Thursday, October 30, 2014

Block Of The Month.

I am very excited! I have just signed up for this free Block of the Month, You can too! Just go here,
 http://jacquelynnesteves.com/sewing-quilting/sew-sweet-simplicity-free-block-of-the-month/
It has already started, but not to worry, you will be able to catch up.
I am sorting out my fabrics already.
I am not neglecting my charity stuff though, I have a quilt already started for Aussie Heroes.

Applique Continued.

 Meggie this morning.
All the pieces have been sewn down onto the background.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Applique continued.

This is what I have done today, ironed it all onto felt, sewed it with a matching thread on the bottom and a clear thread on the top, then cut them out. I am looking forward to the next stage.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Laundry Bags.

 Today I have made 8 laundry bags for Aussie Heroes.
2 boxes of 4 bags.

Applique.

I am so excited I signed up for being a pattern tester for http://sweetbriarsisters.com/
I received the pattern this afternoon and got right into it.
Splendid Snowman Advent Sew Along Week 2 of a 6 week pattern test. 
So very very cute.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Works In Progress.

 Front and back of knitting.
 This is the back of the work, showing the current piece I am working on and one that is finished. Instead of cutting the yarn for the next colour change I am just having it loosely on the back to cut after it is done to weave it in.
There is a wonderful knitting blog with step by step techniques I am following with delight,
http://verypink.com/category/techniques/

This is the Aussie hero quilt  so far, It will have an Aussie map appliqued onto it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Quilt As You Go Blocks.

 This is for you Kaylee! Make your blocks as a quilted sandwich as normal and trim. I am using bias binding strips to join them together. Cut your bias binding just a little bit bigger than your block, one for the front of your block and one for the back of the same block.
 Open up the binding showing the raw edge, pin that at the same time as the back on the same edge.
You are creating 5 layers to sew, bias binding, your quilted sandwich (3 layers, top of quilt, batting and back of quilt) and the bias binding.
 Sew it all together with a 1/4 inch seam. This is the view from the front.
 This is the view from the back.
 Next we will be adding the next block. Place the blocks back facing back and open up the back bias binding only, pin in place the bias binding.  It should now have the following layers to sew, Bias binding and the quilt sandwich.
 Sew a 1/4 of an inch. The back of the block is now joined and the edges enclosed.
 Open up the blocks so that the right sides are facing you, You will now have 1/2 inch of batting sandwiched between what you have just sewn.
 View from the back.
 Now it is time to sew the bias binding on the front to the block encasing the quilt sandwich in between.  This time you do not have to unfold the binding, just pin it over to the next block and sew it down in place. The picture show that the place you are sewing is on the right hand side of the binding.
 Here is what I have used, a blanket stitch. You could use a top stitch if you like, or you could even hand stitch it if you did not want any stitches showing.  I chose to add the blanket stitch on the opposite side of the binding to balance it up, this is purely decorative and not essential as it is fully enclosed.
This is my quilt top so far.