Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A tiny bit of patchwork

Anything I make lately has to do with doll clothes but I have managed to add a touch of patchwork and quilting to my latest design.


Happy Quilting and Crafting,
Val

Saturday, March 28, 2015

New Doll Clothes Pattern

Check out my new 18" doll clothes pattern for shorts and trousers on my Doll Designs blog.


Happy Quilting and Crafting,
Val

Monday, February 23, 2015

Time to Clean the Machine

I try to get my machine serviced every 1 to 2 years. It costs about $100 but it is worth it.

In between times I clean out the fluff build up. I have just finished quilting a block from my Wild garden quilt. I always put the wadding on each block separately for quilts. I then sew the blocks together and put the backing fabric on. Anyway, the wadding creates quite a bit of fluff.



The screws for the needle plate are small and losable so I put them on a magnetic strip.


The bobbin housing lifts out easily for my Bernette machine. Best thing I ever did was get a machine with the drop in bobbin.

Use the little brush to lift out as much fluff as possible. I give a few puffs to get the little bits out. Don't forget to get between the feed dogs. I should have taken the foot off but worked around it today.

My needle is still going fine so I won't change it just yet.

I was inspired to clean my machine today by finding this blog post on the Sewing Loft:

Clean Your Sewing Machine.

Actually I found it through Rosie's Doll Clothes Patterns on Facebook. (I recently bought some really cute shoes for my doll through Rosie. She is based in Australia.)

Happy Quilting and Crafting,
Val

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Working on my latest doll clothes pattern



It is just so nice when things work out. This pattern is so easy to customise. I have looked up some steam punk outfits and have fabric all picked out and ideas almost gelled to go from cutesy to a modern edge with the same pattern.

Post by Val Spiers Sews Doll Designs.

Happy Quilting and Crafting,
Val

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