Monday, December 15, 2008

My "first" quilt is finished!

Last week while sitting in front of the TV I finished the binding on my first* quilt. The class I was taking ended and I still didn't have a finished top, nevermind a back, batting or binding. I ended up going into the shop on a Saturday and 4 hours later I was ready to hand sew the binding on! It seemed like such a tiring process to get to that point, maybe because I was rushing to get to my town's craft fair or maybe because I hadn't eaten since breakfast... but anyhow I left the quilt shop exhausted but very satisfied :-)

Some of the ladies in my class machine sewed the binding because of a lack of time. I have lots of time, having no kids an all, so it took me 2 movies to finish the twin sized quilt. Sewing on the binding was such a nice process! I think I liked it so much because for everything else involved in quilting you need a machine to do it, therefore I'm away in my craft room... alone. But with the binding it gives me an excuse (and a reason) so relax with BW and watch some TV, HGTV to be exact. We're addicted to that channel!

Here's the quilt! I love it. Oh another nice thing about the binding, I could use the quilt to keep warm while sewing it hehe.

The colours look so much better in daylight! Thanks to SVP for holding it up.

* I say first quilt because the other ones I made I made them without any instruction... they still turned out pretty good tho, if I do say so myself.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Dear Santa & Oven Mitts

I have been a very good girl this year... can you please get me a new sewing machine?

Five years ago my mom bought me a $100 Singer from Walmart. I remember us walking back from Dufferin Mall to my apartment on Ossington, carrying the machine between us. And wow, did that machine ever sew a lot for me that fall!

For some crazy idea I decided to have a booth at the big pow wow that happens in Toronto every November. I shared it with another local nish crafter I met in September. That gave me 2 months to sew up some goods and did I sew! I think for a whole month I was up until 2am every night sewing. My downstairs neighbour complained numerous times because of my noisey sewing machine and the back of my legs became tender from sitting on my benches for hours on end! That was a really fun event, we had a booth on the floor of the skydome and a bunch of family was in town to help man the booth. My little cousin Stef came down, specifically to help me out. And my big cousin Bev was a huge help too. I made a couple blankets/quilts, pillow cases, pot holders and oven mitts, plus a little bit of jewellery. I didn't keep a tally of how much I spent and I'm pretty sure I didn't break even or anywhere near but it was worth it. It must have been because I did the same thing the year after!

Anyhow, that singer has served me well until now. But I can't drop the feed dogs, something I'll need to do if I ever want to learn how to free-motion quilt. And it really is loud, I had no idea that sewing machines could be quiet! I won't hurt to have 2 sewing machines if I ever get my Sewing Sundays up and running.

I'm trying to make most, or at least half, of my xmas gifts this year and here is the start of the gifts. Some oven mitts I made yesterday.

I got the tutorial from here, they were easy enough but seemed to take quite a while to make.... hopefully my time improves after making more. So, who wants a pair for Xmas?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A mostly finished quilt top... or so I thought!

Eight Wednesdays ago I started a beginners quilting class here in town to learn how to quilt better. I've made a few quilts before, but always using scissors and templates to cut out the pieces and I was certain there was an easier way to do this! Cutting out dozens of pieces of fabric by hand can get pretty painful. In our class I learnt how to use my rotary cutter, I love it.

So for my quilt I decided to use the rail fence pattern. The quilt is for my 2nd neice, who I promised one for last year. Its a good thing she is only 2 and won't remember!

Tonight I finished the quilt top! Ok, mostly finished because I still need to add a border around it. I am so pleased with it :D Here's a photo:

Umm... Notice anything wrong with this? I didn't notice until I took the photo... and here I thought I was ready for the border. Not too bad though, only one row will need to be stichripped. For the border I am going to use the blue inside colour. The colours in this pic aren't very good tho, poor lighting in my room plus its dark out!

We only have one more class left and I still have a lot to do: fixing my mistake, adding the border, making the backing, quilting it and adding the binding. Obviously this won't happen in one 2 hour class so I've got some homework to do.

I hope my sister doesn't see this and if she does, can you still act surprised? hehe

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Welcome to my first blog!

>Hey there... so, this is my first blog! I almost can't believe it, seeing as I'm a net savy sort of person who is on the computer for hours of the day at work, and often on a lot at home!

>A few months ago I wanted to start blogging to get some of the things that go through my head ... out there... wherever that may be. A lot of things go through my head and mostly its quite opinionated about things like "how people should live their lives" or "the sort of people you should choose as partners" or "don't do drugs, they are bad"! But I'm sure whoever reads this might get sick of me blabbering on about how my opinion is better than theirs. So I'm going to try not to do this in my blog, although somethings might slip through at times... heh heh.

>In the beginning of October I started a beginner quilting class at a local quilt shop and in preparation for that I started doing some research online and I stumbled upon this amazing community of crafters who all blog about the wonderful things they are working on and have lovely stashes of fabric! I was HOOKED! I now have a few blogs I check daily (and some do update daily) but more often I start on one blog, click on a link to another blog, then get sucked into the new blog and what that person is creating. Its a bad thing, I cannot seem to stop. Right now I have 5 tabs open with blogs I want to look at some more. So I want to start blogging about crafty things, like sewing, quilting, beading, etc. I hope that by talking about what I'm working on will motivate me to make and create more.

>I've sewn some in the past but haven't done much lately. My excuse was poor working space in the two bedroom apartment my boyfriend and I had. But at the end of October we bought a house where I have my own room, my "studio", so I can't use that excuse anymore. Plus xmas is right around the corner and I'm determined to make a lot of my gifts this year. So here goes (hahah this was all introduction to my first blog):

>Two weeks ago I ordered some fabric online (I'm also hooked on this), it was a fat quarter bundle of Tula Pink's Nest line from Moda. At the time I had no idea who Tula Pink was, so I found her blog (of course) and she's awesome! So funny and talented... wow. It takes about 2 weeks for stuff to make it to my little town so when we got a parcel slip in the mail today I raced to the post office only to find it was the modem from Bell that they supposedly didn't send and then I cancelled the order because they're buggers. Needless to say I was upset. My friend and coworker said I should have jumped up and down on the package before taking it back to the post office. The rest of my afternoon was spent in a slump because I really, really wanted my fabric :-( On the off chance that it might have come after lunch I had my bf check the mail again and he tried to act like it didn't come in just so I would be surprised... but I saw right through that. It did and... its lovely, simple lovely. I think I will just keep it wrapped up in its nice little ribbon and just stare at it once in a while. Here's a pic of it (with my new kitchen in the background).


>I've promised my boyfriend I would make us his and her quilts because we cannot seem to share blankets. Apparently I'm a blanket hog, but sometimes I'll wake up and he's sleeping quite comfortably without any blankets so I don't know why he is complaining! lol I'm thinking I might use this bundle for a zig zag quilt... or should I wait for Tula Pink's Neptune line next spring? What do you think? I'm honestly not sure if I should make a queen sized quilt when I'm such a newbie. The one I'm working on in class is a twin and the largest I will have made.