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1  Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Immaculata on: July 08, 2016 08:51:28 AM
Car quilt top is pieced!

About the hexie swap: if anyone else is interested in swapping slightly larger ones, 2" or 2,5", I'm in Smiley
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2  Little House Needleworks sampler in Needlework: Completed Projects by Immaculata on: June 24, 2016 11:51:39 AM
Pattern: Little House Needleworks
Thread: Weeks Dye Works
Fabric: Permin

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3  Traditional alphabet sampler in Needlework: Completed Projects by Immaculata on: June 24, 2016 11:45:35 AM
Pattern & thread: DMC
Fabric: Zweigart Belfast Linen

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4  Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Immaculata on: June 11, 2016 08:49:44 AM
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448068.msg5391194#msg5391194   My first finish of the year! It had been lying around since 2009, I'm so happy it's done. All my friends are joking that the baby must be on its way now I've finally finished this baby blanket....

I'm glad that someone else thinks it's exciting too, MareMare! All my friends think I'm crazy to would want to take another exam for fun now I'm finally done at uni. I could discover all those new techniques without taking an official exam but if there's no pressure I know I will want to quit when it's starting to get boring and you have to get through that point to find the joy in some techniques. I have recently mastered Richelieu embroidery, which is beautiful, but also difficult, and I know I'd have thrown my hoop in the corner if it hadn't been for the thought of that certificate. Now I'm glad I didn't quit.
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5  In Full Bloom Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Immaculata on: June 11, 2016 08:40:32 AM
This UFO has been haunting my sewing desk since 2009. It was my second quilting project ever, after a straight forward childhood project that consisted of rectangles sewn together. I had definitely bitten off way more than I could chew at that time. I'd never heard of rotary cutters so I cut every single square in this blanket with scissors, using a cardstock template. I had also prewashed all the fabric and when it came out of the machine it was a huge tangled mess. I actually had to cut the fabrics loose, I couldn't untangle them. After that I discovered that those bias seams are not as easy as they look and that my squares differed in size because after cutting dozens of them, my template gradually became smaller as I accidentally cut off tiny strips of it every time I used it. Then last year I decided I just wanted to get it done, even with all it's imperfections. It's wrinkled in the photos because the minute I finished it, my boyfriend claimed it. The fabric is from Red Rooster Fabrics, I think the pattern is from Bear Paw Designs.

 For scale. The finished quilt is about 120 by 120 cm

Detailed pictures. You can't see it very well, but I decided to hand quilt. I quilted every other block, I improvised the stitches based on the fabric of the block. I particularly like the sashiko embroidery inspired striped blocks. The texture just feels amazing. I am certain that I'm going to do a larger sashiko type project in the future.

Binding and backing.

This was my first time using a binding from the same type of fabric as the blanket, instead of using a more sturdy fabric. I'm not impressed with how it feels and I'm not sure I'd do it again. I sewed the binding on completely by hand.
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6  Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Immaculata on: June 04, 2016 10:39:49 AM
May 30 check in

I've finished up the In Full Bloom Quilt, finally! I'll take pictures sometime this week. I'm going to start on a quilt from Robert Kaufman's Ready, set, go! line sometime soon.

I'm crazy busy graduating from university, social occasions that I just can't pull out of and housework that I can barely keep on top of. we don't normally have a super busy social life, our friends are all fairly laid back and if you're stressed out it's totally okay to skip every now and then, but lately there have been a lot of special occasions.

Also, we've been having very awful weather in western Europe, which complicates travelling anywhere. Every day for more than a week we've been having short but extremely heavy bursts of rain and thunder (a month's worth of rain in just an hour, that kind of heavy) Flood barriers have been put up everywhere and roads have been blocked and flooded because the water just didn't have anywhere to go. In between the rain and thunderstorms we've been having lots of sunshine, but that's kind of tricky because the weather just turns really bad in a matter of minutes. So far we've not had any serious emergencies in my area so we are very thankful for that (and thinking of the unlucky people in France and Germany where things have gone wrong) but I have this lingering hestitation in the back of my mind going too far away from home because I don't want to end up stranded somewhere. I'm lucky in the sense that unlike many people in my country I don't live in an area that's particularly vulnerable for large scale flooding, but a small local river has already flooded a few roads close to my home.

Last week I went to the Hague to the Houses of Parliament for a symposium. In the 18th century former ballroom that was the main room for the conference, they have this huge carpet that's apparantly also an important work of art and it just reminded me so much of a huge quilt:

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7  Re: 15 Quilt Projects in 2015 in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Immaculata on: March 02, 2015 02:55:24 AM
That one certainly deserves its own thread! It's gorgeous.

This is the finished Learning Curve Quilt:
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8  Re: 15 Quilt Projects in 2015 in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Immaculata on: March 01, 2015 03:15:21 PM
Me too. I have a pretty large collection, but most of them were gifted / inherited and often used. I always forget to check if there's enough thread on the spool. I had some half full bobbins lying around as well and decided to finish up those too.

I finished the quilt this morning and it doesn't even look that bad on the bed! The bf said it was ugly because of the jeans fabric  Roll Eyes ( we've been joking about this thing ever since I got the idea to make it) but he didn't even notice any of the technical flaws. And anyway, I don't sleep with my eyes open. I'll try to take some pictures tomorrow.

The next project to finish is a flower print baby quilt. After that, I'll start with the autumn leaves table runner, that we've decided yesterday will be a gift for my MIL. She's crafty too, I know she'll appreciate it. This is the pattern: Image is random from google. I found my pattern in a Burda Patchwork issue.
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9  Re: 2014 Winter Holiday Crafting in Winter Holidays by Immaculata on: December 07, 2014 09:59:21 AM
I made a few Christmas cards yesterday! They're from a free kit that came with the UK Cross stitcher some years ago.
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10  Re: 2014 Winter Holiday Crafting in Winter Holidays by Immaculata on: November 29, 2014 02:47:35 PM
I crocheted a weeping angel tree ornament for my brother, sort of on a whim. I came across the pattern and I made it right away. It's not perfect, I've never made anything other than granny squares before, but it's quite ok for a first time. Should have used a smaller hook though, the filling shines through. Standard size needle for scale.

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