OMG I Cut The Fabric!!

Life got a little hectic over the last 10 days, but we have a heatwave here at the moment and I couldn’t think of a better way to stay cool than to start cutting fabric and sit at my sewing machine with the air conditioner on 🙂

This evening, I decided to make at start at actually cutting my fabric into shapes lol First step, check out the pattern. I decided to make my first practices from Johns BOM, January block. I chose the three fabrics I wanted to use for this practice block, laid the first one out on the cutting mat, measured it up, and was just about to make that first cut when there was a hiccup….

Mr Nate (my tuxedo cat) decided he was the designated formal feline quilting helper, and hopped up onto the dining table to lend a hand.

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Apparently his version of “helping” involves laying on the cutting mats, the ruler and the fabric to check out how comfy they are 🙂 It would appear they met with his approval as he got comfy and started getting ready for a bath!!

After removing him from the table, and Missy Wags (the dog who thinks she’s a cat) chased Nate out of the dining room, I was able to make that first, very nerve racking, cut. So here are my first 3-1/2″ squares.

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Now, I thought I was being very clever with the gingham squares and was lining them up to cut based on the selvage edges. However, the pattern on the fabric wasn’t printed straight, which is why my gingham squares look a little out. After a brief chat with my mentor, I have learned that I need to line up checks/gingham fabric on the pattern, rather than the selvages. Lesson learned, and a very good one too!!  🙂

Finally, I sat at the sewing machine and began stitching. First I sewed the single squares into pairs, then finally joined two lots of pairs to make a four patch bigger square. Then repeated the process so I finished up with two four patch squares. It took a few goes (and a bit of muttering), to get the points to line up nicely, but I’m pretty pleased with the final result. Introducing my first ever attempt at putting bits of fabric together to make a block lol

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That’s the first two smaller blocks that make up half of the January block in John’s BOM, so tomorrow morning I will tackle the other two blocks to complete it…the dreaded half square triangle block…times two!! And then, attempt to put the four blocks together to make one amazing 12″ block 🙂 That’s the plan anyway  lol

Catch you all tomorrow. I’m off to bed to dream of fabric, and patterns, and blocks, and points, and half square triangles, and….. You get the idea!!

 

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A New Beginning

Welcome to 2016. First day of the new year, and first day of My Patchwork Life. Allow me to introduce myself.  I’m Jane, I’m 48 years old (for a few more weeks anyway), single, mum to two furkids…one beautiful Tuxedo cat called Nate, and one scruffy, though also beautiful, Shih-tzu cross Long Haired Jack Russell older girl named Wags (who thinks she’s a cat also). I live with a few chronic illnesses…Crohn’s Disease and Hidradenitis Suppurativa are the two main ones that give me the most trouble, keep my doctors busy, and have me visiting hospital all too frequently. And…I’m a Jesus chick!! 🙂

This year is a new beginning, in many ways. It’s time to step out of my comfort zone and jump into some new adventures and activities. And this blog in particular is going to focus on my journey into the world of patchwork and quilting!!

Many years ago now, probably about 25 or so, I taught myself how to make Log Cabin quilts from a video borrowed from the local library. Yes, back in the days of video…they were still debating whether VHS or Beta was best back then!! I made numerous quilts…all log cabin, all quilted with “stitch in the ditch” lol I haven’t made anything in a number of years, but now it’s time to move forward, to get back into sewing, learn new patterns and new (to me) methods of quilting.

To start myself off, I had a look around Facebook.  And there I found the most wonderful group of people. My dear friend, John Cole-Morgan, had set up this amazing group on Facebook called Beginners Quilting Support Group. They are truly the most talented, kind hearted, generous, helpful and just plain lovely bunch of ladies and gentlemen I have come across in a long time. The support, the enthusiasm, the inspiration and the friendship they all provide is second to none.

There are so many patterns and techniques I wish to learn now. The list grows daily too!! Now is the time to make a start and actually DO something rather than just dream about it. And to keep me accountable, the aforementioned John very strongly suggested I start a blog page so I can log my progress. 🙂 So here I am.

Over the coming days, I will be starting to list the patterns I wish to learn, practice and conquer…just so I have them all in one place, so more for my benefit than anyone else’s. My very first starting point will be with half square triangles or HST’s as they appear to be more commonly known. It appears so many patterns are made up of these tricky little things, and especially in all the Block of the Month, Block of the Week, etc groups I have excitedly joined!!

So many new abbreviations to learn, it’s almost like learning a new language  lol But block of the month is generally written as BOM. So, in my super excited and keen to get started state, I signed up for Rose’s Block of the Month, John’s Block of the month which starts very soon, and 40 Women of the Bible (except that one is a new block every week). I haven’t sewn a stitch for any of them yet, but the fabric comes out this afternoon to do some practising and cutting and sewing of these frightening HSTs. I will take some photos to post, but please be kind as I’m sure they’ll be absolutely dreadful. However that’s the point of this blog, so I can track my progress from being a complete newbie to a hopefully somewhat talented quilter.

Finally, I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and wish you all the very best life has to offer you in 2016. I pray you all stay in good health and enjoy life to the fullest. It really is far too short to sit back and let it pass you by. God bless!! 🙂