Showing posts with label Quilting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Quilting. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Another one...

... another Baby one...
Hope you like it Ame xx

Friday, June 24, 2011

How I'm Quilting my QC Quilt.

LOTS happening this week....

*I had such a great time at the Craft Fair on Wednesday.. I bought a few bits and pieces and the makings for my next quilt and pattern. I'll tell you all about it and show you some pictures soon.
* I'm headed back to the Show tomorrow to be with Saffron on her stand, so if you will be there, come visit us and say hi!!
* Drum roll.............Its my Blogiversary THIS WEEKEND!!! Can you believe it?? Its been 12 months! Time has flown by in blog land. I have a great Giveaway and Pattern Sale kicking off tomorrow, so pop back so you don't miss out!

But for today, I'm ready to Quilt my QC Quilt. If you missed last class on Machine Quilting, you can read about it HERE and if you want to catch up with a few of the classes, you can follow along HERE.

 OK, I was a little undecided on what design I should actually go for. I have really enjoy straight line quilting, 1/4" off the seam allowance and was going to go for that. But, i really felt the quilt needed the Zig Zags to remain the focus and not have crossing lines intersecting them... SO... I decided to follow the Zig Zag and quilt in between them like this...
 Are you ready to Quilt?? and wanna know how to start???
Step 1, I mark my Quilt if i need to. For this Quilting design, I needed to.
I use a water soluble quilting marker/pen and put a small Dot in the centre of the seam. If you look closely you can see them.
Next, I take my ruler and draw a faint line to connect the dots.
Continue to mark all the way across your quilt. I then marked each white Zig Zag from top to bottom, the same.
 Step 2. Load up your machine. I swap my needle to a 90/14 needle, and change your normal sewing foot to a walking foot. A walking foot really is a must. It cleverly grabs your quilt sandwich evenly and feeds it through your machine together and at the same speed. If you don't use a walking foot, your quilt top and backing get fed through your machine at different speeds and you will get slipping, bunching and pulling on your quilt back. Not good!

Step 3, Start your Quilting at the centre and always work right. You only ever want to have 1/2 your Quilt rolled up under your machine at any time. The majority of your quilt should be on the left of your centre and you work of the right side of your Quilt. To understand this better, I'll show you how to I do mine.

 For this quilt I'm working horizontally. I find the centre of the quilt top on the Left side. This is my starting point. In between the orange and the blue zigzag is the centre, so this is the one I sew first. When you start in the centre,  the first couple quilt lines are the hardest. This is because while your quilting your working to fit 1/2 your quilt under the throat of your machine. I find this easier to manage if I roll up the right side of the quilt to allow it to fit through. So,

Lay your quilt down flat, roll up the right side of my Quilt till you reach the part your sewing. Put your Quilt sandwich under your walking foot.
Just before your first dot, do a few little reverse/back stitches to secure. When you get to your dot, put your needle in the down position.
Lift up your walking foot and turn your quilt so your diagonal line is straight. Sew down until you reach the next dot.
Put your needle in the down position, Lift your presser foot and swivel your quilt to sew down the other side.
As you sew, I place both my hands lightly on the quilt, to guide the fabric through and make sure its nice and flat. You can see my rolled section near my right hand.
Remove any pins you need to as you continue across the quilt til you reach the other side. And you have your first line quilted!!!... It will look like this!!
For this quilt, I'm worked from Left to Right across the quilt. The next line I will do will be in between the orange and pink left to right, then in between pink and pink and continue each row until I have reached the top. (working on the right side of your centre)
The next step is to work on the bottom section. Turn your quilt upside down so the pink section you have just quilted is at the bottom and the blue section that needs to be Quilted is at the top. You repeat your quilting the same as the above step.. By working across your quilt again and still working on the right side of your centre. Does that all make sense??

Well, I'm off to finish Quilting the rest of mine... I hope this has helped you and email me or leave a comment if you have any questions!!

 Don't forget to come back tomorrow to celebrate with me!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Quilt Class 101 - Week 4 - Sewing

Week 4 - Sewing

There are endless items to buy and info to read when it comes to sewing supplies. However, with Quilting, there are set items that I use over and over...
First, you need a Sewing Machine.
My Sewing Machine is a Bernina Aurora 440 QE. I absolutely LOVE it. Its a work horse. Its a Quilting machine, so it came with all the right attachments for Quilting. But, it will also sew anything. Zippers, Button holes, Lettering, everything I can basically think of.  I previously had a Brother Quilter Edition that worked great. It also came with all the Quilting things i needed to get me Quilting, but it was just a cheaper machine and couldn't quite cope with the hours and hours of sewing I was doing.

 How to choose a sewing machine??
If your hunting around and making your first purchase.. there are a few things you should consider..
1- What am I going to be sewing?
2-  How much sewing am I going to be doing?
3-  Whats your budget?
4-  Are you a beginner or experienced?
5-  Try and buy from your local sewing shop. I like to service my machine quite regularly. So its great i have a local shop to take it to.
The next step I would do... Is research. I found it really hard reading about sewing machines online. So I found the best thing to do is ASK QUESTIONS... Ask sewers at the local sewing shop? Or local Quilt Class? You can even try new machines to see which ones you like the feel of. Also, Ask bloggers? What are the things they like about their machine and things they don't...
The one thing I don't like about mine is.. The throat space. The neck of the machine. Its hard to get a large quilt folded up in there. It can be done and Ive done all my quilts on it.. Its just a bigger one would be a bit easier. Choosing your sewing machine is a big purchase.. so take your time.
Here are a list of things I use ALL the time!
1- Thread - I only use two types of thread. My first choice is Rasant 120. Its a Polyester/Cotton thread. Its economical and I just love it. The colour range isn't huge.. But most of the time I can find the perfect colour.  I use this thread for piecing and quilting. The other thread I use is Gutermann 50, 100 % cotton. The colour range is bigger is Gutermann, But its a bit pricier. Good Quality thread = A well running machine and great stitches. Thread can be the make or break of how your machine sews. Don't scrimp on thread.
2- Curved Safety Pins - I use these for Basting my quilts... Ill cover this in Week 8.
3- Sewing Machine needles. Two things - Buy the appropriate needles for your machine, and Buy the appropriate needle for what your sewing.
 As a rule, I use - a needle 70/10 for finer fabrics
80/12 for piecing quilting weight cotton fabrics
12/14 for quilting my Quilt.
4- An Unpicker - or Seam Ripper. This little tool is often my enemy. I don't like unpicking...Who does?
5- Glass head pins - These are great and I use them the most. You can iron over them and all is OK..
6- Flower head pins - They lie nice and flat and are usually longer in length than regular glass pins.
7- Plastic pearl pins - These are just cheaper... don't iron.. they melt!
8- Applique pins - These are tiny little pins that you use to hold little pieces of fabric on. Used mostly with applique.
9- A walking foot - This foot is used once you have your quilt basted together and you are ready to quilt it. It is used for straight line quilting. It grabs the layers of fabric evenly as its quilts them together. If one doesn't come with your machine, you can buy them as an extra. They can be a little expensive... but definitely worth it.
10- A Free Motion Quilting Foot - This foot allows you to draw with the needle. This is the foot Quilters use when they stipple or do designs all over the quilt. I will cover more Quilting in Week 9.
11- 1/4" foot - This foot makes sewing an accurate 1/4" seam easier. Most Quilt Patterns use a 1/4" seam allowance. Elizabeth Hartman says "Sewing an accurate 1/4" seam is one of the keys to successful patchwork piecing".
Remember Amy from Amy's Creative side?? She has LOTS of great Tutorials related to this on her blog...

They should keep you busy!! There are other feet and attachments that come with a Sewing Machine... However, these are the ones I use for Quilting. So, once you have these organised... Lets start...
 Sewing our QC Quilt.
Take one coloured square and one white square.
Lay one on top of the other and pin to hold in place.
Next, take a ruler and draw a fine straight line from one corner to the other corner. I just used a pencil, but you can use a pen or wont see it.

Put your 1/4" foot on your sewing machine. Line up the edge of the 1/4" foot with the line. Sew down one side, 1/4" in from the line. 
 I normally use a beige thread when I'm piecing.. But for photography purposes and teaching you... I have used a dark purple thread. Your square should look like this.
Next, turn your square around and again, use this line as a guide... sew down the other side.
Your square should now look like this.
Take your rotary cutter, mat and ruler.
Line up your ruler and make a cut along this drawn line. You will now have two triangles.
Open them up and press. I always press on the 'right' side of the fabric, and press the seam towards the darker colour.
Repeat with your other triangle. You will now have -
Two half square triangle blocks.
 Repeat with your remaining cut coloured squares and white squares. From last class Week 3 - Cutting... You should have 12,  5" x 5" Squares from each 7 colours and 84,  5" x 5" white squares. For this quilt, always Pair a coloured square with a white square. Next Class, I will show you different designs you can do with these squares, how to piece them together accurately, and constructing your Quilt top.

Guest Blogger this week will be Cindy from Live a Colourful Life.  She's one of my fav bloggy friends from the beginning. You will quickly fall in LOVE with her projects and her obsession with her gorgeous selvage creations...  and She might just have one for you!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Quilt for Tanner... almost done!!
Quilting!!!  xx

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sherbet Pips Quilt Finished!!

A few posts back i showed you a little snippet of this quilt. Well, I'm finished!!!..
and it was an absolute dream to make...
Firstly, i think because i LOVE the new Sherbet Pips  range from Annela Hoey. Although it isn't due to hit stores til April... there have been a few pre cuts floating around. But, I cant wait till more yardage is available... The little pictures are so so cute. Its perfect for a either a girl or boy.
 I only had a little charm pack to work with, and most of the other fabric came from my stash
 The red dot is an old Christmas range....something Jolly? By Mary Engelbreit.  The Pink is Kona cotton Candy Pink, the white is Kona Cotton Snow and the blue was scraps from a previous quilt. It was a really easy quilt to make. Perfect for a beginner.
I bordered each 5' x 5" charm square in 1 1/2" strips, of the varying colours. And the strips across the quilt were also cut 1 1/2" wide. The red dot was cut 3 1/2"wide...

The quilt was 49" across.. so unfortunately it was just that little bit too wide for one 44" strip. Which also meant this quilt needed a pieced back... I really like how it turned out!  The backing fabric is a gorgeous new range from Melanie Hurlston "Where the wind blows".

I straight line quilted it across the strips ... and hand quilted it using soft pink Pearle Cotton 8 around the white squares.

My girlfriend Kate has a great Hand Quilting Tutorial on her blog . I hold my needle to hand quilt slightly different, i might show you one day... but Kate's tutorial is a perfect step by step guide from start to finish.

This quilt was made for my girlfriend Hayley, for her new baby girl....
....i hope she like it!! xx

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Too Quilt or not to Quilt???

Quilting, can sometimes be a little bit of a dilemma! DO you Quilt it yourself? Do you take it to someone to be professionally Quilted? If you choose to do it yourself ?or send it off?...What design do you do? Do you Straight line Quilt it? Stipple? Other Free Motion designs? Thread Col? How long is it going to take? Is it going to make the quilt too stiff ? Will it be enough? Your skill level? Do you try something new??

(Click on the picture to enlarge to give you a better view on stippling)
  For this quilt i wondered back and forth...and decided to I was going to bite the bullet...Quilt it myself and try stippling.....

and you know what?? I Loved it!! It was my first time stippling... so i was very nervous... on my Bernina 440..i have a Stitch regulator..which i think made it easier for me to get it even. I have found, when you have a large solid coloured overall design works best. My seam lines disappeared..and although this was a machine pieced design, the flowers bulk up and look like they have been appliqued on.

It was quite quick too... I have taken it safe many times before, and straight line quilted a fair few of my quilts. But for a quilt this big... Stippling was really quick.. Only took a couple hours! Well maybe 3!....Once the centre was done.. the outside borders needed something.. I straight line Quilted 1/4" Inch from the seam on the white border....

I am a little undecided how to Quilt the flowers....I have hand Quilted one... but not sure if its worth the effort..I'm thinking maybe i will do the same design, but on the machine??? Any advice?

The next Question?? What is it going to look like on the back?? For this quilt i didn't want the quilting to show up on the back....and I'm pleased...

It Doesn't! Now all is left is the binding...and writing up the Pattern!

...i Hope everyone loved the Quilt Festival as much as I did!! There is soo much amazing talent and inspiration out there! xx

P.S. Sorry the pictures are a bit dark,...its been raining here and dark for days...and this was as bright as i could get them on photoshop! Ill have some better pics when its ALL finished!! xx
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