Sunday, January 8, 2017

A hot finish

Well today was another hot day, the house warmed up despite the air con being on, I found it hard to settle to anything this morning, I started another star block and for some unknown reason started on row 8 instead of one, I thought I might have been able to work around it but had to do some unsewing instead....

doesn't look the best does it, but I managed to finish it
to discover I hadn't allowed  enough blue for the top corner, and maybe for the bottom blue seam...I have added a little bit to the top, not sure what to do about the bottom seam just yet.
Then I ignored the things I had to do on the table and made something completely different!! 
No 1 son works with children in a school two days a week and we had talked about weighted blankets to help children sit still and listen, so after looking at some tutorials I had a go,

sewing the vertical dividing lines onto the blanket


the plastic pellets go into each section, then they are sewn across

One weighted blanket!! I had to be careful all the pellets were away from the sewing line as if the needle hit one it would break!

I cut it a little short at the top but it is now secured with two rows of zigzag stitching, none of the pellets will becoming out.
We had a cool change come through this afternoon, the breeze from the south was wonderful.
Happy sewing.

PS. The supervisor now has a double who can stand in when he is other wise occupied!!
How cute is he?? Marina brought him back from The Netherlands for me, she found him in the Delft shop. It isn't easy to find ChowChow things, so I appreciate them a lot. Thank you very much Marina, you made my day!!






14 comments:

Elyte said...

Great work Sue. I have read about weighted blankets and the benefits of them. That little figurine is priceless. What a gorgeous little gift from a long way away.

creations.1 said...

Lovely post - the weighted blanket is a great idea! The supervisor double is indeed a special gift - what does he think of it?.

Bizarre Quilter said...

Wow. I love the way we can chop and change from one project to another one!

And thoughtful friends... what can i say? You get what you give. xo

Jo said...

Just wanted to ask about the weighted blanket. A friend up here was going to make one but was told the weight was determined by the size of the the person wanting to use the blanket. Do you know any more about the details and weight ratios... very good idea though...

Moose-ings said...

Never mind the little missing bit on your block - it is "patch" work after all. Looks good. Love Tupai's stunt double.

Fiona said...

your block looks great.... I always find I miss bits like that... or do the opposite and waste lots of fabric... the weighted blanket is great...
Hugz

Pamela said...

I love your new block! The colors are great.

I haven't heard of weighted blankets. Can you tell me about them?

Ondrea said...

LOL, at first I thought the title of your blog was " Hot Flushes! How clever of Marina to find a Chow Chow! NOw, that is not something you come by every day. Your foundation piecing looks quite good and I love the vibrant colours. Interesting concept with that quilt. You have done a great job despite the heat.

Julie said...

Those weighted blankets are a great idea Sue ... gosh I can imagine how fiddly they were to fill up with all those pellets. Well done !!

Leeanne said...

Unpicking.....yuk! why the weighted quilts?

Michelle Ridgway said...

The weighted blankets are so great. Sometimes they also have tags sewn in around the edge to keep little fingers from fidgeting and help concentration. Well done Sue....so helpful!
Supervisor is very cute in minature xx

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

What a great idea the weighted blanket is Sue...I'm sure it will be much loved! A Happy New Year to you!

desertskyquilts said...

Both the mistake and the doing something different are things I would have done! Exactly why I don't paper piece, and sometimes you just have to do something else than what's in the plan book.

Moira said...

Love the colors in the star block! Just what I love to work with. =)