Friday, October 17, 2014

Quilt #2

It's really just the top yet. I ordered some batting online and will quilt when it arrives.

It's a baby quilt top, with birds!


Next time I hope to use a less simple pattern, maybe HST or triangles... let's see.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Very first quilt

Or, "should I call this a quilt"?

A few months ago I got some fabric scraps I bought online. Nice colours, they seem to be good quality fabrics. And I also had been reading some quilt blogs and was in need of a simpler hobby (simpler than sewing clothes). So I thought, why not try to quilt?

I new I had to have some tools, like a self healing cutting mat, a rotary cutter, a walking foot. But I didn't want to spend a significant amount on money on them without knowing it this quilting thing would have any future (these stuff are not cheap!).

So I got a piece of card board (15x15cm), a piece of white cotton (I wanted a modern quilt!) and my fabric scraps and started to cut squares and sew the blocks. I got this:


A 1,20x1,20m (around 47'x47") simple top with squares. I liked the result, got a batting, a flower flannel for the back and started the quilting adventure. Which did not ended well, as expected. No walking foot resulted in uneven stitches and a very, very simple quilt pattern: only a few parallel lines. 


  


You can see how the stitches are very different in length in this last photo. I also had some trouble sewing the biding, but it turned out okay for a first experience with no quilting tools used :P

At the end I didn't know what to do with it. I would not give it as a gift as I know it's not the best quilt I can make and I also didn't want to throw it away. Donate? Maybe. But the dog said she could use it, so she got it:

Soft!

Here she is showing you the fabric used for the backing.
Yes, these white squares won't stay clean for a very long time, no they won't...





Friday, August 8, 2014

It's been a while

Some garments sewn, already worn out. New adventure, a soon-to-be quilt!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

This year was not much productive when it comes to sewing :( In fact, my sewing machine is inside the closet right now. My plans for 2013 are to get sewing lessons (I figured out that I learn much faster and better if I have a teacher). I'll try this school "Latina Engenharia de Moda", which is very close to home and teaches you how to make clothes!

My first post here was almost 2 years ago, just a month after I got my machine. I checked my old posts (not too many) and this is what happened to the projects I made:

  1.  Folklore Bag: I want to throw it away. I used once. Not a good bag. I didn't like the fabrics choice either.
  2. Blue blouse: never finished. I think it's already in the garbage.
  3. Shorts (here and here): I still use them, almost every week. Success!
  4. Liz Blouse (first and second): donated. Never used. I didn't like the results.
  5. Easy top from Burda Style: never used. Donated.
  6. Cushion covers: I made four of them, including some with a lapped zipper. I use them all the time. Success!
Let's see what waits for me next year ;)


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Check this giveaway!

The blog Tilly and the Buttons is hosting a great giveaway, with lots of prizes. It would be a nice Christmas gift, wouldn't it? Check it out here.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

New cushion covers

The fabric I bought online are so nice! At first I thought they were too stiff but after I washed them they became very soft. Yesterday I began to make the first cover and I decided to use an invisible zipper. It was easier than I thought and I used this video tutorial to see how to attach it.

Here are some photos:

Zipper attached to fabric by hand

Invisible zipper foot in action

It does get invisible!

I decided to use bias tape to finish the zipper edges.

Another foot in action, the bias tape foot (it's adjustable, so I can use several bias tape width with it)


 
 I'll show the finished cover when I make all of them :) I think I'll use some regular zipper in the next, so I can practice how to sew the lapped zipper!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

First online fabric order


Yesterday I got some fabrics I ordered on line. It was from a fabric store called Center Fabril and I got some home sewing fabric, to make some cushion covers. They were at a good price so I decided to test this store. It arrived pretty fast and well packaged. Too bad they don't sell fashion fabric at the site, they have mostly quilt cotton.

As I have a dog at home and she loves to play with the cushions, not to say she's always sleeping on them, I have to constantly wash the covers and they get old really fast. So I'll use these 100% cotton fabric to make new ones! I've done a few some months ago, but did not post about it. Making cushion covers is very easy and I don't even use zippers for it, I just make an envelope, like a pillow cover. It's very practical! 

Here are my two favorite prints: very flamboyant tropical flowers and black/white/gray with splashs of red...