For any new readers I am going to start with a little about me, which I admit to copying and pasting from my about section. Those few sentences took me ages to write the first time round ;-)
I am Kelly, 35 years old and married to the man who I have been with since I was 17. We have a 3 year old kidlet. My day job is in a large teaching Hospital in London, where I am a Transfusion Specialist. I went up in the world, before blood I was a poo tester!
Beth gave us hoppers a few questions to answer:
- How long have you been quilting? - I only learnt to sew 3 years ago and then got hooked on quilting after taking a six week starter course at my LQS.
- Favourite quilting tip(s) - Chug a glass or two of wine while you are FMQ, guaranteed to get those shoulders relaxed ;-)
|Mouthy stitches swap - zipper pouches|
- Favourite blogging tip(s) -Turn the word verification off.
- Favourite fabric (or wish list fabric) - I am a total fabric tart, but at the minute I am loving Summersville.
|Freebird quilt - made in March 2011|
- Favourite craft book -The Practical guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman.
- Favourite quilting tool -Walking foot closely followed by the seam ripper.
|Brit quilt swap - Mini quilt|
- Favourite music to listen to while quilting -Glee soundtracks (Stop laughing!!)
- Binding - by hand or by machine? -Machine stitched to the front and then given to my sewing buddy to hand stitch to the back.
|Sewing machine cover|
So as I am obsessed with rainbows and Geese, I decided to photograph my progress whilst making the mini Flying Geese pin cushion that now lives with Emily.
The making of a Flying geese circle mini:
- The Geese template can be found here and the tutorial where I learnt how to piece the geese circle can be found here.
- The original block size is 6.5" unfinished, so I scaled the template to 33% on my printer to get a 2.5" unfinished block. Don't forget to add the 1/4" seam allowance back on after shrinking.
|The making of a mini!|
- I reduce my stitch length down to 1.4 to make it easier to remove the paper once the block is pieced.
- Paper piecing wastes a lot of fabric and I tend to be over generous with my cuts because it annoys me more when I realise that I haven't quite covered the area.
- I leave the paper on until the whole circle is pieced. I get less shifting this way and my points are less likely to have been chopped off.
- Iron all seams flat to reduce the bulk where all the layers meet in the middle. The backs of my paper pieced blocks are never pretty!!
- I added a 1/2" borders to the geese circle, backed with fusible fleece and then hand stitched with the only stitch I know - running stitch!!
- I fussy cut a 5" square and with right sides together sewed a 1/4" seam leaving a gap for turning. Then I stuffed and hand stitched the opening closed.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and please visit the other bloggers hopping this week:
Yzo from Chez Roo
Debbie from A Quilter's TableSarah from Silly Banana Sewing