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Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Monday, 28 October 2013
Salt Water Swoon Quilt (traditional linen background):
- It's quite a bit heavier than a standard high quality quilters cotton, and softer too;
- Its yarn dyed nature adds a lot of texture up close. More so than a standard cotton, but less so than a traditional linen;
- It holds its shape well when cutting and piecing but it does stretch to a certain degree so i did try to be a bit more careful than usual;
- I didn't need to starch or go overboard basting;
- It gives a nice drape to quilt tops;
- It doesn't like to iron out as easily as traditional quilters cotton. If you love a good crinkly quilt then this might suit you splendidly;
- Prewash! I cannot stress this enough. I NEVER prewash my quilting cottons but I will ALWAYS prewash linen (I learned this the hard way);
- After you prewash, toss it in the dryer on high heat and shrink it on purpose before you cut (it shrinks like crazy!);
- Spray starch is your friend as traditional linen tends to stretch easily. Using a starch will keep your fibers firm when piecing;
- Measure your pieces frequently when piecing to make sure they haven't been stretched;
- Piece linen blocks using straight lines. Curved pieces are likely to stretch and skew so be wary of this if your pattern calls for lots of curves;
- Be cognizant of your movement during ironing. Be sure to press seams flat using an up-down motion. If you slide your iron across seams from side-to-side, your linen may stretch;
- Baste, baste, baste. Spray baste with 505 and then use boat loads of pins to help reduce your top from stretching during quilting; and
- Use a batting with Scrim to give structure when quilting. My long armed quilter used this when she quilted my Salt Water Swoon Quilt.
So this is my response: Is working with traditional linen tedious? Yes, I won't deny that fact. But in all honesty I can say that without a doubt sometimes it is absolutely worth it - here's why:
Reasons to Quilt with Traditional Linen:
- It's soft. Like seriously down right snuggly soft;
- It adds depth in your quilt that your run of the mill solid just can't. Linens are often composed of multiple colours, especially when they're called 'natural'. When making my Salt Water Swoon Quilt, I chose traditional linen because it looked just like sand. A solid background couldn't offer me that image;
- It gives texture. While quilting cottons are smooth to the touch, traditional linen has lumps, bumps and fuzzies. This can be unusual for a quilter but it's worth embracing;
- It drapes. Using linen as a background on a queen sized quilt will help give drape to your quilt, even if the backing is cotton. My Salt Water Swoon Quilt is great proof of that.
Friday, 25 October 2013
When we were little our great aunt adored sweaters that reflected a very similar esthetic and style. While it's not the typical modern print that either of us would normally gravitate towards, it felt a bit like hitting the jackpot. When the quilt was gifted it it was easy to see our great aunt agreed.
- Quilt Name: Wonky Stars Quilt
- Finished Size: lap sized (47.5" x 60.5")
- Fabric: Oakshott Cotton and Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton (wonky stars), Essex yarn dyed linen in flax (background)
- Pattern: Wonky Stars made using this tutorial
- Quilting: stitch in the ditch around each star, then FMQ swirls in the background.
This is Kelsey's second completed project for the Q4 2013 Finish A-Long - read more about her other goals here.
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Wednesday, 23 October 2013
On the go, a Halloween themed cross stitch.
In my sewing machine, Posy baby quilt do-over.
Monday, 21 October 2013
I followed this tutorial exactly and even bought the same trim. No creativity in this one but as the days get shorter and we brace for another winter, I am glad to have this colourful scarf to brighten up my wardrobe.
Friday, 18 October 2013
- Quilt Name: Salt Water Swoon Quilt
- Finished Size: queen sized (80" x 80")
- Fabric: Salt Water by Tula Pink (flowers, backing and binding) and a mystery linen from my LQS that looks just like sand (background)
- Pattern: Swoon by Thimble Blossoms
- Quilting: a long arm quilter from my home town
This is my first completed project for the Q4 2013 Finish A-Long - read more about my other goals here.
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Wednesday, 16 October 2013
It was a whirlwind of a weekend (always the best kind) and after coming home, I feel refreshed and renewed. So much so that I actually managed to knock something off of the moan and complain list.
Noodlehead's Open Wide Pouch. Much better than a trip to the dentist.
I took Jessie's mini dresden class at Sewing Summit and made this little beauty. Anyone who was actually at Sewing Summit has probably already seen it since I was showing it off like a proud mother to anyone who would smile and nod. Look at the duck, the owl...at 4" in diameter it is way too cute!
Although Jessie suggested mounting it on some canvas and framing it, a weekend spent toting around my rotary cutter in a plastic grocery store bag while ogling all of the gorgeous handmade bags of my fellow attendees made me determined to turn that piece of canvas into a notions pouch.
Hope all of my fellow Canadians had equally wonderful weekends!
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
Amanda and I put this top together while we were at Sewing Summit a few weeks back, and now I need to get it quilted and bound before our great aunt turns 90 this weekend (talk about a tight deadline).
Monday, 7 October 2013
- A tidy home with only one project on the coffee table means that there is either company coming in the next 10 minutes or I've managed to find a whole lot of zen.
- A project in the bedroom and living room is indicative of a normal and sustainable level of chaos.
- A few projects strewn about on the couch, dining room table and next to the bed with a stack of yarn or fabric on the floor in the spare bedroom means usually means contact with a stressful patch over the last week or so.
- Barely started projects on every surface with stacks of yarn and fabric "cued up" in the spare bedroom are a bad sign...a really bad sign.
Two guesses on where things are this week.
The couch is home to my rigid heddle loom and some weaving on a gradient shawl that I started more than 3 years ago.
My school bag is home to the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's Halloween Sampler that I fell hard for a few weeks back.
The dining room table has a half-finished version of Noodlehead's Open Wide pouch, complete with rainbow zipper.
Friday, 4 October 2013
I have been admiring Swoon quilts since the pattern first came out. This summer I decided to get my feet wet by slicing up some prints from Tula Pink's Salt Water line.
I cut and assembled each block over the last two months as I was able to carve out a bit of time in the odd weekend here and there. My previous posts on this Swoon quilt give more detailed pictures of each of the blocks.
I'm on a tight deadline to finish up this quilt so I was thrilled we had such a beautiful day for photos before putting this project in the mail. This massive queen sized quilt top is on its way to a long armer and I'm seriously excited to see how it turns out in a few weeks.
I think the stars aligned just perfectly as I met a very talented long armer just as I was fretting about how to finish this up in time. This will mark the first quilt that I've sent off to be quilted rather than doing it myself and I'm looking forward to seeing her take on how it should be quilted. In a few short weeks I'll find out!
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