All Done

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Well the Knitting and Stitiching Show in Harrogate has come and gone and I have a confession to make….

It was absolutely KNACKERING!!!

I have been attending the show for years as a visitor and have thought about how much work must go into being an exhibitor but DIDN’T REALLY appreciate just how much!

I want to say thank you to everyone who visited me on my stand either buying from me or taking the time to look at my work – it is appreciated.

If you didn’t visit the show, here are a few photos…

The fabulous Royal Hall..
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My stand..
2015 Dec 03 Display at Harrogate Show 1 t r a c y f o x
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2015 Dec 03 Display at Harrogate Show 6 t r a c y f o x
Remember this quilt?  See it being created here in previous posts.
2015 Dec 03 Display at Harrogate Show 9 t r a c y f o x

I had LOTS of students visiting my stand, eager to ask questions and take photos.  I really enjoyed talking to them and hearing more about the course they were doing and the projects they were making. I couldn’t resist passing on some ideas they might want to try!!
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A particular thank you goes to the other exhibitors I met for the first time like Margaret and Catherine who makes the most fabulous ceramic yarn bowls, ceramic buttons and wooden craft accessories. Click on the either of the photos to see more of their work.2015 Nov 30 Margaret Glackin Ceramics 1
2015 Nov 30 Margaret Glackin Ceramics 2

The biggest thank you though, undoubtedly goes to Our Linda for all her support and hard work, aren’t sisters great!! (she will kill me for sharing this!!)
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And finally, a photo of one of my favourite pieces from my Limited Editions Collection
2015 Dec 03 Display at Harrogate Show 12 t r a c y f o x

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All Ready for Binding

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Quilting all done
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Squaring up done2015 Nov 08 All Ready for Binding 1 t r a c y f o x

Overlocking the edges done
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I use a stitch in the ditch foot and move the needle position over the left as far as it will go, set the machine to a zig zag stitch and secure the edges of the whole quilt.
2015 Nov 08 All Ready for Binding 7 t r a c y f o x

I then half the stitch length and repeat a second time.  I have found this makes a big difference, it stabilizes the edges of the quilt and there isn’t any messing about trying to control the 3 layers when applying the binding, the bound edges seem to behave themselves a lot better too, especially if the quilt is to be displayed.
2015 Nov 08 All Ready for Binding 8 t r a c y f o x

Next step, deciding on the binding!

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Work in Progress

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I wanted to have some stitched Shibori pieces displayed on my stand at the Knitting & Stitching Show this month and this is a sneak preview of what I am currently working on.

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My hands are bloody killing me with all this hand stitching but hopefully it will be worth it. No wonder I’ve never done it before!

2015 Nov 01 Work in Progress 4 t r a c y f o x

If you are visiting the show then do come and say hello.

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Quilt Sandwich

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I always try to make sure there are no stray threads anywhere but particularly around the seam lines before sandwiching.
2015 Nov 03 Quilt Sandwich 1 t r a c y f o x

Here it is all sandwiched and pinned to within and inch of its life!
2015 Nov 03 Quilt Sandwich 2 t r a c y f o x

I think there is enough going on in this quilt with the vibrant colours and rich visual texture so I want the quilting to add more texture but not more pattern.

I shall be quilting this on a domestic sewing machine and am planning on using one of the decorative stitches which is something anyone could have a go at, using a thread that will ‘disappear’.

Let’s see how it goes!

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‘Starter’ Colour Bundle Quilt Progress

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Work continues on my ‘Starter’ Colour Bundle quilt.

I wanted to create a pieced back to add a bit of interest and this is what I came up with.2015 Oct 31 Starter Colur Bundle Quilt 1 t r a c y f o x

I have really come to love the turquoise blue and bright orange and thought it was a good opportunity to use them in this quilt.
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The back is now pieced, pressed and starched to within an inch of its life.

And so is the front.
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All ready for the stage which I enjoy the least but is the most important, making the quilt sandwich!

Better get to it, time is a ticking.

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‘Starter’ Colour Bundle Quilt Pieced

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I have managed to squeeze some time at my machine in between all the dyeing and thought I’d share progress so far.

With the layout decided, I started by joining each colour pair together first.
I have never used starch before think I am converted.  I found lots of people singing the praises of this brand and I like it too because it isn’t an aerosol and it doesn’t have a smell.  I have found it makes a big difference to the accuracy of my piecing which well, wasn’t very accurate!  The edges of the fabric tends to behave itself a lot better also.
Note to self: Use starch when piecing.
2015 Oct 25 Starter Colour Bundle Quilt Pieced 1 t r a c y f o x

I took each colour pair down from the design wall, stitched them together, ironed the seams then put them back in their place.  If I didn’t do this then you just know I would have stitched them in the wrong order.

I have started to press my seams open.  I find there isn’t the ‘bumpyness’ along the seam lines that I had before no matter how much I tried to iron/press them into submission.  I know that it isn’t the ‘proper’ way but the seams won’t need much protection from wear and tear which I know is a concern for some as this will be a display piece.
2015 Oct 25 Starter Colour Bundle Quilt Pieced 2 t r a c y f o x

Another tip I would definitely recommend is to use what I call ‘headers’ & ‘footers’.
These are little scraps of fabric that you start off sewing into at the beginning of your piecing, sew your fabric together (in my case I wasn’t chain piecing but you can still do this if you were) then finish by sewing onto another scrap at the end.
This last piece (the ‘footer’) then becomes the ‘header’ of your next piecing.

The ‘header’ scrap prevents the top edge of your piecing being ‘eaten’ by your machine and being dragged into the stitch plate hole as you start sewing.
They also help to prevent the stitches at the beginning and end from coming undone.
If you don’t use your machines thread cutter then they also save on thread as you aren’t wasting as much having long tails at each end.  Try it and see what you think, let me know how you get on.
2015 Oct 25 Starter Colour Bundle Quilt Pieced 3 t r a c y f o x

All the colour pairs stitched together.
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I then stitched the pairs together, starting at the top and working down.
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First 2 rows sewn together2015 Oct 25 Starter Colour Bundle Quilt Pieced 7 t r a c y f o x

Another thing I have learnt the hard way (aren’t all lessons learnt this way?), is to pin everything to within an inch of its life. It isn’t worth the hassle in the long run to try and take a short cut and not do it, so I heed the lesson!  I do play about with different pin placements though, just to be a rebel.
2015 Oct 25 Starter Colour Bundle Quilt Pieced 7a t r a c y f o x

I did wonder if pressing the seam open would be a problem when joining the rows but I didn’t have any problems and they are really flat too.2015 Oct 25 Starter Colour Bundle Quilt Pieced 7b t r a c y f o x

Nearly there, one more row to go…2015 Oct 25 Starter Colour Bundle Quilt Pieced 8 t r a c y f o x

Front all done!2015 Oct 25 Starter Colour Bundle Quilt Pieced 9 t r a c y f o x

And now what to do for the back…..

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