I live and craft in England (or perhaps “live to craft...”?). I love colour and I love pretty things.
I must have been a magpie or a butterfly in a previous life, such is my attraction to colourful and shiny stuff (aka, pretty, shiny things).
This blog is my attempt to make sense, and keep track, of what I make.
confessions of a fabric obsessive
Live and learn
I thought I’d update you all (and make notes for myself so that I don’t forget) what I have learned from the projects I have completed recently, and from the Craftsy Block of the Month that I am working on as a quiltalong.
Notes to Self
- Measure your pieces, especially when stitching HST’s into squares. If you don’t you will get squares the wrong size, see also 2.
- Do the Math. If you want to end up with a 12.5″ block, and it will be 4 squares across, each individual square needs to be 3″ across after stitching. A 15″ block just has to be ripped apart and done again. See also 3.
- Look after your tools. A 2 by 20″ rule is no use with a big gouge out of one of the long sides.
- You need light to sew by. Fix the clamp on the anglepoise and replace the lightbulb in your sewing machine. Stop procrastinating and get on with it.
- Learn how to maintain your sewing machine. And then DO IT! Clean it before you start every new project.
- Sort out your needles and then use the right one for the job. When you can find them, they’ll do a better job than just sticking with whatever is in there from last time.
- Use a small stitch, especially when stitching quilting fabrics. If you don’t, they will unravel once the block is finished.
- Clean your iron. Steam rocks!
Please bear in mind the title of the list, and that when I write “you” I mean me.
Sorry no photos this post. You don’t want to see the (hideous) mistakes that prompted me to write this list.
Oh no you don’t.
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