Wednesday, 11 March 2015

enjoy every moment


I was thinking about what I've been sewing this week and didn't feel it was much but actually I've been so engrossed in my current project I nearly overlooked it! I did some English Paper Piecing, some appliqué, machine and hand quilting for this months le challenge project... all will be revealed this weekend when the link opens - we always have a giveaway so you should check it out!


I am currently finishing it up by hand sewing down the binding:


I did a little work on my green tea and sweet beans quilt too. I hate making bias strips and can never get them as thin as I would like so I got a smaller bias tape maker and used fusible web with it (after a colleague recommended it). Well my first attempt was a shocking mess, it nearly all went in the bin! After a couple of days I tried again and I'm not sure how but it just worked so well. Maybe I was in a bad mood or too tired the first time?!


I love the result, although I have now pinned them as well; I tend to chuck my sewing around a lot so better to be safe - it did fuse well so you wouldn't need to pin. This is just what I was hoping for and it is SO easy to work with, the strips are totally flat and even. If you hate making bias strips I would recommend giving it a try! This is the beginning of my second appliqué flowers block:



A little sponsor news...

The Fat Quarter Shop are currently having a great promotion (I would spend $100 just on buying more of that beautiful background fabric above - it's Whisper Firefly, Hello Bear by Bonnie Christine if you fancy it!):


And Pink Castle Fabrics are Spring cleaning and having a Super Sale, with loads of gorgeous deals to be had!



Hope you're having a great week and enjoying every moment too :)


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


9 comments:

  1. your projects look so beautiful. And thanks for this handy bias strips tip.

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  2. The bias tape looks great; how odd that sometimes the stars align on a second (or fifth) try! :)

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  3. Glad the stems worked out! I can't wait to see what people link up!

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  4. What fabulous bias tape that little gadget makes!!! I should look for this locally! It would make the applique of stems so much more precise! Maybe that would kick start my return to applique!?

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  5. I hate making bias strips too, I'll add that to my wishlist, I always thought they were a little pricy (and the refill webbing stuff) but sometimes it's got to be worth it! You can also buy premade fusible bias too but it's expensive as well...

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  6. Your bias tape looks great! I like the bars but haven't yet taken the plunge and bought a set so might get a tape maker instead...

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  7. looking forward to seeing your challenge this month. I tried bias making once, never again!

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  8. You may know about these but I have started using presser bars (made by Collins) for making stems. So much easier than bias tape.

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    1. I had to google what they are but they look fabulous! I will have to give them a try, thanks for telling me about them :)

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