Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Beautys of Joy continues at last.

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.
Happy Quilting.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Free Quilt Patterns and Kits to Purchase

If you love making gifts for others or even yourself, you may have considered making a quilt. Making a quilt may seem tricky to some, but many quilts will come with patterns that you can follow to make it perfect. The patterns are the key to making the quilt into the design you desire. There are several types of patterns available. Some patterns make be more advanced than others.

There are various websites online that offer free quilt patterns. These patterns will be able to walk you through step-by-step on the process to make one. Once you accomplish making your first quilt, you will be ready to start another. The pattern will be able to let you know the type of materials you will need.

Some websites will even sell the quilt patterns in a kit. This kit is going to have all the material needed to make the quilt. You will be able to preview the blanket online before you purchase the kit. This way you will know exactly what your quilt is suppose to look like.

Quilts are the perfect gift for someone that just got married, a housewarming present, a birthday gift, other special occasions, and holidays. You can make the quilts to fit the personality of the person you are making it for. If you are making it for yourself, you can try to match the trends that you have for your bedroom. Quilt patterns will help you a long way and are perfect for beginners and experts.   

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Why Cotton Fabric is Perfect for Quilting

Importance of Textiles

Individuals who love to make piecework quilts typically want natural material that is available in many different colors, weights and designs. Quilters make a variety of quilts for both children and adults. A unique handmade quilt in pastel shades of pink, blue or yellow is a traditional gift for an infant at a baby shower. Engaged couples or newlyweds often are thrilled to receive a handcrafted quilt in a wedding ring design from friends or family.

Durable and Versatile Materials

Choosing a durable but versatile textile to make a quilt is a time-consuming but fun process. In addition to choosing a colorful material, the quilter must select matching or coordinating threads to create embellishments. Embellishments for quilt designs can include machine or hand embroidery with floss made of silk or other fibers.

Soft and Breathable Textiles

Baby quilts often have hand stitched images of animals such as puppies and kittens. Alternatively, a crafter might add lace or appliqué embellishment to cotton fabric quilts to express creativity. Quilts are meant to be used everyday by individuals on beds and cribs to provide warmth with a soft, breathable and layered textile.

Natural Material

A plant-based fabric is easy to wash and dry frequently to remove dust and debris. A natural fabric is also less likely to cause allergic responses such as skin rashes, watery eyes or sneezing. An inexpensive textile made from plant materials makes it easier for hobbyists to enjoy making quilts as gifts for holidays and birthdays.