A sew along I couldn’t resist! Trunks!

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A sew along I couldn’t resist! Trunks!

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I have been diverted from my ongoing quilting projects to make… Underwear for my husband.

When I saw the Comox Trunks Sew-along I couldn’t resist joining. I was late to the party, so sewed up two complete underpants today, more catchupalong really!

When I told my husband what I was doing he raised an eyebrow and more or less said he didn’t think he’d wear them, why on earth was I making underpants!

I wasn’t put off…I was determined to prove him wrong!

I mostly serged them together.

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The first pair was too big, and too messy, I had a nightmare trying to put on the elastic – the jersey was curling really badly.

I decided to hem the legs with a twin needle, but it didn’t really feel that comfortable.

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The second leg I hemmed with a stretch (broken) zig zag – much softer. But both legs were a bit wavy… I had clearly stretched the fabric a bit whilst hemming.

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So I made a second pair.
I went down a size and this time I serged the top after construction so that the elastic went on easier. I also made ABSOLUTELY sure that I didn’t stretch the leg fabric when I hemmed them.
Much much better. My husband’s verdict: not bad at all, he will wear them after all. If he had one criticism, it was that he’d like the back to be higher. No problem- that could probably be easily done with the pattern pieces.

Result! Quick, easy, satisfying project!

Comox Trunks Sew-along: Schedule and Prize Photos

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catrinmanel:

I never make anything for my husband. So I’ve added this to my to do list (ordered my elastic aready):

Originally posted on Thread Theory:

I’ve made up the schedule for the Comox Trunks Sew-Along and also a page on our blog side bar where you will be able to access all the posts indefinitely.  Even though the Comox Trunks take very little time to sew, I’ve stretched out the posts to include no more than half an hour of sewing per post so that new or busy sewers won’t be intimidated.  I hope these dates work for you and that you are looking forward to joining us!
  1. April 4th: Choosing your fabric and elastic
  2. April 6th: Picking a size and ideas for customizing (lengthen the legs, enlarge the front cup, create narrower legs, or remove the right exit fly)
  3. April 8th: Cutting out your fabric and preparing your machine
  4. April 1oth: Sewing the trunks front
  5. April 12th: Sewing the trunks back
  6. April 14th: Hemming the trunks
  7. April 16th: Attaching the elastic waistband (or adding…

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Weekend Project – The Quillow

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catrinmanel:

I love this idea, had to reblog as I’m planning a quillow now for the children. What a great camping quilt for our summer hols.

Check out Amy’s original blog. Lots of lovely projects.

Originally posted on Purls and Polka Dots:

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This weekend saw a lot of time dedicated to making a Quillow. Possibly one of the greatest things ever to be invented, a quilt that folds into a pillow (I know right? It’s amazing I tell you) is the most snuggly and treasured gift to give. Each one is a labour of love, but are so darn worth it. We call the ones in our house the ‘sleep makers’ because they are impossible to stay awake under… Impossible.

The original tutorial I used was from the wonderful Nova at ‘A Cuppa and A Catch up‘ with this detailed and easy to follow tutorial.

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Since then I’ve branched out and tried other quilt top patterns. If you stick with a square block top pattern you can use the above tutorial no-sweat. If you’re trying something different, then just sewing a pocket on the back and lining one side with polar-fleece…

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Surprise Porthole Baby Quilt

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I needed to make a baby quilt for a good friend of mine. I had blocks left over from a previous jelly roll project, I played around with them and made this.

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I wanted her son’s name on the quilt, but felt the front was busy enough as it was, and adding it to the back was probably a better idea. I also had lovely bug fabric that I bought to make something for a boy. This coupled with seeing all the lovely portholes made at this year’s Fat Quarterly Retreat got me thinking. Why not have a surprise porthole on the back, and sew his name around it? The bug jar could be fussy cut to show through. (I took Lu Summers‘ porthole class in last year’s Fat Quarterly Retreat)

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I’m really happy with how it turned out. I quilted most of the quilt in straight lines, but added FMQ to the center panels, and echoed the porthole too.

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Celebrating a long awaited finish!

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My big pink quilt is finished and I just love it!

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I had it basted for over a year (not kidding) and the backing was really bugging me, it was too much for the quilt. So I took off the flowery backing that you can see in this post, instead I made my first pieced backing in greys and a row of the same prints as the quilt top.

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After this year’s Fat Quarterly Retreat i felt brave enough to tackle FMQ on this huge beauty too. Thanks Trudi for the instruction in that class – it made a huge difference to me. Of course, I used Aurifil 50wt thread too after seeing how it behaved in that class. I didn’t have one thread breakage!

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Now i’m new at this FMQ, so this quilt is full of rookie mistakes and flaws. I probably shouldn’t have used red on the back. It would have been much better to have have a dark grey matching thread – my flaws wouldn’t have been so visible! But I was a bit nervous of using different threads in the top and bottom. I shouldn’t have been. Next time I will take more care whilst considering the colour of the bobbin thread.

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There’s build up of thread, overshooting my line etc etc…. but do you know what… I STILL love this, and it has pride of place on our bed.

Is it weird to have a “favourite bit” of the quilt – do others have this too? Well mine is the very small pebble bit at the corners of the light blue sashing. Did I say I’m new at FMQ… I kept my dodgy pebbling to a minimum!!

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So there she is – she’s big, she’s bold, she’s not perfect but she’s flippin’ marvellous! I’m so proud of her.

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Pattern and most of the fabrics are Kaffe Fassett.