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1  First attempt at sashiko in Needlework: Completed Projects by penguinade on: January 09, 2010 07:10:11 PM
I'm planning a big sashiko project later in the year, so I figured I'd do some practice on a belated holiday card for my friend.




Since this was my first try, I just used some embroidery thread I had hanging around (rather than true sashiko cotton), so there are a few bits that are twisted more than I'd like.  I also made the idiot move of working right to the edges and not leaving any seam allowance, so it was a little tricky getting it into the "frame" of the card.  

The fabric is just plain cotton leftover from another project, and I used a chalk pencil to sketch out the design.  I pressed the fabric after washing out the pencil, and it flattened the stitches out a little bit, which I'm not too happy about Undecided  Any tips? Huh  For the full size project, it won't really matter as much but for this card it's a little on the annoying side.  Start to finish (design, marking, stitching, framing) took about 2 hours.
Next step? Queen sized sashiko embellished quilt . . .  Shocked
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2  We scrabble every night before bed . . . in Quilting: Completed Projects by penguinade on: January 06, 2010 06:19:14 PM
twice on Sundays!

Scrabble quilt on our full size bed


Close-up of the center block


Plain muslin backing and red binding


Partly machine pieced, partly hand pieced, hand quilted and bound


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3  Quick baby quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by penguinade on: December 04, 2009 12:05:53 PM


The neighbors' son had a baby a few months ago, so while I was home for Thanksgiving, I threw together this baby quilt . . . it's about 3 x 3.5 feet.  Machine pieced, hand quilted, based on tumbling blocks, but scrappier.

Gwen is my quality control expert . . .


she approves!


Here's the completely irrelevant, but cute and soft flannel backing.
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4  My super-soft Cold Mountain in Knitting: Completed Projects by penguinade on: August 19, 2009 05:17:42 PM
This is my Cold Mountain (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer09/PATTcoldmountain.php), in Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud Lace, midnight heather

Mid-stole:


One end:


Modeled by my chair, to show how drapey-soft it is:


And over the teal Calvin Klein dress I made it for:


Took about 3 weeks.  The Alpaca cloud is sooooo soft and wonderful to knit with.  I'm doing a second one for bf's mom in knitpick's gloss, which I've worked with before, and the alpaca cloud makes gloss feel like knitting with a strip of burlap.  My only annoyance was that the join on the circular needle (knitpicks, size 3) kept snagging the yarn, and as the alpaca cloud is so thin, I was worried it might break--I actually didn't have this problem with my older, size 2 knitpicks circulars, so I'm not sure if it's a fluke, or a problem with newer needles.
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5  Re: Some of my first efforts at quilting in Quilting: Completed Projects by penguinade on: July 24, 2009 03:28:12 PM
Lexi, I don't think any of us would mind if you put the large pictures, or even the thumbnails in your post--you can chose either of those by going to the pictures and selecting either option underneath, like this:

Thumbnail--remove the dashes (-) on either end of the code
[-url=http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=272108][-img width=70 height=99]http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/thumbs/34625_IM000611.JPG[/img-][/url-]


Full size, same procedure as above
[-img]http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/34625_IM000609.JPG[/img-]


"Star Flimsy" is my favorite--I really like how the white sashing shows up in the thumbnail!
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6  Bleeding threads in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by penguinade on: July 24, 2009 03:16:38 PM
Not really thinking, I chose to quilt my next quilt with red thread (Coats cotton hand quilting, Art S980).  I'm already a significant way through the quilt, and only just thought about the fact that the red might bleed when washed . . . boyfriend is extremely allergic to dust mites, so our bedding needs to be washed somewhat frequently, and I'd rather not destroy the quilt as soon as I'm finished.  The binding will also be red (Wrights cotton-poly double fold, Brick--I think the dye lot is 706 087).

Does anyone have any experience with washing either of these, or any tips for washing?  Our laundry service is limited to the nearby laundromat, so our options are cold-delicate, perm press, warm or hot.

Photos added . . .


I've become very attached to the quilt-as-you-go method, it's much easier on my wrist, and in general easier to work with.  Bonus points if you can figure out what pattern I got my inspiration from!
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7  96,852 stitches, give or take in Quilting: Completed Projects by penguinade on: July 14, 2009 08:01:57 PM
Thanks to my super awesome boyfriend for taking super awesome pictures for me!




I have triumphantly conquered my entirely hand pieced, quilted and bound log cabin quilt.  It's 8 foot square, and it dwarfs both me, my wooden fire escape, and my full size bed  Shocked.  I'm a little scared it's going to come out of its hiding place at night and smother me.


Luckily, it's going to the owners of a much larger bed . . . the dedication is embroidered on a corner.


The last photo shows how beautifully the light comes through the backing.  Info on its construction can be found here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=295822.msg3366950#msg3366950
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8  Re: Log cabin in progress in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by penguinade on: June 19, 2009 08:17:01 PM
I've been terrible about updating, but I've got 7 squares left to sew, and it's dwarfing the hall in my apartment, so here it is:



Time to hunker down and finish this beast!
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9  Re: Quilt Top Finished - What Next? (with pics) in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by penguinade on: June 18, 2009 09:44:27 PM
Pen and Gwen serve as my quality control, too Grin



I'd go with the fleece and some wide quilting lines--since there's no batting to move around inside, you don't have to worry as much about quilting lines being close together.  Besides, boys (men?) like to snuggle soft things and get hot easily.
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10  Super quick birthday quilt (pic preggo) in Quilting: Completed Projects by penguinade on: June 18, 2009 09:42:29 AM
I've been working so studiously on my thesis research, new apartment decorating and log cabin quilt  ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=295822.msg3366950#msg3366950 ) that I nearly forgot my brother's birthday.  His ex-gf somehow took the last quilt I made him, so this one needed to be very personal and gf-proof . . .

The nearly finished quilt (I pulled an all-nighter before a 6 a.m. bus to hometown, but didn't have time to bind it with royal blue 1/2" binding)

The outline of each square and a 3 inch square within that outline are quilted in yellow.  The finished size is about 42" square.



Closeup of the fabrics for detail



Each fabric was cut into 1 1/2" strips and sewn randomly to form a new fabric, either yellow or blue.  If you're planning on using this sort of technique, press the new fabric very carefully to avoid distorting it, and avoid pulling the cut shapes while sewing them together to prevent the cut seams from spreading apart.



Then, HSTs were cut and sewn, and I played around with settings:















In case yellow and blue (his favorite colors) weren't clear indications that the quilt was to belong to him and no one else, I backed it with ratchets and wrenches



He loves it  Cool .  He's an architect and bike aficionado who's rehabbing his first house completely by himself at the moment.  Loves clean lines and bright colors, hates flowery prints.  I don't have pictures of the finished quilt (with binding), but the binding really makes it--and should look great against the bright yellow walls he plans to paint.

I had never been comfortable using a thimble before this quilt, but now I can't imagine quilting without it!  My fingers are really long, and it took me a while to figure out a comfortable position, but it has made my stitches so much neater and I can work for longer periods.  This is also the first quilt that I've used any needles smaller than sewing sharps . . . I dropped down to a size 10 between, and I've seen the light  Cheesy  Hard to believe I've made myself suffer so much on queen+ size quilts before these revelations.
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