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
Tag Archives: quilting
Although I’ve always admired quilt with circles in and Cathederal Windows blocks in particular, I’ve never done them in any quilt before because circles or curves of any type scare the *** out of me.
I’ve got to say the Amy is a fabulous tutorial writer, but then I should have know that because I’m following her Craftsy Block of the Month course (which I’m hopelessly behind on, but we won’t go there).
Viola, one Cathedral Windows Bathmat, started and finished within 24 hours and I slept for some of that!
I had to wash the print fabric because the cotton towelling I was using was upcycled from a spare bath sheet. I ironed it all properly, and used a dinner plate to cut out the circles. I cut too many circles, it turns out I cut 12 towelling circles when I only needed 9 and I still don’t know what to do with the 9 circles I cut from the stripe fabric.
After posting about this project yesterday, I decided to use the batik print that I love so much (please ignore the state of my bathroom tiles, this is a sewing blog not a diy blog after all!):
Note to self: get larger dinner plates, this would be fab with bigger circles! Also, sewing this with towelling as a backing is harder than I thought, that’s probably why it’s a little wonky. It also probably needs ironing, but is that going to happen?
I’m glad that I decided to do this. I love my new bathmat and I don’t care what anyone else thinks (although if you think it’s lovely too, I wouldn’t mind being told).
I love my new bathmat 🙂
Random quilting posts I like on other people’s blogs
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.