Friday, November 4, 2016

Another Friday Finish - Another Baby Quilt!!!

I think I'm just about done on the Baby Quilt front.....holy balls there's a few babes arriving this time of the year ;)

Fabric was chosen by Mumma for a much anticipated baby girl after two gorgeous strapping boys.
She wanted real girly in pink, mint and a touch of grey. I added a bit of white just to let the eye rest and not get too pukey lol.

Tasha Noel and Aneela  Hoey do Mint really well I think so from there it was simply a case of adding a few fillers and Voila pink and minty green baby quilt!

I'm getting slightly better as using my fabric...only 2 years old?!

These days I'm a sucker for machine quilting the bindings on because I simply do not have the time to sit and hand bind like I used to, plus i know on a baby quilt it will withstand multiple trips through the machine and dryer.

 FYI I attach the binding to the front and iron it out, flip the quilt over and iron the binding down.

I use binding clips to keep it all together and for the first time used some of my Roxannes Glue Baste glue to hold the mitred corners down and was thrilled with the perfect corner it made and held...big thumbs up for that technique from now on.

Sandra quilted it all over in a gorgeous panto of swirls and hearts and Fleur de Lis

And she did it in 24hrs as the baby was ahead of schedule!! Awesome quilty people!

I would love some more of this Posy print by Aneela!

The texture is just gorgeous

And I had a quilt holder at home to help....under duress.

Nice to have another finish done and moved on to a new home!
linking up with Amanda Jean....2 weeks in a row....what is going on!! 
And also the lovely Myra from Busy Hands Quilts for Finish or Not Friday....thankyou for the invitation to link Myra :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Fabric Play - Musings At 5am

So yes my day began at, noone else in the house was awake, just me.

In the attempt to try and go back to sleep I started mentally planning my Black & White quilt swap...which then lead to thinking about skills I needed to learn...which then lead to curves.....aaaand yes I am now wide awake searching Drunkards path quilts on Google!!!

According to Instagram these were purchased via Massdrop in August last year! High time they were used and curves are mastered I think!
 Excuse the superlight pic...afternoon sun :)

Always choose the fabric first....done!

Now there are quite a few tutorials, and initially I was looking at glue basting....but then I saw that the master piecer of ANY crazy tricky block had a tutorial that showcased a technique void of pins or glue!!
Red Pepper Quilts, one of my favourite blogs and a super nice lady (Rita let me use her Hummingbird block for a Bee at no extra charge ) has a great pic filled tute that shows you exactly how she does it.

So while you're supposed to be cooking downstairs to the garage and sew a block LOLOLOL

I must be learning something....test on not so favourite fabric first!

It was relatively stress free, shorten the stitch, go slowly and voila!!

About 1/8" out at the finishing end....I might've stretched the large piece just a smidge

Next attempt....starch the background.......beginning and ends meet beautifully...YAY!

I pressed the seams to the darker fabric and there was no resistance or puckering regardless of the orientation of the curve...bonus!

And although both came up slightly smaller than the expected 7 1/2" unfinished block... I'm pretty happy with the result

The curved seams match beautifully starching may be helpful but not a game changer, at least not at this size....the 3 1/2" template could be a whole different ball game?!

So the next step when I'm not supposed to be sewing something else??? to get some more Drunk blocks under my belt...drinking may or may not be recommended after a few...

I will let you know.......