Today’s natter is mostly quilt related, please skip to the end for the knit bit.
So it was the second of the three quilting classes last week. ( What is the difference between a class and a workshop, for sure I don’t know).
We stitched the nine blocks together using the chain method and nesting the seams! The tutor held each one up as we finished and we each had a round of applause and people said nice things which made me feel inordinately good .I also had a bit of a smug moment which I mostly managed to keep to myself. Remember last time the tiz I got into cutting up fat quarters , well the other two beginners had no such trouble. Smug moment coming. We were stitching them together and I knew that I had to get those corners matching and the seam had to be 1/4 inch wide exactly. So there I am plodding my way down the seam slowly slowly, snails pace. Lady next to me, whiz , bang wallop, she’s finished . HA! I still feel the glee as she was not only told to unpick seams but cut some more pieces because they were the wrong size. Guess who finished first in the end, the tortoise… oh so smug. I am feeling smug even typing this, not nice Cathy.
Please note the quilting language creeping in too I feel rather proud at learning the lingo. Then we cleared two tables and the three of us beginners and the tutor sandwiched our quilts. We laid the wadding down first and then the flimsy on top. Carefully lifting each corner we sprayed fabric glue and gently laid the top back down. Then we flipped the quilt over and laid the back down and repeat with the spray fabric glue. Then we used curved safety pins to pin in place. I never knew there were curved safety pins in the world. Then we were ready to start quilting, yikes.
Now comes a bit I’d like your thoughts on please. We were given something called a frixion erasable pen to mark the quilting lines with ,and if you iron them they vanish. This seemed a bit odd to me so I did some research when I came home, and apparently they are designed to be used by children for invisible writing on peper, because if you put your writing in the freezer they come become visible again. Now I won’t be putting the quilt in the freezer, but they sound a bit dubious to me. Has anyone used them? I gather there is a problem too with ghosting.
I then saw someone mentioned using a hera marker , but try as I might I can’t find out if they just make a crease mark or an actual mark mark? Does anyone know?
I also saw the suggesting of using masking tape to show where to go. I didn’t finish the quilting in class and would love to know what people recommend before I part with some hard cash, well credit card, please.
So without further ado and a lot of humility here is how my quilting looks.
The big picture.
I was supposed to be in the ditch on the seam lines. whoops.
but at least my corners meet.
but off here, and you can see the red lines where I need to iron them a bit more to make them go away.
Here I need to go from bottom left to top right still, but how to mark the line. The in the ditch looks a bit better too.
We have started to talk about the next quilt too. It’s called rail fence I think, not telegraph pole as I said in class. It uses jelly rolls. For the beginners quilt I have used fat quarters I already owned, bought for no good reason ‘cept I liked them, so they don’t really make a cohesive quilt. So if I do the next quilt I want to buy a jelly roll I really like, but they seem so expensive. The one I like is a Moda and nearly £40 , does that sound about right. Should I be thinking of buying cheaper, buying better. Again please give me your thoughts.
And finally I want to say a huge thank you to all the quilters whose blogs I have followed and learned so much from. Without you I would not have had my smug moment. It was entirely down to you all that I know the importance of that 1/4 inch. Moving on..
I have actually managed some knitting this week.
Back and front and half of the first sleeve done. Can I do another in a week? I’ll try to have more knitting next week.
Otherwise it’s been quiet round here. We have stayed on top of the house and garden. Mr E even made the bed two days running! I continue to plod away at family history, I do love it when something suddenly slots into place.
The weather is a bit damp and drizzly , typical UK weather really. Hopefully I will get out in the garden or better still go for a nice walk. Next week is busy again, things to look forward too.
What about you? Anything planned for the weekend? In the meantime,