Saturday, March 29, 2014

Bed Runner and Hello Kitty...

In a whimsical moment, I really wanted Hello Kitty in my sewing room! And you know, the Janome 6300 is a very plain no-nonsense looking machine. Obviously the only course of action was to get me some stickers! You cannot believe how many different stickers there are out there, but my grocery store had the stickers that really resonated with me. A restrained application of hello Kitty to my sewing machine made me smile. So many smiles that I had to have a stuffed Hello Kitty as well, so look for that in the background in future pictures. OH YES, the bed runner. I am using a tutorial idea from the web - It's Quilt-As-You-Go table runner from Diary of a Quilter and so easy - you lay out the backing and put down your batting, then proceed to sew strips starting at the half way point of the sandwich.  When one side is finished you go to the next side, after turning it over, so you never have more than a half of the runner in the harp of the machine. I used a variety of scraps I already had to do this runner. I hope to use this QSYG method again. I think with some planning you could do a crazy quilt style item this way - a table runner or bed runner or table topper - something not too huge. I just used pins to baste my runner, I didn't use any adhesive as I stay away from adhesive and other sprays - smoothing the piece regularly saves accidents on the back, and the pins are no problem for me. This project was a bridge project from the last larger item to the next larger item. My brain has a dedicated area for thinking about and planning my next larger quilt - Asian (Oriental) fabrics and a different assembly than I have ever done. I may as well say Japanese fabrics because I love the fabrics either from Japan or with Japanese inspired designs. That's all I want to buy any more. But I do have a buildup of scraps and remnants of other modes of design to use up on these projects.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring has Sprung in the Sewing Room...

Covers are complete now, and a fun weekend of sewing it was! A quick trip to Joann Fabrics to snag another yard of double-sided fabric made it all possible. I had two remnants from the bin in the past, and with the new yardage, we covered them all. The blue on on the Kenmore Mini Ultra I made last year. It is so easy to do that when I discovered that I made up my mind to make the rest of my machines covers like that. It does cheer up the room! The link with tiny print and flower print top is on the Pfaff, and the large all floral is the Janome 6300. That is a huge machine and it is very deep as well front to back, especially in the back of the machine where the double thread stand is, so that cover is huge as well. The Pfaff looks trim because of its practically rectangular build. The pretty yellow with red and white floral small print is the Janome 115110, and it looks pretty cute. All you do is hold the fabric up to the machine after you fold the fabric evenly in half. Then you hold it up to the machine and sort of measure how far to fit it around to half the ends and allow for a seam. Sew the sides after cutting, make corners, fit it on and measure for hem, and sew hem. That's it. You could finish the inside seaming with tape and have a reversable cover perhaps. I am going to try that one of these days. I guess this decorating my sewing space is a Spring revolution! Wild sewing women unite! Get some color in there and make it a happy place!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Poppy Power!!.....

Poppy Madness cheers up sewing room-den-office. Finally finished with the curtains and valance today. I hope this will being on an attack of Spring weather. After all, we did turn the clocks forward two nights ago, so shouldn't Spring be on the way forthwith? We do have a winter storm warning on our forecast from this week, but i am hoping that is going to be at least one of the last storms of the season. We have had enough. I can't get enough yellow in my life at the moment. I suppose I could buy a Janome Magnolia to get some yellow machine goodness, eh? But I would rather have pink or pinkish-red in a machine next time I buy one. Next up are new covers for several of the machines in the sewing room. I plan on three - one for the big Janome, one for the Janome 115110, and one for my Pfaff. All from double sided quilted fabric. They are not hard to make, so reporting on that next time.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Finished the Table Runner...

Finished and out in the cold for photos. I used a dark blue cotton print, from Keepsake Quilting many years ago, for the binding. That fabric has a darker and lighter all over bamboo print, and makes a nice framing for the other fabrics in this piece. I was told just today that the pattern I used in the quilting is a variant of something called Baptist Fan. I have no idea where that name came from, as the chrysanthemum pattern is an ancient one in Japan, and a pattern that I have been doodling since the 1960s. Probably because my father sent home numerous items from Japan in the 50s and fabric was a player in many of those items. Lovely - I fell in love with Japanese design all those years ago. Anyway, I don't do equal distance in this pattern, I like to vary both the distance between the lines and the size of the semi-circles you see. My kitty also likes this table runner! He wanted me to leave it outside, but I don't think that's a good idea. This little quilt is a nice practice piece for me and I hope to make a large Oriental Fabrics quilt very soon.