Hello. I'm a sewer, but I'm going to start my first quilt. I'm just checking out books at the library and going for it. I'm starting with a baby quilt so I won't invest too much the first time.
I'm just wondering about the quilting angle -- must I have a darning foot to do it? I don't have one and because I have a Kenmore, I have to order every accessory I need. And it seems to be getting harder and harder to find presser feet for my 5 year old machine, even on the Sears site.
Also, do you just drop the feed dogs and start sewing, or do you draw a pattern on with disappearing marker or chalk? Any tips would be great for doing this in the most basic way.
For a while, my office was unbearably cold. I found fleece to be a nice way to stay warm but not add a bunch of weight. Problem is, I didn't want a baggy teddy-bear fleece pullover or something like that. I had to find a way to make fleece stylish. So I made these:
Last year, I had made these, also from Simplicity 4032
I'm editing this post to add some tips: Fleece has its plusses and minuses. I love that you don't have to finish edges. Ripping stitches is incredibly hard, since they get buried in the fluffiness. I had read a suggestion to use a zig-zag stitch, and that definitely helped. I have a hard time top stitching evenly, too, on fleece.
One thing I would change is that the "flap" is too wide. It wads up around the strap. I would make that a bit narrower next time. Usually, I make bags out of bright, fun fabrics. But then they are harder to match things with. So I made myself use mostly the neutral, plain fabric on the outside and hide all the fun stuff inside. I used up a bunch of scrap fabric for this, and found I had a bunch that really did coordinate. I also had this 1 yard of ribbon that I loved, but it was never enough for anything I wanted to use it for. I put pockets on the outside for easy access to my phone, but they are really too low and end up being almost under the bag when it's full of stuff. So in the future, I'd move them up, and maybe use a stronger stabilizer.
Inside (there are also more pockets inside)
Back, with pockets that have piping. (I ran out of piping for the front, so it doesn't have any.) I would also have made these much deeper.
I finished this Amy Butler Weekender Bag. I just love the style and the fabric so much. I have a few observations posted on my blog if anybody is planning on making this bag. http://roadyjane.blogspot.com/2008/10/amy-butler-weekender-bag.html Some of these observations include working with the stabilizer so I wouldn't have had these seams that won't lay nicely.
I can't wait to take it on a trip for Thanksgiving! It will be my carry on bag -- plenty of room for my usual purse items plus books and knitting projects for a long day of travel.
I'm trying to sort out a lot of info, and I'm confused. My dye class instructor urged us to use superwash yarns because they take the yarn better. I didn't and could see the difference. But since it seems most yarns are not superwash, is this what most people do? I mean, how do they dye all those nonsuperwash wool yarns?