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DS 3 Mod. 2 Unit 8 Not what it seams!

 Not what it seams?  Seams it is!



1. Squares of fabric overlapped then sewn between seams, cut and frayed on the vertical line.



2. The other side of sample 1 shows shorter ends that have been frayed along the horizontal edge.



3. A strip of fabric has been loosely rolled up ad sewn between the seam.



4. Trying to create 3D decoration, 2 layers of fabric strips were spaced and sewn in close to the edge of the seam.



5. The other side of 4. I had more success with fabric standing up because of  longer lengths and the support of  the raw seams.



6. Loops of tufty  yarn have been sewn between two strips of fabric. The top fabric strip has been folded over and sewn down so that loops are held down by a broad strip of fabric.  Contrasting fabric would look good here too.



7.thin strips of the same fabric were sewn onto cloth in haphazard directions. The fabric has then ben cut in half and loose pieces sewn between the seams.



8. Using contrasting materials here, fabric strips have been laid between seams before sewing together.  The finished piece has then been cut into smaller strips and sewn together along the short sides. Strips were sewn down as they (mostly) naturally lay.



9. White ribbon was placed ,folded between seams then stitched over so that the ribbon alternates down sides of seams. Lines of black thread were sewn over the rest of the fabric to add continuity to design and reduce the ‘glaring’ of white ribbon!



10. Whorls of yarn were stitched between seams giving a 3D look.

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11. This started life as my ‘aha’ sample mentioned in the previous publication. The idea was to put the twisted loops used in 12. below between the seams. However after lots of fiddling about, unpicking seams and never feeling happy with the look I put the loops to one side for another sample . I was not happy because the pattern on the fabric was light and delicate. I felt something lighter and  lacier  would work better so I crocheted the centre piece and added crocheted  ‘tails’ to one side. I left the other side bare so that you can see the lines I have referred to. It started off reminding me of rippling water, now it reminds me of a skeleton rib cage!



12. Was just playing around with the loops from 11. 1st two just tightly twirled, 2nd two had a strip of fluffy yarn twisted into them. 3rd pair started off the same as 2nd two but were then wrapped over in the fluffy yarn. They were sewn on the diagonal for a change. I added cotton threads above this which were cut short and rubbed to separate the threads. I was going to add another row of something which I had not really thought through at that point but quite liked the creases I had made in folding the fabric to see where I would cut it, so didn’t do anything else!



DS3, Mod. 2, Chapter 7. Piecing Methods.

Traditional Piecing Methods.

The first method used in this chapter is the ‘Log Cabin ‘ method. Traditionally cloth was sewn around a square, usually but not always, in the centre.

I made a few of the samples shown on page 30 of the course notes. After many attempts at sample 7 (sample 8 in the unit notes) and much cutting and sticking I gave up on making a sample until I did a bit of research on how to do it! Eventually I came up with something. It is one of those things I can do without thinking about it but when I had to do it logically I couldn’t.

I have pinned a few samples of this one onto my Pinterest board ‘Things I’d like to make’ for future reference.

I went on to make the samples up in cloth. I am displaying the matching work together.


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I made a mistake on this fabric sample (although it could be an alternative take on the original plan). I’m not telling where it is though, perhaps you can spot it!

I enjoyed this ‘log cabin experience’ which has extended my knowledge of quilting techniques. Up until now I had only ever attempted a very basic block which I am currently turning into a quilt!


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