Thursday, 3 August 2017

Throwback Thursday - The first quilt I ever made

I have been thinking for awhile now that I should make blog posts on all the quilts I've made, prior to starting my blog, that I still have or have a picture of so my blog will contain as many as possible of my projects in one spot.

The first quilt I ever made was when I was 13 years old.  It is a Rail Fence quilt and was made with worn out or outgrown denim jeans as well as red and blue/green scraps from my mother's scrap bin. I remember using a cardboard template, tracing it and then cutting out rectangles of fabric with scissors. Most of the red and blue fabrics are corduroy, but some of the reds are also flannel. Some fabrics were new and left over from my mother making clothing and some were from clothing that had been worn and grown out of and the good pieces cut up to use again. The red plaid flannel in the center of the picture below was from a shirt I had grown out of.

Since it was a scrap quilt, it seemed reasonable to me at the time to use up all the odds and ends of spools of thread my mother had in the bottom drawer of her sewing cabinet; no matter the colour or weight of the thread or whether it was cotton or polyester or whatever; so it is also a scrap thread quilt.  My mother didn't realize I was doing this until she went to mend something and was a little dismayed to find that all the partial spools of thread in every imaginable colour she had accumulated over years of sewing were now gone and she would have to buy new thread to match in order to mend or make anything for the next while to build up her thread stash again! I sewed this on my mother's green Necchi, which did not have a foot pedal, but had a knee operated lever instead. Here is a picture from pinterest of a similar machine but not in very good condition.

Image result for sewing machine green necchi knee operated

The backing is an old sheet and since it was exactly the right size without trimming any edges off or unpicking the top or bottom hem of the sheet, that was exactly how I used it! (I refuse to show a picture of the backing.) It has a very thin polyester batting inside it. I tied the quilt at the corner of each block with variegated red, white and blue crochet cotton.

I had this quilt on my twin sized bed for quite awhile. The dark blue central section laid on the top of the bed and the lighter sections hung over the sides of the bed. It has been used outside as a picnic / tanning / beach blanket and has been used by both my children who are now both grown ups, as well as by five cats and two dogs over the years during its life on the couch in our rec room.  It is a very heavy quilt, especially wet, as you can see below from all the clothespins I had to use to hang it on the line to dry. I promise not to talk this much about each quilt I show, but if you are still with me, here finally is a picture of my first quilt.

There are a few raveled seams that I will mend before it goes back into use again in the rec room which is now my sewing room.  (Some of the thread was old when I sewed it 43 years ago.)

Confession Time:  Even though I pieced and tied this quilt when I was 13, it waited 30 years to have red and blue/green plaid binding sewn on it, but that didn't stop it being used in the meantime!

Monday, 31 July 2017

La Passacaglia

I have been contemplating making a "La Passacaglia" quilt for awhile now. I have been wanting to have a hand piecing option to work on, so this fits the bill.  I especially like the quilt made by Wendy at Wendy's quilts and more:

I was finally able to find La Passacaglia templates from a Canadian supplier so I didn't have to pay the exchange rate and import fees.  I got them from Cathy Shepard at Eagle's Wings Quilts:

I bought the templates that come apart so you can cut out fabric which includes the quarter inch seam allowance as well as cut out freezer paper templates without the seam allowance.  I also bought some applique needles from Eagle's Wings.  Since it's back to school supply season, I was able to get a ton of glue sticks at a really good price.

Here are some fabrics I want to use.  I will have to get some more purples, turquoises and greens for sure.

I haven't bought the book so will just be doing my own thing as I feel you can see from the pictures what shapes to put together.  I'm going to start by making 36 "star rings" (my wording) and then go from there. Here's my first "star ring" with the shapes cut out to audition the next ring as well:

I'm not happy with the points of my first star so may change up how I attach the background dark blue diamonds.  Instead of making templates for them and putting them together with the EPP method, I think I will just lay the dark blue diamond behind the other shapes and basically applique the top shapes to the background which I am thinking will also be way less time consuming. This method should also work for all the teeney tiney dark triangles as well since there are 50 of them for every star ring!!!! I am thinking it will also give it some depth.  We shall see....  My goal is to make at least one "star ring" shape a week. Wish me luck!

Friday, 28 July 2017

Storm at Sea - Gift Opening

My daughter was part of the bridal party for her girlfriend's wedding and was present when they opened the Storm at Sea Quilt so she was able to get the following picture.

Glad to see they both look happy with it!

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Fat Quarter Shop 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along - Seventh Month

I'm a little late getting to these blocks again this month as I took my father to the cottage for a week. Also, since last month's blocks were late, it didn't seem like it was time to do the next blocks yet...

Here are my Propeller Blocks for this month.

And here are all the blocks I've made together so far.

So far I have been able to use fabric I already have which is great!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Sew Together Bag AND Bonnie Hunter's Summer 2017 Leader & Ender Challenge: Rail Fence

As usual, I have been working on things that are going to be gifted so can't blog about them until after they have been given away.

I bought a Sew Together Bag pattern from Craftsy by Sew Demented
and here is a picture of the bag I made showing the three zippered inner pouches.

It really did go together quite easily and I will be making a few more, although I may alter the pattern a bit to make deeper pouches as I had a little difficulty stuffing some of the sewing kit items I wanted to give to my daughter into it. (The tomato pin cushion is small, but fat!

Here is a view with it all zipped up!

As you may have noticed in the background, you can see 4 Rail Fence blocks on the design wall. They are from Bonnie Hunter's Summer 2017 Leader and Ender Challenge.
I have never made a leader & ender quilt before but thought it would be fun to give it a try.  I spent an afternoon cutting out over 300 1.5" x 6.5" coloured strips and have some black and neutral strips sets sewn and cut up. I made a few blocks to make sure I was putting them together properly and to see if I liked the look, which I do. This was also the first time I ever "spun" my seams on the four patches. It was easier than I thought and I don't think it will make the seams any more prone to unravelling. Finally a project I can blog about as I progress along!