Sunday, October 15, 2017

Quilting and Binding

Pardon the pun, but this week I've been a quilting machine.

I've now got six hexie table toppers finished so it was time to figure out how to quilt them. I toyed with doing a basic grid pattern but thought better of that and developed a pattern that worked with the seam lines that echo the hexagon at the centre. I have to say that I'm quite pleased with the result.

I really like how the orange/gold ones turned out - they are quilted with soft gold thread and it just seems to warm them up even more. And the large pumpkins on the back are just perfect.

I know that the Official Cookie Tester had his heart set on owning one of the ones with a gingham round, but I think I might try and convince him that what he really wants is one of these.

All six hexies are quilted and I also quilted three of the wonky star toppers so binding has been at the top of the TO DO list. Four of the hexies are now finished (yay!); this is what the pile of stitching that was waiting for me looked like when I started the day.

The Official Cookie Tester kept me entertained flicking channels to different football games, so I finished up a couple more and I am looking forward to completing the rest of them this week....M

Friday, October 13, 2017

Branching Out

Here's my latest hexie table topper - they are proving to be a little addictive!

It's a pretty palette and I wish that I had more of that floral fabric but the last scrap that have isn't large enough to fussy cut. Oh well, I think I have other fabrics that I can play with ­čśĆ.

The binding is going to be the same colour as the outer border and I totally squeaked it out of the piece of fabric that I had - there was just a tiny sliver left. I also cut it 1.75" wide on the grain instead of 2" on the bias to make it work, so I'll need to be careful when I sew it onto the topper.

This is the ruler that I used for the centre hexie; there are five different sizes. The idea is that you cut a strip the height that you want and then slide the ruler along, cutting the sides as you go. For this project I just cut all the way around once I had decided on my placement.

Someone left me a question as to whether or not it was worth investing in the ruler but were a no-reply blogger so I thought I'd answer here. I'm not into a lot of specialty rulers but I seem to be into hexies in a big way these days so when I saw this one was on sale, I bit the bullet. I usually draft my own pattern but even if they are out a tiny bit it can be frustrating so this should help. And, as luck would have it, shortly after it arrived I came across the idea of these table toppers, so I'm happy to have a good excuse the use it....M

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

By The Book

The area around my laptop is constantly surrounded by small sticky notes and scraps of paper filled with ideas for quilting projects and tips that I find on blogs or Pinterest. While it started as a good reference, more and more things are getting lost in the shuffle.

There were notes of every shape and size - whatever was handy to scribble on when I came across an idea.

Some of them are sticky notes, a couple of which even found their way onto the back splash in the kitchen. Time to get more organized. A quilting journal to the rescue!

I made this journal cover a couple of years ago but felt that it fit just a tad too snug so I didn't feel comfortable putting it on the table at the Holly Bazaar to sell. It has been languishing in a closet all this time so I decided that I could put it to good use.

I've started collecting all of those odds and sods and transferring them into the book. It just made too much sense.

It's not rocket science but already I'm finding it a big help to have a single resource - it cuts down on digging around for a particular and tiny slip of paper.

It's also nice to be able to enjoy a journal cover that I made as I've given all the others that I've made away. Love the texture of these covers after they are quilted...M

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Giving Thanks

This is our Thanksgiving weekend in Canada and yesterday we enjoyed our turkey dinner with family and friends. It was a smaller group than usual, and this year I hosted the dinner, so lots of change from the tradition of recent years, but still so many reminders of just how much we have to be thankful for.

So, with no turkey dinner on the sched for today I spent a little time at the machine doing what I lovingly refer to as 'sewing for Anglicans', a.k.a. the Holly Bazaar. I had cut a hexie table topper earlier this week and so I put it together. It is a decidedly autumn palette because I want to have more than Christmas themed items for the table.

I liked it so much that I made a second, the only difference being the fussy cut for the centre of the hexie.

I had seen a few ideas online and had recently picked up a hexie ruler so I used the ruler to cut the centre hexies and then varying widths of fabrics ranging from 1.5" to 2.25" with the end result being just over 17" across.

Then, since I was on a roll, I made another. The Official Cookie Tester was quite taken with this one and I think he will be buying it before it hits the bazaar table so I should probably make a second just so the gals actually have something on the table to sell. Seems to happen a lot lately.

I still haven't figured out how to quilt them but for now I have bigger fish to fry. I'm off to wrestle with the Official Cookie Tester for the last piece of pumpkin pie!...M