Monthly sewing update: July 2017

Sometimes I discover really silly things I have been doing wrong sewing related. Every time that is a very nice reminder that I am still new to the craft and that I have a lot to learn. Last month, for example, I discovered that you need to clean your sewing machine to keep it running smoothly. This month I discovered the importance of using new needles and pins every other project, because needles get blunt and blunt needles damage the fabric. Sounds very obvious, but I had not thought of that.

This month I did a lot of quilting. Also I published a post about one of my proudest achievements: the penguin backpack. The article was difficult to write, because it was such a big and complex project, but in the end I managed alright I think. If you want to know more about a particular step, please comment and I will gladly explain more. This month I also went to a quilt shop for the first time alone, which was exiting! The shop was nice, and they even gave me a pattern of a little church because I bought something. The last thing I did this month is starting to use my DeviantArt account again to further promote my artwork and this site. My account there will have even more pictures than this site and I enjoy it tremendously to look at other people’s artwork and to talk about it. Send me a message, and I will gladly befriend you.

Fish paper piecing

The paper piecing is done and all the plastic is out. I used a golden fabric as backing, because why not, and I am doing the quilting now by sewing all the layers together. The quilting is done by small stitches around the edge of the fishes with a matching threat, to make it look almost invisible. This is going to be part of a bag when it is finished.

 

 

Scrap quilt

So, this one is really getting together now. What do you people think: did the theory I used to pick fabric for this quilt ‘if nothing fits, it will look good’ work out?

scrap 30% & cut

All the pieces laid out

Big quilt for lovely friend progression

I did some work on The Big Quilt this month. I had three pieces of T-shirts which my friend wanted to have in the quilt. These pieces are basted onto a sturdier blue fabric. This is done to prevent the fabric from going awry during the rest of the project. Sometimes a piece of clothing needs a backing fabric, because it stretches too much, or is too fragile. The next blogpost will dive deeper into that process.

 

 


See my DeviantArt or Instagram (username: bella.g.bear.art) for more artwork and WIPs. You can also follow my blog by clicking on the button on the left or by filling in your email address. There will be a monthly update at the end of every month and a new blogpost every Sunday or Monday.

 

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