1st SAL.....Peg, Dale and I committed to stitching Anni Downs - A Gardener's Journal in March. I blogged about this on my blog thinking maybe one or 2 others may join us and lots of girls indicated an interest so I decided to start this blog where we can all encourage each other to meet the goals set along the way....March 2010 -March 2011...........
2nd SAL ......well so many of the girls wanted to continue on with another project and some new girls joined us and now approx 91 girls are stitching Natalie Bird's Tis the Season. March to Sept 2011...............
3rd SAL....many girls want to stick with the SAL so now we have moved onto Anni Downs Some Kind of Wonderful - My Favourite Things Quilt.......Oct 2011-Oct 2012.........
Where are we now.....
4th SAL 2013...is numerous smaller projects from the previous 2 books Tis the Season and Some Kind of Wonderful plus some projects from Red Home by Natalie Bird approx 60 ladies stitching together.........
2014 we had the year off..............
5th SAL 2015..........inspired to continue we are doing another quilt project.....Anni Downs newest quilt Natures Journey.....
6th SAL 2017.............A Holly Cottage Christmas by Michelle Ridgway.......once again the pattern is in an affordable book so it is easy for everyone to join in...........and you can raid your stash for the fabrics........or lash out and buy a the whole lot........this SAL will be run by Fiona aka Bubz Rugz and Raewyn........
Chookyblue........

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I am experimenting a bit

Just so that you know that I have been making some attempt at catching up--
here are all my blocks pieced and ready to go.

I am trying a few new things on these stitcheries.
One thing that I did was feed the fabric right through my printer.

I put them too close together in my layouts;
and some of them got cut off in the seam allowances.
But, I am pressing forward on this one...
and then I am making a second one.
I already have the colors in mind; and am so excited!

Another new thing I am trying is
attaching this thin layer of fusible batting to the back of each block
(instead of fusible interfacing.)
It is very thin...and I love this method!

It gives just a little puff to the sewing.
Since this first quilt is experimental,
I am also trying different amounts of thread.
For the first I am using four strands,
then I want to try two strands and compare them side by side.
Just to see before I make the next quilt!

This is four strands.
You can see where I got too close with the printing on this one.
I do like the printing method though!!

I think for the next quilt I am also going to enlarge the blocks to 6 inches.

~~ Hillbilly Tonya ~~



8 comments:

Diann said...

You go girl! Sounds like you are being very adventurous in your experimentation. I also tried the batting instead of interfacing technique (the stuff I used is called fusible fleece). I like the results a lot.

BubzRugz said...

Great idea with the printing...
Hugz

my craft room said...

Hi, can you explain more about using Printing to print on your fabrics. Do you use a special printer or just regular one .
icountry

Vickie said...

love your fabrics and your experiments are wonderful to read about..welll done,cheers Vickie

Hillbilly Handiworks said...

How about I do a tutorial over on my blog, Bubz? Would that be ok? It will have to be next week though because I have a charity quilt that I have to get done this weekend...it's a time sensitive one.

As for the tutorial, I have a few tricks that I can explain on how to print on fabric.

my craft room said...

Thanks for the info...... I can .......wait till next week , I am really like to know how to use printer with fabric because I ordered " Homespun Magazine" from Australia . I would like to do" MY TOWN" BOM .... Also waiting for fabrics to come ..... icountry2010
Thanks for visit my blog ......I am still working on more..... more .. bags

Chookyblue...... said...

good to try some different things.........the green looks nice.........i'd like to see 2 and 4 strands together......

Love Bears All Things said...

Its sort of like quilting the stitcheries as you go this way....I like the idea of printing on the fabric...makes the lines more precise and certainly eases the neck and back strain that comes with bending over the light box and tracing....this is beautiful fabric.
Mama Bear