Placemats and PillowsPosted: May 18, 2006
When I started working on my quilted placements, I reminded myself to take progress photos.
Ah. Well. I had good intentions. Here is the one “progress” shot I remembered to take.
Then I got to the end before I remembered my camera again.
These four placements took longer than I anticipated. The main reason was that I struggled to sew straight seams around the edges, even with the magnetic seam guide. I ripped out the edge seams at least once before I got them to be decent. And ripping in sewing takes more effort than ripping in knitting! Fortunately the quilting lines came out straight on the first try (probably because I drew in the lines), but I had some problems with bunching at the bottom. Perhaps a walking foot for my machine (as recommended in Sewing 101) would have helped?
The quilting lines are secured with very small stitches at the beginning and end. I tried ripping out these stitches to re-do the lines, but they are so tiny that I couldn’t get them out! In spite of the imperfections, I think the placements are still usable.
Then I started working on two log cabin pillows using the tutorial found on Dacia’s blog. The first one is the “traditional” log cabin pillow and the second is the “log cabin-ish” version. The fabrics are mostly from an Amy Butler Charm fat quarter bundle.
I feel like I’ve stalled with this project. I’m not sure whether I even like the way I’ve arranged the fabrics. In addition, I am intimidated by the next step — pinning on the batting and making the quilting lines! Can I sew straight enough to make decent quilting lines? We’ll see how I feel after a short break from this project.
I was a little bit bummed that the Apron and Recipe Swap filled up before I could join. Anyone interested in swapping with me? Have a great weekend!