Monthly Archives: August 2012

Growing a quilt

I’ve returned to my triangles.

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I’ve finally cut them all out and started laying them out on my design floor.

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When I finished I was in love.

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It’s so lovely that I started stitching them together immediately.

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Quilted, bound, finished

This week I’ve worked quickly to finish this quilt.

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It’s all bound and ready…

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just in time to give to Harry as he begins his final undergraduate vet rotations.

I hope it keeps him warm and helps him study for his final exams.

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Short timelines

As always I’m in a hurry and a flurry.

The fabric that arrived last week has been cut and stitched into blocks.

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Those blocks have been stitched into rows.

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Those rows were stitched into a quilt top.

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The whole thing has been quilted…

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and approved by the quality controller.

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Onto the binding.

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Oops!

I have managed to break five sewing machine needles in one week. All I did was sew over a pin and… crack, another one gone. I have always pinned through my seams perpendicular to the direction that I’m sewing. Generally my machine needle would just push the pin aside, but my new machine is a little more sensitive about pins.

My very clever friend Julie told me that I needed to buy Clover super fine quilting pins.

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These little beauties are much thinner than regular pins and very, very sharp. They ease right into the seams and best of all…

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I manage to stitch right across them, machine needle intact.

Thanks Julie. You’re a pin whisperer.

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Tartan

Some lovely new fabric arrived via mail.

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I’ve already drawn up a new design and have my rotary cutter at the ready.

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It’ll be a busy few days ahead.

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Shoo fly

After stitching tiny squares…

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and tiny triangles…

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into shoo fly blocks…

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over many, many nights, tonight I have just two rows to add to finish the all of the piecing.

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That doesn’t sound like much to do at all. However, pinning all those seams slows me down.

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