We are of to the Kent Quilt Festival at the Clive Emson Exhibition Hall, Kent Showground, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3JF
Friday 2nd to Saturday 3rd October 2015 10:00am - 4:30pm (4:00pm on Saturday)
There are many quilt displays from all over the world. Also there will be all your favorite patchwork and quilting suppliers. Good facilities including on-site catering, disabled facilities, wide aisles, free parking.
are available, and can only be booked at the show on a first come,
first served basis.
I am pleased to say that this top is all together now, but wait i am getting ahead of myself when i left you last i had two section to complete.
This is really one section but split into two if you understand my meaning.
This is the final arc and it made in two section and then pieced together.
Here you can see it with the first centre section. I do have a funny story here my husband draw out the pattern for me, he is so talented in that department compared to me. and when i came to put on the outside section i could not work out why my arc would not fit and where this small section that i had left would fit. Finally when all else failed i went back to the pattern and realized that the small piece i had left over actually should have been connected to the long section. Well mystery solve. Message to self READ THE PATTERN, but i did not mention the wasted fabric or the problem to my husband in case he does not want to do my tracing any more.
Here is the final top sorry it not a great picture it hard to lay it out on my shiny floor, but i have sent it off to be quilted today so as soon as it comes back i will post a much better picture.
Well at the end of my quest how did i like making this quilt, it was not hard if you know what your doing, if you are a beginner do not start with this one. I did find it a bit boring making all the arcs, but funny at the same time i became a bit obsessed with at the same time. It is a nice design and i know it will be even more lovely when quilted. the instructions were well written and every went together very nicely so if your tempted i would say have a go.
Well sorry it has taken me so long to get back to this, but the interruption of the Houston Quilt show and then all the product to add to the website has slowed down my quilting time. At least now I have had a little machine time.
Well I have to tell you that i was not really looking forward to doing this border, I thought it would be tedious and I can tell you that was really the wrong way to approach it.
Note to self Don't do this again.
I had cut my fabrics and my 16 rows, i choose to use a selection of my fabrics and do them in blocks but sort of blend them in also. I use 8 fabric, I put on some music and off i went.Quite please how quickly they pieced together did not press just finger pressed,
Note to self Don't do this again.
I added the four rows to the two short side and oops instead of using 30 block i only used 29 no problem i thought.
Note to self Don't think
It won't matter well of course it mattered because when you come to add the third and four side, you don't have alternative block so it does not look right.
So after a lots of blow hot and cold about what i was going to do. I finally undid the rows and did them again.
I think what happened was that because i was not pressing i had some play in the seam and over 30 small blocks that was quite a lot of play hence only needing the 29. Especially when the paper piecing paper came off.
So i approached it from a different direction this time. i used freezer paper but instead of sewing the paper you sew the seam by the paper,.
I got my husband to trace out the design for me he is very good at it i found.
Here is the start of the row two fabric right sides together lined up on the second row 1/4inch above. I pressed it so it now stuck to the top fabric.
Then using my postcard i folded the paper over.
Here you can see what i am talking about.
The i stitch the seam right next to the fabric but not touching the paper.
You continue in this way trimming your seam to 1/4inch. if you press on the paper side the heat of the iron stick the freezer paper to the fabric, but it does peal off and you can use the same piece of paper for several row.
This is the set up now next to my machine small cutting mat,
ruler, postcard, iron and board (which i made myself out of a wooden
chopping board, added some insulation batting and a cover of fabric just
taped it to the back and hey presto a small pressing board.
I made this so much work because of my casual attitude and my it does not matter close enough is good enough attitude.
Note to self. Work smarter.
Hope you enjoyed this segmant and learn from my mistake.
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