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1  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by edelC on: May 25, 2015 01:40:09 PM
I finished my shirt box quilt..

and it has it's own very lovely thread
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2  finally finished my kaffe fasset (esque) shirt box quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by edelC on: May 25, 2015 01:30:21 PM
I have seen this quilt a few places online and loved it, so I thrifted and bought a few shirts, not owning the book, so I was squinting at patterns online. I cut the triangles, sewed them together, discovered that triangles are a PITA because they wiggle. Anyway eventually I made this..it is only sorta like the original, his were all boxes, no crosses and even the tiny squares were boxes (life is too short to cut three inch squares into four triangles and sew them up again..

anyway it sat for a while, intimdating me as it definitely did not lay flat.

I asked for advice and in the end I had a go. Safety pins together with inch poly batting in the middle.

I pretty much sewed around each square and given that there is no real run of straight lines in this quilt..it has taken me hours and hours

Do NOT make this quilt if you value your back and sanity..

And there are some awful puckers, but happily mostly on the back..and even more happily the back is a fairly busy pattern, so it is actually hard to see the puckers.

A border of red to pick up some of the lines in the quilt and I have to say ..I really love it, It is fairly large, DD posing with it for scale, and there are many many mistakes, Areas on the top where I had to zig zag where seams drifted apart, many puckers as I said..but you know, I don't care. It has honesty in it's mistakes and it is definitely home made. I love that it is made with old shirts and with such a busy busy pattern, you really can't see the mistakes up close.
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3  Re: OWS Round 113 & 114 Gallery & Discussion (April 2015) in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: May 25, 2015 07:31:16 AM
The postie has just left me another fabulous parcel, From Averia, she spoiled me, this is the complete set

not just one but two...two! patchwork rulers, perfect timing as I have fabrics laid out on my worktop for a small birthday quilt for my friend Molly, Molly is from Minnesota and has been living in Ireland for the last ten years, over the same amount of time I have amasses a small selection of US flag patchwork cottons, so I will be making her a quilt to remind her of home..these rulers will really help!

Then there is the package of mikes and ikes..this is my daughter (my baby girl of 20!) who scarpered with them in her hot little hands,

and best of all is this amazing spoonflower print,

 the print and the colours are adorable, exactly the kind of thing I like, but also it is great as I have never seen spoonflower fabric in the flesh, so it is great to see what fantastic quality it is...and a whole yard too...no idea what to make with this. I am leaning towards using some of it in pillowcases...or maybe a tote..or an apron..or a skirt...

thanks Averia!

I haven't been claiming much in this round as I know that postage is expensive overseas, so I am really really grateful to my senders in round 113, Averia and MissingWillow, for sending me such awesome stuff...
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4  Re: OWS Round 113 & 114 Gallery & Discussion (April 2015) in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: May 21, 2015 08:47:45 AM
I received a fabulous package of fabrics in the mail today, it was anon, but I am pretty sure it was Averia...look at my incredible haul. I am torn between declaring my favourite to be the skulls, or the animals...or the florals..OK I really love them all, they are inspiring me to sew..which is a little inconvenient now as I am away (again) for the evening

and if that weren't enough, check out this beautiful beautiful little piece of art, The painting is a pre-raphaelite, my very favourite school of artists, it is so gorgeous, my only dilemma now is where to hang it.

thank you so much partner!!
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5  Re: Beltane Merrymaking Gallery - WWP Swap 56 in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: May 09, 2015 06:17:09 AM
So after an agonising wait of a week to open my package from Wulf (I was away from home and knew it had been delivered to a neighbour) I got to open it this morning..it was totally worth the wait..

He made me this set of four lanterns, they are amazing and very clever, he had to design them so that they were collapsible for shipping, so they are the lightest silk, all completely hand made with dowel and tin. And the best bit, he carved the stamps of the sun and moon..and then sent me the stamps too

these are the two stamps in a lovely tarot deck pouch (really need this!) and look at the lovely card!

And if that weren't enough, 'in lieu' of chocolate, he sent me two crafting books!! I love craft books with an unseemly passion, sewing and printmaking..perfect...I would take books over chocolate any day.

Thank you so so much Wulf, it was a blast swapping with you, as always.


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6  another 'how the feck do I quilt this?'...short arm only (Not mine, the machine) in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by edelC on: May 07, 2015 12:54:26 PM
So I had a bash at the kaffe fasset shirt box quilt. I do love it, don't have the book as I couldn't really afford to splash out on it, so I did a lot of squinting at completed ones online (remarkably few)

I discovered why I didn't find too many online, this is a tough quilt, OK it is probably not tough for you experienced, patient meticulous quilters out there...I am impatient and messy...and triangles...

triangles are evil

so I cut it out, laughing at the instructions (they used to be on googlebooks) he said I need about 14 shirts..ha! I cut enough from about 7..then I realised that half of those triangles make crosses when sewn together, not boxes...OK he won that point...but I decided to embrace the crosses..love crosses..

then he said to turn the small triangles into boxes..these would be about 3 inch square..seriously there is not enough time in the world for that...so decided to embrace lines too...love lines...

then the piecing..it is pieced like a lunatic during a full moon on acid seriously. I was cross-eyed, with eyestrain by the time I finished counting what went where..and in the end I fudged it..because seriously...quilting (in my world of impatience) should be about attaching straight pieces with straight lines, not attaching castle shaped pieces..

anyway it got done and I LOVE it!...sure there are loads of mistakes, pieces added in here and there because my measurement was a little off, but this type of quilt is very forgiving..

that is not a recommendation to make it!

anyway to my question, due to the wriggly triangle issue, it will never lay completely flat, am I mad to try just simple straight line piecing..it is about the size of a double bed quilt, so there is no way I am going to actually hand quilt it...and I am not a big fan of tied quilts..

I reckon my strategy of straight lines from the centre might not work...or will it...any tips would be really welcome.
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7  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by edelC on: May 07, 2015 12:38:23 PM
kookalooStar..I adore those pockets, just wondering if you are using a regular sewing machine, because my throws a fit if I try and do anything more than two layers of denim together....or have you a special technique. I was sewing up some left over patchwork squares on my (older) machine tonight, when it got to about 6 layers of light shirtweight..I broke 2 needles..at which point I used a big ass needle and that worked..but I would love to hear of any tips you have..

so I am sort of cheating with this one. I have half finished a WIP it is the oldest WIP I have in this house (I live here mon-fri for work and go home where my real stash is at the weekends...'here' lives my old, not so good sewing machine)

But I finally finished the top of this and it was really hard!! I hate triangles, it is about 80% from kaffe fassets shirt stripe box pattern (I don't have the book so there was a lot of squinting at pictures online) Anyway the top is done and I will hopefully finish it when I go home tomorrow. I love it but be warned, you really should be a lot more meticulous a quilter than me to tackle this..triangles wriggle everywhere
  now if you have already tackled this quilt, you will see that I have made major mistakes in cutting it out, as they should be all boxes and no crosses..but feck it..I love it!

took 7 shirts from the thrift store...with some squares left over, from which I made two mug rugs and tea wallets..and they are already in envelopes to be sent away, so no pix
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8  Re: OMG - I need a drink swap... anyone interested in Happy Hour? in New Swap Theme Ideas by edelC on: April 30, 2015 10:33:40 AM
So I made the portable cocktail kit...check it out

it has it's own thread here

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9  portable (non-alcoholic) cocktail case in Completed Projects by edelC on: April 30, 2015 10:25:18 AM
This was a project that took a little while to figure out, but when it came to putting it together, it had to go together in about 45 minutes as I was out of time, so therefore no  in-progress shots

My SO does not drink and when I lived in australia I was introduced to a drink suitable for non-drinkers (*caveat below) It is called Lemon, lime and bitters. to make you put a few drops of angostura bitters into a glass, a measure of lime cordial and top it up with 7up (branded or generic is fine) this is over ice and is very nice. A lot of soda is just two sweet, but this has a complex flavour and is very refreshing. A lot of bars in Australia have it premixed, on tap.

When we go out, it is easy to bring a bottle of wine for me, but too much faff to bring three bottles to make a drink for him, so channeling the victorian gentleman traveller, I thought of making a travelling lemon, lime and bitters kit. The pictures are the result. Of course not one to be simple, gussying it up seemed like a much better idea.

I started with a small cardboard 'case' which was already black with polka dots. I found lots of free printable steamer trunk stickers, printed them and stuck them all over the front with a glue stick..

For the inside, I took a piece of foam, this was a cheap gardeners kneeling mat from our equivalent of the dollar store, while I was there I also picked up three small dog collars. I chopped the mat to fit, with conveniently left me with the end that had a handle cut out, I glued the cut out piece on top of the large piece as this made a really convenient holder for the littlest bottle. Poked holes in for the dog collars, then used hot glue and stretchy red velvet and glued it over the whole thing, allowing it to wrinkle and bunch a little (chopped holes to take the dog collar ends) popped the foam into the box...

then glued on a few pieces of bias binding (Had no elastic!) to take the straws and the cocktail picks.

This whole thing took about 45 mins!! we were off to dinner with friends and I wanted to bring it with me.

There are three bottles, the tiny one is an unused essential oil bottle, that has the bitters. The largest kilner bottle has lime cordial and the third bottle has maraschino cherries (yum!) obviously 7 up can be bought anywhere and is carried separately. Again, not one to let things alone, I found some halloween printables online and stuck them onto the clean bottles with superglue..works great..gets all over your fingers!!

I also found these great paper straws in the shop (Tiger) that I got the box..

So we brought it to dinner and it was a hit.

I will eventually cover the whole thing with PVA to make the stickers waterproof, and replace the bias binding holding the straws with elastic. It would also be cool to add some drinks coasters, if I could find some cool ones.

* Angostura bitters caveat, it is alcoholic, very much so, being about 50% proof, but you literally use no more than about 7-8 drops per drink, so it is less than one liqueur chocolate. It is also surprisingly expensive to buy, a bottle costs about as much as a bottle of vodka, but seeing as you use it incredibly sparingly, it lasts forever!
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10  Re: Geezers Alive and Kicking, Round 6 - gallery in The Swap Gallery by edelC on: April 24, 2015 11:09:28 AM
woohoo finally the postal gods have been kind to me and I got my package.

It was totally worth the wait,

She made me this amazing Amy Butler style weekender bag, I simply love it! The fabric  choices are perfect for me, I love the blue/green combo..And there are loads of pockets, which is brilliant as I am a messy geezer and this might help, not only that but perfectly piped too (love me some piping)...and It is just gorgeous..It couldn't have been a better choice of size, shape, pattern, colour for me..

Also it is so well made, not a single loose thread or wonky seam (like I normally do!) I am very impressed with Brianna's skills!

Not only that but a lovely bar of homemade soap,that smells good enough to eat.

Thank you so much Brianna...it is one of the nicest things that anyone has made me..and it will get a lot of use, I have to get my SO to take me away for the weekend now, just so I can try it out.

I guess I must be the last to receive as the post was slow...so thank you so much underthemountain for organising

time for another round??  Smiley
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