Friday, August 26, 2016

Some Friday Finishes

I completed a few things in the past week in the sewing room. First, I was able to make a new flannel pillowcase for my daughter before she took off for school…

I love the skate flannel.

I also finished all of the sections of the batik version of the Gypsy Wife…

Most of this is pieced together, but I still need to wait until next month to put the entire top together. I’m really pleased with how it turned out, and I have decided to not put a border on this one, though I think I will on the neutral version.

Speaking of the neutral Gypsy Wife…

I completed Section 7 of the neutral version. I should have had this one done prior to this past Saturday's class. But now I’m caught up with this one. I will try to get the last two sections completed in the next couple of weeks.

That’s about it from here. I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Head over for some great projects.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

One Gypsy Wife Quilt Down

Yesterday I finished the tenth (and final) section of the batik version of the Gypsy Wife quilt…

I still need to trim up the bottom, but I’ll do that when I get it all put together. So now, all of the sections for this version are done…

(Again, please excuse the packing boxes and the photo angle)

I’m very pleased with how it has turned out. I have decided to not put a border on this one. I think it would be too busy if I did. But I really like it as it is. Now I need to get caught up on the neutral version of GW. One bonus of making two quilts is that I have learned some things from making the batik version that should make the rest of the sections of the neutral one much easier!

I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Gypsy Wife is Almost Done

At least the batik version of GW is almost done.

First, I had to fix a problem. I needed to fix this little section…

I pulled out the bad, then re-made the strip set and put it in. Now it’s much better…

Then I sat down yesterday and put together what I had completed on the batik GW…

(please pardon the angle of the photo – I’m shooting around packing boxes!)

Nine of ten sections done! The top left can’t be attached to the right side of the quilt until I complete the final (bottom left) section. I’ll attach the top left to the bottom left (when done) and then I can put it all together! I already have the blocks done and the strips cut for the last section, so I probably won’t be able to contain myself and I’m pretty certain I will finish this top before the weekend (if everything goes as planned!) I’m pretty excited about it!

Other than that, I cut some 10” squares from Halloween fabric for a future project, and I was able to spend some time on the needlepoint cats. I’m slowly getting that project done.

I have some errands to take care of today, so I will decide what I will work on when I get home from my “running around.” Have a terrific Tuesday!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Back to Sewing

I was able to get back in the sewing room and actually make something this morning. I made another flannel pillowcase for my daughter before she heads to the northeast. I used this tutorial from Strawberry Patches for making the pillowcase. I love this pattern because it is quick and easy, and it makes a lovely pillowcase. If I would stay put at my sewing machine, I think it would take me about 45 minutes to put one together. However, I tend to wander sometimes, so this took me a bit over an hour this morning.

I started off cutting my skating flannel fabric…

I love this fabric. I bought a few yards of it several years ago when I was having a very hard time finding flannel fabric with skates on it. About a month or so after my first purchase (and searching high and low for more skate fabric) I found an entire bolt at Joann’s, so I bought it…yes, 8 yards. So I have quite a bit of this fabric now. And wouldn’t you know that now I’m starting to find more and more flannels with skates on them. Well, I love this fabric, so that’s fine. I plan on using it up (at some point!) The black accent fabric is left over from the backing of a quilt I made a while back as well. I also found a lovely bright pink fabric that I plan to use with subsequent pillowcases.

So any whoo…this isn’t a hard pattern, but you do sew the largest piece of fabric rolled up inside of the cuff of the pillowcase, then pull everything out right side out. Once that is done, you have the accent piece (black in this case) at the edge of the cuff. This makes about a one inch “flange” type thing-y, and I don’t like that piece flapping around, so I choose to stitch that down with an overcast (or blanket) stitch on my machine. Here I used black matching thread to stitch it down…

I’ve adjusted the contract and brightness on that photo so hopefully you can see it. If not, here is the back…

Once that is done, you sew around the outer edge of the pillowcase with a French seam so the raw edges are enclosed in the seam allowance…

Then you turn it right side out and ta-da!

You have a pillowcase!

I’m banished  ;) to the sewing room through Wednesday (my daughter works from home on the phone, so I can’t really hang out upstairs running the vacuum or watching TV), so I guess I will tough it out sewing until she takes off on Thursday for school. This afternoon I will fix Section 6 of the batik Gypsy Wife.

The vertical strips in this upper left corner turned out too short for the space. I have no idea how, because all of the measurements were correct according to the pattern. Another woman in the class said she had a similar problem with that part, so at least I wasn’t alone in it. When I put this section together, by the time I got to this portion I wanted it done, so I figured just adding a horizontal sash there wouldn’t be a problem – it’s such a busy quilt, nobody would notice. But I just can’t live with it. So, I found some more of the same fabric strips and I will remove that section and replace it with a longer strip set so it will work. I think once that is done I can actually put the entire right side of the quilt together, so that may be on my to-do list this week.

I will be linking up at:

BOMs Away at What a Hoot Quilts
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts