Yep, I’m still here!

The last couple of weeks have been very busy so I just haven’t had the energy to write – or even do much to write about!

The green silk tunic is nearly done. I’m looking for some beads so that I can bead the edges to give the crinkled silk some weight.

I also finished the Layer Cake Quilt – photos of that later. Today I cut out all of the pieces for a large Drunkard’s Path quilt. It will be made entirely out of batik fabrics, 20 prints in all. Interestingly, the instructions (and every quilter and website out there) say to stitch with the convex piece on top. Hmm, as a garment sewer that makes no sense to me whatsoever! When I sew a Princess seam I always stitch with the concave section on top and curve it around the side panel. This is a real piece of cake when you’re working with a 1/4″ seam allowance! Am I missing something? There is even a foot marketed to quilters to help stitch these curved seams. I don’t get it so I will just sew the blocks my way – no pins, no marking.





Filed under misc., Quilting, This and that

13 responses to “Yep, I’m still here!

  1. I’m excited to see the quilts- those look like they’ll be fun. I really love your flowers! I have a brown thumb (I can kill un-killable plants) so I’m always impressed when someone like yourself is able to coax such beautiful things from such a finnicky plant!

  2. cidell

    This is the next step with my quilt, sewing curved edges. I’m not even sweating it because like you, I’ve sewn plenty of curved seams.

  3. I recently finished a Drunkard’s path quilt( I sewed mine just like you but I did pin…Your flowers are gorgeous.

  4. Sounds like you’re having fun with the quilts. I found the problem with the curved piecing is–the stretch of the curved seam sometimes causes the block to be off kilter a bit, and not completely square.

    Beautiful flowers.

  5. Lovely fabrics and beautiful flowers!

  6. Teresa

    Simple solution to curved blocks being slightly off-kilter – square them up before proceeding to the next step…or deliberately play up the mismatch as part of your interpretation of that particular design.

  7. Oh I love your flowers!!!

  8. OMGosh…your flowers are beautiful!

    ..and I agree, as a garment sewer I never understood the big deal about sewing any curved seams…and I’m no genius, LOL…experienced perhaps…but a curved seam is just another seam to me.

  9. Summerset

    I have to agree about the curved seams – considering the amount of them we see in garments, encountering one in a quilt isn’t a big deal.

    Love the tuna! I like your addition of sour cream. I always have to have dill pickles in mine, though.

  10. Sewist

    I recall being told to sew one piece over the other in a beginning sewing class, but can’t remember which one. I don’t think it matters if you baste the pieces. (I know you’re not doing that.)

  11. Enid

    Your flowers are gorgeous! and thanks for the Tuna sandwich recipe…I am not a fan of tuna sandwiches..but this one piques my interest.
    Your quilt is going to be lovely.
    I am thinking about starting a quilt, as it would be something I can pick up and do a bit at a time. My life has been upside down since my husband passed away last July and sewing has been hard to concentrate on. So I think quilting is the way to go.

  12. Doris W. in TN

    Gigi – welcome to The Dark Side (a/k/a quilting). LOL! Quilting is my no-brainer sewing. I find it refreshing, after dealing with fit, FBAs, darts, and zippers. Enjoy!

  13. As another garment sewer, curved seams are a piece of cake. I do mine just like yours, but I pin the start , the center and the end. Whatever works is my motto. I LOVE your flowers!