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Finish-a-long completed for the quarter!

I got the Pezzy Bird Baby Quilt all finished this evening! I couldn’t wait for daylight to photograph it so you’ll have to make do with my rubbish photos…

I’m not showing you the back- it is appalling 😉 I stole the black and white stripy binding idea from Rita at Red Pepper Quilts.

So that’s my two things finished for Rhonda’s Finish-a-Long and it’s not even the end of June yet. Result!

(By the way the cushion above was the other thing I said I’d finish)

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A nearly finish

I’ve finished piecing the top of the baby quilt for my unknown gender cousin due in 3-4 weeks time! At the minute I totally don’t want to do a paper pieced block again for quite some time (so that’s Twenty Hedgehogs further on the backburner).

I tried to photograph this without the wood at the top but the breeze kept flipping it over. Our small garden is either covered with wood to burn, seedlings or dog wee so I didn’t really have many options where to photograph it. My next thing is to sit outside on a dining room chair and embroider on the birdy details but It’s so hot out there right now that I got dizzy just taking a picture! So I’m having a little sofa break reading digital back issues of Quilting Arts 🙂

Oh, you’ll be glad to hear there has been some more work done on my show quilt, however it’s just invisibly sewing the glued seams so there’s nothing to show yet. I’ve done a lot of the background too but I don’t want to show you it until it’s all sewn together pre gentle hand wash!

Trials and Tribulations

I truly hate basting and the binding processes in quilt making. This quilt was a nightmare for so many reasons but I have learned a lot whilst doing it. (to balance this I will say that I love piecing and how all the patterns and colours work together!)

Things that have gone wrong and have learned:
– When I started piecing it I shredded the triangle bits. I learned to sew across the diagonal of the square and cut down the middle instead of starting off with triangles.
– I learned that when cutting up a charm pack to make blocks, lots of triangly pieces makes blocks smaller than those with lots of square bits and this then needs fixing with maths afterwards. I am NOT GOOD at Maths, so it’s a wonder I am in this business, frankly.
– Transferring an embroidery design to thick, stripy fabric is bloody difficult. Doing it freestyle makes your cat design look a bit frog-like. I do however have much nicer free embroidery writing than hand writing!
– Basting a quilt with spray mount is NOT THE SAME as using special basting spray. It makes your needles sticky-ick and then baby wipes become essential.
– Cleaning a drop loading bobbin mechanism is more complicated than the old fashioned type, it has many many many crevices it takes ages to get all that fabric fluff out.
– Check the back regularly so that you’re not folding the back fabric onto itself under your quilting (FAIL)
– Don’t free motion stitch on 0 tension, it looks baggy and horrible on the back and you’ll have to unpick most of it and start again.
– Use tough thread for quilting, but it doesn’t matter for piecing. THIS IS WHY YOUR THREAD SNAPS AND THE FREE MOTION DOESN’T LIKE GOING UPWARDS (biggest problem I had)
– Tough thread is super expensive but it is worth it. And you will run out of the colour you are using twice if you don’t buy more than you think you need.
– Seriously, I should go learn from a professional how to bind rather than learn from a book because I still have not mastered this skill and I still hate it. Though I am getting better each time, a little but always seems to break free and eludes me. And I am too lazy/time-poor to hand bind. This is probably half of the problem right there.
– Ultimately I have learned to go from a pattern that tells you how big finished things are going to be until I get a bit better., My imagination and ideas run away with me sometimes and I need to slow down. I am not a quilt genius yet!

But it’s done now which means I can move onto things I know I am better at. That and the mega quilt I need to finish in a week with some quilt as you go which is already going boobies-up and I’ve had to unpick once. I digress.

Here it is!

It that binding repair stitching you spy in the bottom left of this photo? Why yes, yes it is! Thankfully the only bit I had to do this time…

Finished my first quilt!

It’s nowhere near perfect, but it withstood washing (albeit at 30 in a pillowcase with 3 colour catchers), it’s cute and it means I can move onto my next project! This cot size quilt took nearly a month to make but with large gaps in between stages and a surge at the end (did the binding last night and the quilting on sunday). I am pleased with it!

The binding probably needs revisiting before the weekend when we give it! I single bound it with bias binding, but the corners are a bit sharp where the next piece was attached- any tips on how to sort this? I’m thinking about just wrapping the corners with slip stitch…

My dilemma

I really should have taken my camera out with me yesterday to illustrate this post, and I had a funny feeling I should need it, and I did!

I went walking with my partner and the dogs in the woods, and after a while Fletcher (one of my dogs not my partner!) darted whilst on his lead and chased a tiny baby squirrel up a tree, he very nearly had it as a snack. Meanwhile Penny is stood at the foot of the tree, oblivious that there is another tiny squirrel sat at her feet unable to move. So I grab both dogs (Fletcher has seen that one by this time too) and my partner picks it up.

How could you resist a cutie like this? Picture from suvodeb on Flickr

The little thing was squeaking quietly and he tried to get it to climb the tree but it couldn’t. It shouldn’t have been too young to climb as it’s sibling had managed it, but it was either in shock from falling out of the tree, or broken its legs, or both. At this point we had to make a decision- did we take it home and hope to be able to look after it until it is old enough and strong enough to be released into the wild again? Did we let Fletcher end it in a quick flick of the head (the most humane tool we had to hand)? Or did we take it away from the footpath close to the trees set it down and cross our fingers that it would come to its senses and be close enough to the rest of its family to get home?

My partner would have quite liked to have taken it home, but we didn’t know if it was weaned or have the resources to create a quick home for it when we got back, plus last time we rescued an animal from a dog- a pregnant mouse- she miscarried and died a few hours later from the shock of her situation. I know Fletcher is a quick killer and wouldn’t have let it suffer, but I didn’t want to see or hear that- fair enough to chase adult ones, but this was an unfair game and it didn’t feel right. In the end we left it a bit further back, but I do wonder if it survived the night and if we did the right thing 😦