Luckily I was out Saturday afternoon at the Spring Quilt Festival at Duxford, with Higham Piecemakers. I had organised the half day trip with a smaller coach which was easier to fill and the show, though small was easy to get around, no scrums around stalls and we had plenty of seating in the refreshment area. A lovely afternoon.
As a result of the enforced crafting weekend, I was able to finish Will's first birthday floor cushion and I will show photos of that next time.
However I did have a go at this:-
|Just out of the box|
my new Sally Stanley pleater for smocking!! - See the last post for more on this.
I read the instructions, remembered what J at our class had done and had a go. It worked though I realised that I had made a mistake by not straightening the edges and the first piece went though at an angle and without enough lines of threads. So I started again.
The machine is so easy to use if all the edges are straight and this helps when rolling the fabric onto a piece of dowel that keeps it taut when turning the handle.
So here is my 'Tah dah' moment for a Sunday afternoon's non-internet and non-TV day!
|The edges still look a little wobbly|
Next time I will take more photos of the process of pleating.