Friday, 18 July 2014

Stitching News

Michelle My Belle finished perfectly piecing and sandwiched her 28 inch cushion front. She made a good start on the quilting too. This cushion, when finished, will be used on a large rocking chair.
Peggy's also making cushions, these tops are quilted, trimmed and ready to be finished. During class she made two backs with zips beautifully installed.
Almost all ladies put zips in their cushion backs these days... since I found a superbly easy and fool-proof way of doing them.
Sheila continued with her Quilt-As-You-Go blocks.
She was surprised to have only completed three blocks in a whole day... well, there's no rush to finish this quilt... we did point out how much chatting Sheila had done and she blamed us for distracting her!
Brenda Barbara had finished her bed runner quilt top, great tutorial here, so she worked on the backing. At the very same time she's making another quilt with her left over fabrics... there was a seam ripper involved in that task, Brenda is one of our highly skilled seam rippers!
Milly, who usually pieces by hand, is making this block by machine as a prototype for a larger project. She want's to piece perfectly so was learning top tips along the way, including un-sewing! She says it's much easier to be accurate with hand stitching... that's debate-a-bubble eh!
Milly almost made a quilt top in a day, perfectly purple.
She has a super-duper sewing machine, a Janome, but the quarter inch foot makes the seams too wide so we experimented a little. She can move her needle over to the right so, licketty-split, the problem hic-cup was sorted.
Josie, our patchwork rebel, arrived for her class announcing that she wanted to make Tumbling Blocks. I didn't have a pattern so, I had to figure it out on paper... it's just strips and 60 degree angles and 'Y' seams...
(I'm sure knew that already, duh)
 They look great eh!
Christabelle popped in to show us her latest fabulous and finished gifting cushion. Toot toot toot... It's a beautiful Batik fabric with hearts skilfully appliqu├ęd in place with fabulous free motion quilting following the Batik design... as simple as that!

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