Monday, December 25, 2017

A New Adventure in Sewing, part 2

Last time my quilt was starting to form, I had cut my strips and sewed them into groups of three, alternating white on inside and outside.

I sewed two of the strip sets together to form a tube.

Then I took my 12" square ruler and cut the tubes on the diagonal with the ruler's center line on the seam.

Then I cut alternating triangles for a total of 6 per tube.

I then opened up the triangles to turn into quilt blocks.

I had 36 blocks.

I arranged the blocks into a design.

The blocks were sewn together by rows with a 2 1/2" strip, called a sash, between each block.  I did this for all six rows.

Then the horizontal rows were assembled together with  2 1/2" sashing and 2 1/2" borders around.

Now my quilt top is done.  Next I have to attach the batting and bottom fabric to make my quilt.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

A New Adventure in Sewing

It was strongly suggested by a friend I be more sociable and get out of the house more often.  I decided taking a sewing class would fit the suggestion nicely.  However, since I live in a rural area, a town of 104, classes aren't easy to find.

I did find a place called MIY Studio in a nearby town that teaches quilting.  I went to the studio to find times and classes, but was quickly discouraged when told the earliest new class is in February.

Not wanting to wait, I quickly started scouring the internet for any information on quilting.  There is a mountain of information, but I wanted more of a classroom setting.  So I quickly turned to Craftsy for a beginning quilt class.

I found Learn to quilt: Cozy throw quilt.  I quickly printed out the list of supplies needed and watched Amy Gibson explaining the quilt we would make.

I went to Joann's to purchase the needed fabric for the top of the quilt.  I found jelly rolls on clearance for $5.  Being I need 2 1/2" x 42"  strips of fabric in different colors, which is what a jelly roll is, this worked out perfect.  I did learn these are junior jelly rolls because they have 20 strips of fabric, whereas a jelly roll has 40 strips.  I bought three of them, then discovered for the 60" x 60" quilt in this class, one roll would be enough.

Junior jelly roll

Some of the Junior jelly roll unrolled
2 1/2" strips

I then bought 4 yards of white fabric to cut into 2 1/2" strips.  I did not pre-wash any of the fabric.

Using my Bernina 1001 I sewed the strips together in groups of three.  For a total of 12.
Some of the finished strips sets.

Next time I will turn these strip sets into blocks for my quilt.

I went to Joann's and MIY Studio, so I did get out of the house.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Mimi G Style by Simplicity

It is rare to find a new menswear pattern that doesn't involve pajamas.  When Joann's had $1 Simplicity patterns, I bought Simplicity 8427.  This is a dress shirt pattern by Mimi G Style.

This is a fitted shirt. It comes with two collar styles(club and pointed) and two cuff variations(barrel and french).  I made a pointed collar and barrel cuffs.  The only adjustment I did to the size 38 pattern was add two inches to the sleeves.  This is definitely a slim fit, because I normally where a size 36. I used turquoise flannel for it.

I watched the Mimi G Sew along for this shirt on Youtube to refresh some shirt sewing techniques in my mind.

I used my Bernina 1001 to sew this shirt.  I also used it for  the buttonholes since it sews both sides in the same direction, not one forward and one reverse.  In other words, it has a six step manual buttonhole.  It makes nice, balanced buttonholes.

I like this shirt, I know it is a business shirt and should look great in a plain cotton also.

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