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Access All Accessories / Purse
« on: June 23, 2020, 06:56:16 AM »
I have made quite a few bags which I have enjoyed but wanted to have a go at making a purse. I thought it would be harder being smaller and fiddlier so I used up bits from my stash as a tester rather than fabrics I really liked.

Oh my goodness it was so much easier. The pattern was fantastic (Spencer Ogg pattern) and designed for domestic machines so there was no swearing at the machine as it skipped stitches hand cranking it round bulky bits!

Now I know how easy this pattern is I shall be 'pimping it up' and adding extra bits and using fancy hardware etc!  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

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Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Block name
« on: May 13, 2020, 18:04:34 PM »
Does anyone know the name of this block? I want to make this with  a jelly roll I have but the picture takes me in an endless pinterest loop and then tells me to update my flash (which is up to date!)

I could work it out but would rather follow a pattern someone has tested

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I am particularly after the maker landscapes range - ideally I would like a fat quarter (or even a fat eighth!) of the whole range. I only discovered the range recently and it seems almost impossible to find them online now. I have some of them but all the usual places I would try and my google searches have been fruitless. Are there any good places (even after this lockdown is over) that people would recommend I might not have tried? Or indeed are there any similar ranges I am not aware of for making landscape quilts?

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Access All Accessories / Back Pack
« on: March 26, 2020, 21:50:14 PM »
I have been working on my first back pack using fabric from my favourite designer (Tula Pink). There have been lots of firsts with this:

First Back Pack (and all the associated hardware)
First time I have used foam for whole bag rather than fleece
First time I have used zipper tape where I had to put the pulls on
First 'double' zip

I have finished all the outside and it is half lined now so will finish lining it tomorrow. Really pleased with it so far
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Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Setting triangles
« on: February 29, 2020, 16:39:30 PM »
I am doing a (what I thought was simple!) pattern to use up scraps. It is heart shapes set on-point - 11 inch finished block. I have started to sash in-between heart shape in one direction and am now coming to the setting and corner triangles.

I know how to calculate them with the formula but I cant work out if I should leave the ends 'unsashed' and use 11 as finished block or if I should put my 1.5 finished sashing on and use 12.5 as finished block size? Or something else? The more I think about it the more confused I get... @Iminei or anyone else who can help?

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Access All Accessories / Tula Pink bag finished!
« on: February 15, 2020, 21:24:06 PM »
I have decided to be more advanced and braver with my bag making and I am really enjoying it. This is my Tula Pink bag I finished today.

The 2 patterned fabrics are Tula Pink. The lining is a Kona solid and the pleather is from Lisa Lam who does beautiful stuff.

I cant wait to start my next bag!

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Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / What should I make?
« on: February 03, 2020, 20:27:36 PM »
I got some lovely spring fabrics from new makower range in my monthly subscription box. 9 fat eighths and a skinny quarter. I'm not really feeling the suggested patterns this month so does anyone have any ideas of things to make?  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

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Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Opinions/advice
« on: January 02, 2020, 21:33:12 PM »
I have been working on a batik version of 'splendid sampler 2' for about a year and am getting towards the end. I decided to very roughly out the blocks to begin seeing how it looked rather than just being in my head. I was going for the  'rainbow ombre' type effect.

Ideally I had wanted a double size quilt and so thought I would use narrow sashing to help increase the size. I thought perhaps black with batik cornerstones.

However, seeing it laid out like this I'm not sure that work and wonder if I should just join them as they are, put a border on (no idea what colour) and just accept it will be smaller than double. 

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Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Quick table runner
« on: November 03, 2019, 19:00:42 PM »
 My sister 'ordered' a Christmas table runner for her in-laws and I needed to do something quick - especially as it needed to be 1.8m long! It uses Winter Manor fabric from Moda which I.really like for a subtle Christmas feel. I just need to quilt (once I have decided how!), back and self bind in more Winter Manor fabric.

While I had it laid out to measure to double check my piecing in inches converted to the request in cm correctly, my helpful cat decided to check it all...


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Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Finished Quilt
« on: October 06, 2019, 06:29:56 AM »
So I've finally finished the quilt.for my sister. Relatively pleased with it - there is one section of flying geese that I am not particularly pleased with as they somehow managed to gain some fabric fullness when quilting the borders around them. Hoping this will shrink a bit when washed.

Otherwise I think it turned out well considering it is the biggest project I have self designed and uses only scraps. The quilting on the pin wheels looks good but continually turning it through my sewing machine was not fun!. I wasn't brave enough to do the straight lines as FMQ!

The colour of the backing is a nice pink colour as well but the camera would not pick it up.

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Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Quilt top finished
« on: September 08, 2019, 20:59:49 PM »
A few weeks ago I asked advice on how to expand a small central panel I had made into a much larger quilt. Well the top is now all pieced together and measures 58x62 so a much better size!

All fabrics are scraps or other pieces from my stash. I have purchased some extra wide backing though.

Next job will be to baste and quilt it when my batting arrives. I normally use cotton or 80/20 but my sister is always cold and will appreciate something thicker for her ‘sofa quilt’ so I have ordered some polyester to try for the first time.

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In the wardrobe / First solo garment attempt...
« on: August 18, 2019, 11:15:22 AM »
After my dress-making class I decided to attempt a half-circle skirt for my first solo project.

It has turned out ok and fits but not 100% happy with it. I definitely needed to put interfacing in the waistband (which pattern didn’t reference at all and so I didn’t really think about it).

Also my invisible zip didn’t go in as smoothly as my first attempt in the class - I had some wrinkles (pic 2). What would have caused this?

I’m still not sure if I am going to be a convert from quilting and bag making but we’ll see...

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I decided I wanted to use the June Tailor pinwheel ruler I had to start making a lap quilt for my sister for Christmas. Pink and neutral is her preferred palette for these things so I began. The ruler was actually really easy to use. I joined up my 5 inch squares and border (pic 1). Then cut them up using the ruler and stitched them back together (pic 2).

They aren’t quite as contrasting as I had hoped but I think that once they are quilted they will probably stand out more (will probably shadow quilt just inside each pinwheel).

At the moment this centre panel will be 21x27 finished size and I want the quilt to be at least double this ideally (if not a little bit bigger - roughly 50x60 which is a standard throw size).

So... what to do next? I have plenty of fabrics (but no more of these pinks as these were recycled men’s shirts!)

I bought some african wax fabric yesterday and I wonder if I should cut out the big pink flowers and applique them onto a white background but this might be a bit bold? (Pic 3)

Or do I do lots of smaller borders but I worry the whole thing will end up looking too busy...

All ideas and thoughts welcome (however ‘out there’)

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Fun with Fabric / Fabric finds
« on: August 13, 2019, 15:25:31 PM »
So this morning I went to Walthamstow as recommended by my class instructor last week to buy some fabrics for us to ‘learn and practice on’. I was surprised how many shops there were. There were at least 15 fabric shops and 4-5 Haberdashery shops plus several market stalls as well. They mostly cater for the Asian and African communities so think bold colours and prints. The Haberdashery shops were like nothing I have ever seen before - literally Aladdin caves with ribbons and things hanging from the ceiling in one shop!

Lots of the fabrics were bold lace type fabrics with lots of bling attached - so not for me. I was quite interested in the African wax fabrics as I do like bold prints for dresses and skirts and they are 100% cotton. While some were too bold for me I did find some that I think I will wear if the garments come out well. Wax fabrics come in standard 6 yard cuts (about 5.4m) and they varied in price from £15 for the most expensive to £5 for the cheapest. At £5 for just over 5m it is perfect fabric to learn on and a toile won’t be needed.

They had a lot of viscose and chiffon fabrics as well (in plain colours, more muted prints and bold prints) as well as quite a bit of scuba in plain colours. I think these fabrics are beyond a beginner but it is worth remembering. They also had quite a good shop for home decor fabrics (varied leatherette and thicker curtain fabric etc).

I’m sure I will go again - just to stock up on ‘practice fabric’ if nothing else!

I think I am going to make a simple dress out the green fabric, a half circle skirt from the black and the white/peach one. The pink flower one is a 3 yard cut from one of their remnant bins I spied on   [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  top (£3!!) I think it will make a great back for a pink quilt I am making my sister

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In the wardrobe / Seeing the light....
« on: August 06, 2019, 18:19:30 PM »
I’ve been a darksider for a long time but my sister and mum bought me a course for my birthday which I went on today ‘make a dress in a day’. Pattern pieces were pre-cut for us and interfaced with some overlooking done but everything else we learnt today.

It was a basic shift dress but we learnt to do darts, invisible zips, the weird shoulder strap thing I never understood from reading instructions, overlooking and a simple hem. My dress actually looks like a dress - I’m so pleased. I will post up some pics later.

He also gave us details of some bargain fabric shops in London.

I think I might be seeing the light....

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