The blocks started off as an all- star bed cover project, but took the UFO route. The sofa needed a color boost, so the project took another turn and was made into a cover.
Wednesday, 30 January 2013
The quilting ladies made a total of 16 quilts, two each of different designs. Each pattern was surrounded by a frame and four square corner patches. Each quilt was made with double batting. The top stitching varied for each quilt, some to echo the main design, such as smaller conch shells at corners.
My difficulty was trying to simplify as much as possible for the purpose of hand-stitching, the intricate patterns found in these symbols as they are depicted as wood carving and fabric embellishments in Buddhist temples. Eight quilts were sold to a Buddhist retreat and meditation house just outside Kathmandu. March/April 2012
Posted by Evelynbangkok at 00:02
Monday, 28 January 2013
Saturday, 26 January 2013
When using a sewing machine to piece blocks together, it helps to have handy, small pieces of fabric that you can use as a "Leader". Why? Because when you start to sew, the fabric is sometimes pushed into the inside of the machine, and causes the beginning of the pieces to be crumpled. And if you do not notice it at first, it pulls your needle and thread into the bobbin then you are in trouble: you snip and snip and remove the culprits, then start all over again.
Well, by having a boxful of small scraps (called “crumbs” in quilting language), you can start by piecing two small pieces together, then feed in the beginning of your block piecing, do a few chain piecing (by not snipping the thread after two pieces are sewn together but continue feeding your two til the “end”), then use another two pieces of scrap as your “Ender”. This “Ender” is not snipped off from the machine, as it will be your “Leader” for the next batch of chain piecing that you do.
I have used this method for a good while now, using whatever crumbs I have handy and they come in all colors and shapes. I cut out a tapered newspaper template so that the completed circle will measure about 55 inches in diameter. It was a case of cutting-piecing-measuring til I got the number of tapered pieces and the circle right. There was a big round hole in the center, but never mind: a round piece appliquéd covered the hole.
I have yet to decide how to do the corner pieces so that the finished quilt comes out square: I will let it stew for a while til I get a smart idea to make it work! Or maybe I will quilt and bind it as a round piece.
Posted by Evelynbangkok at 19:44
Thursday, 24 January 2013
Posted by Evelynbangkok at 03:35