Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Transferring pattern to fabric....

What's interesting to me as a sewist, is how we solve the problem of transferring patterns to fabric.  In quilting, we have a number of different techniques.  There are templates that you trace onto your pattern medium of choice, acrylic templates, die cut machines, plastic templates, and some as simple as strip construction, or instructions on how to cut fabric with rulers.  This will be the exploration of all of the types available, and how easy they are to use.


The project I'm working on now, is a brochure, with the templates drawn out on the last page.  It's a mini quilt 26" x 26", in civil war prints.  I loved it when I saw it, the prints are so tiny, and I've always loved miniatures.


You have the option here of making the template including or excluding seam allowances.  I did both.
When it came time to cut, I used the template with the seam allowances included, and used the template without to mark the back of the piece for my stitch lines.


This method I can tell you is very labor intensive, but if you get into a groove, over the course of a few nights while watching tv, you can get all 300+ pieces cut.  This project does not have a deadline, so it's all about the process.


Trying to be organized...


Almost there.....


Finally !!


I'm going to confess, I did not follow the method above for the 9 patch blocks, those puppies were cut into strips, and assembled in one evening, by using the methods explained by Eleanor Burns, I think she has spoiled me for all other methods, but what a sense of accomplishment.

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We shall see how the assembly process goes.  These pieces are so tiny, I'm not sure I can run them through the machine, they may have to be assembled by hand.  I don't even like the thought of it, but it's only 13 stars.

Some of the benefits that I see here are that you go slowly, which allows you to really think about the grain lines and pattern placement.  It's a bit of a zen process, but not very fast.  If you want fast, this may not be the way to go.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Memory Quilt - the Evolution

This was to be the plan from the start.... it was a good size here...

but once the blocks were joined, it shrunk 3" x 4", so more blocks would have to be added..

The corners were supposed to tie into a story about how she would be navigating her life going forward with the Mariner's compass print.

She selected the back fabric, from these options.

Modern hash

Digital print (my favorite)

Cheerful and feminine 

I like the pac man quality of the corners..

The corners were kept consistent, using the back fabric for the corner blocks.

There were a few things to be added yet, a monogram?  comedy, tragedy masks to represent acting, and what else?

Her initial in double to balance the masks in the opposite corner.

The masks

The heart, because we love her.

The world, before her....

Monday, August 8, 2016

The finale.... the graduate's quilt

It's a bit bigger than planned but I think that's a good thing.  This is just a collection of photos of the process, and the final result.  My fingers are enjoying the switch from needle and thread to the keyboard.  Enjoy...

Pressing the seam allowance

Picking the backing and binding fabric, truly, a better fit does not exist.

Making the sandwich.

Using the walking foot....

and the magnifying glass accessory

 Tying off and sinking the thread....

Checking for pleats... this pattern is fabulous for hiding sins :)

Adding the binding...

Hand stitching the binding, it looks phenomenal, even I am surprised.

The finished quilt
Modern and traditional

Some more personalization for the girl.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Fabric Soduku

There is a wide variety of color and pattern in this quilt, so the only goal here is to make it look random.


I like it in miniature.


I almost want to change the layout and place the large blocks on one side, and the smaller on the other.


Since it doesn't remotely resemble the first quilt I made using the same pattern. Quite a difference. The one above is urban jungle, and the one below is country sweet.


 This is a good pattern for someone who is a beginning quilter.  The instructions are well written, the only drawback is that it creates a fair bit of waste.


You will trim each block twice, once to create the block, and once to true the block up to the final dimensions,  so make sure those rotary blades are sharp.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Graduate's Quilt....



It could have been completed 2 years ago, when she was learning how to drive and we set off to the streets to get lost and laugh.  There would be stops at consignment stores, a favorite dessert place for Gato Gordo (Affogato) and a quilt store.  There she picked out the fabrics she wanted added to the quilt.  Paris' Eiffel tower, city street scene,  picnic cloth with ants (to remind her of her "aunt"), safari print, Singer sewing machines, and the sushi scene, with a side of french fries (to remind her of meeting with friends). 


 Two years is such a long time in the life of a teenager, it's difficult to believe she's off to college.  I just hope that the themes will remind her of everyone who loves her, and the happy times that launch her towards her new future.  I need good thoughts from everyone as I forge ahead with my makeshift quilt wall to finish before she starts in the fall.



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

More scraps, more panties, but not for Sunday...

As promised I would use the 1" elastic lace on another pair of panties.  A really good idea.


And then I saw these on Net a porter..

and made these...


My most favorite yet, are the top pair, which resemble a pair that died a few years ago, will have to get more wide elastic to make more.


I had fun with the lace


So that's 2 from yesterday, and 4 today, a total of 6, which means none for Sunday..... why?

From "When Harry met Sally"

HARRY: So how come you broke up with Sheldon?
SALLY: Well, if you must know, it’s because he was very jealous and I had these days of the week underpants.
HARRY: [Makes buzzer sound]. I’m sorry. I need a judge’s ruling on this. Days of the week underpants?
SALLY: Yes. They had the days of the week on them and I thought they were sort of funny. And then one day Sheldon says to me, “You never wear Sunday.” He’s all suspicious, “Where was Sunday? Where had I left Sunday?” And I told him and he didn’t believe me.
HARRY: What?
SALLY: They don’t make Sunday.
HARRY: Why not?
SALLY: Because of God.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Scraps from projects...can be panties.... Rosy Ladyshorts muslin Cloth Habit.

There is a bra and panty box with all manner of elastics, stretch lace, super mesh, straps, everything you need to put together a lingerie wardrobe.  Of course, I don't have what I need for the Rosy Ladyshorts pattern from Cloth Habit.  Allover stretch lace is missing from the box, but we forge ahead because I may soon be in a city where I can pick some up, so excited!!  We start with the muslin pattern in cotton jersey.


 I had read that some found the crotch to be very long, I suspected this might be a problem for me as well, because I have a not so full bottom, so using a pair of panties that were very similar, I compared my panties to the pattern.  


The crotch would be about 2" too long, so I trimmed that away, and kept the rest as is. 
Then I made another pattern based on my existing pair, which I was taking in anyway, because I've lost weight, and I don't like things to go to waste. I know, who does that?


Now I have two patterns, one with just a shorter crotch, and the other with a higher front leg.


I followed the construction instructions, and on the website there's a lot of useful information on how to select your fabrics as well as good information on the stretch factor in knits.  I really like using the 1" stretch lace across the waist and will try it on other TNT panty patterns.  I took some liberties with the crotch instructions but this works.


 They both fit, the test will be if they stay up with wear, as they are super comfortable, but time will tell...  So far I recommend the pattern, the style is comfortable, and they are easy to make, the tutorials on the website are very informative.

It's a free pattern from Cloth Habit, here, and if I were a smaller size, I would buy their Watson bra it is exactly what I've been looking for :(