Sunday, 28 April 2013

Circular Sewing Attachment!

I have been looking at circular sewing attachments for awhile now. I covet one!

Husqvarna/Pfaff circular attachment
I see the projects that people are making and I want to do it too
I looked at a vintage attachment but it won't fit on my Husqvarna. It will fit on my Singer 301 or my Featherweight but they are straight stitch machines. I know I can use my zigzag attachment but I don't like the way it shakes the machine. While searching I found a reference to people using popsicle sticks and thumb tacks to make their own attachment. So I thought okay I can do that too.

I  found these pictures after I made mine. My design was based on a popsicle stick but I didn't want to use a stick because it might split and there would be a bump.

I searched through my sewing stuff and found plastic quilting template material. I cut a strip 2" by the width of the sewing machine throat.

Then I chose where I would tape it to my machine and measured from the center needle position. I marked the measurements on the plastic with a thin sharpie marker.

Then I used a needle and poked a hole on the line at each inch and half inch.

I need to use black marker - I thought I was on the 5 not 4.5!!!

Many people say they used a thumb tack and an eraser to cover the point. I found a broken tie tack in my jewelry box. I had to bend some metal edges but it worked perfectly and I have a nice gold cover for my pin.  Then I got my fabric ready. I cut a 10" square of white Kona and some Pellon I had lying around. I ironed the pellon onto the back of the fabric.
You can see the tack sticking out - careful cover it up!

Next I gently folded the square in half from both sides to find the center of the circle. (I made a mistake - not good to use white fabric and fold gently - next time I would use a fabric marker.) Push it onto the tack.
There's my fancy tack cover and look a circle is starting!

Now it's time to sew. Let the machine move the fabric and it will travel in a circle. Make sure you have a full bobbin - I ran out :( but that is one reason I chose to position the plastic away from the bobbin cover.
Not bad for home-made!

Here is the finished circle. I would put a drop of fray check on the back or you can use your method of preference to secure your threads. I had to run out to visit my Mum so I didn't get to use any other stitches/sizes or shapes YET! Now all I have to do is find a nice person who will photocopy their pattern sheet so I can make flowers etc. Or I was thinking I could enlarge a Spirograph dial and try that?
Here are 2 photos of circle work I have done. The first photo is the same yellow circle as above, the fabric was folded so it appears that the circle is dented, it isn't! I like the second circle and can see making a series of circles similar to this for a quilt. I'd like to use a stabilizer that disappears before I sewed them into a quilt.

The circle is not bent just the fabric!

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Triangle Log Cabin Quilt Top

Well I finally decided to use the purple fabric I bought in the discount bin. It worked very well with the colours in the log cabin triangles.

I played around with the triangles until I liked the way it looked. I only had enough strips to make 12 triangles so I was limited in what I could arrange.

I might name this Jewels!

What do you think? Now how to quilt it and what to use as the backing?

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Vote For Your Favourite Quilt

I have put my Bargello quilt in the Quilting Gallery's Show and Tell. Go and have a look, this week the theme is squares and rectangles. If you leave a comment on that website you could win a prize!
You can submit quilt tops too!

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Mini Mini Twister Quilt!

Yesterday I posted about the mini Charm Pack I won and how I was going to use my mini Twister Ruler with them. Well I used the ruler that is set up for 2 1/2" squares. I used the Marmalade charm pack. First I laid the squares out so it was pleasing to my eye.

Then I chose a colour as a border for the quilt and sewed it on. Now I was ready to cut.

See how small the ruler is? The other ruler I have is smaller!!!

The first row cut out.

The first row laid out beside my machine on a tray.

This is what is left of the outside border.
I used my small rotary cutter and carefully cut the tiny squares.

Here are the little squares put in order before I sew them together.

These are the little scraps that are left over.
Once that was done I was ready to sew the squares back together. Wow was it hard to press open the seams. I figured out at the very end to use the pressing cloth to cover the row I just pressed so as I pressed the next row I didn't press it closed again.
I used my regular rotary cutter to show you the size of the quilt.

Can you see the little pinwheels?

Interestingly it took almost as long to make this as it does to make a wall hanging sized quilt! I still want to at an outside border and quilt it on my domestic machine. It might be a great hot mat!

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Antique/Vintage Shopping - Warning -Lots of Pictures and Randomness

I read with great interest all the people who go to Vintage or Antique shops and come out with all sorts of treasures for quilting. I have not been so lucky. I have found the occasional bag of ribbons and zippers but not good fabric and quilty treats. Until now!!!
The old armory made over into an antique store.

The antique mall, it goes right through to the next street!

We went to a small town near us and visited the Antique mall which is really like booths in a large store. The cashier at the the store had a booth and he had stocked it with his late mother's quilting things. Books were $5.00 (some I had just bought for full price, ie. the Stack and Whack book). There were pattern packets, fabric bundles, rulers etc.

I came away spending $35.00 and I have a circle cutting ruler, a double pack of triangle rulers, a soap stone mechanical pencil and 1 refill, 2 books ( 1 with a CD), a paper piecing package ( I need to find the book, Bella Bella Quilts, to go with it), and triangle papers to make flying geese.

Wow was I happy. He also said he had 3 more boxes his Dad was bringing in later so I guess I will go back and have a look. There was so much stuff I thought a store had closed down!!!

I used one of the triangle rulers to cut out white fabric.
Scrap Bags have the end pieces of most of a designer line. the pieces range from 2" to 3" wide.

Then I took a scrap bag of Central Park by Kate Spain, I bought a while ago and trimmed the strips to 2 1/2" wide. Then I cut the strips into 1 1/4" strips.

I sorted them into colour groups and started sewing them to the triangles much like a log cabin. There were a few strips I left out because they didn't go with the colour scheme that appeared once they were sorted.
These didn't quite go with the other strips.

Now I have triangles and I have to figure out how to square them and what colour to use as the background. Any suggestions?

I just got this on sale and I think it might work.
Too dark? I kinda like it. I tried yellow and it was too pale. Hmmmm...

I also wanted to share the prize I won from the Beat the Winter Blues Blog Hop. I was lucky to be chosen to win a prize from Lizzie at the Swedish Scrapper.

It's so exciting to find these in the mailbox!
They are so cute and small.
 I have just the project to try with these mini charm packs, my mini Twister ruler!

Dresden challenge draw prize: 2 rulers and 2 FQ bundles.

I also forgot to share my draw prize from the Dresden Challenge from September. I found this picture as I was going through my camera card. I'm not sure what I'll do with so many FQ's of the same fabric but who knows maybe some prizes for a future blog contest and I can share my winnings! Happy quilting!