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1  Re: 15 Quilt Projects in 2015 in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Amazon_warrior on: January 05, 2015 02:59:15 AM
3.  WEDDING. QUILT.  Do I need to say more?  <_<

Yes, actually, you need to say more ..........
This monster:


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2  Re: 14 Quilt Projects in 2014 Quilt Along! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Amazon_warrior on: December 26, 2014 04:59:19 AM
Squeaked in a teacosy in the wee hours before Christmas morning! XD



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Hope everyone had a great Christmas!  Cheesy
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3  Tea cosy in Quilting: Completed Projects by Amazon_warrior on: December 26, 2014 04:50:45 AM
Made this teacosy to go with these for my mum for Christmas.  The elastic needs to be re-done, though - I think I didn't do it right and it wasn't the most amazing elastic, just the first stuff I found that was both wide and long enough...





The design is very loosely based on a tutorial I skim-read and then forgot half of!
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4  Re: 14 Quilt Projects in 2014 Quilt Along! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Amazon_warrior on: December 24, 2014 04:06:42 AM
More last-minute stuff!  XD



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5  Christmas table set in Quilting: Completed Projects by Amazon_warrior on: December 24, 2014 04:01:50 AM
I finished another thing!  Well, several things actually - I'm totally counting this as seven quilted items for the 14 in '14 thread!  Wink  I made these for my sister and her husband for their first Christmas together as a family with their baby girl.









I'm super-pleased with the quilting on the centre mat - it's a bit wibbly in places but I did almost all of it by eye, so I'm amazed it came out as well as it did; FMQ is not my strong point.  The whole set had to be finished and bound in a huge rush yesterday so I could wrap them up and hand them to my sister (otherwise we're not seeing them until the 26th, which kind of defeats the purpose of having a Christmas table set).  So this is the first time I've done all-machine binding, too.  It went sort of ok, though obviously the back isn't as lovely and tidy as it would be if I'd finished it by hand.  And I did some of it upside down until I figured out what I was doing wrong.  But anyway, I'm learning that non-quilters don't tend to see stuff like that!  XD
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6  Range hob covers in Quilting: Completed Projects by Amazon_warrior on: December 22, 2014 02:13:57 PM
WOO, I finished something!  Cheesy  And in time for Christmas, too!  ^_^;  This is (part of?) mum's Christmas present this year.




Hopefully the pix will make it clearer what these are.  Smiley  The wadding is a layer of polycotton and a layer of thermally resistant batting (a horrible combination to quilt, I tell you) with some sturdy calico to make the sandwich, and for good measure I backed the lot with some therma-flec fabric (that silvery stuff).  Might seem like over-kill, but these are supposed to sit for long periods of time on a Very Hot Thing and I felt it was better safe than sorry.  Smiley  They're supposed to keep the chromed lids of the Aga from getting scuffed and also to provide a little extra insulation to keep the heat in when the lids are down (not sure how much difference they actually make, but never mind).

Action shot!
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7  Re: 14 Quilt Projects in 2014 Quilt Along! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Amazon_warrior on: December 14, 2014 02:19:24 PM
Awww, cute table runner!  Smiley  Love the stocking, mug rug and cushion, too!

I haven't managed to finish anything yet - the Giant Hearts Quilt is still not done, though I did buy it copious quantities of border and backing fabric at vast expense.  The Lone Star isn't finished either - it's still gracing the floor of my craft room waiting for me to feel brave enough (and have the time) to argue with the rest of the Y seams.  And suddenly it's the middle of December and I have umpteen things I want to make for people that I should have really started a couple of months ago!   Roll Eyes


This is the festive table set I'm making for my sister and her hubby; I'm really pleased with the mats 'cos they're probably the fiddliest thing I've made so far (the blocks are 4" finished, and those are the first Flying Geese units I've ever made), I just finished putting them together this evening and am aiming to back, quilt and bind them by the end of the week.


These are hob covers for my Mum's Aga (she has some scarily pink ones my sis bought for her a while ago, but they look quite tatty now and the colour really doesn't go with.... anything) - they'll hopefully be joined by a tea cosy (quilted, not knitted; I can't knit!) and some pot holders, all from the same red and cream fabrics to match her kitchen colour scheme.  I have some heat-resistant batting to go in them.  Smiley  And I will do my damndest to finish her Japan Fans door curtain, too.

I'm also planning a bit of a table runner for one of my aunts, who's had a rather difficult year, and if I get a moment I may make a little something for my brother-in-law's parents, they've been very sweet to us.

Also, I received some money from my great aunt's will, and after much deliberation I used some of it to buy myself a Seriously Shiny Sewing Machine only yesterday.  My great aunt was a very arty crafty person herself, so it seemed like an appropriate thing to get to remember her by.  It's very exciting and I've already used it to finish piecing the mats above - I think it's going to take me a very long time to get used to all the things it can do!
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8  Re: 14 Quilt Projects in 2014 Quilt Along! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Amazon_warrior on: November 26, 2014 02:37:09 PM
Can anyone recommend a tutorial for machine quilting with a straight stitch industrial machine? I probably would need a walking or roller foot, right?

I would like to surprise my son with the quilt I started when he was 4, now he is way older then 4 add 20 to that number.
That sounds like a lovely idea!  I would think you would need a walking foot for straight-line quilting, though I'm afraid I don't know how a walking foot for an industrial machine might differ from one for a domestic machine (if at all?).  You might also look for a darning or embroidery foot to try free-motion quilting (again, I'm not sure how your industrial machine differs, but on a domestic machine the feed dogs need to be lowered to do FMQ so that the fabric is only controlled by the quilter's hands).  As for tutorials, I would think that any good quilting tutorial would give you some helpful pointers for how to get going.  Good luck!  Smiley


In other news...

...I seem to have created the Beast That Ate The Sofa.  Shocked  (And it's not even finished yet, I want to add borders at the top and bottom!)  I'm already having kittens at the thought of quilting it.  Frankly, even pin-basting it is going to be a nightmare.

Also, one rather wriggly Lone Star in progress:


That's my most photogenic recent progress.  I've made a bit of progress on a few other bits and bobs but they don't look much yet.
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9  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Amazon_warrior on: October 21, 2014 06:55:28 AM
My first ornament arrived today (thanks avocadoeldorado!), so I'mma bag this spot and edit as things arrive.  Smiley

Paper star (avocadoeldorado):


Crochet stars (Hazelly)


TM patches (gala_apples)


Beaded beauty (Ratfinkz)


Quilted Christmas tree (LovelyMiss)


Burlap Reindeer + bonus origami star (alwaysinmyroom)


Fabric wreath (kbrison)


Beaded Bell (I Sew Cute)


Crochet Snowflakes (ninaprettyballerina, Homerof2; private swaps)
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10  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 5 (signups closed, send by 11/3) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Amazon_warrior on: October 16, 2014 07:52:42 AM
Snowflake Stars - DONE!  Smiley



Colour me green, please!  Cheesy  (Do I need to PM GatorWrangler about that, or does it just happen...?)  Also, if anyone has any good suggestions about posting these, that'd be very helpful!  Currently I'm thinking a good wrapping of tissue and a couple of sheets of cardboard.  And I think I need to hunt down some earring/ring boxes for the peyote stars....
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