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71  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 3 Gallery on: April 28, 2013 06:57:28 AM
I hereby pledge to choose a much less complicated block for the next go round! Grin (The pattern was rated as an intermediate design. Just goes to show that you can't always rely on those rating systems. Sorry, partners!)

Well they turned out really pretty!

I thought so too. Can't wait to put them all together.

I agree I think the pattern was an intermediate design (beginner advanced) and one I found very rewarding to do, I didn't think it was difficult, just needed a bit more planning which I'm not used to!

I always press my seams open (except the ones that get caught wrong) so interesting to note that some of you don't always do this as I thought it was a must (as told by my mum!). I think I'll do this and alternate them as donniesgirl suggested next time and see how i go, I suppose it will just come with experience.

I haven't sewn for quite a while as I got hooked by crochet and only done small projects before this really so I've thoroughly enjoyed mixing it up and getting to do a variety of blocks. I tend to stray away from big projects as I never finish them so it was lovely to be able to try out different designs without having to commit to a whole quilt.

And my husband was really impressed with the thistle bloom block, which is saying something as he doesn't usually get 'crafting'! He was almost dissapointed I was sending it away!
72  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Stitch Marker Swap Round 2!(SU 4/20-5/5;SO 5/25) on: April 27, 2013 04:53:00 PM
Oooh, this sounds just perfect, I've been meaning to sort some crochet markers out for ages. I'm sending in my questionnaire!
73  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 3 Gallery on: April 27, 2013 04:37:03 PM
Now all the gallery is complete I think in the next round I will definitely use the starch technique as I know I can be more accurate. I was also wondering how everyone tackles their seams, if you have a large pieced item, how do you all keep the bulk down? This I found hardest to manage on kbrison's blocks as I suppose I don't usually do such a large pieced item and it got harder and harder to press.

Any tips will be very warmly welcomed Smiley
74  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 3 Gallery on: April 27, 2013 04:33:13 PM
Congratulations on the anniversary, Sparkledust!

I haven't even thought about how I'll arrange my blocks. I like the idea of keeping them together by quilter, but until I see them all I'm not going to worry about that. Cheesy Haven't decided whether to stitch blocks together directly or whether to use sashing strips to separate the blocks. Too many decisions to make right now. Have to wait until school is out and my head has time to focus on something other than grading papers.
Thanks for the well wishes, it's been nice just to get some time together Smiley

I've finished your blocks and uploaded them on Pg 2 of the gallery so hoping that'll be enough you can start making some decisions on the quilt! Unfortunately the post office isn't open on a Sunday so I'll leg it down there after work on Monday. Thanks for your patience x
75  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 3 Gallery on: April 23, 2013 03:08:53 PM
Finished Homerof2's and it's in the gallery and will post on my lunch hour tomorrow. Unfortunately KBrison's almost done, one more to go but will have to wait til the end of the week to post out because I have a 3 year wedding anni to celebrate.

I keep peeking at this thread to see everyone's wonderful ideas. I am in wonder, do i split the blocks up or keep them in rows per partner? So far they do balance out colour wise both ways so I'm torn.

happy stitching all x
76  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 3 Gallery on: April 18, 2013 12:33:34 PM
So I have one more to go for Homerof2 and then the three for KBrison. If they are not send out on the 20th they will deff be finished then and sent on the Monday. Will pm to keep everyone updated Smiley

Happy sewing everyone
77  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 3 Gallery on: April 14, 2013 10:56:47 AM
So mostly done, almost there, not sure if I have time to upload today but will try to by tomorrow night.

I have also received Dannyn's in the post yesterday. I just love how everyone has gone to town on the colour, and so much variety of fabrics, just not something I could have done from my stash...

I agree with KBrison, think it's going to be a stunner. I'm thinking for each section, embroidering everyone's crafty name on the reverse to remember by. Has anyone else got any ideas I could steal??
78  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Two new skirts from ill fitting dresses on: April 14, 2013 05:21:42 AM
So I am always really jealous of everyone who has access to thrift stores, you seem to get some amazing bargains! My closest thing is ebay and I bought both of the dresses below including postage for less than 5 each, both new with the tags.

However, they were both ill fitting at the top because I am very pear shape so very little on top and no dresses ever fit, I have to make my own. So i decided to turn them both into skirts, et voila!

The black jersey skirts was easiest, I only had to turn the top hem down as the mid part was already elasticated, the floral one works as high wasted but I had to unpick the whole top part (re do the zip as I accidently pulled original off dammit!) and then re sew the top hem and add a hook and eye. I kept the top parts as thought the floral straps may make a nice handbag strap and I'm sure I can bling something up with those sleeves.

Now just waiting for Spring to arrive although it seems to be brightening up. I didn't use a tutorial in particular, just read through a few but if you do a search you'll find oodles to look at.

79  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 3 Gallery on: April 12, 2013 02:27:04 PM

To add to the update I've received Homerof2's blocks and Kbrison's. They are all utterly amazing and I am itching to sew it altogether!

I've pinned Sunday down for completion, fingers crossed
80  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 3 Gallery on: April 10, 2013 02:35:42 PM
So posted the first half today and the second final half will be going out next week, such a shame it's coming to an end but looking forward to putting my first quilt together!
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