Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Hello! I’m Nova, nice to meet you! ;) I blog over at www.acuppaandacatchup and Shruti kindly invited me over to her place to do a guest post while she is enjoying her fab holiday.
So to keep up Shruti’s tradition I bring you the Saturday 9...
1. Who in your life do you think behaves and thinks the most like you do?
I guess I’m pretty much my mother’s daughter, we always seem to be on the same page and have similar taste & style.
2. As a kid, were you ever wrongly accused (and punished, if it went that far) for something you didn't do? If so, what was it? What happened?
I guess as with all kids who have siblings there’s always the “he did it”, “she did it” thing – but nothing major comes to mind.
3. What’s the scariest weather situation you’ve experienced?
I live in sub tropical Queensland and we get some pretty big storms here in Summer. The worst was when the sky turned green and a huge hail storm came though, smashing the windows.
4. If you could wake up tomorrow morning in another country, where would you want to be and why?
It would be nice to wake up in England to see my family.
5. Instead of going to work Monday, if you could spend the entire day doing something else--any one or two things that you absolutely love doing--what would you do?
Sewing of course!
6. What sites (other than meme sites) do you use most to help you post on your blog?
I hang out in flickr a lot and all the stuff going on there keeps me inspired and motivated to keep making and blogging.
7. Check out a post on your blog from six months ago (March 2010) and tell us what is different now about your blog and/or life?
Not much has changed at all really! My blog is primarily a place to document and share my crafty adventures, I don’t share too much of other aspects of my life there but back in March was one of the rare occasions I did. A dear friend was very sick and I was feeling utterly helpless and so very sad and I blogged about a gift I had sent her.
8. What was the last photograph you took?
I took pictures yesterday of a crafty little project I’m working on....
9. Which fashion trend do you believe is the most horrendous and why?
Ooo there have been some shockers. I was never really a fan of the shoulder pad in the 80’s, I never quite got what that was all about.
Don’t forget to scroll down a few posts and enter Shruti’s giveaway..there’s still time J
Have a wonderful weekend J
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Welcome back for my second ever blog post! This one is about t-shirt quilts. So far I’ve made three t-shirt quilts. My husband had so many t-shirts he collected (and couldn’t wear any longer) that I decided to make a two sided t-shirt quilt.
It took about 40 t-shirts to make each side. The t-shirts were fused to mid-weight interfacing to stabilize them, and behaved just like woven fabric when I sewed the blocks together. The blocks were cut to whatever size the image was plus whatever extra it needed to be a multiple of 3” on each side (3” by 9” or 12” by 18”or whatever) plus an extra inch for ½” seam allowances. They went together like a jigsaw puzzle. I didn’t need to do any extra cutting to get square tops. There were a couple of blocks left over for next time.
The tops were so heavy that Wanda Rains from Rainy Day Quilts, my machine quilter at the time (now I’m trying to do it myself), convinced me to make two quilts instead. She used felted cotton batts and backed them with navy blue flannel. She sent a note saying that they were pretty difficult to quilt, and recommended light weight fusible next time. She mentioned that the needles kept getting gummed up with the fusible stuff. They came out great, nonetheless, because Wanda is awesome. Check out the stitching below.
Fast forward to last Christmas, when my daughter’s friend Jose came over and brought a collection of monster-movie t-shirts. This time, I used light weight interfacing, and in order to make it look like the t-shirts are individual frames in a movie film reel, I found some striped interlock fabric to mimic the sprockets. This was also fused to light weight interfacing. It seemed to sew okay, but the fabric stretched so much that—I kid you not—I had to rip and resew the seams about 12 times to get the top to square up. To accomplish that, there were pins about every half inch along the new seams. Seems like the interfacing didn’t do much this time to stabilize the interlock. The red vine quilting fabric that acts as a background helped somewhat to keep the “film reels” squared up. It was backed with flannel and has a light felted poly batt. There was some fusible gunk build-up on the needle when I lightly quilted it, but it wasn’t too bad. I finished it in time for his birthday in July.
Monday, September 20, 2010
As you know, Shruti has gone to
Deb and I chose cotton quilting fabric to make the little dress because it’s easy to find pretty fabrics. Cotton, wonderful fabric that it is, sticks to itself without having to do much pinning. This makes it really easy to turn the hems and the casings for the elastic; a little starch, a little pressing and most of the work’s done for you before you even put it on the sewing machine. Also, cotton drapes well, washes well and is very comfortable.
See you all Thursday!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
And a feature article on my favorite Fat Quarterly Blog!!!
Things can get no better!!! Another reason to celebrate!!!