Friday, 5 April 2013

Little pin cushion swap

Oh my, I just received the cutest damn pin cushion I've ever seen.  Last month I signed up for the Little pin cushion swap over at Sweet Little Pretties.  My swap partner likes Gnomes, mushrooms and cute little cottages.  I chose to make her a screen printed gnome pin cushion.  It turned out like this
I had a little issue with screening on top of already screened fabric, it bled! not too bad but still not great.  You can see it mostly around his belt.  I made three panels in total and this one was the best.  I weighed the bottom down so as he didn't fall over when in use.  I hope my partner likes him.

Now I was super spoiled and received this little pin cushion from Ruth, you'll find her here dukeandtheduchess, love it, love it, LOVE IT!
Every detail is just lovely, even the card was gorgeous and the smell of Lavender as I stick my pins in is an added bonus. Thank you so very much Ruth.


Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Woodland baby blanket

Hi there,
I have finished my entry to the Fancy Feet challenge over at Ricochet and Away.  However am probably a bit late but I will show it here anyway:)
The challenge was to use a sewing machine foot that you have never used before.  This was great timing as I wanted to attempt a baby quilt with free motion quilting.  This was very scary for me but after a few tension issues it was nowhere near as scary as I'd imagined.  I only followed a simple squiggle pattern which I freehand drew onto the quilt top with washable quilting marker.
Free motion quilting foot

Now as you can see by the picture here on the right I was way off the lines, but I really had a fun time quilting this little quilt and I was really happy with the results.

I did have the thread snap a couple of times but it was easily resolved by tying off the thread and then stitching in the same spot a couple of times where you tied off before continuing.  I did also keep checking the back because I was paranoid about tension issues.  This was good because on a couple of occasions I had really loose thread on the back which I had to unpick.  All in all though I had a great experience and finished this little quilt in two hours.

Thanks Rikka for giving me the push I needed to try this great method of quilting.