Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Decisions, Decisions

We are having a silent auction fundraiser at school for athletics. We used to do silent auctions and dinners years ago and they were great fun. I always made and donated something to be auctioned off. We have a young staff who are reproducing at a healthy rate, so I always made something baby appropriate because I knew it would sell.

I bought this fabric on my last quilt shop hop with C and L. This is the basic layout - I think
version 1

version 2

The fabric is folded in half so it would stick to the design wall. I will put random circles in the center white section that are made up of the other fabrics. I'm not in love with the dark fabric on the end(s). The binding was going to be the 2nd from right fabric - it might become the dark. I'll have to see. As soon as I get some time this week I'll update you on my progress.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Back at the needle

I've been away from the sewing machine for a bit - my paying job was making some serious demands on my time. I had a bit of a respite this weekend, so jumped at the chance to do some sewing.

On Friday, C and I had a sewing retreat at her house. I got two Dear Jane blocks finished there:


BR 5
It was a productive day.

Saturday I did a little shopping with my sister - hit a quilt shop but didn't take any photos. I also did another Dear Jane triangle. Here is BR 6:
BR 6
I got back to my sewing machine tonight and fixed up this block:
I had the bottom right hand corner mixed up - it wasn't mirroring the top left corner and it was bugging me.

Here's what my design wall looked like when my Dear Jane homework was finished:

I'm linking up to Patchworktimes Design Wall Monday.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Before and After

When I started renovations on my main floor last summer, I took down the 1980s peach vertical blinds and put up this beauty:

It's a blue gingham sheet I bought in the late 90s. It served it's purpose to cover the window but isn't very nice to look at.

I finished sewing my new drapes yesterday - they were only 11 months in the making. I bought the fabric last May and then couldn't start them until the renovations were finished, then I was afraid to start in case I made a major error - at $20/m it could be costly. I finally got started in March break a few weeks ago, then my machine broke - when trying to go through multiple layers of drapes.

My parents came over today and helped hang the new drapes:

I am very pleased with how they turned out - I wish I would have started earlier.

It's ironic that I was so worried about measuring correctly - I made a measurement error when purchasing the fabric - I calculated the repeat wrong - so I have a ton left over. I'll make some into cushion covers for this room and I have a room upstairs that needs something on the window.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

The drapes are finished

I decided to spend today finishing off my drapes. I'm having some friends and family over next weekend and I want them hung - I am getting sick of my blue gingham sheet that's been there since last summer.

I've never made actual pleated drapes before. All my previous window covering projects were tab curtains, which really take little math to figure out. It took two youtube videos and a bunch of math to figure out the pleats. I found an online pleat calculator which made it so much easier.

a page of math
Measurements and pins to divide off pleats

finished pleats
Maybe the best thing - my sewing machine didn't break this time!
I'll have some help to hang them tomorrow and will post them hanging as well.

Friday, 28 March 2014

This is really bugging me

I thought it would go away - that feeling - when something is just not right.

See this

It's a Dear Jane block. I made it last weekend - took about 45 minutes and I did paper piecing. When I was finished and pressing it, I noticed it - the problem that's bugging me. See the upper left and bottom right corners - notice anything?

They are supposed to match - they don't. Immediately I thought - just leave it, there's no Dear Jane police. It'll be fine.

It's been on the design wall all week and every time I walk by it I cringe a little.

I'll have to do some un-sewing. Sigh.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Dear Jane...

...sometimes I wonder what you really did. Did you have a house servant to do all the work around the house so all you could do was sit and sew all day? How many people, if any, helped you with this quilt? Did you ever swear in frustration? Miscalculate measurements? Wonder what the heck you were thinking to start this project?



Thursday, 13 March 2014

That Second Noise...

I was happily sewing away on my drapes, when suddenly there was a noise, and not a good one. The needle came loose and went down into the bobbin case for at least two stitches until I realized what happened. I swore. Then I took apart everything, found the broken piece of the needle and put everything back together. That's when the second noise started. It's the one that's most worrisome because it sounds like two things are rubbing together in the bobbin case that shouldn't be rubbing. So I took it apart again - didn't solve the problem. Then I got a little worried because as much as I'd like a new machine, I don't want to have to pay for one right now. So, I decided to call Danny, my repair man. There was no answer. Damn. I'm hoping he was just busy so didn't answer the phone - and not that he's on vacation. (After all, I have drapes and Dear Jane blocks to get finished.)

The first panel of drapes is together and hemmed on all edges. I just need to put the pleats in. The second drape is here

with three sides finished.

I went on a shopping trip on Tuesday to Niagara with a friend. It was a beautiful day - 13C - sunny and warm. We stopped at the Bee Modern quilt shop and I picked these up for baby shoes

organic cotton

organic cotton

organic cotton

just cute
The place I wanted to go to for lunch was closed - a minor bummer in the day. All in all, it was a great day.

Here's hoping my machine is fixed quickly. Until then, I'll get some knitting done and do some hand applique for Dear Jane.