Tuesday, June 21, 2016
I'm getting ready to go to my summer cabin in the Yukon. A few things I'll be doing are: reading and attempting to knit a pair of socks. I've never made socks before, so it might be a challenge. There is no electricity, plumbing, internet or cell service at the cabin, it's like going back in time. Hopefully, the socks will turn out and I'll be able to post a picture of them when I get back. :)
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Linda H made "Scrap Happy" in 2015. She sewed the label on last week, then waited for a nice day to take some photos outside. I like the red centre in each block with all the bright pieces. The pattern came from American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, October 2008, the designer was Kathie Holland. Linda always makes nice machine embroidered labels for her quilts. The labels on my quilts are just chicken scratch with a Pigma pen, oh well. :)
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
It's a beautiful sunny day, what do I do- stay inside and sew! I hardly ever have a day off when I don't have to work at my second job or have chores to do. I'm taking this opportunity to get as much quilted as possible on this UFO from the early 2000s. A few years ago, my sister was visiting and I showed this quilt top to her. We noticed that I made a mistake on the sashing in several places, so Linda used a seam ripper on the sections that were wrong. We looked through my stash and decided on a combination of fabrics that could be used for a border. After Linda left, the pieces of the quilt sat there for a LONG time, then I thought I better sew it back together, correcting the errors. I had to search for the fabrics that were in the quilt and finally found enough to complete the main part of the top. I forgot which fabrics Linda and I chose for the border, I ended up using cream with little brown dots. Note to self- put all the parts and fabrics for a project all in one spot so they are all together when resuming the work! Since I went to all the trouble of getting this quilt top assembled, I thought it would be a good idea to layer, pin baste and start the quilting. I'm stitching in the ditch on all of it then will free motion quilt the edge triangles and border.
Monday, June 6, 2016
I bought half a metre of this wildlife print in Whitehorse last summer, planning to make a cushion with it. Later on, I decided to make a dresser scarf for the cabin. Using a different print for the back, I sewed the two together, cutting the corners off. Top stitching three times around the edge completed the scarf. I am aware that the animals will be sideways when this is on the dresser, I'm not an interior decorator,hehe!
Thursday, June 2, 2016
I made this quilt top somewhere around the late 90s, it still needs an outer border. The late and great Mary Ellen Hopkins said, "All reds go together", I believe that. I used a specialty ruler that made the pieces on the bias, but don't remember what it was called. It was a quick technique but I don't think I'd do that again, it caused too much waste of fabric. In my opinion, it doesn't make sense to pay a fortune for supplies, then throw a great deal of it in the garbage. Waste not, want not!