Here is a close up....machine pieced and hand quilted.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
What did I learn about using the QD II from this? Well, I learned how to use the Sewing Advisor. Instead of trying to figure out which seam to use for overcasting and how to set the tension, I told the QD II I had a lightweight woven and wanted to do a seam and overcast. The machine then choose the correct overcast stitch and told me which presser foot to use (the J foot). Everything stitched up just great. No puckering, no jamming of fabric.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
I cut a piece of fabric for the outside 10 x 13 inches. I cut another 10x13 piece for the inner lining. Then a 10x13 piece of low-loft batting and a piece of muslin. I layered the outer fabric, batting and muslin together like a quilt "sandwich". I sewed a straight stitch around the edges to keep the layers in place. Then I used decorative stitches and embroidery stitches from my QD II to decorate the fabric and quilt the layers together. Here is the complete outside....it's difficult to see some of the stitching I did in white thread but you get the general idea.
For the inside, I cut two pieces of clear vinyl 5-1/2 x 10 inches for the pockets. Using a coordinating fabric, I cut 1-inch strips to bind what will be the upper edges of the pockets. I sewed the binding on one long end of the vinyl. Then I places the vinyl on the insiding lining fabric, aligning the raw vinyl long edge to the outside short edge of the fabric. I wanted my pockets to be open to the inside so once I fold the case, the cards aren't going to slide out. I then sewed a seam in two places on the vinyl --- making 3 pockets on each piece of vinyl. Next, I put the lining fabric with the quilted outside, wrong sides together and basted the edges. I attached a binding like I would for a quilt and the d-card case was done.
This was a good chance to try some of the different stitches and feet of my new sewing machine. Two fat quarters of fabric was enough to complete the outiside, inside and binding. I made mine to hold the 6 cards that came with the machine. You could modify this to hold more cards if you wanted. Another improvement would be to put a ribbon on it so it could be tied closed or a piece of velcro to keep it closed.
When sewing on the vinyl, use presser foot H --- the vinyl will not stick to the foot and the materials will feed properly through the machine.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Here is a look of the inside of the seam, you can see where some sweater threads are missing...
Here is the outside of the seam....no one will ever know...
I feel so thrifty and virtuous :)
Monday, December 17, 2007
This next one is not so great but I tried to at least learn a lot from it. It is McCall's 5191 done in a woven polyester faux suede that I got on sale at Hancock's. At least I didn't put a lot of money in it. This fabric was not easy to work with and I had some fitting problems in the shoulder area. I can at least wear it around the house.
I used the Viking Quilt Designer II to do the buttonholes on this jacket. I learned a very important lesson about the QD II....it really does adjust the foot pressure based on what you tell it. I had a difficult time with the first couple of buttonholes then I realized the machine thought it was sewing on lightweight woven. I changed the setting to heavy woven and the buttonholes came out fabulous! This machine will make perfect buttonholes all day long! Take a look at this...all I had to do was tell it heavy weight woven and the size of the button in millimeters (use the handy-dandy measuring stick painted on the machined) and it produced this....
Sunday, December 16, 2007
I opened up a plastic bag that contained many Christmas ornaments to find green mold growing on a few. EEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!! After a few moments of panic, I calmed down enough to find a face mask and start sorting out the ornaments. All cloth ones went in a lingerie bag and into the washer on the hand-washable setting with mild detergent and non-chlorine bleach. The non-cloth ones got a wipe down with a clorox type wet wipe. Some were cross-stitch in little plastic frames. I carefully removed the fabric and washed them by hand.
The instigator of this incident seems to have been a cinnamon dough ornament brought home from school by my son at least 5 years ago. It had green growing all over it :(
I think all the other ornaments are going to be okay. A few had to have trim glued back on after going through the wash.
I guess I need to be more careful in how I store my ornaments. The cross stitch ornaments were ones I made about 20 years ago. Some of the ornaments in the bag were hand painted wood ornaments given to me about 30 years ago. They have a lot of sentimental value.
Friday, December 14, 2007
When I was about 14 or 15, she signed me up for sewing lessons at the Singer Sewing Store. I was the oldest in the class and got to sew on one of the new computerized Singers that cost way over $1,000!
As an adult my first machine was a Kenmore with about 30 stitches. It was okay but I often ended up with tangled threads. In 1998 I bought myself a Pfaff 7510.
Awww....my baby. A great machine that I got on clearance. It doesn't do embroidery like it's big sister the 7570 but it is a wonderful sewing machine.
Recently I happened across a Husqvarna Viking Quilt Designer II on clearance price. It came with an embroidery unit! This thing does perfect buttonholes like you would not believe!
It has feature to cut the threads when you are done. It also has what is called a sensor presser foot. You don't have even to lower the presser foot to start sewing, the machine does it for you! Amazing! I'm still learning about it a little each week.
I'm torn about selling my Pfaff since I don't really need 2 machines. Pfaffie is a dependable girl and has many good years left in her.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I was happy for Christian. That was a fierce outfit he made for the lady.
I also thought this "every day woman" challenge was much better than Season 3's version. They should not have let the Season 3 designers choose who they would design for, it should have been assigned to them. But that's just my opinion and Bravo doesn't consult with me :)
Of course for all things Project Runway you must read http://bloggingprojectrunway.blogspot.com/ and http://projectrungay.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
My name is Pat and I like crafts!
I've always have liked to create things since I was a small child. I took oil and acrylic painting lessons as a child and teen. I learned to sew when I was about 14. I started quilting about 1992.
I have not quilted much in the past few years but just recently got back into it. I'm also trying once again to try to make garments for myself.
Let's start off with a picture of an antique quilt I'm blessed to own.
This is a quilt made by my Grandmother, who passed away in 1981. This quilt was probably made in the late 50's or early 60's. Some of the fabrics are cotton and some are rayon. The quilt is machine quilted AND hand tied. I don't remember Grandmother quilting because by the time I can remember her she was in her late 70's and didn't do much.
Here is a close up - you can see the shapes that were pieced together to make this quilt.