Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Doctor Who Quilt - Thread Sketching Tardis Panels.

Thread sketching involves using the sewing machine needle as a pencil, stitching with thread over the fabric to create a sketched image, which adds shadows, light, dimension and texture. My machine settings are stitch length set at 0 and the feed dogs up for normal sewing (not down).

Here is the Doctor (Mat Smith) with his sonic screw driver.

and below is my weeping angel transformed into its scarier angel,

The angle is the deadliest, most powerful, most malevolent life form evolution has ever produced. The Doctor and the weeping angle on the white blocks are meant to imply a reflection, in the Tardis windows rather than them being inside the Tardis looking out.

Gallifreyan was a Gallifreyan language used by the Time Lords.

Here are two of my four Gallifreyan panels, I love the way they are turning out.

First I drew all the main elements of the design. Here I have used a lead pencil on light-blue-coloured fabric. I would have used chalk on dark fabric. I love travel stitching over the stitched lines to make them more defined, which creates shadows and highlight areas on the fabric. Because thread sketching involves a higher thread density in one spot, the process requires more stability to avoid warping the fabric so I have backed my blocks with a tearaway stabiliser. The nicest thing about thread sketching quilting is enjoying the process.

Happy quilting, until next time.


Mariner's Compass

Today I decided to blog about Foundation-Piecing this process involves stitching pieces of fabric onto a foundation, a drawn pattern. I had wanted to make a large Mariner's Compass for ages.

You can use Fusible Interfancing or freezer paper as the foundation, I have chosen to use a fusible interfacing as my foundation for this project. First I traced the design onto the fusible interfacing, the plan was to use the solid pencil lines as my stitching lines. I numbered all the drawn sections, these numbers will be used as a guide for the piecing sequence and fabric placement. The fabric is added to the unmarked side of the fusible interfacing and the stitching is done on the marked side of the fusible interfacing.

It's a simple process of pining the two fabric together to the unmarked side of the interfacing, then turning it over and sewing on the drawn line. I had to remember to check that the right sides of the fabrics were facing each other before I started stitching and also check that the fabric seam allowance extended beyond the dotted lines of the interfacing on all sides of the numbered area by at least 1/4" so the area was totally covered.

Turning the foundation over and trim this section using the printed foundation line as a guide to fold the fabric back along the seam that I've just stitched and trim the seam allowance to 1/4", then flip open and finger press the fabric over the area to be covered. Then I folded the fabric back using the pencil marked seam line on the interfacing and trimmed the edge of the fabric to a 1/4". I continued pinning, sewing and trimming the numbered sections in numerical order. It was finished in no time'

There are 8 sections to make

Here is the piecing completed for the outer Compass points section.

Only another 7 sections to make.

Ta da three sections sewn together....

Nearly finished

Until next time happy quilting

Monday, April 13, 2015

Awesome Quilters Cake

Surprise, Surprise, my wonderful sister-in-law made this awesome homemade Quilters Cake for my 60th Birthday... Ronnie is a very talented.

DH and sons lighting candles. The detail on this cake icing was amazing and it was all edible and inside was an OMG.. Red Velvet Cake.

Best Birthday Ever.....Thanks Ronnie.

Until next time, happy quilting
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