Accuquilt Rag quilt Agogo!!!! Tips/Tutorial

Good morning peeps…
Another Monday has come ALREADY. How did that happen!! I think kids make time disappear!! Talking of my boys…. We are officially in school/nursery FULL-TIME can I hear a WOOP WOOP!!!!! Very happy mummy right now. I now have time to make me a little rota of craft that will hopefully turn in to a wee business.
Well on to my rag quilt Tada!! As you know I have been playing with my Go cutter…. I am in love this is a fantastic gadget to have if you have a passion for quilting, your cutting time is minimal and you can get right down to the fun stuff QUILTING!!!!!
So as you can see I’ve been busy cutting & cutting away.. The mat has taken quite a battering. I’m so glad they are available in the UK. And for £9.20!!
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There was alot of prep for the perfect rag square…
I have but 2 bits of tape on my sewing machine plate.. 1. ~ at the 1cm mark 2. ~ at the back so you can line up the corners. and there was no need for a 3rd as the mark is just at the edge of the foot plate at the front!! People may find this all a but too much but it does make for the “perfect” square.
Another couple of tips….
1. ~ When quilting the squares, I have been doing a backward stitch just to secure, I have from the corner done – 2 stitches forward 1 back then stitched to the opposite corner… And then done 2-3 backward stitch. The reason for the 1 back stitch at the start, is the stitch length is longer!! It messes up the perfect~ness!!
2. ~ If you are worried about sewing a “perfect” cross (for the quilting of rag square) then finger press at the beginning of each stitch!
So what do you think?!?!?
The owl fabric is from Abakhan Fabrics Manchester store. I love love it so very quirky and very me!! If you live near a Abakhan Fabric store you should defo head in for a visit.. It’s a one stop shop… Me and the boys are heading over to Manchester for a holiday this weekend. I will be in for a wander!! If your like me and don’t have a store near you why not check out their new Delivery section.
Well I’m off on my secret mission… All will be revealed on Wednesday.
Traci
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Dusting off the Accuquilt Rag die

Hey peep’s
How did everyones Friday go??
Me and the boys had a fab movie night filled with cinema style popcorn yum yum! The boys chose Spiderman…. No surprise there!! Anyways a fab night was had by all 🙂
I have some news brewing but will be waiting to spill the beans
I have been playing with my Accuquilt rag die… Can’t wait to tell you my news!!
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I might now be around tomorrow, there is lots of fun stuff to do up town for halloween.. Hence the early post!!
Traci

Sewing class with a vintage bonus… + winning the overlocker over!

Morning peeps

Well it’s another quickie but….. it is a very productive one! (I have my Accountancy course today)

I had said that my swing class was a little “relaxed” for my liking but I have to say I am sewing soooo much more at home… Which is defo a knock on effect, in a very positive manner!!!
I have managed to sort out the tension problem 😀 on the overlocker..
I’m well on my way with the lined pockets for my Amy Butler jacket…. I’m also making a new set of pj’s and attempting the placket… I normally omit this but I want to challenge myself!! I plan on blanket stitching on a bit of applique lettering too.

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Now on to my fab fab new patterns…. These were given to me by my sewing teacher, She felt I would get a better use out of them!!! I just have to find a good soures for getting them sized right….

Do you have any good sources for re~sizing patterns?!?!!? I’m thinking Gertie might have all the answers!!

Till tomorrow peeps…
(more creative peeps here)

Today the to do list is massive sorry for the rush post!!

HAPPY THURSDAY

Traci

From Burda with love….!

Good morning peep…
Last night was all about the homework, for Accountancy & Book-keeping…. Turns out I LOVE numbers!! Really enjoying the challenge. I am bursting to get in to sewing class as last week was all about fixing their overlocker!!
I’m back to sewing a hooded jacket this week… I shall have lovely gathered pockets to show you tomorrow!
Anyways on to Burda Autumn issue 2012
LOVE LOVE LOVE But first, Here’s where i’m at with the kimono…

We are very nearly there now!!

Anyways….

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Burda love…

This is stunning… The need for a underskirt is a definite

See what I mean about a underskirt!!

I’m loving this jacket… There is a shorter version that I have earmarked some wool for!!

This jacket is also a winner….

I’m asking Santa for a light box so that I can make all these lovelies a little easier!! Has to beat sellotaping patterns and paper to copy patterns!!

Well that’s all from me today…. I’m running late for class!!!

Traci

More Kimono love!

Hello there,
So how did everyones Monday go??
I had a bit longer in the day on my own.. Frazer is very nearly phased into school he is in till 12.45pm now. Next week he is in full time.. I’ll be my own woman from 9am till 1.15pm. This is where my plan of having a tidy home and sewing on a good balance… I’m hoping that this plan comes to fruit!! I can hear all you others out there saying erm Traci!!!! Not gonna happen… But I am stubborn and am planning on taking over the world one stitch at a time!!
Anyway.. I managed to have some balance yesterday… Me and the boys got the last of the Halloween decorations up last night (I have a tute to share but just have to get the photos done) I am on top of the ever growing washing and I managed to get a fair bit of my kimono done last night…
There was alot of ripping out….. This seam had been sewn with thick thread and was doubled,
I got it all sewn up… I have sewn in front of the existing stitch, the holes left were a bit big so have mad them only visible to the on the inside.. A wee press and this should look just OK.
This is the centre back lining seam and the bottom hem… I have the white lining sewn up but have to attach the lining to the back of the kimono… This is the job for tonight.
This is the bottom hem… I’m thinking this well be the last seam. I still have to get the collar done, I’m saving this till last as it’s gonna take alot of fiddling… I have to say I’m looking forward to it… This has been a lovely project… I can’t wait to get it all washed and wrapped for Christmas!!
Traci

Abakhan Fabrics ~ Sewing Seams For Fifteen #2

Well hello there peeps…
How is everyone’s Sunday going?? We are happy here at chez Traci, It’s a very lazy Sunday for sure!!
This post has been a long time coming (Sorry Will)
So here it is “Sewing Seams For Fifteen” #2
What’s it all about I hear you say, well it’s all about making a garment or 2 for £15 or under… And all from the same place.. The ever Inspiring Abakhan Fabrics, they have a wealth of fabrics, patterns, habredashery, woolly good~ness
This month we are making a lovely top with ruffles…. I need those ruffles, so yummy and made with charmeuse, they scream luxuary!!!
This is the first time I have ever used Charmuse befor and it was not as scary as people were making out if I am honest…. I done alot of reaserch and toilet roll seems to be the answer!!!!
This is THEE ruffles front view with the flash…
And side view in overcast natural light!!
This is a button I would never go for it normally, But on this occassion it defo suits the pattern and fabric!!
This is the side view, sorry about the overcast pics!!
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Now on to the clutch…
This pattern wasn’t with the simplicity top pattern, BUT there are so so many tutorials out there. I found a couple I liked and used a little of both.. Here & here….. I added a few beads too just to add a bit of WoW!!
This was a good tip from Kill them with craftiness… It makes a great neat finish!
My lovely JEM at work…. JEM is my new sewing machine and she’s a Janome, I have always had a Brother machine. My mind may have been changed though, I have found a love for the… Purring noise you could call it that my JEM has.. She has limited stitches but hey I can sooo work with that… I mean if I get to grips with my overlocker I may not need another machine for some time yet!!!
Anyways things I learnt during this long winded project… I found that sandwiching the toilet roll in between your fabric (I forgot to take a pic) makes the fabric way easier to control, Starch defo helps with the cutting proces.. And last but by no means least if you plan to use intefacing, then defo use SEW-IN it leaves you with a much better finish…. I found that Gertie has some fab tips… You should defo read the comments too!!
So what do I need to make this fab duo??

You need to head on over to

And pick up the following (or similar if sold out)
Simplicity pattern 1831 ~ £3.44
Charmuse fabric (2x=) ~ £6.50
Enclosed Zip ~ £1.15
Nylon lining ~ £1.09
Total £14.70!!
With a whole 30 pence to spare!!!

How’s that for looking fab for under 15 quid!!!!

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Just as a wee foot note…
 3 things I’m loving over at Abakhan Fabrics
1 ~ They have added a new delivery section so there are way less people being left out!
2 ~ There is now a swimwear & Lingerie section!
3 ~ The also now stock Kwick Sew patterns too!

Well that’s instalment #2

Let me know what you think peeps… Of this post and of the site, a little constructive criticism goes a long way!

Happy Sunday

Traci

Me + My Overlocker = Happiness

Hello again…
Did you see my post about a orderly sewing room?? Well here I’m reaping the rewards… I’m in love with my overlocker again!! And she’s been put back in to action, proudly placed beside my much loved JEM, she looking fab with new spools, plugged in and ready to go!!
Oh how I have missed thee!!!
 Time to dust the girl off and get here to work!! I have had to find the manual online..
There are teething problems…. I am more than welcoming!!! Tension being one of them but I am ready to take her on and win her over…
Till the next post..
Happy Saturday!!!
Traci

Alteration in progress ~ Formal dress

Hey there peeps just a quicky this morning I have sewing class!!
I just wanted to show you my alteration in progress..
this is a formal dress, the dress cam with a train about a meter 1.5 too long!!!
It still needs work… I think tinkering is required, Ellen loves it though. So is heading over next week for the final fitting with heels!! I’m looking forward to it!!
anyway off to class I go!!
Have a fab day
Traci

SORRY SORRY… I blame the sewing room!

OK OK… I have fallen behind!!
But I have been incredibly productive… Are you ready for it
DRUM ROLL PLEASE….
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I have a sewing room floor!!!! Not only that I have order too. I have to say there is no before picture but that’s only because shame isn’t the word!!! I really had no sewing room floor. It was all very hectic. But now I have a lovely space for inspiration.. And a wealth of fabric I totally forgot I even had 🙂
What do you think of the dress above?!?!? I love it!!  It’s the reason I bought the crushed velvet on the rails up there can’t wait to get the confidence to sew with it!!!
Traci

Alterations & organisation

Good evening peeps..
I seem to have become a bit of a late nnight blogger… I say late night it’s only 8.30pm, but I have been up since 7am!
Today was my sewing class, and I so wish I had more to show for it… That being say it is my good deed for the day. I have hemmed now 3 table cloths for Frazers nursery.. They have a colour table, this month is orange, They all have to take something in that is orange they are happy to “sleep” at the nursery for the month!
Here they are, well 2 of them.. The other is on my sewing table awaiting the last hem.. It seems a easy quick task but! Do not be under any false ellusions… This fabric… Nylon??? is a slippery nightmare it’s been floded over twice just to make it that bit neater. I am happy to have helped but am glad I’m finished with it, and can go back to my lovely cotton!!!!
After sewing class I had arranged to meet with a friend who needed to have her daughters formal dress altered… She had ordered it online at a cost of £100 but when she go it the train was far to long, I would say by maybe just over a meter. I have pinned it…
What do you think??? She will be wearing diamante heels, These shoes were just for height. She didn’t want to spend to much on the alteration. It is a waterfall hem line, I have to say I’m not really a fan!! Emma who is wearing the dress loves the alteration. I shall show you a before and after shot as this is just pinned at the moment!!
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So on to my organising, I have no photos but I do have a link… I have bought 2 of these for £15 and am hoping to sort out the fabric stash in my sewing room. I also picked up these for linings and interfacing etc… I hope to have a very neat nook very soon, I think a week of careful planning and execution should do it… I don’t think there will be a before shot but I look forward to showing you the after!!
WISH ME LUCK!!!
Traci