Sunday, 28 June 2015

Ah the Task of Photographing a Q2 Finish...Plus an unlisted Pouch

Hereby my third finish for Q2 !

This is two for one- kinda!
on my list was my son's 21st quilt but the original idea wasn't coming together well at all.

It wasn't going to be this one but he likes it a lot; pronouncing it my best ever- good enough for me , so very happy to call this a 21st quilt!

I press ganged the kids to go on a photo shoot in the industrial area. Fair to say commitment and enthusiasm was a bit lacking, plus the low winter light was a bit harsh. Some good potential spots but not good photos.

This mustard doorway was nice

Clearly I have a lot to learn about quilt photography. 

Yesterday one of the other kids and I (and the dog, who's not actually an asset in the business of quilt photography) tried to get some early evening shots at the beach, but were thwarted by erosion after a recent storm, which blocked access to my location of choice and by the dual task of exercising the dog... Maybe I'll try again for the beach shots later...?

I washed this after completion so it's very wrinkly which I like in general, but wondered if it'd look better ironed here.
I settled on one pocket for the back into which I will tuck a label.

You can see I stitched mostly in the ditch for the quilting except for a double line of yellow either side of each block

Very happy with the mustard Botanics binding.

Overall very simple but good to have the family's favourite jeans preserved for posterity.

These are the 21 year old's current favourite jeans which look like they're overdue for this quilt too!?

Just whipped up this little pouch on Saturday for a friend's birthday.

Nice metal zipper and handy for things like chargers when travelling!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

The Gloves are Off

I made a quick oven glove with this improv panel which has been languishing in a drawer for too long

I learnt a few things:

Make it bigger than you think you need.

I made it nice and long but it's quite slim around the wrist, which makes it tricky over a winter jersey! I drew around my hand in what I thought was a generous manner. But clearly I'm not as generous as I should be! And it's didn't fit over the free arm of the sewing machine which made the binding stitching a bit wonky :-( I followed Maria's instructions to put the binding on the inside then topstitch on the front. Maybe try the other way next time?

It's OK it works and I still quite like it but Mark II will be better.

Annoyed that I cut out 3 hands before I tried it out...! Maybe I can try adding some wider sides...!

When all's said and done it's still a Q2 finish!

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Back Pockets

Current work in progress is the back of the jeans quilt. I was planning to use a vintage floral flannel but plans have changed a little.

My son saw this quilt top last week and really liked it and I think it's quite a good fit for him, he's keen on his denims and this quilt represents a tour through the family's jeans of the last few years.

Also the shot cotton colour plan is still not gelling for me despite basically restarting and spending several more hours.

Sam preferred the idea of a plainer back, perhaps making use of a row of back pockets.

So I framed some back pockets but it's not quite right yet.

I think I need to narrow the frames so the blocks are closer and add another pocket and possibly move them inboard a bit. I've folded it up a bit here to try to get the visual effect.


Please excuse the picture quality. We had a deluge yesterday and the sun has not quite reappeared yet so the light is very bad today.

I kind of like the idea of using some other parts of the jeans but of course the alternative is just to stick with a plain back...Or maybe just one pocket to form the label? Maybe I like that idea better...

Linking up with Lee for WiP Wednesday.

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