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February 27, 2008

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Sarah

I like the reversibility! I saw that blanket in the book and thought "never in a billion years would I be able to make that!" So many curves. I still haven't gotten the straight stitch down. :)

Beautiful job!

Karen

Thanks! I'm not so good at curves either, but this wasn't as bad as I expected. I had all that fabric to grab onto so I could guide it around the curves!

It helps that they don't really need to be perfect. That's one of the things I like about this book - the patterns are hand-drawn, so they're slightly irregular anyway, which really takes the pressure off!

I'm still working on my straight stitch too - I got one of those magnetic seam guides to help, but haven't tried it out yet.

talya

It looks fantastic! I'm not joking, those scallops look really good. Those are minor, minor glitches you've pointed out. And the fabrics are perfect.

I'm loving the level of detail in your description, and I feel the simul-sew aspect makes it easier to appreciate all your efforts! As for cutting -- one thing I found was that once I cut the top piece and traced the scallops, I just basically laid it on top of the bottom piece and very quickly cut a larger piece. Because you sew on the lines, you don't have to be exact, as long as the patterns on the top and bottom line up the way you want (not an issue for your solid blue). I do this for the bibs, too.

I'm super-envious of your quilting foot and am wondering if mine never really worked right even when it wasn't broken. There was only a negligible benefit when I used it on my quilt, and I never could have done a fat potholder.

By the way, you are so ready for the quilt. I can't remember if you've done one yet, but if not, I think you'd totally enjoy it at this point.

Of course, Turtle Week comes first!

Thanks for sharing, and sorry for oversharing as usual.

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Karen

Thank you! I really appreciate your kindness towards my sewing efforts and my blog :) That's a good idea about the cutting, I need to get faster with that. I think it's really holding me up time-wise (see my upcoming post on my new handbag!).

I do want to do the quilt, I'm hoping it will help free me up a little when it comes to mixing colors and prints. Maybe it will inspire a redceoration of my living room, I certainly need one!

I'm really looking forward to the Turtle, in fact I'm going to post a reminder about it now.

Mathyld / encore petite

Oh my ! You saved my day !!!

I had three (yes ... THREE) baby blankets to make for a friend ... And almost un-sew everything because the scalloped-edges didn't turn out well at all ...
And now, it only took me a few minutes and it's perfect :)

You've been a great help so I thought I'd leave a comment to say *thanks*
All the best from Paris,
x x x
___mathyld___

Siobhan

I know this post is really old now but I thought I would tell you what I know about sewing curved seams. Firstly you trim the 2 seam allowances as you have done - but the same all the way round. Then on outer curves you trim the top seam allowance a little shorter, then you clip tiny little v shapes out from the seam allowance at regular intervals. This means that the seam allowances layer over each other and bulk has been reduced where you clipped and when turned in the right way, everything lies much better. Finally where the curves go deeply inwards (where you have trimmed really close) all you do is make one snip in the centre with a titchy pair of scissors - making sure you don't cut into the stitching. This releases the tension from the fabric and allows you to turn perfect curves. I've done it many times so I know it works; I've never explained it before though so I hope it makes sense. Hope you didn't give up and found this out for yourself anyway. x

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