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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Winter quilt and hello

Hello to those who have come through Sew Sisters blogathon. I hope you are enjoying the blog hop. You can find other Ontario quilters listed here and here.  I've been quilting since the mid 1990s. I started out sewing and giving the cotton scraps for my Mom. Eventually I started a quilt of my own and Mom lost the scraps but we had fun quilting together.

This quilt has been sitting in a box on the floor for two years. Its designed by two Canadian Quilters It's finally in progress. All the fusible pieces are cut and most are in place. There are a few stars and a snowman arm still to add but they overlap some seams so need to wait. Here are all the fused pieces waiting to be stitched

One snow flake is done. Only (?) 23 left to go.
This is an unstitched snow flake up close.
The big snowman is stitched and the threads are ready to be buried. I started to do the scarf last night but the thread broke and got messy so I quit and went to sleep. Hopefully it will place nice today
I finished the three hearts and have soaked, dried and pressed them. The left one used a Pellon wash away, the centre a fusible interfacing and the right a wash out stabilizer. The last was the easiest to prepare with the tools and had a nice edge to applique against. Surprisingly there wasn't as much difference between the three once the washout products were removed although the centre one is a tiny bit stiffer but not as much as I expected. The Pellon was a little thin and flimsy for the prep work so I think I'll save it for other uses.  The one I used was really meant for threadwork not applique.

Now to take what I've discovered and start preparing some of the back log of applique.  Love Entwined and a Christmas quilt are waiting for more prep work.  I'll probably stay with my freezer paper on top or traced shaped for large shapes but this glue basted method should be good for the smaller more intricate shapes.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

New Projects and an experiment

I'm linking up with Esther's WOW

I had a couple of days off work as the office is closed for Remembrance Day and I took Monday as well to have a long weekend. That gave me a chance to catch up on some errands and to dos.   The Remembrance Day service from Ottawa was really good.  I watch it on tv most years.

I have two community outreach quilt tops for the guild almost complete.  The kit was short a piece of yellow for one border.  Unfortunately, I don't have anything in a similar shade so I've labelled it and set it aside for the guild meeting next month.

At a quilt show last month I bought a nativity pattern -- its a laser cut black scene and I needed to pick a fabric for the background -- like a stain glass.  I went through the collection of "pretty" fabrics and found several that looked promising -- until I put the black cutout on them.  There was only one that I liked so its trimmed and the cut out is finger pressed in place.  I need to take an iron to it but still have a chance to change my mind until I do.  In the meantime its hanging on the design wall. 
 Once pressed, I'll sandwich it and stitch the edges of the design to quilt it.  The top still needs trimming for the curve.

In 2012 I bought a kit to make a Flakey Friends quilt.  I went to a guild anniversary dinner and the speakers were Canadian Quilt designers.  This one ended up being irresistible.    I had thought I'd get it done before some surgery that year but it didn't happen.  Its being sitting in the shipping box on the floor behind the cutting table ever since.  Yesterday I got most of the pattern pieces traced and trimmed.  I need to look through my collection to find more fusible.



Some pieces are onto fabric waiting to be cut out.  Some fabric is waiting to be cut and some fusible is waiting for the fabric. 

At the sewing festival a few weeks ago I watched a demo of the Appliquik tools and bought some.  The three hearts are an experiment using the tool to prepare the appliques but each with a different material inside for preparing against.  The first is a Pellon wash away which was a little light for preparing against.  The middle is the iron on interfacing that is part of the appliquik line.  The last is a wash away fusible that can even run through the printer.  One I have the three of them stitched down, I'll wash the sample and see how things feel.  I'd like to use this on a few applique pieces I have on the go (like Love Entwined) but I want to see how it feels with the different fabrics used in the preparation. 



Monday, November 10, 2014

Large Northern Lights and Shoes

On Saturday the museum was closed so they arranged for members to get free admission to two other local museums.  We decided to go to the Bata Shoe Museum for the first time. At first I didn't see the shoes in the display window, just lots of colours. 



It was a really interesting visit.  There was information about making shoes and different types of shoes people have worn over the years. The earliest was a replica of the shoe worn by the Ice Man.  There were shoes for many cultures.  These four were some of my favorites.  Each has some very intricate designs which I liked.

These are Nalins (Turkish bathhouse sandles) from Ottoman Turkey in the 19th century
These are mojaris worn by a temple dancer in Rajasthan, India c 1840
These are children's booties from early 20th Century China
These are from Jaipur, India and are Paduka from the 18th century.  They would have been for an important occasion like a wedding.
There were also geta sandels from Japan and platform shoes from North America. I wonder which of these gave inspiration(?) to platform shoes.

I've been busy getting the top assembled for the northern lights quilt.  I had six more blocks and the top to assemble for next weekend.  Yesterday I finally got the last one done and the top stitched together.  I ended up replacing one of the blocks at the last minute because I liked the glow that was starting in three of four blocks around the centre star. 


One of the alternate blocks.   I ended up pinning name tags on all the alternate blocks so I could figure out which ones to take to class.
Some of the blocks were actually 9 inch blocks with a frame.  There were two styles of frame.  It took a little while until I realized that.
Ready to stitch together although this is when I decided the block below the centre star needed to be replaced. The cherrios block came out and another star block went in.
This is the top assembled.  Its 90 X 96 and will fit the high mattress on the bed.  Its nice to have a good overhang.

This is Jack, the cat my sister is fostering.  She discovered last night that Jack likes to drink from running water.  He actually got into the sink.  He didn't mind getting wet at all!