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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Playing with my new toys.

Hi Jane, Sharon and Shawne, nice to see you popping in so regularly.  Motivates me to keep posting about my sewing adventures :-)
Today I spent some time playing with my new quilting ruler/templates.  Here is what I came up with using the Wave ruler.  I cut two pieces of fabric (sorry they are both yellow, one should have been darker for contrast,duh) with one straight edge and one wavy edge.  Then I machined them together.  The first photo shows how I sewed the straight edge of one piece to the top piece, using one straight line of stitching sewn on the other (wrong) side.
The second photo shows how I used zig zag, then blanket stitch to join the same fabrics, but by sewing on the wavy edge of the top fabric.

Then I cut two more pieces and sewed them together on the straight edge.  I just wanted to see what I could do, that gives me ideas of what I might achieve using better coloured fabric and various stitching.

Then  I played with my Scalloped edge ruler.
I'm glad I stayed to watch Robyn, the demonstrator, as this was a bit more tricky.  I made a scalloped edge using different fabrics the way she showed.  It makes a lovely edge and I think I might use this for a cushion.  I took a photo of the cushions she had made, and I'll post one here.
So this is my scalloped edge.

I was going to discard the offcuts, but played around with them too:

Here is Robyn at her stall, with a beautiful crinoline lady quilt behind her.  She is a lady after my own heart - specialising in old fashioned embroidery designs :-)
 And here are Robyn's pillows - aren't they gorgeous!

If you want to know more, you can visit her website at Bella Embroidery Designs.


Sharon said...

Good Morning Gina,
I did make a "whistle stop" visit to the Quilt Show on Saturday... It was a last minute spur of the moment decision but I am glad I had the opportunity to go... I had a good wander looked at the majority of the displays - however I didn't take many photos as I really wanted to "just look"... I bought a couple of little things - a cute Little Red Riding fabric/embroidery kit from Lucello's and some Cottage Garden Threads from Under The Mulberry Bush - because I am a push over for them :)I felt quite sensible - it seems the urgency to collect (apart from the CG Threads)has waned and I was happy just to experience...

Yesterday P and I helped E with her stall at Supa Nova at the showgrounds... Now that was an experience!!! If you can imagine people strolling around in pop culture character costumes you have it in one!! E did reasonable well and she met some on line faces... I felt like a fish out of water but it was an interesting people watching day...

Speak soon. Love to Ken...

Sharon x x

Jane Galley said...

Looks like you've been having fun with your new toys, I like the scallops