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Week 12 - Placemats for Charity (enforced rest week)

All I could do this week was look at the pieces up on the design wall.

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I have now got my machine repaired, it was a screw that had come loose and lodged somewhere where it stopped everything.  But I got it back too late to do this weeks place-mats.  So no sewing and the weather hasn't been very good but today the winds dropped out and the sun shone.

I saw an elderly couple down in the BBQ area cooking some sausages when I went out for a walk.  Then on the way back I spied them hand in hand down on the beach.

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They had left their Eski at the top of the sand and gone paddling.

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Simple pleasures are often some of the best.

 


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Week 11 - Placemats for Charity.

Disaster has struck!

My sewing machine just stopped working.  The fly wheel is stuck solid.  No machine, no sewing.  I rushed it into the repair man, Martin, who is the best repair man in the business, but still no news.  I have a back up machine that does straight and zig zag stitches but I am unable to quilt.  And I had started on the free motion quilting.  After all that time winding myself up to start that and now no machine.

Place mat No 21

This is the first of the free motion exercises.  Just flowing lines between the top and bottom with the aim of getting that stitch even.  I couldn't straighten that fabric, the bend just got worse when quilted.

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Place mat No 22

I saw a similar pattern on Leah Day's web site and adapted it to suit the mat.

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Leah's patterns are all fillers and fit into a smaller space, still there is great inspiration here.

And after finishing this mat the machine broke.  I thought that I wasn't getting anywhere with maintaining a regular stitch length but it was the machine telling me it was sick.  Now things are stalled until I get my machine repaired.

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Some of the quilts at the show

There were so many great quilts at the show, but I have selected some that I really liked because they appealed to me.

I liked this appliqued quilt not only because it won a 2nd prize but because it was made by my friend Jean Green.  I have known Jean for a long time and she keeps making lovely quilts.

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The next quilt was made from re-purposed tea bags.  I'm not quite sure how she managed to get those great colours.

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This was the artists statement.

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And the full piece.

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There were some modern applique pieces that caught my fancy as well.

Mandy Murray's "Wild Spirit" (prince of the woods)

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And Kaye Sauer's, Davie- Evolution of the Starman.  The shadow quilting of the subject in the back ground was very effective.

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There were a number of special exhibitions one of which was titled "Inner Journeys". Julie Haddricks pieces were thoughtful and beautifully stitched.  She will be taking this exhibition to Houston (USA) for the Quilt Show  and giving demonstration of her methods of working.  Julie also teaches in Japan.

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I came away inspired and awed at some of the technical skill on display.

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Week - 10 Place-mats for Charity

I'm behind this week.  I have had a few days having to travel up to town and had to leave on the 6am ferry and then back on the 5:30pm ferry.  After this I am just too tired to do much.  But I did get my place-mats finished, just no post about them.

I don't like this fabric at all, not only the colour but the fact that it is wonky.  I think that is the main reason that I never used it, but I'm sure others will like it.   I am still using my walking foot for the quilting but have decided that next week I will switch to the free motion.  Now that is going to cause me a lot of angst.  I will no longer have the control over stitch length.  Just thinking about it brings me out in a sweat.  But this is what this exercise is partly about.  Practising my quilting and pushing myself into new territory.

Mat No 19

This mat had a kind of heart up in the corner so I just followed that pattern.

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Mat No 20

Here I drew a hexi and kept shadowing the shape.

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This pattern is a keep.

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But Oh, I have got that binding off properly.  Nothing like practice, practice, practice.

 


Week 9 - Placemats for Charity

The fabric in the jelly-roll is really pulled out of shape.  I will know in future to use the fabric straight away, that is if I ever buy another roll!

In one of my on-line classes the tutor went on about how good it was to use the fancy stitches on your machine to do the quilting.  So I thought I would give it a go.  What did I find?  Boring, boring, boring and time consuming.  And I don't really like the final outcome.  Another couple for that experience list.

Mat - 17

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I changed the length of one of the stitches I used on the seams to stitch the strip flat.

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Mat - 18

Lots of dense stitching on the seams.

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I think I like the back better than the front!

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One positive of all this is that I am now very confident stitching the binding and making that final bias join.  It took the full 18 mats to get there but I made it.

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Week 8 - Placemats for charity

Along with the jelly-rolI I also have the end of a bolt of fabric that I love.  It is Shadow Play by Maywood and is just the best quality, I had bought 6 bolts of this but didn't use all of this one.  But it also has been sitting there for 10 years so it needs to be used as well.  It is no good looking at it and saying how lovely it is.

Very mixed results with this weeks offerings.  This will have to be put down to experience.

Mat 15

I just used different sized circles to quilt this.  Not the most successful outcome.  (Cross that one off the list.)

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Mat 16

I love this quilting pattern.

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BUT,

It doesn't suit the pieced front of the mat.

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Onto week 9!


Week 7 - Placemats for Charity

I have now dug out a jellly roll of fabric.  It is the only jelly roll I have ever bought and I bought it about 10 years ago.  It has been moved from pillow to post but never opened, now it's time has come.  I think that I should be able to get about 12 placemats out of this lot, maybe even a few more.

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The colours are very pretty and would have been lovely 10 years ago, but, they are not today's colours.  Also, the fabric has been rolled up like this for over 10 years so there is going to be some distortion.   The batting I have on hand is a bit thinner as well but one of my objectives is to use up all the stock I have on hand.  I have decided to make the binding strips only one thickness for these mats as it suits the lighter weight batting .

Place-mat 13

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Pretty straight forward piecing and I like the off centre circular quilting.  Takes a bit of time and cotton but really easy to stitch.

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Place-mat 14

The piecing is much the same only placed different and I managed to put a join in my binding right at the corner, not good.

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The quilting is much the same as the previous mat but this time I used an off centre square.  Basic shapes make a great starting point for this type of quilting. How many to go?  Triangle, rectangle etc. etc.

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Week 6 - Placemats for Charity

This is the end of that charm pack.  The pieces of fabric were getting smaller .

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I channel quilted this and then experimented with triangles using the channel line as my guide.  I think the arrow head pattern is the one I like the best.

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By this time not only were the pieces smaller they were irregular in size but I was able to patch them together.

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I channel quilted this as well and then let the stitching wander over the line making an easy but pleasing pattern.  Have to remember this one.

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Week 4 - Placemats for Charity

This week I have commenced work on the bundle of charm squares that I have accumulated.  You know how it is?   You see this fabric you love but you don't have a project that you want to make out of it but must have some of that fabric?  That's how charm square breed!

When I had sewn most of the pieces I was left with odds and ends.  So I have put all the odds and ends together for these two mats.  I am still working with my walking foot on the machine for the quilting.  Firstly just rows even (almost) distances apart.

Mat 7

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And then the same lines over-sewn with a triangle pattern.

Mat 8

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I used the lines as my point of reference to sew the triangles.

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