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The bubble challenge

Postby nonie » April 25th, 2017, 11:02 am

Both Jerry and Karen have challenged me to make a bubble. I think Karen just challenged me to get busy and sew something :rotflo: Well, challenge accepted! I didn't think I had a bubble pattern but, seems like I do.

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Re: The bubble challenge

Postby Karens Krafts » April 25th, 2017, 1:43 pm

Oh dang it. She's off on another one and I haven't even cut out the front panels again for my last one. NONIE you're definitely outfront in this challenge. Think Jerry will whip up a bunch of things and leave us in the dust? Oh but I love the children's things. And I especially like that pattern
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Re: The bubble challenge

Postby Rosieq » April 25th, 2017, 3:06 pm

Nonie, that is a sweet pattern...I always love vet to see how you all personalize the. You always do something sweet!
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Re: The bubble challenge

Postby KathyD » April 25th, 2017, 4:32 pm

Cute pattern! I can't wait to see what you make!

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Re: The bubble challenge

Postby niener » April 25th, 2017, 6:48 pm

Well, Nonie, and Karen, I had every intention of BEATING you both today.....then I had my challenge. :thud: On the boy Taylor with the whipstitch piping around the leg openings, and the way I sew my casing right next to the piping, the area where I run the elastic is pretty snug. I got the girl elastic in and attached, and got one leg of the boy elastic in and attached; but nothing in my bag of tricks has worked to get that elastic through the last side seam on the last leg. :ranting: :ranting: :ranting: I finally just walked away. That's the best thing for me to do so that I can approach it later with a fresh mind and attitude. :P So all I lack finishing on these last two Taylor bubbles is to somehow finish running that piece of elastic in the casing and secure that last end of the elastic and working 4 buttonholes and attaching 4 buttons. Now keep in mind that it may take me a week to figure out what to do about that elastic, so both of you will probably surpass me!!! :rotflo: :rotflo: :rotflo:
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Re: The bubble challenge

Postby angelalee511 » April 26th, 2017, 6:38 am

Okay, so I might be cheating a bit because I started mine early. If I hadn't, Jerry would have certainly dusted me! :rotflo: I have to get some 1/4" buttons today, because I don't have that size in my millions of buttons on hand. :shock: This is Michie Mooney #142. I used this pattern once before for Lila's birthday bubble.

Hang in there Jerry. You and Karen are passing around the gremlins!

Love that pattern Nonie. I think I might have it. Eagerly awaiting your version.
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Re: The bubble challenge

Postby jsm » April 26th, 2017, 7:17 am

Always loved that pattern, Nonie. I recall some very cute versions in Creative Needle over the years. I am sure yours will be even sweeter!

Jerry, I often have problems with piping the legs, and then getting everything else to work smoothly. Love the look, especially on the girl version, but hate the struggles. I usually just pipe the neck and arms, and call it good! I am sure you will figure out a way to squeeze that elastic through!

Love that fabric for a little bubble, Angela! I started a smocked bubble last summer in a large and colorful print. Life interfered, never finished it, now don't have a sewing victim that size.

Thought I would get a Taylor cut out last night, but did not happen. :(

Look forward to seeing lots of sweet bubbles!
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Re: The bubble challenge

Postby Karens Krafts » April 26th, 2017, 8:24 am

Jan, I am challenging you to finish that bubble. You will have someone to fit into it someday, and it will be done. So join this challenge, and finish yours, please.
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Re: The bubble challenge

Postby niener » April 26th, 2017, 9:26 am

Ok, girls! The bubbles are soaking! They are DONE!! woo-hoo!!!!

Angela, what a DARLING bubble! I love large prints with smocking. I would never have even considered it unless my daughter had bought lots of huge splashy prints for smocked things for MK when she was a toddler!! It is a little out of the traditional box and I love it! Have you tried the snap source snaps for the closure at the bottom? My two have preferred that over the tiny buttons on a moving target. :P
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Re: The bubble challenge

Postby nonie » April 26th, 2017, 12:50 pm

Angela, the bubble is darling, just love the smocking.
Update on mine, I forgot how to sew!! have no bias and can not find my bias maker. :( whining here :(
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Re: The bubble challenge

Postby jsm » April 26th, 2017, 1:27 pm

Sorry you cannot find the necessary tools, Nonie! That is the story of my sewing room and life.

But, never fear. There are other ways to make bias. I have a bias maker (I actually know where it is), but hardly ever use it.

This is not necessarily how I do it, but do know many who use this method with your ironing board and pins.
Here is one tutorial:
https://byhandlondon.com/blogs/by-hand- ... cy-gadgets

Here is another:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Custom- ... ial-Tools/

There are several other blogs with instructions and maybe slightly different tips or suggestions.

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Re: The bubble challenge

Postby nonie » April 26th, 2017, 2:17 pm

Thank you Jan, I can stop whining and get back to work.
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Re: The bubble challenge

Postby angelalee511 » April 27th, 2017, 6:43 am

The pin method works beautifully! I've used it many times. Jan, it would be fantastic if you had a bubble ready to go for the next gift you needed.

Jerry, I have one but do not use it on my clothes. The snaps do not last long. They wear out quickly with repeated use. I used on a cord wrapper for my iPhone cord that I made at Christmas. I won't do that again. I love the tool though. Wonder if I need heavier duty snaps. Has anyone complained about them not holding up? I used the sew on snap tape.
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Re: The bubble challenge

Postby nonie » April 27th, 2017, 12:28 pm

I was excited to try the bias trick and have no pins that will work. :( I might have a T-pin in the office I will see if I can find it.
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Re: The bubble challenge

Postby peacechick » April 27th, 2017, 5:32 pm

I've got several bubble patterns and some rubber duckie fabric I found at one of the local quilt shops that's been ageing for a few years. Maybe I'll join you...
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