Saturday, February 21, 2009

Good timing!

I was taking a break from basting my coin quilt, and was doing some internet surfing and found this!

Although I'm already a wee way through mine, I always struggle to get motivated for the end parts, basting, quilting and binding. So this should push me along which is good. I'm also not technically sure mine is a coin quilt, as all the examples show rectangles, whereas mine is squares (using a charm pack) but I don't care I'm going to play along. I used one and a bit packs of charm squares from TulaPink's Nest range. I love it and I think it would be great for a pre-teen aged girl.

There are some truly beautiful quilts on the flickr page which is very inspiring.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Fat Quarter Quilt

I had a few fat quarters that I really loved, and wanted to showcase, so I went with a really basic pattern, with linen sashing

I went with a pieced binding, which I love

Also a good chance to practise my free motion quilting, which thankfully is getting better!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Stash alert!

Over at Sew, Mama, Sew they are doing a section about fabric stashs so I thought I would give it a go. I will try and take a picture at some point, but my craft room is so messy it is embarrassing...

  • What do you usually sew?
Quilts mostly, some bags, some clothes. I'm hoping to do more clothes, and I'm taking a community dressmaking course.
  • When you shop for fabric, what size cuts do you usually buy? (i.e. If you see something beautiful, but you don’t have a use for it right away, how much do you buy?)
Mostly fat quarters, as quilt fabric in NZ is very expensive, so a fat quarter is a nice amount of money to spend.
  • Do you buy on impulse or do you go out looking for something you need?
  • Are you a pre-washer? If you are, do you wash your fabric before you need it, or only when you’re ready to use it?
No prewashing for me, when I want to use fabric i'm not about to mess round washing it.
  • Do you iron it?
not until I use it
  • How do you sort it? (color, print size, collection, etc.)
I sort by type, quilt vs upholstery vs dress, then by colour, then by size. My stash is primarily quilt fabric.
  • Do you have any special folding techniques?
No, just whatever fits in the tray
  • How do you store your fabric?
I have a four layered tray thing on wheels for quilt fabric and plastic tubs for other things.
  • What tips do you have for building up a well-rounded stash?
Buy what you like! not what you think you need, or what is "in fashion"
  • When do you say enough is enough?
When the quilt fabric doesn't fit in the trays.
  • What are some of your favorite stash-busting projects?
Quilts, its good that you can do a bit of a quilt top at a time
  • Do you have a current favorite print in your stash? Let’s see it!
I don't have one favourite, but lots of fun japanese prints