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Sunday
Feb242013

Fabric scarves

I worked from home last Wednesday, and whilst my code was compiling I came up with more plans for crafty projects than I think I could achieve in a year. Fortunately most of them will disappear back into the ether, and I won't miss them. I did carry through on two of them yesterday though. 

Last year we did a kind of mini quilting bee in my knitting group. We nearly made it all the way through before the motivation failed, although I still owe Kate her square (it's made, just never been delivered) and Annie hers (I never quite found the right material - lame). I did get four squares for my turn though, and I never quite decided what to do with them. 

The four squares

Well, I decided. As a further experiment in slightly smarter dressing, I thought I could experiment with some scarves. I found a site that gives me many options on how to tie them (the Knot Library), and I reckon it's worth a go. I joined the four squares with the blue, spotty fabric you can see above, and backed them with a bit of an old white duvet cover. I think it came out pretty well.

Half 1Half 2

Knotted

That's a fake knot, right there. Thanks to the quilt bee participants!

The other scarf I made was with fabric that Emma gave me for my birthday, and a left over butterfly print. I wanted something long enough to tie around my waist, to brighten up my black and white dress maybe, or possibly around the top of my new shorts. I worked it out, and went with a pretty basic square pattern. 

Square piecework scarf

That there is 60 6cm x 6cm white squares, with 30 of each of the other two fabrics. Oh yes. I spent a large part of yesterday playing with my other birthday presents, like so: 

Happy

One of my very favourite types of days. Pottering around making stuff. I love being able to take three pieces of almost square fabric and recombining them into a long, thin piece instead. Very handy, and kinda fun. 

Monday
Apr092012

Quilting Bee Round 4

I know, I've skipped round 3. Round 3 was mine, and I haven't done it yet. I know. But I'm kind of still waiting for 2 squares, and then I'll see what I need to fill in. I have a vague plan for what to do with them - but it can wait!

Round 4 was Kate. She asked for: 

"Colours:  Autumnal Colours

Ideally based around brown, green, orange, red, burgundy, yellow (though I'm not a big fan of yellow so ideally not as more than an accent please!). Happy to donate fabric, I have loads of these sorts of colours in scraps if you don't have any - just let me know & I'll bring along. 

Theme: Anything so long as it involves 1 or more hexagons."

So. I checked my stash, and found two possible Autumnal colours. I'm finding that my fabric stash is really slightly inadequate for this! On this occasion, I went with just being slightly more restricted in my colours and more inventive with my pattern. 

Quilted sqaure

I went with paper piecing for this. I've never done it before (reason 1) and I needed quite a lot of accuracy for the pattern to work (reason 2). It worked quite well, but there are a couple of lessons learnt. The beige is not a terribly stable fabric, and I just didn't quite leave enough for the seams (sorry Kate!). I really need to give the finished square an iron - the seams are not lying well at the moment, and it looks a bit bumpy. I'm pleased with the outcome though. 

Quilted square

The papers (on the floor) are not the standard hexagon! I have a set of those on the go too (from my birthday), I shall need to get back to that next.

Wednesday
Feb292012

Quilting Bee Round 2

This time the difficult bit was not the cutting and sewing, but the choosing of fabric. 

Quilting bee round 2

This was for Emma. She wanted:

"Basically, I would like everybody to help finish (well, start, tbh) a quilt I've had in mind for a few months. I bought a charm pack of the Moda Sherbet Pips fabric and I want to make simple quilt just using squares. Here's a pic of the collection: http://www.fabricdonkey.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Sherbet-Pips-Moda-Aneela-Hoey.jpg

So, what I would like is for peeps to make a square made up of four smaller 4x4" squares in colours that co-ordinate with what I've already got. So, that's pale and dark pink, powder blue, grey, white and red in plains, patterns or whatever people have around."

She gave us all a square to match from her set. Mine is the light grey with the orangey-red squares on. These are not colours I use a lot, and my meagre fabric stash had only one thing that might be appropriate - the solid brick red colour. It pretty much goes with the red on the sample square, so I'm hopeful. The other two fabrics are from fat quarters I had to go and buy specifically. I think they work. Fingers crossed. Plus I rather like them, so they will probably pop up in other squares I do for the bee. 

I did try hard to get the four squares to meet in the middle, and I think I did ok on that. I definitely gave myself enough for the 1/4" seam this time! 

My theme is next. Really looking forward to seeing what I get back.

Sunday
Feb122012

Quilting Bee Round 1

Knitting is turning into something of a gateway drug, with people from the Wednesday knitters trying all sorts of different crafts. Quilting has been popular with a few of us for a while, so someone (Kate) thought what we all really needed was to start a quilting bee. Six of us have signed up, and we've decided to make two 8" squares per fortnight, each taking it in turns to come up with a theme.

Here are my first two completed squares:
12 Feb 2012 13:26

Peri’s theme was:
"I'd be happy with most things as long as they are not twee! I do like the traditional patterns like See-Saw, Tumbling Blocks, Crown of Jewels, Mariners Star but I also like appliqué and crazy patchwork (the crazier the better).

Colour: Colourwise I like depth of contrast not wishy washy or pastel so as long as it falls into that then I am not fussed really (not keen on pink though)."

So. 64 triangles into 32 squares into 16 rectangles into 8 strips into 4 rectangles into 2 squares later... Preparation is definitely key with patchwork. I took my time making the triangles, and ironed the seams regularly throughout the process. The further I got from the initial triangles the more my mistakes mount up.

Also, I need to add seam allowance for all of the seams. Sounds obvious, but I made 2.5" triangles to give me a 1/4" seam allowance on the squares, but forgot to allow for the diagonal seam. D'oh! Hence the seams are much tighter than they ought to be, and there was much less chance to compensate for errors. The squares are barely over the 8" mark, meaning Peri gets almost no seam allowance to work with.