Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Free-Motion Quilt Challenge

Recently, in one of the blogs I found the link to very interesting event that will last for the whole 2012. It's called Free-Motion Quilt Challenge and the idea is that various experts will show some tutorials on how to learn and improve one's skills in free- motion quilting. Each month there will be something new. I've never tried free-motion quilting, as it looks for me like one giant magic. But I'd love to learn so I decided to take the bull by the horns and I signed up. It's great idea to have it spread across whole year - I believe I'll find some time to play along and follow the tutorials. And what is the icing on the cake is that if you finish the task in time you'll have the opprtunity to win some goodies.

Here's the link if you're interested.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

November FNSI

I know that most of you are sewing things for Christmas gifts. Well, I haven't decied to give presents that I made during Christmas time yet. Instead, I keep moving forward with sewing my first quilt but if I finish it in time we'll have a nicely decorated room. So I might say it's a gift for my house ;).

Yesterday I managed to finish quilting. It was a tough thing for me. In fact it was the most difficult one in making the whole quilt. Now I need to do the binding but I hope I'll do it before the next FNSI, so I'll be able to start on something new for the next event.

I haven't decided yet, how the do the binding - in hand or using the machine. I did binding in hand for the tablemats and there is something nice in it. I cannot express what but it keeps me tempting :). So I might take the longer path.

And now I'm gonna to check out what others made during last night while tasting my delicious apple cake I just made.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Hardanger tablecloth {completed work}

Finally, I finished Hardanger tablecloth. When I look back in my posts I started doing this one in May, so it took me 1/2 year to make it. The tablecloth measures about 1,3m x 2,4m and it has the embroidery in the centre. As it is so big, the emmbroidery looks tiny, but in fact it required quite a lot of work to finish it.

I have always the same problem with stitching that I think it will be something fast and simple and it turns out quite the opposite. But hey, we're not doing this to make the time records, right? I spent good time working on this one and this is what counts.

I still have this red fabric in my stash, so will make more of such goodies, but this time wil need to think of other pattern. I'm also planning to make some sort of border around the edges.

And I just finished this tablecloth in time to link it to Celebrate Color that finishes this month.