Wednesday, 18 June 2008
Channel Quilted Tote
"Ever wondered what the silver bar in the accessory box of your machine is for, well now is the opportunity to find out whilst making this cute tote bag."
This was the advert for one of Kim's classes at the Fat Quarters.
It went on..
"During the morning you will be shown how to do cross hatch quilting with the minimum amount of marking on your projects." As you know I am keen to quilt on my machine so any opportunity to learn more is welcome. I had tried cross hatch quilting when I made Leanne's bag but marking up all the lines and then erasing all the blue marker lines afterwards nearly took longer than making the bag so I was keen to have a go.
When all set up on the machine the silver bar ,or channel quilting tool, makes it easy to measure off and follow parallel lines of quilting. I cross hatched one half of the fabric and did straight lines on the other half. I will certainly use the technique again.
I finished the bag off when I got home, although I did adapt the pattern to my own design a bit.
Close up of the cross hatch quilting.
I finished off the baby hats and got them in the post to Save The Children complete with letter to Gordon Brown about Third world poverty.
You have to watch out when you leave your sewing room unattended, the animals start to play and look what happens, The Tilda Christmas mice start racing on the Melly and Me giraffes!!!