Saturday, June 11, 2011

Finishing things

I have finished 2 Table Toppers and a quilt this past 3 days.   YKW is out of town at the cabin planting his garden so I have been hard at work quilting.  I have the binding to sew on yet so I won't post pictures till that is finished.  Probably within the next few days.

I do have one finished project.

This is made from upholstery fabric that was given to me a few days ago
at a quilting group that I started attending.
There were lots of ends of fabric that the supplier
was throwing away so I managed to take
a few pieces.

Really nice to make bags out of. 
It is lined with a silky lining
that is almost drapery material.

Very different to work with, 
so I lined it with
fusible interfacing to give
it some stiffness,
otherwise it would just
flop over.

It also has a quilt inside it
so it looks a little wonky.


Friday, June 10, 2011

Squaring up Half Square Triangles

On a blog that I check every now and then she featured the   
   "6 1/2 Triangle Square Up Ruler by Quilt in a Day". 
I bought one the other day so I thought I would give it a try. 
I really like this pattern from Pieced Tree Patterns called
Center Stage. 
There are 36 half square triangles in this table topper.
So it was a good pattern to experiment with.

Center Stage from Pieced Tree Patterns

The pattern instructions say to bisect 3 7/8" squares but I always cut my squares an 1/8th of an inch larger and sew the squares together 1/4 of an inch on each side of the centre and then cut them apart.

Sewn 1/4" on each side of centre

The Squares cut apart

Now the fun part.

The Quilt in a Day Ruler

Place the ruler on the un-ironed, unopened
square and trim one or both sides.

Nicely trimmed Half Square Triangles in half the time.

You still have to trim off the dog ears.

I sewed all this today with my new toy.
A Janome Jem Platinum 760.

I need a light-weight sewing machine to take to class
or to workshops as my Babylock is too heavy
to haul around.

Thanks Wendy for showing me the
 Quilt in a Day Triangle Square Up Ruler. 
I will be using it lot, I'm sure.


Monday, June 6, 2011

Graduation is over

Now that graduation is over I can post some new pictures of some of the things I made for Lynda and of her graduation.  It was quite a week-end as she was in a car accident on the way to the airport and we almost missed the plane to Sudbury.

This is the pillow I made her from the fabric we bought in New York City.

I also gave her a wall hanging of O Canada.

There is always a bag to go along with the gift

This is sort of a convergence which is what Ricky Tims was
showing us at the seminar.

Lynda and I

Madame Aline Chretien, Chancellor, Laurentian University;  Lynda;  Mr. Dominic Giroux, President and Vice-Chancellor, Laurentian University.

It was a wonderful week-end even though it started off a little rough.

On Sunday we did a little sight-seeing and went to see the famous "Big Nickel".

The Big Nickel monument is Sudbury's famous nine-metre (30 ft.) high tribute to nickel and Sudbury's significance as a world mining centre.