Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Childrens quilts - panels and special prints.

I have just finished 3 childrens quilts using panels and special prints. Evidently magazines do not like to print quilts that are fabric specific because of the understandable problems with availability of the fabrics to the reader.

"In the Jungle" is actaully a very simple quilt from the piecing point of view - I added a single boarder to a panel. The work went into the quilting - I am still improving in my ability to acuarately quil the edges of the pictures with my freehand movement on my semi longarm.

Poppy fairy - this quilt began with the tiny fairy panel in the centre - and then I noticed that the poppies matched some other fabrics I had with poppies in them..... and so the quilt grew. My investment in the end of a roll of the popy boarder fabric (the section with houses and trees) is continuing to pay of.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

20 potholders by 7 year olds for mothers day

I have just finished 20 potholders for the children in my younger daughter's class - they would have an average age of about 7.  Each child chose a central square and borders. We then added borders in a courthouse block style . I then added the backings and bindings.

Machine sewing with this age group was an interesting challenge. Most of them had never used a sewing machine so even using the pedal was a new experience. Although I had no trouble with the boys when I told them it was just like a motor bike... you pushed the pedal to make it go and steered with your hands. I was really glad that I was working one to one with each child as they were highly distractable. The highest risk moments were when some random sound caught their attention and they would look around while keeping their foot on the pedal. Fortunately my machine has a slow setting - and as I said before there was one on one supervision.

Friday, 12 March 2010

One hundred good wishes for E..X..E..

One hundred good wishes for E..X..E..
Some time ago I offered to make up a 100 good wishes quilt for a fellow adoptive family. These quilts are made up of 100 donated pieces of fabric and symbolise the good wishes or blessings that family and firends give the child. Often the challenge is to make the fabrics into an attractive pattern. In this case the family arranged the pieces for me - for which I am very greatful as I feel that it is important to express their ideas. The boarder is silk and this was a reasonably challenging fabric to use as it frayed very easily - fortunately it was possible to stabilise the edges by roll hemming them on the overlocker.

The quilting is free motion quilting and  the boarder is reaonably heavily quilted compared to the centre. This is because the boarder is the section that a child will grab to drag it around the house and I feel that the stability of this area is important. Within the quilt I used flower and words.
The family then added a few buttons and the bows.

I was surprised with how nervous I felt at times while doing this - would it be good enough? Fortunately the family was patient with me when I put it away during a family crisis which was affecting the quality of my work... and they are pleased with the result.

I gather the child is happy and it has begun its many journey around her home with her.