Sunday, 26 February 2012

A weekend of zig zag quilting

When I quilt I mostly do straight lines.  Or not so straight lines whatever way you want to look at it. Sometimes I do lots and lots of straight lines like this one and sometimes if I can get away with it less like  this one and this one.  I like straight line quilting a lot.  But this weekend I've been doing a lot of zig zag quilting like this on my new niece's quilt:

Zig Zag Quilting

And this on a cushion for her older sister:

Zig Zag Quilting on B's Cushion

And I even branched out and tried it using variegated thread on my bathmat from the Fat Quarterly workshop I did back in August at Festival of Quilts *:

Zig Zag Quilting on my bathmat

* Note to self: your machine does not like variegated thread and it especially does not like doing zig zag quilting with a towel for backing using variegated thread.  And you are lazy and do not like using your unpicker (especially when the backing is towelling)

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

February plans

My plans for January went well so I thought I would do it again for this month.  I have tried to be realistic as I am away for a bit and I tend to find other things not on the list that I want to do during the month too.

February Card

The one thing I really need to finish this month is my pouch for the Mouthy Stitches swap.  I have been stalking my partner and have designed the pouch.  But I had never sewn a zip before so I made these two practice pouches.  I would prefer if the zip bits weren't as bulky but overall I am pleased with how they turned out.

Zippy Pouch

Second practice zipper

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

January in Review

Back here I made a few plans for January's sewing.  Here's how i got on:

1. Quilt top for new niece - she finally arrived hurrah!  I went with all the advice from this post and added another 3 blocks.

Josephine's Quilt Top

2. Cushions for older niece and nephew - erm nothing to see here, move along now!

3. Quilt top from Hushabye fabric - I finally cut into my huge collection of this.  I have plans for the rest including the Swoon-along but for January I just sewed a bunch of squares together for a lap quilt.  Not loving that my eyes are drawn to the brown but I don't care enough to unpick so I might applique something onto it.

Stash Squares Quilt Top
This is my Year of the Stash project for January and I am linking up to Slash the Stash with
From the Blue Chair

4. Bathmat - erm I have the backing now - does that count as progress?

5. Cushions from leftover HST from this quilt - done

Tilda Cushions

6. 4 hexagon flowers - done but no photo!

7. 9 patches - all cut but still 15 to sew together

8. Fresh Modern Bee 2 Quilt - I decided to add one further border to this and am definitely happy that this is big enough now!

Fresh Modern Bee 2 Quilt Top

Linking up with Fresh Sewing Day on Lilys Quilts.

Fresh Sewing Day

And Work in Progress Wednesdays

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced