Tuesday, October 29, 2013

One block down, 29 to go...

I'm really, really disappointed and disheartened right now.

Firstly, I had a real fight with the pattern, because the pattern I found on-line didn't match. I had to redraw it. That took a day.

I cut the first pieces, did my first try on English paper piecing, and sewing curved seams. Perfect. But it took two days, because I was procrastinating... So - I used about 3 hours the first day to baste the pieces for the first square (36 pieces), and 2 hours to sew them together, remove the papers and iron it.

I made the paper pieces of ordinary copiator paper, and it works very nicely.
I baste with thread and needle and just sew through all layers, and when I'm done, I remove that thread easily.

So. This morning I started with chlorining the lightest piece of fabric of the second color. Ok, that takes a little bit more explaining. I bought pre-dyed cheap sheets, and bleached 3/4 of it with chlorine. Or I asked my husband to do it. One of the colors went perfectly, the other one didn't. So I have tried to fix it, first by trying to get the lighter middle color darker with food dye, then I decided to lighten the lightest with another chlorine wash. And it's still not good enough.
And I could cry.

Now I need to decide if I shall go on with the project, with part of the fabrics (about 1/4 or less) not "perfect", with the idea of that "done is better than perfect", or will I scrap the project, because I don't have enough time, and it's stupid to waste all that time to make something that won't be good.


Well... my husband says it's ok.
And I know my family appreciates crafts, and one will be able to see the craftmansship, and it will be a good quilt, even when it won't be as pretty as I wanted it to be.

But right now I just want to cry and burn everything and never go out and meet anyone ever again.

And I'm still loving the a-hole, who betrayed me, rejected me and abandoned me. :´(

But I am surprised to find out how easy paper-piecing is. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

So, finally...

I gathered enough courage to start doing this, the Double Wedding Ring Quilt.
I have managed to get the fabric washed and dyed and ironed, and I fear I have way too little of it... and I assume I have to change my plans considering the stuffing of this quilt... But - that day is at least two weeks away, so I don't need to think about that today.

Anyway, I was here happily procrastinating starting this job, because I thought I already have adequate patterns and I know enough how to sew quilts, having done a couple... Ha! I had to tweak the pattern a little, and there was some problems with dyeing, too, and all kind of things like this take time.

Also, I noticed that I don't have time to make this quilt two block a day. I need at least 3-4 days to quilt it, because it is big, and then I have to sew the blocks together into a top, and that takes some time, too... knowing me, I will be doing it by hand, and even though I am a quick sewer... Eh... I know it's a correct word for someone who sews, but it is also the word for... well... sewer :-D Ok, I'm a quick seamstress. :-D I sew quickly.
Anyway, I need to make at least 3 blocks every day, and starting today. And it's already 6 P.M. I don't think even I can manage making three 40cm by 40 cm blocks, english paper piecing, double wedding ring, in the 4-5 hours there are left of the day. :-D

Well, well... if I don't have time to make this for the wedding, they'll get a gift card of it, and that's that.

But... I'm still terrified of cutting fabrics :-D

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Half a year later...

Still the same year.

I am planning on making a Wedding Ring Quilt to my nephew as a wedding gift.

Here's a free pattern, but I'll be making one in size 240x200 cm - that's the size of a double duvet. I think it's nice for a wedding :-)

So it will be like this: 5x6 blocks, each 40x40 cm2

It will have black background and different shades of purple, fuchsia, burgundy and blue, and have dark grey backing. And I'll stitch it, too, if I have time.