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 🙂

 

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!

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. 😉

Helix (aka Batik Chessboard) Finished

As I mentioned before, I was going to chose a new name for this project. I now call it Helix (thank you, Kate 🙂 ).

 

Did you hear distant swearing? That was probably me trying to finish my last draw from the UFO Lottery, Batik Chessboard.

I decided to do the hemming with some gold metallic thread, Ophir by MEZ. Starting with one of the long seams, all went well until I arrived at the end of the first short seam. Second long seam = disaster. I had to deal with breaking threads all the way. Although I was keen to finish it yesterday I had to put it aside for a while for reasons of mental health. 😉

For the binding and back I chose a piece from my stash that fit well into the colour scheme of the front panel – blue, purple, turquoise.

UFO Lottery #10 – Batik Chessboard

As Propeller is near being finished, it’s time now to for the next draw in the UFO Lottery.

The next one ist my third piece in the chessboard series, originally known as Kreuz 3 (Cross 3). My new working title is Batik Chessboard, but that will change to another name once finished.

The main fabric is a multi batik with dots cut up into squares and laid out in a chessboard pattern. I filled the gaps in the middle with another multi gold-print batik in lighter colours and used regular white fabric with a white overprint on both sides. My original plan was to make two more strips of white squares for the sides but a) I’ve run out of that special fabric and b) I’ve run out of time. 😉

I’ve already chosen a matching batik for the backing and binding so that should be another quick finish. 🙂

Orange&Blue Finished

Finished on Thursday during my lunch break. One of the smaller projects, the finished size is 64.5 cms square. For the border strips and backing I used two different fabrics this time (remnants from the home decor department). As it has become a custom with my last finishes, I used the ‘hemming’ method to stitch front and back together.

Orange&Blue, back (detail)Orange&Blue, back (detail)

I’ll return to #4 in the UFO Lottery now, Propeller. I’ve finally decided how to finish it. More about that tomorrow.

UFO Lottery #9 – Orange&Blue

Summer has finally arrived – at least for a few days. Today’s forecast is 28° C. Some of you may smile mildly but these temperatures are not made for a northern girl like me. Especially not if you live in an attic apartment with no air condition but the open windows. A light eastern breeze is making this a little more comfortable. 🙂

Here’s another project from the UFO Lottery. It’s one of my chessboard projects, I think it was #4 in the series. The fabrics are not the best of quality, some cheap hand dyed cotton. But I liked the colours so I bought the fabrics anyway. I cut both pieces into squares and sewed them back together in a chessboard pattern, one from left to right, the other one from top to bottom, keeping the original order in which I cut them (my so-called ‘cut & sew’ technique).

For the border strips I chose a peach fabric and for the back some decorator’s fabric (read: curtain) from my stash. Should be finished sometime next week.