Thursday, December 09, 2010

A BIG SHOT QUILT? WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT … and Garage Sale this Saturday

I’ve always been scared of quilting – it seems like it takes so much time and is so difficult, but ever since I started seeing them on the US blogs, I have wanted to try a bit of quilting with the Square Scallop die … well it sure was faster than cutting all those bits!!!

I cut out all the squares (plus a few extra) in less than 10 minutes!!!  It was so fast it was scary.  The red fabric was light-weight, so I cut those out 7 or 8 at a time, and the black bug fabric was a bit heavier, so I cut those out 6 at a time.  With a 3/8” seam all around each square, each square ended up 9cm square.  So this is not very big as a quilt (just 30cm wide by 70cm long), but I wanted a sample to be able to take and show people how easy it is to use the Big Shot with your fabrics.  I’m going to try another quilt with the Pennant die next, just got to clean up my craft room first!!

bug quilt

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I had not touched a sewing machine since High School until last month when I bit the bullet and went and did a bag at a class with Leanne (see photo below), so to say I am not a sewer is not exagerating – I really am not!!!  So if I can do it, ANYBODY can!  I’m hoping that the straight line sewing will come with more practice ;)

Please be gentle – I had never quilted before, and I didn’t have a pattern or a “Quilting for Dummies” so this was totally ad-libed as I went along and even though I know I won’t win any awards, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  I will do some quilting classes with the lovely Leanne and Robyn at Still Quilting so they can give me the tips and hints …

quilted bag 
This is the bag that I made last month.  I managed to get by with a little help from my friends on this one!!


I’m having a garage sale this Saturday morning at my home (147 Seaview Road, New Plymouth) to try and get some space back in my craft room.  Loads and loads of craft supplies that HAVE to go.  No reasonable offer will be refused, so drop on by between 8am and noon and help me get some order back in my craft room and find yourself a bargain or six at the same time …  If you need more details, give me a call on 753-5337.



Dawn Hendrix said...

LOOK at you.... quilting bug will get you YET!!!! Love and MISS ya!

Keryn Campbell said...

Well done Sharlene.

Sharlene said...

Another addiction - that's what I'm worried about Dawn! I miss you guys too ...