Friday’s second finish is
A machine pieced un-quilt from a pattern inBurda Patchwork (Fall 2015). I made a smaller version with only 14 colours instead of 31. Size is 66 x 68 cms and I used a thin polyester batting like I usually do with batik fabrics. What I had in mind when chosing the fabrics was a mother-of-pearl colourway you’ll find in a paua shell, but it might as well resemble oil on water or a coral reef.
The binding and backing fabric is one of my most cherished batiks and it cost me some willpower to use it. 🙂
I’ve already drawn the next winner, another piece that needs only little time to finish.
And the first winner is – Palimpsest*
The background was made back in 2008 and 2009, using my then new sewing machine and a variety of machine embroidery threads, mostly Madeira Rayon. The idea behind it was to create a parchment-like piece like a page from an old book, with an illuminated letter and decorative painting. The letter is cross stitched (U is for Unicorn) and appliquéd in place. I used a giant zigzag stitch to couch down the red lace after testing different possibilities in hand and machine stitching. Finished size is 40 x 46 cms.
detail, showing cross stitched letter, couching and machine embroidery
some of the threads used in machine embroidery
*a piece of parchment that has the original writing removed for re-use, with some of the old letters sometimes still slightly visible
Hi, me again with my third and last post today. Just finished the Disappearing Nine Patch a little ahead of schedule. As I’ve got a couple of minutes left, I’m taking the opportunity to post it now instead of later.
Disappearing Nine Patch
Sorry for the bad picture, my camera is rubbish with artificial light. Made of some batiks I had already put together for a future project and some additions from my stash. For the binding and back I used a copper batik, it has got a thin batting but no quilting (which I actually first intended to do). This is pieced by machine. Yes, I tamed the monster. 🙂 Avis of Oh Sew Tempting has the tutorial here. Thanks for making me try! The project was fun to make. I’m already collecting some scraps for another one. 😉
My mug rugs are finished! I took them with me today to work on in my lunch break and managed to sew the binding on four of them. The remaining two got the treatment after I came home today.
One less project on the list.
Tutorial by Avis of Oh Sew Tempting!
Set of 6, 15 cms/6″ square each
Welcome to Fixed! Friday again.
The week at the office was really mental. I’ve gotten a new computer but was in serious trouble with the new widescreen (as I predicted, but why listen to the stupid secretary?). I just couldn’t get a setting that allowed me to see the display properly. After swapping to my boss’ old screen, things look a little better now. Leaves me with the rest of the settings. Did I mention my experts forgot to copy my personal folders to the new computer? The old one is now sitting on the opposite desk for further use.
I’m posting a little later than usual today, because I went to take some pictures (Magnolias! Yay!). The weather being fine today, I spent a little more time walking than I had planned but got some great shots (240 pictures altogether).
Today it’s two for the price of one.
This is from a group challenge. Everyone got the same fat quarters of green and black faux unis, a big flower print, and pink/yellow stripes (Fassett?). I don’t remember if the red one came with this or if I took this from my stash. I cut the first four fabrics into strips and folded them in half lengthwise.
After marking the sewing lines on some base fabric, I pinned the strips in place and sewed them on by machine, as well as some prairie points made out of the red fabric. Finally, I sewed on stars secured by a little golden bead. The binding was done by hand.
A very quick project, made on March 8 & 9, 2008. Size is 50 x 50 cms.
This was so much fun that I made second one from white and blue fabrics and red prairie points.
Next week on Fixed! Friday: Unterm Mikroskop (Under the microscope)
After squaring the blocks a couple of days ago I finally joined them today to make a finished top.
I admit it’s not perfect, but my sewing gets a little better piece by piece. After all, I’m still a beginner at machine piecing and still have to learn a lot yet.
finished ‘Baddies’ top
Still have a little hand sewing to do before I’ll be starting to finish all of my projects. I’m glad I’m back in the business this year after about two years of very slow progress, if any at all. I feel confident I will have reached my goal of having finished my UFOs (or most of them) by the end of next year. Thanks again to everyone for your encouragement.
I promised you I would not publish another top until Easter. Well, I was a good girl, kept away from my sewing machine most of the time, cleaned my place instead (OK, not totally voluntarily), finished knitting one of the scarves, basted the pieces of one of my secret projects and started doing the same on another. And I put up a new photoblog yesterday.
To reward myself for all this, and Easter being almost over (Easter Monday is a holiday in Germany), I thought I could risk a little sewing today and blog about it. After all, it’s not a finished top yet. 😉
Baddies – final layout
The 100 single blocks have now become 50 doubles, and as things go, when I pinned the doubles to make 25 four-square blocks, the last one didn’t fit.
It turned out I had stacked the last row of pairs upside down after pressing. Phew! Only five blocks to repin.
Yesterday I remembered some cuttings from the last Keepsake Quilting catalogue I recently saved. They had some stunning quilts made of batik fabrics. Of which I’ve got some. Two drawers full, to be exact. Plus the ‘Pile of Uglies’ and hard-to-use ones aka the ‘Baddie Bin’.
Today I wanted to play along with the baddies so I’ve decided to be a bad girl myself and start a new project. I need to improve my machine piecing skills, after all. So it’s all for a good cause.
It turned out that a lot of the fabrics went together quite well. I chose one of the KQ projects and began cutting four squares (10 x 10 cms/4 x 4 “) and four strips (3 x 10 cms/1 3/16 x 4 “) from each colour combination.
This is what I’ve got after the first round of cutting. I’m planning to do 100 blocks.
On Friday I was looking for some fabrics for a cut and sew project I wanted to do. Didn’t find what I wanted, but one of my project bags had caught my attention.
I don’t remember where these fabrics came from. Must have bought them on a market. This is not my usual choice of fabrics, I think I bought the collection for the strips. I also used this projects to gain some experience in machine piecing.
The collection contained four 5″ strips of a fabric called Artifacts designed by John Flynn for Benartex and a couple of swatches in earth tones (plus one each in squeeky green and sulphur yellow, respectively).
When it comes to cutting fabric I have this little problem. I’m always hesitant to start because I think there might be a better use for those fabrics. This was especially the case with the Artifacts strips. Should I maybe use single motifs for an ‘archaeology’ project? Where to cut? I decided to be brave, took a deep breath and just cut squares. I got nine out of each strip – 36 in all, 12 x 12 cms.
Then I chose these ten fabrics. Using only the top five and without calculating the amount of fabric needed, I began to cut strips 4 x 12 cms for the sashing. I didn’t want to use the reddish fabric at first but had to because I didn’t have enough of the other ones. After I had done the sewing and pressing on the blocks I cut some more strips 4 x 14 cms for more sashing. Sew, press, done.
If I’m continuing to produce patchwork tops at this speed, I may have a slight chance of getting rid of my stash in, say, 10 years.
(Despite some editing the pictures do not show the true colours on my screen. Maybe they do on yours.)
There were a few scraps left after my Disappearing Nine-Patch top was finished. I’ve made them into a mini-quilt top. Still some strips left, but they will go back to the stash.
Please welcome Scrappy.