Sunday, March 9, 2014

Crazy Quilt progress - Sandwiching by hand and finishing.

This is a follow up to the Crazy quilt tutorial I did quite some time ago.  People have been asking me how to sandwich a quilt together.  Please understand, dear viewers and interwebs, that I am doing a LOT of this by hand, and doing things by hand (while also holding down two jobs) takes time, and patience.

You can do this by machine but there are some things you have to remember when doing so, which i will explain further along in this pictorial tutorial.

I wanted a slightly thinner quilt this time around, so decided against putting batting in between the layers.  If you want a thick cushy quilt, by all means, feel free to add a layer of batting to yours.

There is no "right" or "wrong" way to quilt per se.....everyone has different techniques they use.  Some pros will give ideas on how to improve your quilt, but as long as you come out with a quilt that you are happy with in the end, that doesn't come apart at the seams, that is all that really matters.

In the first picture below, the first thing you want to do is make sure you have a base fabric that is as big as your quilt top  (the stripey fabric to the left is my bottom fabric).  If you are using batting, also make sure that its at least as big as your quilt top, or maybe slightly larger than your quilt top so you can square it up a bit later.  Be sure to have the layers facing the right sides out. I'm using a pre-purchased bed sheet for my bottom fabric.  I know some professional quilters will say this might be not the best idea because bed sheets can be quite stiff, and hard to sew through, but I'm using one because it will be the size I want in the end.

As you can see, there is some overlap between the quilt top and the edge of the bottom fabric.  I plan on adding more to square it up to the edge of the bottom fabric a bit later.  I'm working on this one from the middle of the quilt and going outwards.  This is different from what most people do, but I am also limited to space in terms of squaring up my projects, so this will work best for me.  For those of you out there who have a decent amount of floor space, I recommend finish your quilt top to the size you want, square it up (using rulers to make sure your quilt is straightened out, and your corners are 90 degrees)

Once you have your top squared up so you don't have uneven edges, you will want to centre your quilt top (and batting) on your bottom fabric, and safety pin the heck out of your quilt all over at about 5-10 inches apart depending on how secure you want it, as can be seen in the picture below.  This will stop your fabric from shifting all over the place and prevent bunching while you are sewing it.





















Next, if you are hand sewing, or doing embroidery, or adding embellishments, A quilting hoop (also known as an embroidery hoop) is going to be your lifesaver.  I would recommend starting in the middle of your quilt and working your way outwards.  That way as you are quilting (sewing the layers together), it will prevent bottom fabric bunching, and make it easier for you to make sure your not sewing something you shouldn't be.

You can also use large quilting frames if you have the space (and funds) to support your quilt to work on it.

In this photo, you can see the bottom fabric, the hoop, and all the previous stitches I've already made in my quilt.  Make sure when you are doing your stitching, that you knot your thread really well.  You don't want loose threads or stitches coming undone from wear and tear when you start using your quilt.

When setting up your hoop, make sure all the layers are tight in the hoop and flattened, but not so tight you will rip your fabric.






















In this next photo below, you can see all the different kinds of stitches and embellishments I've used.  If you want to stick to one type of stitch, that's ok.  If you want to add buttons, beads, little sewable trinkets, embroidered patches, that's ok too.  There's no right or wrong way to make a crazy quilt, just so long as you have enough stitching to hold all your layers together.

To learn how to do embroidery stitches, I highly recommend this website. Sarah's Hand Embroidery Tutorials.  It's a site I've been using to figure out how to do some of my stitches.  























Once the hand sewing section of my quilt is done, I do plan on going over it in certain sections with my sewing machine and doing even more stitching.  This way it will make sure both layers are secured.  The tricky thing is with this quilt, is I do not have a "long arm" quilting machine.  I have a small-ish home sewing machine.  I have sewn some pretty large quilts with a small machine, but its tricky.  The key is to make sure you don't get bunching underneath. I have my own techniques for doing so, and some quilters think I'm crazy for doing the sandwiching on a smaller machine, but I have found ways that work for me.

However....

For those who want to take a look at machine quilting, I am going to refer you to one of my favorite tutorial sites. The Free Motion Quilting Project.  She demonstrates sewing techniques on her machine with videos, and shows how to go over different quilting stitch patterns.

I have also found for you all a tutorial on how to sew large quilts on a standard sized machine (about the same size as the one i have, just a different model and make.)


















As for finishing your quilt, I am going to refer you to a good binding tutorial that the Bronze Wombat recommended I follow (and have been referring to it since). This will show you how to put a final binding on your quilt.  Please view the video below for the binding tutorial.

That's all for now. Happy Quilting!

Nintendo DS case finished

Here's just a photo of my finished case that I was working on.  The teal colored yarn glows in the dark for ease of finding it if the power goes out (similar to problems we already had this winter).  Made of plastic canvas, there's a charging hole in the back for the plug, and felt interior with pockets for a few games.



Sunday, February 23, 2014

Plastic Canvas Nintendo DS pattern

I've been working on some Nintendo DS cases for myself and my hubby over the past little while.  The cases I improvised the pattern for are for the older DS's where you can play the Advance games with the slot in the front of the console.  My hubby's case doesn't have a strip of velcro or button or snap to close it with.  I may put snaps or something on mine to hold it closed, but I'm not sure which method I'm going to use yet.

When using this pattern, I highly advise against using magnets for this case....you may inadvertently erase your games or damage some of the hardware inside your DS if you do. 

However, the pattern I'm posting is for a DS lite case, but it can also be easily tweaked for a 3DS system as well.  For the 3DS, the dimensions might be slightly smaller and the only major change is you may have to move the hole in the back for the plug (from my best estimate on how to change it )

You might even be able to modify this case even further for other systems like a PS Vita or PSP.

The pattern, link to the original pattern maker's blog, follow the link below:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=127932.0#axzz2uA1qh2QN

I've modified my case colors to be that of Zelda's Triforce, and Nyan Cat for my case.

Pictures will be taken once both cases are completely finished.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Deviant Art

I've taken a bit of time today to update some of my art on my Deviant Art page, as well as get rid of some older pieces on my featured submissions page.

You may recognize a few pieces from seeing it here.

My deviant art page is http://kiera-oona.deviantart.com/

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A start to 2014, and wrapping up 2013

First of all Happy New Years to everyone!

I wanted to take some time to wrap up what happened for the month of December in regards to some of my crafting, and general life.



First of all, on the 15th of December, I was invited to share a table at the Comic Con with my friend Eryn, who runs a Facebook page and small business called Slythe.  She makes upcycled clothes and accessories, like the hand warmers on the model.  The moustash bears she also makes from scraps and recycled buttons.  I added my knitting and crochet to the mix.  I had made quite a few things for this convention since I had broken my ankle back in November, and couldn't go to my regular day job. So when you can't work, might as well knit or sew.

Getting to the convention alone was a bit tricky since we had a fair bit of snowfall.  Much more than we usually get in Toronto for this time of year.


After the convention, the great ice storm of the GTA 2013 happened.  We were without power for almost 48 hours.  Thankfully our building had a generator to get us water, and to charge important electronics like phones.  I decided to rock it old school like it was 1800 and do some hand quilting by candle light, and knit during the day while I could still see.

Below are some photos my hubby took of the nearby trees in their glazed state.








Eryn's family were kind to offer us a place to stay while the city recovered over the holidays to get power back. We were thankful for the kind hospitality of her family. We were very thankful for a place to have a warm meal and showers. We watched Bond movies, had wonderful food, and they gave us gifts that we were definitely not prepared for but grateful for. 

As for the projects I was working on, Creeper Hats and Granny Square blankets were made.






Now that 2013 has come and gone, I hope to finish at least my crazy quilt, and I will be posting some photos of the progress on that a bit later.  I'm also hoping to break into my stash and do a bit more sewing this year in between working. 

Here's to 2014!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Bead counter (LARP prop), and update

I made a tutorial a while back, but I had forgotten that I posted it with my LARP group, but not on here.  You could use this for many uses, but in our game, we're trying to find alternatives to using duct tape or ribbon to denotate psycic abilities.  You could also use it as a spell counter, or anything you need reminding of.

I have all the images and instructions on .jpg format for you to keep for later. Seeing the instructions, it might be easier if you save the file and view it on image viewer (or whatever program you folks use at home)  You can click on the images to make them bigger.  Its also viewable under prop making on my LARP's website www.epoch-larp.ca






Now for the update:

I'm sorry for not posting as often as I used to, but I've been busy. However, recently I have had an injury and I've had to stay off my feet for the past week. From the initial xray, they think its either a really bad ligament tear, or its a fracture.  We (the doctors, myself, and my hubby) are treating my ankle as if it were broken.  I have a follow up xray soon. The boot-cast is heavy, and expensive (150$ canadian that OHIP doesn't cover).  I personally think my friends are slacking by not covering it in stickers, but thats just me....heheh.

I'm resting at home for a little while. I'll be ok. I can't go back to my regular job till I'm healed up.

In the meantime, I can work on my yarn spinning, knitting, and crochet. Hopefully I will be back to my old self in no time.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Updates, and some stuff in time for Hallowe'en

Im sorry I haven't updated in quite some time. Aside from doing knitting on my way to and from work, I haven't had much time to do much else. I've been working like crazy lately.  However that is not to suggest that I haven't been crafting.


First off, in light of Hallowe'en next week, I managed to find time to make a bunch of Frankensocks. This picture is just one of many I spliced together.




 Next up we have a pair of socks Ive been working on.  If Im lucky, I will be done the second foot by the end of the month.



This large sock was made for my hubby out of camel hair wool that we got from the zoo.  The proceeds of the yarn goes to the Snow Leopard Trust fund.



Lastly, the bag and cloak I made were originally for a commission that fell through.  They were made with LARPing in mind, and are very sturdy.  The cloak is double layered with small green accents on the bottom edge of the cloak and a green beaded tassle on the hood.  If anyone out there out of my readers is genuinely interested, shoot me an email and I will go over pricing.  The cloak will fit most people from 5'4" to 6' tall (depending on how long you want it to be on you, Im 5'4 and it comes up to mid calf on me)






That's all I have for now.  Hopefully I will have a chance to make some more things soon.  

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Knitting between work, eat, sleep.

As almost everyone knows, I try to get a good chunk of my crafting yarn wize done on the commute into work.  First thing in the morning, its hard to get a seat to work on my projects, but on the way home I tend to have a lot more options.

Other than my seating arrangements on public transit, here's a few finished projects



First thing is first, we have our 'hat that shall not be named'




 Next we have a progress artsy shot of the pattern I was working on.  Its from a magazine called "Lets Knit" for the August 2013 edition.  One of the little things I spoiled myself with this month.




And the final product of said pattern.  A bright and vibrant tea cozy (the yarn came with the pattern in a mini kit)





It hasn't been all knitting though. I did manage to finish some spinning as well. Alpaca on the left, and SweetGeorgia superwash wool on the right.



And lastly, an earring set I made...kinda. I did the interior webbing, the wrapping, and set the feathers for the earrings. I bought the original set from a jewellery/fashion accessory store called Ardene's. It was in a grab bag and I thought...maybe i could make earrings for my LARP character. Ive always wanted a pair of dream catcher earrings anyways.
Thats all for now.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Updates

I realize it's been a long while since I've updated. I recently updated Windows, so I have to install a bunch of my games back onto my computer.   Ive also been working full time so having a chance to craft has been spotty. However, that doesn't suggest I havent been.

 One of the more recent projects I was working on with my roommate, is little pillowcase dresses for a donation to kids in africa.

The pattern for the dress is located on the pdf below:
 http://www.nancysnotions.com/text/pdf/LittleDressesforAfrica_pattern.pdf

This pattern makes a cute dress, and can be made in multiple sizes. Once we get a few finished, I will take photos.  A few of them are close to being done, but we need to have another SnB night where we can get them finished

As for the other projects I've been working on, the first one is a semi-update of the temperature scarf taken back in april (I think).  I still have to sit down and catch up on it since I haven't been keeping up with my rows. I still have half of june to catch up on.





Next we have a pair of socks Ive been working on.  The toes are by Online sock yarns, the rest is Pattons Kroy (discontinued) sock yarns.  I realized after I made a pair for a friend that the yarn is just a bit bigger than the online, so it threw my guage off for my own socks.  I found it fit ok for my ankle, but not so much around the foot, so I decreased by 10 stitches and it fits much better.  This is my own pattern. I might post it up one day but the core pattern is for my size foot (ladies 9.5-10).




Next up, I've been getting into a bit of crochet lately.  The little vest I made is for a LARP in-game animal that has become my main characters' pet.  It was also made to make him look fancy for Fairie Fest, which our LARP, Epoch Toronto was doing some modules for the kids and adults who were interested. The creature is called a Psychotopus.  It causes psycics some havoc because this little guy would normally eat psycic energy.  However, this one that has become my characters pet has been 'fixed'. For those who are wondering, yes it is a TY beanie baby....a big one too.







The next project is a Kodama.  It's a tree spirit from the movie Princess Mononoke.  This one however glows in the dark, and has a built in rattle.  It was made as a comission with the very last of my glow in the dark yarn I had left.  The owner of this little guy is very happy with how it turned out.




Lastly, we have a hex-a-cloth.  One of my former coworkers was looking into making a blanket that was farily simple.  She chose this pattern, which I found on Ravelry. It's not very difficult. I gave this patch to her to add to her blanket.




That's all I have for now.  Hopefully I will be able to finish a few more projects once it gets a bit cooler, along with the possibility of doing a video.


Friday, April 12, 2013

The hat they call Jayne...Cease and desists from Fox






Thought I would show my own personal 'hat that shall not be named' (which is also my own pattern), and part of my yarn stash.

 Now I don't have a yarn addiction. *shifty eyes* Nope...not at all. 

 For those who don't know the controversy, there's several websites supporting knitters of the hat sported in the picture, along with shout outs from the actors themselves.



What has happened is after almost 10 years of being silent, Fox has suddenly decided that they want to make money off Jayne Cobb hats and only have one supplier that everyone has to buy from....that are all mass manufactured by one company called Ripple Junction (which has no part in what Fox has been doing, they just make the hats.)

 Fox has been sending cease and desists to every crafter on etsy who makes these hats by hand and with care and love for the show and the fans of Firefly.  It has yet to be determined if they are going to copyright the pattern for the hat that has been around for generations.  The main thing that Fox is claiming copyright on is the color sequence of the hat.The fans are rebelling against fox for saying its their own fault for not protecting their copyright.  I also don't see other big studios like Universal going after small knitters that like to make Captain America gear, or Ironman stuffies.....so why Firefly of all things?

If you want to read the fan open letter to Fox, please go to http://youcanttaketheyarnfrom.me/

I rather like the suggestion that a fellow Ravelry user suggested. Everyone who knows how to knit, make a hat for a fellow browncoat, gift it to them as what was recommended we call 'Operation Vera'



 

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