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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Apples and Cheddar (first quilt!) on: November 09, 2011 08:01:20 PM
My best friend just had her second baby and so I decided to make her a quilt to celebrate and keep this Fall Child warm. I bought a jelly roll of Aneela Hoey's Little Apples fabric and a fat quarter pack of oatmeal colored fabrics and started playing around. Ultimately, I decided that the combination of beige and the grey, aqua, red, and olive was too dour so I found some yellow plaid I had lying around and set it next to the Apples. Suddenly everything just popped and all the colors woke up.

The Front:

I hand pieced the whole thing! I thought it would be easy, because I embroider and I'm pretty solid with my needle skills. I didn't count on this being a completely different skill set and the fact that I can not, in fact, sew in a straight and level line. I ended up deciding to "birth" it and there's some minor wonkiness to the edges as I wiggle-waggled down the sides. My husband says it adds charm.


The Back:

I pieced the back using more of the plaid, some leftover rectangles from the front and the lightest of the oatmeals to break it up. I also did an embroidered quilt label pulling the squirrels and snails from the prints. I found them in A Rainbow of Stitches.


And here it is all tied up and ready to go to the baby! She turned out to be a healthy girl called Sylvie Beatrice so I tied it up with a pink ribbon for her. I started cutting and piecing around 10/1 and I finished up on Sunday 11/6. I definitely think I've been bitten by the quilting bug... I'm already planning my first machine quilt. Cheesy
 
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / layering batting on: November 02, 2011 05:45:13 PM
I'm making a quilt for a new baby in a cold climate. I have way, way more batting than I need for the thing and I was wondering about layering it. Is it harder to work with two layers of batting than one?

If you have children would you prefer to receive a warmer quilt for an Autumn baby?

I bought the Warm and Natural batting in the crib size, but the quilt is gonna end up being just about 35 inches square. (That was me forgetting about seam allowances)
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Baby Fishie on: October 14, 2011 06:45:27 PM
So my cousin Stacey is having a baby and her shower is tomorrow. I took a week and embroidered her some onesies for the new baby. She is having a girl and when I asked my cousin's sister-in-law if there were any themes or colors that Stacey was into, she said that she was more a fan of blue, green, and purple and that the nursery was done in an under the sea theme with lots of creatures.

So I raided Corvus Tristus's cephelopods and a few Bad Bird freebies and these are what I came up with:






4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / lesson learned on: October 04, 2011 10:41:07 AM
So I started my first quilt with no real pattern in mind just cutting jelly roll strips down to 4 inches long and sewing two together to make a square and then making a basket weave effect by arranging them perpendicular to each other. I didn't really read my books just skimmed before diving in and missed the part where it said not to wash precuts smaller than a fat quarter. Damn things shredded all to hell. I think each strip lost about a quarter inch off the long ends. I'm still using them and hand piecing cause I don't really trust them to go through the machine and make it out the other end intact. In an ideal world I will have this done by Christmas to mail off to my friend for her new baby.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / fusible batting on: September 24, 2011 04:17:30 PM
I'm starting work on my first quilt, and in searching for my supplies I've happened on fusible batting. Has anyone worked with this before?

Is it easier or harder to work with than traditional batting?

Is the interfacing on only one side?

Since it's my first quilt and I'm doing everything by hand, I'm planning on tying it. Would it be worth it to try this product if I'm not quilting? (The quilt in question is for my friend's new baby so it will be a 48 by 60 max, big enough for swaddling or to throw down on the grass for relaxing)

Sub question: How much extra do you like to have on the backing?

Thanks in advance!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / help! I think I'm creating a problem. on: May 14, 2011 04:38:50 PM
When I was planning my wedding I started to embroider a bunch of different pretty things on a big sheet to be my chuppah (canopy under which we'd be wed). I never finished it and now we have this giant unfinished sheet taking up space in our tiny apartment.

I came up with a crazy idea that I'd buy a plain duvet cover and applique the designs on to it. Then I realized that it might look odd.

Then I thought about buying some pretty fabrics and sewing them on to the duvet cover too and that's when I knew I was heading in to uncharted territory.

So my questions are:

Do I need a sewing machine for this?

Would it be easier to just craft a duvet cover from all these materials or make a quilt than to do it this way?

Any tips for a wayward embroiderer taking a left turn in to quilting?

What's a good beginners quilting book?
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / problem with transfers on blue fabric on: October 04, 2009 09:45:04 AM
So I got a pack of hardware store flour-sack towels in blue and two shades of purple. I decided to use some transfers from the Jenny Hart sketch pad and did everything right, but the things just don't seem to show up on blue fabrics! I've tried them on white and pink and a stripe and they came out fine, but on this light blue and light purple it just doesn't show. Has this happened to anyone else? What did you do? I ended up having to trace over things with a black ball point pen to create a visible line, but whenever I do that I end up changing the shapes slightly to more suit my tastes and then I feel bad.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Onesies for new baby! (pic heavy) on: June 18, 2009 03:21:08 PM
So my best friend is pregnant with her first baby and I'm super excited! She is the first who got married and now is the first to have a baby. So I decided to embroider a bunch of onesies for her and got way overzealous and ended up doing 8. The fun and hard part of this is that she and her husband don't know the gender of their baby. So all the clothes have to be gender neutral. So here they are...


I used split stitch for the cat's outline, satin stitch for the collar and ears, and back stitch for the face and paper.


This is all back stitch and I altered the rocket slightly to be more streamlined and put in the dots and the detail on the planet.


This idea just struck me as funny. The baby is set to "High" and is going at 100.


Chelsea loves how this much this one looks like her tattoo. I had totally forgotten she had one.




She says she's going to have the baby wear this to church


I like how this one came out... Though I'm now noticing that everything is slightly off center


A blue ribbon onesie for a blue ribbon baby!

All the patterns are from Jenny Hart's Craft Pad
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / embroidery irritating baby's skin? on: June 03, 2009 10:55:36 AM
So my best friend is having a baby and I'm gonna embroider some onsies for her. Here's the thing though... I was on the phone with my mom asking her opinion about a design and she went off on me saying how the embroidery will irritate the baby's skin and not to put knots on the inside of the piece and that kind of thing. Is this just my mom's neurosis or is she actually on to something? When I was talking to my friend about it she was gung-ho and when I was talking to my aunt she didn't see any problem. So could the back of embroidered fabric cause rashes and irritation to babies?
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Chuppah (wedding canopy) on: April 18, 2009 09:44:51 AM
I'm getting married next summer and I want to make my own chuppah. My mother says to get a tallis and use that and then I'll have a tallis, but I don't like to use tallit. (It feels like dressing up in my father's clothes to me) Or to get a length of silk and embroider it into a tallis but same deal as above. So I was thinking of making a tablecloth and embroidering it with things like grapes, vines, pomegranates, and peacocks in my colors. The problem is that I'm having the damnedest time trying to find a border or a pattern for this. (I'm not good at drawing things off the top of my head much less on fabric).

Most of the pomegranate patterns I've found involve blackwork or couching and I know nothing of that. Does anyone know of a good source for large border patterns or a tablecloth kit? I just really like this idea and it could be an heirloom for my family.
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