I am not sure what it is about springtime but it makes me want to sort things out. Purge my house of clutter and have the inside of my cupboards looking as tidy as the outside - you know that kind of insanity. It is a big job but with the help of my lovely hubby we are over half way through the job. This has meant we have been living in an even bigger mess than we started with. I have however managed to do a little bit of sewing. It felt great! It really seemed like it had been ages, though in reality it was probably had only been a few weeks. I also am in the mood to sort more than my house out - weight loss, healthy eating, exercise, scheduling family excursions, finally decorating our house and to blog more frequently.
Gemma from prettybobbins.com
has just started hosting a I-quilt linky party
. I have been following Gemma on Instagram and love her work so decided this might encourage me to blog more often. Note the cute button in my sidebar.
I have read somewhere that I love to quilt so in the spirit of 'sorting out my life' I have decided to try and write a tutorial each week or at least have a bit of a show'n'tell of my quilting.
My sister and I are making a double wedding ring quilt for our sister Kristine for her 20th wedding anniversary. Having never made one before (despite having bought the templates 4 years ago!) I decided to make a mock up using spare scrap vomit
squares. It went together quickly and fairly easily so I am cautiously optimistic about making a larger one.
I decided to quilt this cushion using my walking foot as I find it fun to use on smaller projects. I started by 'ditch stitching' around the rings. My foot comes with 3 different soles - I like the open one - it has nothing to block the view between where I want to stitch and the needle.
I then echoed the rings using the 1/4" mark on the foot. I like the texture that alternating 1/4" and 1/2" echoes gives. The edge of my foot is a rough 1/2" from the needle.
Using the walking foot is a good entry into quilting your own quilts. It can be a little cumbersome using the walking foot on large quilts but is fun and not as scary as free motion quilting can seem.
On my last quilt I mentioned a faux piping technique I used on my 'city blocks
' quilt. As I used it again on this cushion I thought I'd write a little tutorial on that too.
Step 1 - start by cutting strips of fabric the length to go around the quilt plus at least 10", joining strips as you need. For this cushion I used a quite narrow binding. I cut the selvage fabric 1 1/4" and the orange 1 1/2" wide. For the first time you try this you might want to try a little wider say 1 1/2" for the main fabric and 1 3/4" wide for the 'piping'.
Step 2 - with right sides together join with a 1/4" inch seam along the length and press open with the seam towards the main fabric.
Step 3 - press in half with wrong sides together
Step 4 - attach to the BACK of the quilt with the main fabric facing down
Step 5 - fold binding to front of quilt and 'stitch in the ditch' created between the binding and 'piping' to attach binding completely by machine. I love using Clovers binding clips. They are flat on the bottom so I can leave them on right up to the walking foot.
I used a dark thread in the bobbin to match the backing and a light colour in the top, making sure the binding covered the row of stitching from when it was attached to the back.
I have included some more pictures of the completed binding. I really like the finished look and it is quick and easy.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to use this as a cushion or a wall hanging so I included little triangles on the top two corners on the back so I could use some dowel to hang it up if the moods takes me.
Hope you like my first tutorial. Have fun and try and do a little of what you love each day