Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Ah Ha! Figured Out What to Make.

Okay this is what I had left over from the wall hanging and the Bargello in the Round. 

I cut all the strips into 3/4, 1, and 1 & 1/2 inch strips. then I sewed them together to make a wave. I cut the best rectangle from this pieced assortment and had a small piece of completed Bargello. I sewed it to the background fabric. Then worked on making a pouch and pocket on the inside for the wires and charger etc. The pocket is roomy in case I want to carry a small notepad in there as well. Sometimes you need to use good old pen and paper.

Here is the front. I had to bind the edge instead of sewing and turning it right side out. Just didn't have enough fabric.
Here is the front and back opened so you can see the Bargello. The green elastic is a hairband I sewed to the inside to help keep the case closed.

Here it is closed with the hairband around the back.
This is the inside. you can see the iPad inside the big pocket and the wires inside the little pocket. There is the hairband that I used. It is sewn to the front, I followed the quilted lines on the front so the stitching wouldn't show through on the front.

I now have very small pieces of this fabric left over. What I usually do is give them to Sharon and she takes them to her class. The children use my scraps at the creative table and make beautiful art projects. :) Now what project to work on? Do I machine quilt some finished tops or start another top? Tune in to find out!

Monday, 4 July 2011

Bargello in the Round

A couple of years ago I made a small Bargello quilt. I used the instructions in a magazine and a variety of batik fabrics.


I ended up with lots of extra strips of colours sewn into a tube. I saved them for a long time trying to decide what I would make out of them. I thought I'd make a bag or a purse.

Not too long ago I went on a Quilt Hop to Cookstown, Alliston etc. I saw an amazing quilt which I had not seen locally. It was a Bargello quilt but made in a circle. Of course I had to buy the instruction book but they didn't have the rulers yet. When I got home I started looking for the ruler (10 degree wedge) after some searching I found the 2 sizes quite by accident in my local shop. I sat down and read over the instructions then got to cutting the wedges using the mini ruler and laying them out on my dining room table.

Then once I was happy with the colours it was time to sew it together. I ended up with a 5 1/2 inch hole in the center. I used my scraps to make a wedge circle and hand sewed it in the middle. (My sewing looks awful if you look too close)

The "finished" quilt is 25 inches across. I still have some scraps left over. What do I do with them? A cover for my mum's Kobo reader? An ipad cover for my school's ipad? My plan is to now work on making a larger version. The great thing is when you cut out the wedges for one quilt the left over sections make a second quilt. Now all I have to figure out is what am I going to do with the sample quilt?