Good morning :)
As you can see I managed to squeeze in a few hours to sew and have finished my Rose Basket hanging – all except the roses that is! Does that just make it ‘The Basket’ wall hanging?!
This is what it looks like now.
I’ve used the facing binding I wrote about here to finish the edges, I’m liking this method a lot for wall hangings.
Do you like the little roses on the back? I made them last year and kept them for a rainy day. Well that rainy day is here and they are going to become my quilt label! I shall write on them with a permanent marker – cute huh?
I also stitched on hanging sleeves, I like to have two hanging sleeves on my bigger wall hangings so I have the option to hang it from a hook directly off the wooden dowel in the centre or from a wire attached to each end of the dowel rod.
My Hanging Sleeve Method for a Faced Quilt
I made tubes of fabric to match the facing, turned them right sides out and positioned them equidistant from the centre and ends of the hanging – you do need to make sure that there is enough of the end of the dowel exposed to tie a wire to ( I often use fishing wire as it is very strong – but you wouldn’t want it to show as it’s not very pretty!)
I stitched down the top edges of the sleeve about an inch below the hanging edge making sure I stitched into the back of the quilt as well as the facing, then put the dowel rod under the sleeve flaps and pinned the lower edge in place while the dowel rod was in position.
Then I removed the rod and stitched the lower edge down.The hanging sleeve should look a bit baggy but doing it this way means that the wall hanging hangs straight and smooth.
After extensive trawling of the internet for ideas I’ve even started making my 3D flowers – pink roses…
all ready to arrange in the basket – this bit may take HOURS ;) and then I’ll get stitching – nearly there!
Until next time,
My lovely hubby took me on a jaunt to Kings Lynn in Norfolk on Saturday. Every year a great little quilt group put on an exhibition there and since I discovered it a couple of years ago I’ve made a point of going.
Usually it’s held in a church but this year it was in a sports hall, not so pretty but it did mean that there was a kitchen and the enterprising ladies of the Samphire Quilt group put on refreshments which were wonderful, in fact they were so wonderful that this is the photo I got of mine…
The quilts on display were all lovely, but these are the ones I particularly liked
The group had done a workshop on ‘The one block wonder’ and there were a few of these quilts about. This one used a butterfly fabric and I loved how the quilter had used fussy cutting to create such beautiful blocks.
Last year this quilt won first prize (the post I wrote about it in is here) and this year the same quilt was in the exhibition again but this time it was all finished and looked fantastic.
I loved this quilt and the story behind it – I met the lady who made it and she explained that she was making it for her daughter’s 18th birthday but didn’t finish it because she couldn’t figure out how to put the log cabin blocks together. Then recently she saw a design in a book and it inspired her to finish it.
Her daughter is now 34 and as soon as the exhibition is over she said that she was giving it to her – finally! 16 years a WIP! I haven’t been quilting that long so I can’t beat that record – what about you?
There was a lady demonstrating ‘proddy rug making’. She uses up all her small fabric scraps making these rugs. It looked very easy to do so maybe one day…
This YouTube clip by Heather Ritchie gives you a flavour of how to do it, although the lady at the exhibition used tweezers instead of a prodder.
A big well done to the Samphire Quilters for another superb exhibition!
Until next time,
Good Morning all :)
I have been busy quilting away at my woven basket wall hanging, trying not to feel guilty that I should really be quilting away at my Daisy Chain quilt instead!
It’s taken me much longer than I thought it would but happily all the quilting is now done, want to see? :)
A bit of cross hatching – this has really made the basket pop out
and lines of quilting 1/2 inch apart.
Because I’m going to use 3 dimensional flowers in the basket I’ll do that last of all so the next stage is to bind the quilt. I’m going to use the ‘new to me’ finishing technique I used on my Gaggle of Geese wall hanging, the framed facing which I wrote about here.
I’m so glad I wrote a tutorial ‘cos I can remind myself of how I did it!
Until next time,
Deep breath, in and out, in and out.
It turns out that the good folk at WordPress know all about the frustration their ‘improvements’ are causing and there is another way to publish posts which has not yet been changed. So this post is here not because I’ve mastered the updated platform just that I’ve found a way round it!
At last and finally I’ve got around to making another of those cute bread baskets I made here.
I was going to make it a couple of weeks ago at the June FNSI but I was hugely distracted by my Gaggle of Geese ;)
My first basket is being used as a thread collector and is proving to be very useful indeed but I did want one to put my napkins in.
I also wanted it to be wipe clean and thanks to the lovely Lin of St Victor Quilts it is!
She suggested I use plastic inside this one and was so helpful in sharing her idea of using one of those super thin plastic cutting boards you can buy cheaply in supermarkets. Thin enough to cut up easily and flexible enough to wiggle into gaps.
I did my maths and worked out the dimensions the fabric and plastic needed to be – who says sewing isn’t academic! And I was away :)
Here is my creation…
Look at that gorgeous ribbon…my local market has a really good haberdashery stall which stocks all sorts of prettiness, needless to say they know my face ;)
Of course once I’d made one I realised that I just NEEDED another one for my dressing table. A small one to put my jewellery in at night. I had to hunt high and low in my scrappy stash drawer to find some of the left over fabric from when I made my dressing table mat YEARS ago, but I managed it ;)
I can already see this will be handy to take away with me on holiday because it’s flat pack!
Until next time,