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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: how should I quilt this, using only a regular short arm sewing machine on: July 07, 2014 01:00:34 PM
I would outline each block in the print.  The big blocks look like they are large enough to need something extra, so I think I'd crosshatch those.

Oh I like this idea, do you mean just the diagonals or more than that in the large blocks?
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: old sweater quilt on: July 02, 2014 04:11:54 AM
*hugs* michellebelle. I have been thinking about you too, hope you are well.

And thanks Amazon_warrior, it is certainly lovely and snuggly, and it is so much better than an unloved pile of sweaters.
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: spiral dyeing, fun in the irish sunshine on: July 02, 2014 04:10:38 AM
thanks folks for the lovely words x
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: old sweater quilt on: July 01, 2014 10:21:56 AM
Thanks lindy, I needed to read that. I had a bit of a kick in the teeth from an unexpected source just after posting that, so my happy crafty day got dumped on... Sad but your words made me feel a bit better. xx
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / old sweater quilt on: July 01, 2014 09:46:30 AM
So a few years ago I lost a load of weight...but then I found it again, c'est la vie, I am trying mostly to just accept me who I am, but that is another story, in the interim I bought a bunch of cheap sweaters. (Primark-think forever21 cheap clothing) Cheap mostly because I am broke, but that is another other story...

so rather than toss the bundle, which I could wear, but they were a little too tight, and a little too short and a little...cheap...I decided to have a quick and dirty go at a lap quilt, this is the result

it is backed with a plain fleecy blanket. The whole quilt is made of synthetic fibres, but it is soft, cosy and snuggly.

this is maybe where it will live, in a little cosy reading corner...wanna join me?

6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / spiral dyeing, fun in the irish sunshine on: July 01, 2014 07:33:20 AM

Normally in Ireland our country looks like this but for the last while it has been like this

so sunshine...it is actually hot outside, and sunshine is the perfect time to do some dyeing. I posted a tutorial on here before about spiral dyeing, it is fast easy and a lot of fun. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=361939.0#axzz36EA49c1d

This is a large piece which is the side wall of the pop up awning (gazebo,) that will be coming with us on our trip in Rosita the wonder van. It was a plain piece of fabric, printed with black and grey trees from IKEA..now it is FABULOUS!
laid out in my garden, without the excess dye washed out, it will be quite a bit paler. I like to unwrap it to allow time for the dye to take, so that one colour doesn't bleed too much on another. I will machine wash the excess dye out...

Dyeing is messy...but the mess is rather beautiful

and tie dyeing is the one thing that brings a big grin to my face...

I used three colours of procion mx fibre reactive dye, (red, yellow and blue) using the soda soak method (3 cups of washing soda to 8 L hot water, soaked for about 15 minutes before applying the dye)

and a bonus read about yarn dyeing and the meaning of life (my interpretation!) from my new favourite blogger http://elodieunderglass.com/2013/03/12/the-rainbow-in-your-hands-protocols-for-hand-painting-yarn/
7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: 10 Minute Swap round 4 (Signups: Full! SO: May27) on: July 01, 2014 03:30:03 AM
that is a great package..but I am impressed with your restraint..I couldn't 'not open something yet'...lol..I dive into stuff when it arrives...
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Hexagon Sweater Blanket on: June 30, 2014 08:41:48 AM
nice, very nice.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: how should I quilt this, using only a regular short arm sewing machine on: June 28, 2014 08:48:52 AM

thanks for the advice guys. I bought a new can of spray starch, so that will defintely be useful. I like the idea of outlining each block and then some small bits of free motion. I do like the heavily quilted look

If it was me I'd outline each block. I love this layout, think I might have to add it to my list of "quilts to do after I have finished the super king size quilt"  Grin

I actually saw a quilt like this on pinterest and couldnt find a free pattern so I worked the dimensions out for a double bed. The top is about 59x75 (from memory) this is without binding, so if you want details of the dimensions I used and the key for planning of the layout of colours, then pm me
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Spool Swap Gallery on: June 26, 2014 04:36:39 PM
more love wall pics (in my subdued midnight lighting, camera finding is too hard)... there are few swap goodies on there- The function of the wall is to remind me, when I am having breakfast and am all cranky and morning-ish..that there is love...and I need to add to it..

This should be it's own Swap!  A "Help Me Build a Love Wall Swap".  Who wants in?

Oh yes!!!! I am so in....
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