This weekend it was about big pieces of fabric. and making big things.
A friend as school asked if I could finish the edges for some table clothes for the teacher appreciation lunch. “Sure” says the crazy lady. By next week. ” Sure” says the crazy lady. Cause I certainly don’t have anything else piled up!! But I want to help, and it needs to get done. So 45 feet of fabric arrived Friday morning at my house.
It had been cut into five 9′ pieces, which frayed a lot.
Trimmed, zig-zagged, double turn edges all sewn together and delivered. The friend who asked for me to do this job took my kids to the beach for 3 hours so that I could get this done. Fair trade.
The other big job was to make a back for the batik quilt top to donate to people who lost everything in the fire in Fort MacMurray.
I didn’t have a big enough piece for the whole back, so I needed to come up with something. My mom’s cousin is a designer for Ethan Allen and a few years ago gave us a big bag of scraps and cuttings. Amongst others there was a lot of this Greek column fabric. But it was a lot of smaller pieces and one long strip.
There wasn’t quite enough of the one fabric, so I added contrast fabric strips to bulk it out.
Pretty happy with the result. Hopefully this will work with the other side.
So now it’s a matter of putting it all together. That will be next weekend.
I generally sew everything by machine. Including most mending and hemming and quilt binding. The rare exception is embroidery once every few years.
But recently I hand bound a little wall hanging quilt and enjoyed the process. Then I hand bound a surprise gift with as much pleasure. Now my quilt guild has asked members to applique a quilt square for a charity quilt.
This is what the final quilt plan looks like, but on the right is the colour palette that was chosen.
I cut the template and traced onto good ol’ cereal box board. Then cut out my pieces.
After sewing pieces together on my machine and pressing the edges under, I was ready to hand sew.
And 1 baseball game sitting in the stands sewing, it is all put together. I definitely need to improve my curves, think it looks not too bad.