this time got it right, almost!

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The almost was the sequence of adding the outer sides.  But the measurements were right and as this is only the practice block I can fix that.  The other thing I did was keep a note of the size of the block at each stage so that I had a measuring check to refer to.  Thinking about it, this is something I should have been doing for the past 30 years.  I would have saved a whole lot of unpicking.This is one of those projects that I can take a little at a time, so that suits me at the moment. 

I do have another quilt to finish for a new baby that is on the way.  I have pieced that quilt top but might add a border to the out side.  Then I think I will have it quilted so that all I have to do is the binding.  Lazy I know, but I think it would be best.

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This might not be finished in time for the baby to arrive but it isn't cold yet, in fact it is very warm, so if it is late I don't think that will matter.


WIPW

Frustration reins supreme.

And because of that I have been taking more steps backwards than forwards.

My Kogin bag is now finished.  As you might remember I wanted to incorporate leather into the finished bag but after many attempts I had to admit that I just couldn't sew it on a domestic machine.  The hemp fabric is too stiff and the thickness of it and the leather were just too much.  So, I then tried to insert a zipper but to no avail.  I am not giving up on this idea but it will be for something else.  I ended up binding the top edge with a heading tape and using a hand made button with a loop closure.  As this is a class sample I had to also consider just how students would construct the bag.  This I think is a good compromise and "doable."

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With all the baby sitting and stress I have been stitching cross stitch like mad.  I am still behind but I have managed to get quite a bit done.  The thread and fabric contrast even better than I thought they would.  But, one draw back with stitching with silk thread is you have to be extra careful not to make mistakes that require unpicking.  The silk complains terribly and then dies!  (the screams are quite off putting.)

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Applique - 2

Another friendship block to finish for my patchwork group and this time I have just put my fabric onto a double sided heat and bond and then assembled on a piece of bake paper.  After this it is easy to lift off onto the background fabric and fuse into position with the iron.  That sounds easy if you have done it before but there are a number of steps.

Firstly you must reverse your pattern then trace it onto the heat and bond and then fuse this to the back of your applique piece.

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Cut out your shape and then score the paper with a pin to remove.

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If you have a pattern place this under the bake paper and then assemble your pieces on top and fuse together on the bake paper.

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These will then just lift off as one piece and

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you can then  fuse them to the base fabric.

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But I see a problem straight away with my cup cake.  I should have backed the icing on the cake with another fabric to get rid of that shadow.  Still I have a crafty plan to deal with that.


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Next I zig-zagged the edges down.  Before I did this I put a piece of interfacing on the back to stablise the stitching and before I actually stitched I did a few practise lines to get the width and density of the stitch correct.

 

I pull my bobbin thread to the surface to eliminate tangles.

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Bottom and then the top.

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Then turn to the back and cut away that interfacing.

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My crafty plan for that shadow was to embroider and embellish the design.  It takes your eye away from the shadow.

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I used straight stitch, pistol stitch and French knots.  The fabric for the icing is by Odile Bailloeul, I just love her fabric designs.


Applique

I am in the process of developing a class on applique and want to include a number of different techniques.  I had to make a friendship block for my friend which used a technique I think I will include.  It is a good method for larger pieces of fabric.

You will need a base fabric to applique it onto, applique fabric and iron on interfacing. 

Make sure that your pattern piece is cut on the bias because this will make it turn through and stitch in place evenly.

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Put your iron on inter-faceing  with the glue side against the right side of your fabric.  Trace your pattern onto the wrong side of your main fabric,

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then sew around this line.  DO NOT IRON.

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Trim back your seam allowance.  Turn to the interfacing side and make a small slit in this.

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Turn through to the right side.  DO NOT IRON.

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Roll the edges between your fingers to get the edge to sit straight.

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It is never easy to pull your points through.  You could use a collar turner.

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Or put a thread through the corner

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and then pull the corner out when you turn it through.

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Position your applique piece onto your base fabric and now iron in position.  Once you iron there is no turning back so make sure you have it in the correct position.  Slip stitch the edges into position.

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This method works well where you have larger and regular applique pieces.

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A long trip

I took the long drive up to Warwick yesterday to visit quilting friends who were staying at Glenrose House.  It is in a lovely country location and they offer accommodation for quilting retreats and it has a great shop there as well.  But I do have to drive there and back, 3 1/2  hours in each direction to get to and from the place.  Seven hours of driving is a lot.

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The drive took me through lots of traffic for over 1 1/2 hours, then I got out into the country side, along with a few big trucks, and then after a few glimpses, the border ranges suddenly come into view. 

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We have been bush walking up here and it always takes my breath away.

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On this day I only had to deal with a few trucks on other days I haven't been so lucky.  This road gives access to the New England Highway that runs all the way down to NSW and the big rigs are a constant hazzard.

  Warwick is known for it's roses,

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the rodeo

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and the jumpers and jazz winter festival.

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This was shopping and lunch day in town for my friends so it was back into the cars and into town.  Country towns are always a bit different.  In the fabric shop, which sells patchwork, dress and curtain fabrics, along with lots of other things I saw a sample for a Chicken Scratch Embroidery class.  You can't buy that heavier weight gingham any more here that you can get in Europe so it was stitched on a light weight poly cotton.  Not quite the same but the pattern was nice, they had even used the needle woven stars.

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We had morning tea at Mamma Lucia's Patisserie where the cakes are to die for and they have all the national trophies they have won for baking on display.

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Then more shopping and on to lunch at the garden centre.  I did not buy one plant, I have to do something with the ones I have.  But there were some beautiful flowers there.

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I thought about this as a design for embroidery.

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As to my own shopping, I was very restrained.  Just 30cm (20") of each print for some more bags.

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The latest research shows that the number one indicator of a long life is the support of friends.  I am going to live forever!!!


I'm off to Toowoomba (again)

This time of year always calls for a visit to friends in Toowoomba, So today is the day.   I had my Xmas party for the cottage patchwork group last night and stayed in town at the apartment so that I could get an early start today.  I love staying here.  It is close to everything yet still a bit secluded here in the trees.

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I have gifts to deliver including this lovely print  of skylines for Angela and little bundles of Xmas cheer for all the other ladies. 

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With all that has been going on I doubted that I would have all this ready in time.  But I made it.

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The patchwork storage box.

I decided to stitch a prototype first before sewing the box I intend to give as my gift and I am so pleased that I did.  It isn't quite finished as yet but I think I have worked out everything that can go wrong.  At least I hope so.

Firstly, the interfacing that is recommended is very stiff and bulky, which is great to support the shape, but horrible for seams and hems.  So I turned a hem at the top first so that the interfacing sits in the fold.

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I followed the instructions and cut out the fabric and interfacing , sewing the two together around the edge and then quilted them.  It worked but I think I will quilt first and then cut out the shape .  Another problem was of my own making.  I thought I would use a gold metallic thread for the quilting.  Big mistake.  The thread just broke, so I switched to a rayon thread and got a better result.

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And those clips around the edge.  I couldn't find my quilting ones so used some clear pegs from Ikea.  They do a terrific job at a fraction of the cost.  Now to finish the real thing.  I have to have it done by 3:30pm so I can catch the 4pm ferry.

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