12 August 2013

Whole Cloth

Though I haven't been posting a lot recently, I have not been idle.

I whipped up a small batch of whole cloth quilts. I love making them because they come together so quickly - usually within one day - and really showcase a fabric.

These are all just one metre of 2 quilting fabrics, and with such a small item I thought I'd experiment a little bit with quilting techniques.

This one has overlapping concentric circles. You can see that my quilting has a long way to go. I initially started using my free motion quilting foot and then realised that it was actually easier with a walking foot. Nevertheless, lots of wonky curves, but after a wash and the inevitable rumpling up, I am reasonably pleased. And I just love the fabric.

I played it a bit safe with this one and went for a stippled 'seaweed' effect. I've done this a bit and feel pretty confident now. I tried to make it a bit more polished as I'm planning on donating it, along with my linen 'Maggie Rabbit' to the silent auction at the fete. The top is 'Glimma' by Lotta Jansdotter.

With this last one, I tried straight lines. I didn't want them evenly spaced but I did want them straight, which I didn't achieve - some veer off slightly and I really don't know why! I abandoned the masking tape half way through as it didn't seem to be particularly assisting me in keeping the lines straight. I really admire people who do meticulous, perfect work. I am in awe of those who can achieve the perfect mitred corner. That will never be me, but I am improving. I have no doubt that, five years from now, I'll look back on these and shudder at all the mistakes and terrible sewing, just as I think with embarrassment about some of the things I sewed as gifts years ago. On the other hand, I make things with love and joy and that must count for something, don't you think?

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I love these! What a great way to feel accomplished in a relatively short time. And no worries at all- your creations are my "five years from now". :)