Crossed Colour Bars Finished

The thread I used for sewing around the border kept tangling so I put this piece aside for a couple of days after two of the seams were done. I gave it another try yesterday and finished it today during my lunch break. I solved the thread tangling by pulling the thread only a little through the needle at the end.

This is the third and last panel made of 3 cm squares (576 of them) in the English paper piecing technique, the finished size is again 75.5 cms square.

For the borders I made half inch strips with my bias maker from a batik similar in colour than I used for the ‘cross’. The backing fabric is folded to the inside and I used my favorite hemming technique for finishing. The sewing was done with variegated amber buttonhole thread.

backing fabric

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‘Cross I’ Finished

Another finish. 🙂 This was the first project I made cutting up quarter yard pieces of six fabrics and sewing them back together in the same way as they came from my cutting mat. In this case I used two quarters each of three different fabrics. They came from some surprise medleys I ordered several times from an American company so I had some doubles.

The panel is made of 3 cm squares (576 of them) in the English paper piecing technique, the finished size is 75.5 cms square.

Again, for the borders I made half inch strips with my bias maker from the same dark red batik I used for the ‘cross’. The backing fabric is folded to the inside and I used my favorite hemming technique for finishing. The sewing was done with red buttonhole thread.

backing fabric

‘Cross II’ Finished

Another one off the list. Cross I is also finished, I’ll blog about that one later. That leaves me with only twelve more to finish from the UFO Lottery (and a half, as Crossed Colour Bars is already on my ironing board). I’m only one year behind schedule. Not bad. 🙂

I’ve called this Cross II because I wanted to let the colours cross each other. After lots of rearranging I came up with this chessboard strips layout instead. The panel is made of 3 cm squares (576 of them) in the English paper piecing technique, the finished size is 75 cms square.

For the borders I made half inch strips with my bias maker. The backing fabric is folded to the inside and I used my favorite hemming technique for finishing. The sewing was done with turquoise buttonhole thread (I forgot to take a close-up).

The fabric I’ve chosen for the back of this project is a bold yellow/red/green batik. As it wasn’t big enough I cut up a fat quarter of the same design in red. It seems a little off-kilter in the picture but I assure you all seams and angles are perfectly straight as they are supposed to be. 🙂 At least my new camera is delivering the colours a little more natural than the pocketcam under the poor lighting conditions in my hallway (my design wall has currently been taken over by something else).

‘Blue Tiles’ Finished

Finally. I had done the hemming on three of the sides already, then got stuck. On Tuesday I took it with me to work on the last seam during my lunch break. I didn’t quite succeed but now it’s done.

I’m taking June and July off blogging as I need a little time for myself. Of course, I’ll be keeping up the work on my projects hoping I’ve got something to show you afterwards.

See you 🙂

 

Fiona’s Fall – Update

It’s Easter Monday evening, the chocolate eggs are (you’ve guessed it) eggs-terminated, and I did not do as much sewing as I had intended. I needed more breaks in between sewing to give my fingers and back some rest. And then knitting got in the way. My little stash of sock yarn demanded some attention – more soon.

I just need to sew the last border strips for Blue Tiles and Cross II (both are having three sides finished).

Fiona’s Fall saw some progress. All of the flowers are finished, I only need to sew the half-flowers together and the first rough layout is on my design wall.

Alas, the leftovers won’t make it into the project, and here’s why.

This means that I will have to make some hexies to fill the gaps – only 104. Could be worse.

UFO Lottery #13, #14, and #15 – Cross II, Cross I, Crossed Colour Bars

Full steam ahead – although I got stuck a bit with Blue Tiles. One of the border strips had a lot of creases ironed into it which I only noticed after it was halfway sewn into place. 😦 Repair work is done now and the last border strip is waiting to be attached.

So – what’s next?

I’ve called this Cross II because that was what I wanted to do – like I did in Crossed Colour Bars (see below). After rearranging them several times without success I decided to make chessboard strips instead which is looking more pleasing to the eye. (The picture above doesn’t do the colours justice.)

The fabric I’ve chosen for the back of this project is a bold yellow/red/green batik. Unfortunately, it wasn’t big enough. I’ve found a fat quarter with the same pattern in red and cut it into three parts. From one of them I cut two smaller bits to join to the other ones. Bad luck never sleeps, as a former boss of mine used to say. The patchwork equivalent is ‘Measure twice, cut once’. Well – I had to cut the remaining piece into two parts and then sewed them to the other ends of the strips. Fits perfectly now. 🙂

The fabric for the border strips is cut and ironed. I just have to choose a matching thread for sewing.

Now I need to convince my muse to do me a favor.

‘Dave?’
‘Hmm?’
‘I’ve got an idea. You know I already chose the fabrics for some of the projects. You can’t draw them by sheer coincidence, can you?’
‘No cheating.’
‘Oh, please. Just a little. No one will know. I’d love to sew them next.’
He grumbles, but draws the next two projects.

And by sheer coincidence, we have Cross I and Crossed Colour Bars. How does he do this?

#Hey-ho, hey-ho, it’s off to work we go# 🙂

Happy Easter, all!

Redoing ‘Fiona’s Fall’

Last weekend I picked up Fiona’s Fall again after the pieces had been left untouched more than a year – time flies. 🙂 You may remember the unsuccessful patchwork top Arnold’s friend Fiona brought into the UFO Garage.

I played around with the pieces until I had 48 flowers. I’ve now got a design in mind which I will test tonight (only seven more flowers to be sewn together). There are of course some leftovers, I’m not quite sure what to do with them yet but hopefully they’ll fit into the overall design. More about that soon.

Blue Stripes Finished

I’ve finished this a couple of days ago but didn’t have the time to write this entry. As you may know, I’m always struggling with getting my housework done but I’m now trying out a new routine and it seems to work so far. This is my second ‘crafts only’ Sunday as I managed to get everything else done during the week. This morning, I’ve picked some fabrics for a couple of UFOs from my list as well as making the border strips for Blue Tiles, choosing the backing fabric and ironing it.

I had another strange experience when I made the back for Blue Stripes. I laid out the remaining and freshly ironed fabrics to see how they could be pieced together. It turned out it was easier than I had imagined. Only a couple of seams and it was done. There was enough fabric left to make matching binding strips.

No idea why I called it Blue Stripes. ‘Strips’ would have been more like it. Maybe because the word for ‘stripes’ and ‘strips’ is the same in German – ‘Streifen’.

UFO Lottery #12 – Blue Tiles

After getting up a little later than usual I spent all day sewing which I had been looking forward to all of last week. Mallards And Mondrian is almost finished now, I will tell you about it soon on The Boudoir. Also, the back for Blue Stripes came together almost miraculously so I asked Dave the Muse to draw the next project for the UFO Lottery.

He picked Blue Tiles.

I’ve already chosen the binding and backing fabric, so it’s only some cutting and sewing and shouldn’t take too long to finish.

This entry tells you how I got the pattern for Blue Tiles. 😉

Stone Rose – 2

‘It’s only windy when the cows fall over.’
(North German definition of ‘windy’)

I had planned to shop for some more plastic boxes on Friday but we had gale warnings for Friday and Saturday, with gusts up to 12 bft and a couple of storm surges on the western coast and low tides here in the east.

Friday morning it was raining heavily but it had stopped by noon with the sun peeking through the clouds occasionally so I took the chance and paid the DIY’s a visit. Despite the wind, I was able to get my pile of storage bins home unharmed.

The weather being really ugly again on Saturday, it was the perfect day for filling my boxes. Dave the Muse had made himself comfortable on my bed and was watching, becoming more and more excited about everything he saw coming out of the old cardboard boxes. Me, I was slowly getting into a state of mild desperation about all those goodies. (Note to self: I need to create.)

Believe it or not, I still have two boxes full of patchwork templates for English paper piecing despite discarding more than one and a half small garbage bins (a total of approx. 8 liters, a little more than 2 gallons) of old and used ones. What’s puzzling me is that I had the same two boxes before, so where was all that stuff? Obviously, I’m very good at stowing things as I had the same experience a couple of months ago when I discarded six big boxes of paper (180 liters or 47.5 gallons) and my cupboards are still well stuffed.

Although I have some cardboard boxes left I’m not going to shop for more storage bins.

But I digress. What I wanted to show you was the progress I made on Stone Rose. I have completed the remaining five center triangles and am now working on the next sections.