Archive | August 2012

The Rainbow Quilt Competition

DATE CHANGE – please note the dates of the competition have changed!!

This year I have started a rainbow journey. Rainbows make me feel good… fabric makes me feel good.. so rainbow fabric makes me feel GREAT. With this in mind I created a Facebook group. The group was originally called Rainbow Charm Swaps but as the group has gown I have renamed the group Rainbow Charm & More Swaps.. http://www.facebook.com/groups/149803875155388/ it doesn’t really catch the whole purpose of the group.. and in time I how the name will reflect the content of the group.. but I digress.

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From one little charm swap – the group has blown out. This wee I sent out the 4th rainbow charm swap… so in total sorted thus far comes to 5760 charms!! and 96 members.. not bad when you consider the group has been going for less than 2 months!!

So… from little things big things grow.. and that is true of those little rainbow charms.

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I propose to run a competition – The Rainbow Quilt Competition.

So how will it work…

  • Each person may enter ONE quilt.
  • The theme for the competition is RAINBOWS – how you interpret that is up to you!
  • Each quilt must be a minimum of 50inches x 50inches
  • Quilts either must be of your OWN design or give credit to the DESIGNER (if the designer has copy right – you must comply with appropriate approvals to use the design in this competition by admitting your entry it is assumed that you have this approval – no responsibility for breach will be taken by the organizers of the competition.)
  • The competition closes Sunday 31st MARCH 2013 –
    I know this is a while away but Christmas is in the middle and this will give crafters time to think about, design, gather and create!!
  • Voting will commence on Monday 1st April 2013
  • Voting will remain open until Wednesday 17th April – As an extra awesome pre-Christmas gift the winners will be announced on Friday 19th April 2013 and prizes posted on Monday 22nd April 2013!
  • There will be a Flickr group dedicated to this competition. You must upload a maximum of 2 images of your quilt to the Flickr group for people to look at and then vote on the quilts they like. http://www.flickr.com/groups/rainbowquiltcomp/

Details of voting will be uploaded on the closing date for submission.

  • Quilts will be judged by the general public with the winner being the quilt with the most votes.
  • Prizes will be rainbow and fabric in nature – details will be loaded as they become available.
  • Further details will be uploaded as they become available.

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Gabby the Traveling Stash!

So I have again signed up for a traveling stash.. this one is quite a bit smaller. The idea is that as many fat quarters as possible are put into a predetermined weight Australia post bag and sent from one crafter to the next. Each person can take out as many fat quarters as they like but they have to put back as many as they can in the weight limit.

The first traveling stash I was in was a 3kg bag… it was AWESOME. This one was much smaller.. only 500g. As you ca imagine it can be hard to select what to take out and what to put back in.

This is what Gabby (they tend to get named for easy reference) had in her when she arrived:

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Unfortunately for me not many of the fabrics appealed to me… I did find a couple  thought I could use. In the end I took only two

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and therefore needed to put two back into the bundle. I decided to try and find nice bright fun fabrics as they are what I would have liked to take out!! I put these two back in…

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I thought someone might like the Christmasy one on the right given there is still enough time before Christmas to create something!!  😉

Anyway all in all it is quite a fun little thing to be involved in… the anticipation of a package arriving is always fun!!

Till next time

SB.

Practically Paper Pieced – Luxury Ladies Apron!

Welcome to my blog – SallyBallyCreations.

I have made a VERY picture heavy post that will take people step by step through the creations of an a pron with a New York Beauty style top and skirt trim.

This is aimed at the sewer that is new to paper piecing… I hope you like it and will come back and visit my blog to see other interesting projects!

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So Step one is to get a design. To do this you can either print one off the net or you can draw one. Normal printer paper works fine… but for me tracing paper is MUCH better. What makes it better? I hear you ask… tracing paper is easier to tear away! So as you can see I have drawn the design onto tracing paper and numbered the sections. I was able to draw in the 1/4 inch seam on the straight edge but not one the curved edge as I didn’t have a flexible ruler (I do now!!) so I removed the thread from my machine and using my 1/4inch foot… followed my drawn line to make a line of ‘holes’ this was easy AND effective!

The section above will form the rainbow points. I then drew the section that would make up the inside of the arc as seen below. I have made sure to add in the 1/4 inch seam (using the ruler and the sewing machine) so I make sure that I add enough fabric to cover the seam section.

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Whilst it may seem that you can just cut the two sections and use them both – this is risky as you dont have the seam allowance on both sides and this can be difficult to remember and cover when adding the fabric. The safer option… make two!

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They will go together as above.

I then drew the top of the rainbow points. This will form the top of the bib of the apron.

I also removed the bottom of the inside of the arc and this will form the end of the NYB block and make adding the next part of the apron easier.

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Sewing Time.

I sent my machine up so that my cutting mat and ruler are on my left and my machine is on my right – this is because for each line you sew you also have to cut! I also have my iron set up to the right of my machine… it means I don’t have to be up and down all day!

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In addition to my sewing machine, these are, what i consider to be ESSENTIAL items in paper piecing.

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So here I am. Pattern ready, tools ready, fabrics selected.

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Step one. Place the FIRST piece of fabric WRONG side up. This is the ONLY time you add fabric WRONG side up.  Pin it to the paper.

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Use your little metal ruler to fold the paper back where you will be adding the second piece of fabric.

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Select the second piece of fabric you will be using. In my case a lovely green. RIGHT side UP. Place the white fabric that is attached to the paper ON TOP of the green so the edges of the fabric meet.

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This is how it should look.

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If I bend the white and paper back you can see the green face up – Note this makes the rights sides together.

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I set my stitch length SHORT. This makes the stitching stronger and perforates the paper so it can be removed easily.

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Start stitching before the seam allowance along the line between your first and second fabric sections.

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Use your nail to tear the paper that is IN the seam allowance. Fold the gerrn out – double check it covers the WHOLE section and iron the seam down.

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Now use your little metal ruler to fold the paper between the section just covered by the green and the next section to be covered.

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Once you fold this section back the excess fabric from the green section needs to be trimmed back. Use your ruler and rotary cutter to trim back to 1/4 inch.

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Repeat the steps above. For me the next section is another green. Line the second green FACE UP with the 1/4 inch that you just cut.

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Fold it out, iron, use your little ruler to fold back the paper for the next seam – trim the second green back to 1/4 inch from the fold and line up the next fabric.

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Once you add the two greens and the next white, press your work and it should look like below!

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Continue in this process with the remaining fabrics.

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If you are unsure if you fabric is big enough PIN the fabric ON the line you will sew, fold it back and have a look – if it covers the section AND the seam allowance.. all good. Step backand sew the previously pinned seam.

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Once you add all the fabrics of the section it will look like this!!

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TRIM time.

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Ta Da!

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Now cut your middle arc piece.

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Oh no.. time to remove the paper. This is my LEASE favorite part. Take care not to pull your stitching too much. After all your work you don’t want to muck it up now. I find folding the paper first helps.. as will using a pin or quick unpick for the tight seams.

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I finger press the fabric in half and half again – this helps me with pin placement AND matching the two parts.

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O so all the paper is out – I went back and finger-pressed in the hope magically the paper would be gone.. alas it was not and I had to remove it myself!

So this is what I have now.

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Pinning from the middle I join the two right sides together.  I work out from there to the edge on both sides.

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On curves – is there such a thing as too many pins?

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Time to sew!!

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It is important to snip into the curve to help the seams sit flat. This is an exciting part.. and it also shows things starting to ‘come together’.

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WALAH! What we have so far!

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Next we need to add the TOP – this will be the top of the Apron that we add ric rac to later.

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Using the same process we add the top.

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Woohoo Starting to look good!

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Now to add some sides. We will be trimming these but it is easy to add wedges for now.

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Then we slice the wedges back!

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Now it is time to think of the trim for the bottom of the skirt. Using the system above I add basic triangles.

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Before starting on the next adventure in paper piecing I add a band to the top.

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Triangles, triangles and removing the paper!!

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So here is the top and the bottom.. Need to make the middle!

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The triangles get added to the skirt…

The top is quilted with Pellon, ric rac is added and a backing is added to hide the stitching etc.

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I added a waist band, neck strap and joined all the bits together… Below is the finished project!

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I REALLY hoped you liked this little project.. I look forward tothe adventure of the rest of the Blog Hop!!

Cheers
SB.

OOO There are TWO very important things I forgot to do.

1. Say a HUGE thank you to Kristy for organising the Blog hop and

2. Recommend that you check out all the other participants of the blog hop

1 Kristy from Quiet Play
2 Kate from Kate Quilts
3 Diane from From Blank Pages
4 Lara from LuellaBella
5 Sunday – Day off
6 Charise from Charise Creates
8 Kiera fromKizzie’s Korner
9 Marieka from Bespoke Bites
10 Sally from Sally Bally Creations
11 Jane from QuiltJane
12 Sunday – Day off
13 Taryn from Pixels To Patchwork
14 Jane from Where Jane Creates
15 Laura from Quokka Quilts
16 Emily from Emily the Enabler
17 McKenna from Textile Diva
18 Sat Lauren from Renrad Craft Studio
19 Sunday – Day off
20 Fiona from Finding Fifth
21 Beth from Plum and June
22 Megan from Jaffa quilts
23 Juliet from Tartan Kiwi
25 Sat Tracey from the Peony Teacup
26 Sunday – Day off

28 Anorina from Samelia’s Mum

Design Wall Magic

One of the things I love about playing with fabric at my local quilt store (Get Stitched) is that they have a design wall. I can try this and that.. see how colours work together and get a really feel for the quilt I am making. At home I lay my fabric out on my bed or on the floor and it just doesn’t give the same impression of the overall quilt. Weird I know as that is where they will end up!!

Anyway in consultation with my lovely fella we decided that I should give one a do at home… BUT it wouldn’t work in my craft room… Where to put it.. where to put it. The best place that I could see for it to go was in the dining room. My Fella however wasn’t sold on the idea.. SO in true sewing enthusiast fashion I decided to meet him half way. I would add a design wall that I could easily remove!

My local big fabric retailer was having a 50% off sale.. so I headed over there to get some cotton wadding – hearing it was the sticky-est BUT of course they didn’t have any. So I decided on trying flannelet. I purchased 4 m of fabric and headed over to Bunnings. My plan was to get a nice rod for the top and something to weigh the bottom down with and some hooks to hang it. I returned home and commenced sewing. I made the fabric 2m long and seed together the two. I then hemmed the sides and top and made a pocket and the bottom for the weighting rod. I used my trusty staple gun to attached the fabric to the top, screwed the hooks into the studs as high as I could to the wall (actually I got my fella to help with this so I didn’t have to go out and get the ladder heheh) and WALAH!

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The only thing to do now was to see if it was sticky enough to hold the fabrics… IT WAS! oh the fun.

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I had managed to add about half a dozen charm squares before Master 13 decided to provide assistance! It soon became a family affair.

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The wall was super useful.

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I added a whole quilt to it that I now have laying here ready to be sewn together.. and a bunch of rainbow charms from the first two charm swaps we have successfully run on our FB page Rainbow Charm Square & More Swaps (it can be found here if your interested…  ) the MORE is because we have branched out into swaps for random charms, spots and stripes charms, Christmas charms etc etc.

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Anywy the point to this entry is the design wall is a HUGE success and the whole thing cost less than $35. I can roll it up and pop it in my craft room and everyone is happy. I can even roll it up with the fabric still on it for designing later! All in all a GREAT idea.

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Happy crafting!

Cheers
SB

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