I followed this great tutorial to copy a pair of leggings for my daughter. Wow, how come it’s taken this long to discover twin needle magic?!
It was really easy and fun, so how hard could it be to make adult ones?
I had a go at drafting my own leggings. I followed this tutorial here one little minute draft your own leggings.
The one thing I found was that the knee was a bit tight, and around calves. I have wide calves, and this drafted pattern didn’t allow for that. But it was a very good fit around the bum (which also a bit wide!)
Then I bought the custom fit Espresso leggings sewing pattern. Honestly, I could have just adjusted the drafted pattern I had, but there’s something comforting about the Espresso instructions and I love the way you fill in the dots on this innovative pattern.
I learnt from my own draft to allow a measurement for my calves and I lengthened the pattern by 2″.
Now I have a great fit. I’ve made 2 pairs for myself. And I can see a few more on the horizon (cycling short, 3/4 length etc).
I made both my pair and my daughters with the sewing machine. I can imagine that making them on the serger would take no time at all!
My 6yo son has a quilt, but has demanded another one. He was in tears the other night (exhaustion playing a major part) saying that his quilt isn’t as pretty as the one I’m finishing for his cousin Nel.
TEARS! “Girl materials are much prettier Mami” he wailed!
A few days later after sewing some dolls house quilts with my daughter I told him to choose some fabrics he liked from my big box.
This is the result. He picked lots of greens and red in charm squares. And he was VERY specific that he wanted a big square of bug fabric right in the middle.
It’s very different to what I would have chosen for him, but he loves it. He also helped me piece the majority of the quilt top. (So there are a few wobbly seams and squares which wont match up, but I love it! )
We also put a panel on the back to make it a quillow (but I haven’t yet put any applique on the pillow bit, so it’s just plain beige fleece at the moment.
It’s backed with the fleece just as he wanted.
His quilt, his choices, his hard work and I’ve got the happiest 6year old in the world!
Now my daughter wants another quilt!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Just found some Liberty tana lawn – Greyson Perry Cranford pink
Bought quite a bit of it!
I’m thinking about a shirt / blouse, pillows and or pouch.
Maybe I should have bought the bolt at that price!
I’m joining and linking up to the Small Blog Meet. If you have fewer than 50 followers it’s a great way to virtually meet others out there in Blogland!
Here are a few of the projects I’ve been working on recently:
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.
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)
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.
My big pink quilt is finished and I just love it!
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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.
Pattern and most of the fabrics are Kaffe Fassett.
During the Fat Quarterly Retreat in London I took some classes with the amazing Trudi Wood. I love her work and her class was a bit like opening a door on the mysteries of free motion quilting. I have dabbled with FMQ in the past, experimented and stumbled in the dark… but after her classes (in FMQ and FMQ design) I am completely confident in going for it! My FMQ is full of mistakes / flaws or “design features” as she might put it, but I feel that it gets easier everytime I sit down and try.
The photo above was done with my proper machine, but during the class I was using (well…wrestling) with my 25 year Jones machine. She wasn’t happy, she was presenting me with huge eyelashes all over my practice sandwich.
I changed needle.
I changed tension.
I adjusted the bobbin tension with a screwdriver.
I gave up and took a coffee break!
During coffee I was moaning about my frustrations to Cara who suggested that maybe I should change thread completely.
So I went back and rethreaded with Aurifil 50. Now I originally didn’t want to
use my precious Aurifil for these practice sandwiches but look at the difference it made!
It was as if a little fairy had come down to make it all better! Who knew that a change of thread could make that much of a difference?
I’ve made a few more luggage tags. If there’s interest at the Fat Quarterly Retreat I might sell them. If not, they will be gifts.
I have to say I’m not sure I’d make these again. They’re very time consuming and fiddly, but they’re really pretty.
I have also made progress in my Finish A Long list.
I pieced my multi colour baby blanket.
I also quilted my daughter’s quilt and started binding.
I’ve started hand basting the binding to the back now too. And with the left over binding, I’m keeping it safe on a toilet roll!
Time to join my first finish-a-long I think. I have far too many UnFinished Objects around here:
1. my potpourri quilt:
This beauty needs a new plainer backing, needs quilting, and binding. Poor thing has been waiting for a LONG time.
2. Hello Daughter quilt.
Needs quilting, and binding
3. My son’s play quilt which needs quilting and binding.
4. A pillow of appliqued flowers, needs quilting and finishing into a pillow.
5. Solid baby quilt, at the moment it’s in strips, not even a quilt top. This WILL be finished (even though the baby it was intended for has outgrown it!)
So there’s my wishlist, or as Canadian Abroad coined it, my wishful thinking list, because despite all good intentions, I always get sidetracked with other projects!
I’m linking up with Leanne from She Can Quilt‘s Finish-A-Long 2013 Q3. Have a look who else will be facing their UFOs!
I was trying to follow a pattern for a boxy pouch / make-up bag.
And um…it all went wrong.
It’s the wrong shape, the tags are all wrong, it’s just a mess!
At least I know now what I did wrong, so I’m going to have another go!
Moral of the story… Don’t sew whilst ill!
And don’t sew whilst ill AND catching up on Nashville episodes back to back!
Back to the drawing board, and back to bed to make sure I’m better by the retreat!
This quilt has been languishing in full “baste” for AGES.
I know why, the backing I chose is just not right. After months and months of feeling unhappy about this I have decided to follow my instinct and act on it.
This floral backing is far too loud and too busy for a quilt that is sleeady a riot of colour. In the back of my mind I can see a lovely minimal grey backing with a pieced strip of left over fabrics.
So I’ll soon be taking the plunge and “unbasting” (is there such a word?) the monster quilt and starting again with a new calm backing. I love the front, so I need a back that I will also love.
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