Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Bush Fire Quilt

This is a quilt top which I put together some time ago now using a technique shown to me by a lady named Joyce Carter. We were both members of Gympie Quilters at the time. It was called "Magic Triangles" and I swear on a stack of bibles, I did not cut one small triangle to make this very scrappy quilt. That is not to say I did not cut some BIG triangles, but hey, cutting and sewing big ones is a lot easier than cutting small ones...agree?

Once the big triangles are cut, you end up with a triangle you see in that block called "Birds in the air?????" or something like that, anyway. You can make your small triangles however you like, e.g. 1 dark, 3 light or 3 darks and 1 light and all the other combinations, but that is decided back at the beginning when you start with 2 squares.
Clear as mud? Well you have to see it, it is a really cool technique, too hard to explain here.
I have decided to donate this quilt to our quilt groups bush fire appeal, and have also decided to donate backing and wadding and quilt it as well. Better get on with it.

The other project I have been working on is my new leaf quilt. see previous post re leaf quilt.
I have started the long (and have now found to be veeeerrrry involved) process of making the bias tape for the leaves to attach to.
Now, if you don't own one of the clover bias tape makers, well do yourself a favour and invest in one. They are the best thing since sliced bread.
Putting the sticky stuff on at the same time, well that has been a challenge, but as usual I have learnt much.

As you can see, I roll my cut bias tape onto an old cling wrap roll, pull it through the tape maker (that little green thingy), ironing as I go, and roll it onto another cardboard roll.
This is set up on the ironing board at the moment, and I do a little bit at a time - so very tedious.

Someone in a previous post warned me about this - anyway, you were right.

Lessons - Make your tape the width they tell you on the bias tape maker packet. In a couple of places I went a bit narrow and the tape wont roll over as there is not enough of it to do so.

Iron it (no steam, or you will burn your fingers) as close to where it is coming out as possible.

Don't sweat the small stuff - if it doesn't roll over or it misbehaves learn to ignore it, cut it off or fix it up later - that is what I am going to do!

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Anonymous said...

Hello. I found this blog by googling "gympie quilting". I've just moved to Gympie and want start quilting. Do you have a contact detail for other quilters in the town. Thanks so much


you can email me at georgiageorgia@hellokitty.com