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I really thought I knew how to do mitred binding corners, using the method I saw online years ago. I sew to about an inch from the corner, then fold the binding up at 45 degrees to the corner, then fold it down along the next side and begin stitching from the top. Usually this works, but sometimes I get corners where there doesn’t seem to be enough fabric to get nice square corners and they’re a little rounded. I can’t work out why.

Has anyone got any idea? My latest quilt has broader than usual binding . I cut 3” strips for the double layer binding , so it’s about 3/4” wide  each side , instead of the usual 1/2”. Would the width of the binding affect this?  :thinking:
I didn’t think it would if I folded at 45 degrees to the corner, but the corners are all a bit tight. They’ll have to do: I’m not unpicking all the binding :faints:, but I’d like to know for the future.

Current Projects / HST find😀
« on: May 24, 2021, 17:21:41 PM »
As I have no urgent things needing made, I decided to do a bit of tidying in the huge sewing room chest of drawers.
I found polythene bags with unused blocks that I’d completely forgotten about including lots of half square triangles. I love the feeling of making something from nothing, so I cut them all to the smallest size 2.75” in square and came up with this. Think I’ll make a pieced duck ( which is very triangular ) for the centre and obviously tweak the layout of the colours. it’ll eventually make a good play quilt , I hope  :D
Needless to say the tidying hasn’t  progressed too well. :laughing:
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A Good Yarn / How to make border bigger
« on: May 12, 2021, 11:05:40 AM »
I am not an expert at crochet, but can manage to do things especially if I have a video to follow. I have crocheted the centre of this baby blanket, but I think it is a bit small ( I used 4 ply and a smaller hook) at just 24” square . I’d like to add a broader border of maybe 3” to take it up to 30” square, but I don’t think the pattern is quite that broad. I’ve done one row of uk doubles and one row of V stitch, but think I need to add extra rows. It’s supposed to have 2 rows of V, one row of Granny and then a frill row. Could I maybe add a treble row somewhere or an extra row of V? Not sure how that would look, so if any expert crocheters have a suggestion, I’d be grateful.  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

Current Projects / Should the dog go?
« on: April 19, 2021, 10:26:31 AM »
I’ve been making this play quilt for the expected grandson of a friend. The quilt is animal themed using a set of Dashwood fabrics and I thought I’d add a few pieced animal blocks .
 The family have always owned Golden Retrievers, so I made an ‘ orange ‘dog, thinking it would match the orange in some of the fabrics. I laid out the blocks on the floor ( they’ve still to get pale grey sashing), but I feel the dog is jumping out at me. I tried putting it in the corner but that didn’t really help.
Should I make a mustardy dog  :thinking:
What do you think? :woof:  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Table runner ideas
« on: February 28, 2021, 12:10:37 PM »
I have rescued my mother’s coffee table, while clearing out her house. It is dark wood (106 x 42 cm ) and as I plan to use it in a conservatory, I thought I’d protect it from sun ( and dogs, children etc) with a table runner. I thought maybe something with flying geese and wondered if anyone else had made such a thing. I had a quick look online, but couldn’t find many that inspired. Colours will be cream, terracotta, with maybe a bit of green.

Current Projects / ‘Therapeutic’ baby quilt
« on: November 05, 2020, 09:37:26 AM »
I know I should be working on my 2020 BOM quilt  :rolleyes:, but last  night I got back into my sewing room for the first time since my mum died and there is no therapy like making a baby quilt. Also my friend’s first grandchild is now a day overdue, so it is going to be needed soon.
Decided just to make a different version of one I made before with appliqué farm animals (: I still had the cut out appliqué patterns and the blocks are simple blocks in blocks).. The mum-to be had asked for an animal theme and bright colours, so I had much fun digging out all my animal fabrics.. Hiw wonderful to do something normal again!  :D

In the wardrobe / Toddler’s simple pinafore free pattern?
« on: May 27, 2020, 18:28:44 PM »
Does anyone know of a downloadable pattern for a simple toddler pinafore with a round necked bodice and gathered skirt?
I’ve made 2 pairs of dungarees for my granddaughter and thought I’d like to try a pinafore. I was going to try to modify this dungarees pattern, but then thought I might just waste the fabric if I didn’t get it right.   [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

I was thinking ahead and looking for blue wide fabric to back my b.o.m quilt. I couldn’t see anything I liked.
 I then got an email from Dawsons’s Dept Store, from where I often get quilt covers, towels etc. I looked at their most discounted quilt covers and bought a 100% cotton double duvet cover ( V&A) for £14, which must be at least 4m of extra wide good quality fabric. There is free postage over £50  :D, so I just had to buy another different one for my stash, some towels for my daughter and a beach towel( ever hopeful we might get to even a chilly Scottish one this year!) Much better value than buying fabric by the metre and I’ve even got some buttons I could use on my knitted things.  0_0


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Current Projects / Bags of bags
« on: September 18, 2019, 17:22:41 PM »
Started out this week making a nursery fabric basket as a gift. When looking for fabric, I found a bag of left over bits of non patchwork fabric and was inspired to make storage baskets for the sewing room, then made one as a birthday gift. It got a bit addictive!  -<  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

Current Projects / Wonky quilt or optical illusion
« on: August 14, 2019, 17:17:09 PM »
Here is my latest baby quilt, which is not my finest creation! I was inspired by ‘Tidbits on Tuesday’ in My Quilting Life , but as I was trying to use up scraps , I think I don’t have enough contrast.
However, my problem is that even though I’ve squared it up , it still looks wonky to me. On the inspiration quilt the pinwheels formed lovely squares, but to me it looks like my pinwheel squares are heading towards the right. Maybe it’s just an illusion- hopefully putting a border on, then sandwiching it and quilting will help. -<

Current Projects / Crosshatch quilt, unintentional patterns
« on: June 10, 2019, 00:28:12 AM »
Have just sewn the last blocks to my crosshatch quilt, which is intended as a wedding quilt for my daughter. It still has a 6” border of light then dark strips to be added.  I wanted it to be practical , with not too much light fabric and a range of colours to match different rooms.
I laid out the blocks 2 rows at a time, when I was sewing the blocks, but now it’s all together I see unintentional patterns, especially when I took a photo e.g. from 7 down and 6 in to 9 down and 4 in there’s a very dark strip. The idea is that the darkish strips go left to right and the lightish ones right to left. Should I try to reposition some of the blocks or just accept the randomness? Only 6 weeks to the wedding, so need to get on!

Machine Accessories / Buttonhole foot - hate it!
« on: May 31, 2019, 23:10:59 PM »
I’m mainly a patchworker so not much call for buttonholes, but today I was trying to make a posh apron for my baby granddaughter to wear at a wedding. All went well until I tried to use the automatic buttonhole foot on my Janome. I did everything as per instruction book, tried it twice with scrap fabric, but as soon as I used it on the real thing, it went wrong 3 times, stitching big lumps of thread that were awful to unpick  :o
 At that point I remembered having this problem before and reverted to the old method taught many moons ago at school, using pencil drawn guidelines and good old zig zag- perfect😁. Think it’s time to throw the buttonhole foot away!

I have had my eye on this quilt as a possible wedding quilt. I found the photo on Pinterest, but the link is just to an Instagram account, so no instructions. The person who posted said there was a ‘trick’ to making it. I wondered if anyone has made this pattern.

 My guess is you make the light squares with dark border squares ( I plan to cut 5.5” square light fabric and border of 3” dark fabric). That’s the easy bit. I think you probably then make a dark centred square with 3” light border and cut it into 4 diagonally to make the 4 outside corners. I might be wrong even about this .

 I’ve been trying trial and error to work out border thickness and the size of the square to be cut up, but there must be a mathematical way, which would avoid me wasting fabric :P. My husband has a maths degree, but he doesn’t understand what I’m getting at. Hope you Dark Siders are on my wavelength and can give me tips  :D

Current Projects / Disappearing 4 patch
« on: March 22, 2019, 22:08:06 PM »
Just started my first attempt at a disappearing 4 patch quilt. After finishing my PL monochrome and bright quilt, I was looking for a nice pastel baby quilt design. I’d never heard of this pattern. I’d seen disappearing 9 patch , but not 4. I love the plaid effect of this and it looks misleadingly complicated.  :D Also it’ll be good for using up my stash of pale fabrics that I hardly ever seem to use. I’ve decided on pale grey, lemon, turquoise and lilac. Hopefully suitably gender neutral for a friend’s expected first grandchild.

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