Its 6 am in the morning and I am up early to get a little time on my Roses quilt before the household wakes. It's pouring with rain outside and I am warm and snug inside sitting at my sewing machine, with a nice cup of tea while the rain pounds on the roof. I love the sound of pouring rain on the roof although I am not looking forward to going outside later. I hope the rain stops by then. Benny the Bengal cat has just come in through the cat door soaking wet, greeting me with a wet rub. Wanting a dry towel and some food. I would love to sit and sew the day away but unfortunately today the vacuum cleaner is calling, along with many errands that need to be done.This morning I am sewing the border fabrics together for the top and bottom borders of the Roses quilt. I have selected and range of tone on tone prints some light and some with a little bit of colour to give a bit of interest. I love to mix up the fabrics, using a large selection. Something I find helpful when piecing the strips is to pin at least the end of the seam so the fabrics don't shift while you are sewing and end up with one end longer than the other. The thread I am using is a new thread to me, I purchased it to try with machine applique thinking it could be fine enough but unfortunately this did not work out. After a bit of research I found that it is good for piecing, very fine and good for getting your points accurate. Its YLI Prime piecing thread 70/2 weight. This thread is really looking good in my seams. I was a bit concerned about the strength of the thread, but as I am appliqueing on top I think its a good option. I also press my seams open when I have applique being added on top so as not to get ridges under my applique pieces. I am looking forward to see how it all plays out once I have some applique Roses added. Always thinking about the next step, this is what gets me out of bed so early lol.
I have tried to get a good pic of the borders with all the different fabrics, you can see all the fabrics I have used.
I am currently working on a video to show the stitching process, learning how to use video editing software and try to take a good video too ! I hope to have this ready to place on You- tube soon.
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This morning I find myself with too many quilts in progress at one time! They are all at a stage that they can be worked on and I love them all !
The first one is the BOM 2018 which I have almost finished the quilting, I only have the very last border to finish. If you missed this last year, you can find the full pattern for this quilt here.
These are just a few of the things that I got up to in 2018. There is more to come but I am not able to tell you just yet. I will keep you all posted when I am able to spill the beans. Lot's of secret sewing has been going on.
New patterns are coming along, so in the New Year there will be some surprises.
The Full version of the Winterwood Pattern is now available as a full pattern containing everything you need to complete the whole quilt. The Winterwood quilt pattern can be found here containing 71 pages. This is one of my favorite quilts, I loved every minute of making this beautiful quilt. Sometimes everything seems to go along so smoothly when designing and making a quilt, this quilt was one of those times.
It's been such a long time since I posted, I am going to start today off with a post about the Zig-Zag border I am making for my Roses quilt.
There are many ways to make a Zig-Zag border, I have chosen to use half square triangles.
Here's how it works.
I cut 2 1/2 inch strips from a dark print and a light print then matched the light and dark print fabrics with right sides facing. I used a half square triangle ruler to cut out the pieces. Taking them to the sewing machine and sewing them together with a 1/4 inch seam. I like this method, it's fast and requires very little trimming.