Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ready to stitch

I taped the centre section of the pattern together yesterday. Then I started to lay out all the bits that I had prepared for the last month. Now it is ready to be stitched. Still have to make the zigzag parts though.
Linking this up with Esther's WOW

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Prep work for Love Entwined

After stitching the flowers around the centre and adding their stems, Love Entwined has sat waiting for me to prep the next step.  Its waited a long time.  Over the last month I've prepared a whole baggie of bits for parts 2&3.  I still haven't tackled the zigzag part but I know what I plan to do so I'll get to it shortly.

(The black lines are just stitched lines to help with the placement.  They mark the 8 points of the top.  Eventually, I'll remove them)

After trying the applique tools and various interfacings, I traced two pages of shapes that I needed and printed them on the wash away stabilizer and then prepared the shapes.

Last Sunday I was suppose to go to Elaine's for an applique day. When I went out to head over we were having freezing rain. I cleared the windshield, got in the car, couldn't see out the windshield for the freezing rain so got out and cleared it again. After the third time clearing and still not being able to pull out of my parking spot, I turned off the car and went back inside. I decided I wasn't suppose to drive that day. Even with the defrost on, the rain just froze on contact. Although I couldn't get to Elaine's, I decided to have an applique day at home. I watched some programs I had recorded a while ago and not gotten around to watching and prepared the little dots to go on the ovals. The dots finish at 5/16 inches. Here are 40 of the 48 all traced and cut out. The other 8 are already on the ovals.

Today I finished stitching the last of the dots on and so took a break and stitched a letter on for my ABCs of Christmas. It was rather nice to work on a big shape like the O. Its about 3 inches tall. This is a sideways view with an oval and dots for comparison.
Next step is to start placing the bits on the Love Entwined top so I can stitch them in place. Some of the points aren't as pointy as I would like but I'll use my water brush to soften the glue and reposition the fabric as I stitch.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Common Bride -- Finally Started

A few years ago I saw the pattern for Common Bride by Edita Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts at a shop in St Jacobs.  I didn't buy the pattern the first time because it looked so complicated and I wasn't sure I want to get involved in somthing that complicated.  A few weeks later, I ended up going back over to St Jacobs and buying it.  I sat down at some point that year with the pattern to go over it and analyze what was involved in it.  That's when I discovered I hadn't really analyzed a pattern in years -- lots of $10 quilts with Elaine telling us what to do.  But I did eventually work my way through it.
Started collecting fabrics and looking for blogs of others working on the quilt.  Didn't find many although I did find Karen and Sue.  This fall at a local quilt show there were 6 completed Common Bride quilts by a group of friends.
Last weekend Elaine had a sit and sew day so I took the snow flakes to stitch and 24 1.25 inch wide stripes to sew for the four patches.  At a sit and sew day, Elaine does all the pressing and ripping.  I sewed all the stripes and Elaine pressed them (THANKS!)  Stitched a few snow flakes and then decided to work on the four patches.  Got all 24 stripes cut and piled then started to stitch.  I never did get around to giving Elaine any of those to press (it was getting late in the day).  This week I finished stitching all 200 (+ 3 extras), pressed them and piled them in a box.

waiting to be marked

 I need to mark each one as they get set into an 8-pointed star.  Almost 10 years ago, I bought a hand piecing book and tool.  The tool has been hanging from the peg board in its package ever since.  Friday night I unwrapped it and with my pencils and sandpaper board (fine sand paper glued to a piece of cardboard), I marked 8 diamonds and 8 four patches for stitching.  The red and white pencil has white lead and Mickey regular lead.  Might need to find another colour for the red & white pencil as the white doesn't always mark well on some of the dark fabrics.

marking tools
Saturday morning I started to work on the first star.  It still needs another round of diamonds set around it to bring out almost square and then 4 triangles to finish off the block.  This one is done by machine but I may change my mind and do the rest by hand.  Its important to start and finish on the dot.  The seam is 1.5 inches long.  Its fiddly on a machine.  I did some of the 4 patches pivoting as suggested and some as two separate seams.  I found the two separate seams easier and tidier. I did a similar block years ago in a guild workshop and ended up switching to hand piecing as I found it easier with the tiny seams.  I don't think my opinion has changed.  This quilt will probably end up as a combination of machine and hand pieced.  The applique will be hand since I like applique.

wants more diamonds
Back -- finger pressed only

The advice in the pattern was to hold off pressing until the end so I've just been finger pressing. This is star 1 of 25.  Still need to cut several hundred diamonds and mark them as well. I recorded Outlander this fall and still haven't watched anything. Hopefully the show will make marking go faster. Lots of prep work to do.