SPLENDID PROGRESS ON A SNOWY SUNDAY

Hello my lovelies. It’s a beautiful snowy Sunday afternoon as I write. I was in my sewing room adding binding to my latest project when I noticed that it was snowing. I shouted out to Sarah to have a look outside and she squealed with delight. I know not a lot of people like snow but we love it; especially if we don’t have any plans to go anywhere.

My last report included my progress on the hearth runner I was piecing in order to practice machine quilting on my domestic sewing machine using rulers. Well, I’m very pleased to tell you that the I have done the quilting and am about to hand finish the binding on the back of the runner.

I started by cleaning my sewing machine. I changed the needle to a size 14 Topstitch needle, switched the foot to a ruler foot and threaded the machine with 50wt Aurifil. In most jobs I prefer a nice fine thread …..

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Before I actually started to machine quilt on the actual project, I did a test run on a practice sandwich …..

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Sometime between the test run and the actual go on my hearth runner I chose to use another ruler from my Parrs Reel Ruler system which I have hardly used …..

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I start in the centre of the quilt and worked my way out. As you can see the Parrs Reel Rulers system works by inserting the ruler foot in the slot. So, I simply lined up the edge of the slot against the seam and proceeded to stitch up one side along the seam and down the other. The trick is to be able to hold the ruler down firmly against the foot while moving the quilt around while the machine stitches. I found it pretty easy to do with a straight ruler but it was a little more difficult with a curvy ruler. Having said that, I feel that with practice, it can be done. I must admit that I wouldn’t want to be machine quilting a king size quilt using this method but working on a small quilt such as my hearth runner was enjoyable. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the progress. I have a sense of accomplishment after that little bit of machine quilting using rulers. There are a lot more complicated designs which I hope to try sometime in the near future perhaps on a cushion cover or a small table topper or bag. I certainly have enough rulers to produce something interesting.

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Even though I kept this trial as simple as possible, I still think it looks nice. The next step is to hand finish the binding on the back. The binding is my favourite part.

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I have a couple of UFOs that I would dearly love to finish but I have added another technique to my To-Do List. My friend Susan from Oz reminded me that we both purchased Quick Curve rulers some time ago. Well I haven’t used mine yet. I even bought a pattern that uses the special ruler. Imagine, I could probably piece a small project and do some more machine quilting using rulers on my domestic machine doing some curvy stitching. I guess I better find the ruler and the pattern so I can have a go.

It’s still snowing. In fact, the snow is lying now. I have no doubt that it’s even whiter further inland to where I live. Isn’t it amazing how from one town to the other the weather can be so different.

So, that’s my first new technique crossed off my To-Do List. I’m pleased to have added another technique, Quick Curve ruler design, to the list that I can plan for. I’m looking forward to the challenge. I hope you’re all enjoying all your challenges on this very wintry day.

Until next time,

Let’s all keep stitching x

Lucie x

MAKING PROGRESS, MOVING FORWARD

Hello my lovelies. It’s red letter weekend in my quiet little world. I got such good news yesterday which I am still revelling in. My Sarah, my lovely clever and very creative daughter, received her grades for her dissertation. She got a first. This mean she’s almost assured to graduate with honours. What more can this super happy stitching lady ask for. I’m soooo proud.

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I have a little progress report for you today. You might remember I started planning a runner for the hearth in my living room yesterday. I chose five different fabrics from my stash and started cutting it up. Originally, I was planning on piecing my runner from simple strips. However, once I got into my sewing room and when I was reaching for a rotary ruler to start cutting, I noticed a Dresden Plate ruler which I have never used before. So, I changed my plan of action. I cut a few Dresden shapes from each fabric and laid them out to work out which fabric to place where.

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When I was happy with the placement I started to join the shapes together in groups of five shapes …..

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I just kept progressing until I had the whole runner pieced. I even got it layered up and ready for quilting ….

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It doesn’t look like much at the moment but I’m quite sure when it’s all quilted and sitting on my hearth it will look fab. If this works out well, I may even make another that’s spring themed and possible another summer themed. The sky is the limit.
I hope to bring you some more progress about the machine quilting using rulers sometime in the next few days. I plan on keeping the quilting design simple in order to get used to the feel of holding a ruler against the sewing machine foot while free motion stitching. I think it may be a case of patting your head while rubbing your tummy all at the same time. Possibly some straight lines might do the trick. We’ll just have to see when the time comes.
It’s quite interesting working on a new technique. It seems to be coming to fruition a lot quicker than I thought it would. I must admit that the runner I pieced was rather simple and the fabric came from a bag of fabric which I discovered while I was sorting and tidying in preparation for painting my sewing room. I wish all projects came together that easy.
Well that’s my little report for today. I hope you’re all planning seasonal projects that come together as easily as mine has.
Please pop in again soon.
Until next time,
Let’s all keep stitching
Lucie x

 

MORE TOOLS THAN I THOUGHT!

Hello my lovelies. Winter has definitely hit my little corner of the northeast of England. I personally haven’t struggled too much but only because I live so close to the coast. For some reason which eludes me, it always snows a little bit extra farther inland. Truth be known, I do enjoy watching the snow fall but I’m not so brave driving in it anymore.

In my quest to practice a new skill, I took inventory of the tools I already own, that I can use to do some machine quilting using rulers on my domestic sewing machine. It seems that I have accumulated quite a lot of rulers over the years. So, I guess I have no excuse not to have a go.


I selected a few fabrics from my stash to piece a narrow runner which I plan on laying on the hearth in my living room. Over Christmas I put a Christmas runner on the hearth and put candles on it. It looked so good I decided to make another runner which I can use all year round. My finished measurements need to be 53” x 10”. And I’m planning on keeping this project simple. It’s going to made up of simple strips that I will join together. I’m hoping the result will be a naïve homespun finish. I love anything wonky me.

What kind of sewing tools do we all count on? I stick to basic tools mainly. I do have a few specialty tools in my stash which I always forget about or can’t find when I need them!!! Sometimes its just easier to struggle that search for a tool that truth be known, you can do the job without. These are my go to tools, the ones that I use in the making of all my projects.

You will notice the piece of paper, it’s greaseproof paper which I use to protect my iron and ironing board when using fusible web. I’ve been caught out with gunk on the sole plate of my iron once too often. So, I make the effort to use greaseproof paper whenever I do raw edge appliqué.

It’s a sunny Friday. My washing machine is whirring away and I’ve planned to do a little cooking, some soup, meatloaf and perhaps some peanut cookies too. It’s quite cold again today, making it a great day for comfort food.
Well I guess that’s my story for today. I hope you’re all keeping busy on this third Friday of the new year.

Please pop in again soon.

Until next time,

Let’s all keep stitching

Lucie x