Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I still call it insanity, but I may visit more regularly...do you see my block of the month button?

So my pile of donated fabric has now become a quilted quilt tote. I followed the directions included in my donation. I have spent most of this project wondering why my mysterious benefactor didn't buy pre-quilted fabric for this endeavor. Also, why did they measure everything just a little bit shorter than the directions said?

The donation is mysterious, because when I told my crafty friend I was working on this project from a bag of fabric I got from her, she had no idea what I was talking about. Our best guess is this was donated to her and she just passed it on without even knowing what was in there.

I have not included the photocopied directions because I cannot give credit to the designer. It is obviously from a book, pages 130-134, no headers on the pages.

For this project I made my longest piece of bias binding yet (6 m) although it didn't have to be that long.

I was reminded why I have a pencil sharpener in my sewing supplies, one of my chalk pencils is almost done. I think I've had it for 2 years. I apparently don't draw as many lines when fashioning clothing.

Oh and I'm pretty sure I've used the equivalent of 1 km of thread for a small item. Although it might just feel that way.

Pictures to prove I really did it.
Machine quilted, by me

Quilt inside is a beautiful gift from my crazy relatives

All done
I actually could have finished this in 3 days. I had the time, but instead of sewing my fabulous bias tape on, I went to a crochet project for a few days instead. Facing my issues with finishing a project, I am quite proud of myself that this is done.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Diving into insanity - this weeks project is a quilted bag (a gift)

It's been a running joke with my group of crafty friends that quilting is a level of insanity that equals crazy. Most crafters run a little to the eccentric, but somehow I have come to believe quilting is the road to insanity.

You folk don't know that much about me, but I struggle to finish large projects and as far as I can tell there are no small quilting projects. Also, I only iron because making clothing turns out terrible without good pressing skills. Quilting relies heavily on ironing.

Anyway, here we are in early 2015. I've been working on cataloging my stash and clearing out a few things. I was reminded that I received gift from a friend who was clearing out their craft space. I now have the plans for a quilted bag and all the pieces cut out, but not quilted.
I have a fancy Pfaff sewing machine that will enjoy this project. It's all computerized and was designed with quilters in mind, now I get to find out if it really is better than my old 16 basic machine. Maybe quilting is less crazy when you have the fancy tools.

There are some family members who may read this and take exception to my belief they are insane. I say think about it for a moment and ask your friends. I'm right. I love you, but I'm right.

So I know the basics, the printed plans don't seem too difficult....I'll let you know how it goes. This one starts with the iron I think.