Tag Archives: crafting

My Sunshine Quilt

quilt, DIY, sewing, vintage, fabric

After years of hoarding the fabric, then year ago starting to cut the pieces and a little bit over a a week ago finally proceeded to sewing, my quilt is done. And look at it! It’s glorious!

IMG_20140812_191141

Excuse the blurry Instagram image but I wanted to show you the quilt in situ. And it’s still glorious!

IMG_20140810_203815

I might want to consider cleaning the phone camera lens, don’t you think? Anyhoo, piecing the thing together wasn’t too terrible. MOST CORNERS MATCH! But when it was time to combine the backing, batting and the top, I ran out of floor space. This naturally caused some wrinkles on the backing but I think I can live with them. Hello! It’s my FIRST EVER QUILT! How could it possibly be perfect? It’s perfect in its imperfectness. There.

quilt, DIY, sewing

I probably didn’t use enough pins either. I actually went to buy more but they were those short ones and wouldn’t have worked anyway. So what I did was that I pinned the entire thing in sections before quilting. There wasn’t too much shifting, even as I don’t own a running foot.

quilt, binding, handmade, biastape

The binding! Which I made myself! I used already quite thinned out vintage sheet but since I’m looking for that eventual weathered look, it works just fine for me. So yes, it will be fraying sooner rather than later but I have plans for that.

quilt, DIY, sewing, handmade

This is where I thought the worst part was over. The top was pieced and I thought the quilting and binding would be a piece of cake. I guarantee that the quilting was the worst. Tedious and felt like it took forever. Of course in real time, the piecing took longer but as you see your progress so quickly with that, the time felt shorter.

Quilt5

As you can see, I didn’t go with the 9 block-route (which I should have but meh, what can you do) but made these 4 square blocks which I then combined in rows of one. I was so excited at this point as I could start visualizing how the quilt would look ready.

quilt, blocks, sewing

Can’t tell you how many times I first counted and then re-counted my pieces, my duo-blocks and then these four-blocks. I didn’t want to find myself in the end and realizing I’m missing blocks. Let’s just say the original cutting brought me to tears more than once. 572 pieces. 286 patterned ones and 286 white ones. And yes, I really kept counting them over and over again.

quilt blocks, vintage fabric

I sewed these pairs in chains. There was no way I was going to cut the thread, lift the presser and the needle after every pair. I tried pressing them in layers too but that just didn’t work so I had to press all 286 of them separately. Took forever but seeing those crisp seams was, ah so satisfying.

quilt pieces, vintage fabric

All 572 pieces I think. So much potential and I’m very happy with what became with these. This was a fantastic exercise on patience, long-term planning and artistic effort and it shows.

quilt, vintage fabric, sewing, DIY

As for the question will I ever make another quilt again…Hell no. Maybe.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. I will be making another post about the things I learned while making this but that it will have to wait till later this week. Hope you like my quilt and encouraging comments are greatly appreciated ;)

P.P.S. I’m linking up at following link parties:

A Sew Can Do

Gingersnap Crafts- Wow Me Wednesday

Someday Crafts- Whatever Goes Wednesday

Funky Polkadot Giraffe- Too Cute Tuesday

DIY Show Off

Sand and Sisal- Inspire Me Monday

Crafting In The Rain- Do Tell Tuesday

Creations by Kara- Look What I Made

The Turquoise Home- Work It Wednesday

 

Flowers!

Monday is the challenge day! This week’s theme at Craft Your Passion is Flowers and as an extra challenge, you must have flowers in your image, not just in paper or embellishment. This worked out for me pretty well, as my embellishment collection is quite limited.

See, I took some in progress pics! These are the papers I was considering for this card. The digi stamp is by Delicious Doodles.

 In the end I went with the lettering paper by Crate Paper. It gave me this NY loft garden vibe so I kept the entire card simple and the colour palette limited. I so love this paper and I’m totally regretting that I bought only two sheets of it.

 The compulsory close-up! This week’s challenge prizes are from Delicious Doodles and Di’s Digi Downloads. You have till Sunday to participate so go and get crafty!

New Blog Header And Some Other Stuff

 Isn’t it cute? After hours of downloading free clipart and digi stamps, I decided to turn to a surprising source for images, my own hard drive! For the first time of the history of Thrifty Finn, I wanted to try out a photographic collage banner. And let me tell you, it was hard! The result is pretty good although I have some issues with the resolution. You can see that the image above is much sharper than the real banner. I will fix it, just not today. I’m too tired for that now.

What do you think? I tried to represent my different crafts and interests but I think it might have turned out bit girly with the pink circles and everything. The circles are a freebie from Pugly Pixel, so go check her out. The link is on my Crafty Resources- blog list.

Then something much more exciting…I have 100 WordPress- followers! I passed 25,000 views! I think now it’s the time to start thinking about a giveaway don’t you think? Just don’t hold your breath, there’s a chance I won’t get around it until, well, let’s just say I’m big on procrastination.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go and find a picture for this week’s photo challenge.

Till next time!

TAST 33: Scribbled Pekinese Stitch

Pekinese stitch was very interesting to work with. I had to check out couple of tutorials but it wasn’t too hard to figure out. I had more trouble to come up with the sketch to stitch as I was overwhelmed by all the fantastic antique Chinese samplers I saw. In the end I settled on a loopy scribble, a similar one to my couching sampler.

 Can you see the mistake I made?

 The mistakes show up particularly well in this picture. As I was doing the second round of stitching, the looping, and I was turning around, I kept picking up the floss strands up, leaving them standing up quite ugly.

 Another thing I’m not too happy about, is the way I added the one lonely half-loop. I thought it would be a fun detail but it actually looks very sad and gives the sampler very half-finished look.

Pekinese Stitch But all in all, I’m excited about Pekinese stitch. It will take some finessing but I think it will lend itself to fashion embroidery quite well. Imagine military detailing…Anyhoo, next in-line is Linked Double Chain.

My other samplers are listed here. Go and have look. Clicking the pictures will take you to the individual posting where you can read more about my process with the particular stitch.

Till next time!

TAST 32: Cast-on Clovers

 This one was hard!!! I read all tutorials and watched Mary Corbet’s video about dozen times before I could wrap my head around this stitch. My verdict: Cast-on looks very good but stitching it is way too hard to be worth the effort.

 As soon as I saw Sharon’s samples I thought to make clovers and this stitch is lends itself very well for the shape.

 I didn’t have enough kelly green floss so I decided to use various shade of green. I think it looks pretty good.

One of the most visually pleasing samplers I’ve made but as I didn’t enjoy making it at all, I doubt I will be using it much in the future.

Next sampler on the list is Pekinese Stitch. If you are interested, I’ve listed all my samplers here, where you can find links to the individual posts.

Till next time!