Friday, March 9, 2018

Q1 - pig cushion

Pig cushion is finished. Time to check another project of my FAL list. 3/6 is my current score.

I wasn't sure how to quilt it so anyhow was the way to go :)

When I plan to use cover as gift I like to bind the edges inside. No threads sticking out anywhere.

The only disadvantage of such binding is the corners are not perfect as there is a little bulk inside.

I'm fine with that though. The back is plain and simple.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

OMG - 03

I'm keeping up with the trend I set this year. Each month I'll try new tutorial as my OMG goal.
This time Magic pouch tutorial caught my eye. Imagine two zippers on one pouch :)

I'm going to use these lovely Echino fabrics. I just love the texture of linen.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

WiP - working on my FAL list

This post is simply to cheer myself up and to motivate myself. Plus sort of recap.
I didn't wrote my New Years resolutions. They usually don't work anyway but I had plans. I wanted to create a bit every day and share over at IG. It worked for a while. I also wanted to blog more often. That also worked in January but now we are at the end of February and this is only my 4th post.
It doesn't mean that I don't like to do these things but simply you realize if you don't fulfill your plans nothing really happens. I get lazy and sometimes overwhelmed. I admit I also have a problem of being consistent.

Not all is bad though. I'm still positive about completing few more goals on my FAL list. I made progress on love wall hanging. Yellow and green section is completely quilted and I need to get suitable red and blue thread to continue.
I have also completed OMG goal for January and February which is good thing.

I prepared the pig cushion for quilting but I haven't decided how I'm going to quilt it yet :)
So we'll see how it goes. It's usually either many things getting done or no activity at all. Hopefully I'll approach rising activity stage soon. I already have plans for my OMG March goal!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

OMG - 02 finished

My OMG goal for February was to use those fancy zippers.

I found some tuts to help me out. It took me three attempts to install this first zipper. At first I sewed too close to zipper teeth and fabric was getting into them. My second attempt ended up even worse. I didn't catch the fabric at all. Yeah I didn't use pins. Luckily my third try worked.

There is a loop at the back. I finished the binding by hand as I didn't have matching thread to stitch in place :) You can find the tutorial here.

My second project was boxy pouch. My seam ripper had some work with this one as well. I didn't read the instructions properly. I just looked at pictures and that was not enough. Boxy pouches are not my thing. If you would like to try for yourself here is the tut I used.

For my third zipper I didn't feel like using either tutorial again. I found another tut here. It's simple and quick. I finished the pouch with french seams instead like Lucy suggests in her post here. It's like pocket. I added small loop.

I do like zippers. Especially bright ones. Regular type. To be honest with you I will never ever buy those fancy zippers again. They might look pretty but I prefer different type of assembly and shape of pouches. At least I finally used them and tried something new.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sewing table

I recently bought wide table for my sewing machine. The reason was my machine has a strange shape which was hard to copy and make as drop down into table. This wide table has changed the shape which suited my needs.

That's how the process started. Handy husband is definitely necessary for this type of upgrade.

White shelf was added to match the drawers.

We have also added one more leg for extra support.

Here is peak from below.

It fits wonderfully. We only forgot about the power button on the side :)

But it was an easy fix.

Looking good to me :) and there is FMQ challenge starting this Monday! Coincidence?

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

OMG - 02

It took me a while to figure out what my goal for this month will be. But I got it!

I'm going to use these fancy zippers. I bought them few years back. I checked IG for ideas and found one page that has 2 tutorials suitable. One is called Boxy Lace Zipper Pouch and the other Pretty Lace Zip Pencil Pouch. I tried neither one so that's my OMG goal for this month. Yay! Excited :)

Yeah, first step is matching zippers with fabrics. As per usual :)
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

OMG - 01 finished

On the very last day I have completed my OMG goal.

My goal was to try out this tut called Prairie Point Pouch Tutorial. I have adjusted the size to zippers I had on hand. I have also tried larger points on one of those pouches. I found scrap of that fabric and wanted to use it all.

See the back side. You don't need large piece of accent fabric that's why I still have some left even though I  made my accent stripes wider.

I haven't tried this type of zipper assembly before.

Looks good on the end. No bulk.

I must practise some more on the front side. I have a small gap on two of those but still looking fine.

I have put those pouches on my FAL Q1 list as well, so that's 2/6 completed.
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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Tutorial: paper tin cover

For making paper tin cover you will obviously need some paper tins. My tins come mostly from alternative coffee products, granulated tea for kids or müsli.

For creating post stamp blocks I have used this tutorial. It's easy technique which I previously used on few projects.

To determine the size of your block measure your tin and add a little bit to each side. I mostly add approximately 0.5" but in this case it depends on the size of your squares used to make the block.

Since there is already interfacing in these blocks I do not add any batting. If you will use batting make it the size of your tin without the folding addition.

Here you can see the top with exceeded fabric folded over and top stitched. The bottom looks the same. Once you have your block top stitched at the top and bottom you wrap it around your tin and pin to determine where to sew together.

And that's it. Turn it around and slide on your tin.

It's fairly easy. I did not use exact measurements in this tutorial since all tins are different. I hope you find it useful and try it yourself.

If you would like to hang your tin on rod just like I do add piece of ribbon and button for that purpose. The ribbon is added prior sewing the whole piece together.

You can also use any other type of block or just plain fabric. Just add piece of batting or make it as QAYG. Dress it up to suit your needs. Here are some examples.

I do get asked what do I put inside. Well here is peak. Not all my tins are fully loaded since I finished them just yesterday :)