Monday, 21 January 2013

Total Immersion

I haven't been sewing a huge amount recently. I have 3 quilts on the go right now. The Wave quilt, the HST quilt and the background for the Keep Calm and Carry On quilt. I'll share more pictures as I get them sorted.

In the mean time I had a little accident with my iPhone. I lost my belt holder for my phone so I was carrying it in my pocket. Every time I sat down my phone fell out of my pocket. So I put in in my back pocket of my dress pants (the pockets are half pockets). It was perfect and stayed there until lunch. Then I went to the washroom. I turned to sit and... You know what happened next, PLUNK was all I heard... total immersion.
Go to this website for help if this happens to you.
I grabbed it as fast as I could (thank goodness it was just water) and wrapped it in paper towels. I went out and bought rice and covered it in a bowl for the rest of the day until I could get home. I was able to get all my info off the phone but it was dead after that. So we went out and bought a new phone (yes we!!!) Sharon wouldn't let me get a new phone without her - we only had 2 months left on our contract.
We bought Apple insurance which helps with batteries, cracked cases and FLUID IMMERSION!!! Like that will ever happen again.

To make sure it doesn't happen again I decided to make a case.
The side panel was too short because I measured the phone not the pattern piece.
 I traced the phone and bought 2 fat quarters and layered them and quilted it in a diamond pattern.

The first time I cut the side panel too short. Then I had some difficulty with the zipper but I am satisfied with the results.
Back with a loop and a hook as well as a carabiner. My new Otter case. It's pink!

Front of pouch. Next time I will make sure the pouch doesn't have a waist!!!

I have more fabric and I think I might make a pouch to store the charge cord and earphones in.
Have you ever had a phone accident?

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Charm Packs and Bias Issues

A while back I started a project using charm packs. I used an idea I saw on a blog to sew around 2 charm squares then cut on the diagonal to make 4 HST.
Sew around outside, quarter inch.

Cut in half on diagonal.

Cut triangle in half on diagonal.
Open and press = HST

Then I started making a zigzag design. I sewed along until I reached the length I needed then I started piecing the strips together.

I guess I had stretched the HST or hadn't measured them to make sure they were all the same size? My strips didn't end up being the same length. :(

So I took them all apart and trimmed them to the same size. Then I went on a google search to find a different way to use my HST. I found a better way to make a zigzag quilt using rectangles so there would be more accuracy.

I found a website that showed a different way to arrange the HST that I hadn't seen before.

One lady had made her's in one colour and the other had made her's with multiple colours. So I thought I'd give it a go.
Here are the HST's laid out to spread out the patterns.

There was still some stretching when using the HST because of the bias cut so I did have to ease and stretch to make sure all the strips ended up close to the same size, but this time the difference in size was minimal.
I love how it looks like it wraps around a pole. I'm thinking about how to quilt this to accent that effect.

I've added white strips in between the red patterns and now need to add thick or thin white borders to the outsides, top and bottom. I'm not sure if I'll do anything else to the design like a thin red border to frame it or just leave it all white then bind it in red? I'm not sure, any ideas? I'll keep you posted with my progress. Somewhere in the basement I have red fabric which might match the reds in here or I might have to go (psst! don't tell Sharon) to my LQS to find a red to go with it.