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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: January 19, 2017 03:14:14 AM
How's the quality of the classes? I've been thinking about taking some online classes as well. I'm completely self taught (although I have a background in sewing so I know my way around a machine) until that recent one hour FMQ workshop and that single hour probably saved me a whole year in trial and error. I don't have the time to take regular classes IRL, but I can see the point of classes now.

I don't think FMQ is all that difficult actually, compared to 'regular' machine quilting. It takes some getting used to the way you handle the fabric, but that's the main trick. It's a lot of fun to just be able to doodle on fabric. (But I'm still very far away from those super complicated pinterest patterns Wink )
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: January 15, 2017 05:07:17 AM
Inspired by all that nice machine quilting on here, I have taken the plunge and ordered a quilting foot for my machine! I did a FMQ class recently and I really loved doing it. I borrowed an open buttonhole foot from a friend to practice with and while it worked, it wasn't great, so I decided to buy a proper quilting foot. I have a Bernina machine so those feet are not cheap, but I'm sure it'll be worth it. I already know I'm going to use it a lot.

So far, I've mostly done either hand quilting for 'nicer' quilt work or the regular sewing foot or an old fashioned presser foot ( this type of thing: https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1k.J_KFXXXXcgXFXXq6xXFXXXX/Taiwan-bernina-old-font-b-sewing-b-font-font-b-machines-b-font-dedicated-font-b.jpg  ) to stitch in the ditch by machine and I can't wait to do more fancy machine quilting. I don't mind hand quilting that much, but it takes ages and I prefer hand embroidery to hand quilting.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Michael Powell cross stitch on: January 15, 2017 04:54:26 AM
I finished the English cottage years ago, and the Greek island one recently. I have framed them now in matching cheap Ikea box frames (Ribba). The frames are 9x9", the cross stitched picture is about 5x5". The picture mounts came with the frames and happened to be exactly the right size and colour. I'm not very good at cutting straight edges so I was very happy to find out that the mounts matched exactly.

 -- edit: I just don't seem to be able to rotate those pictures. They are rotated on my computer, but they won't upload that way on here. Anyone has any advice about that?
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Ready, set, go! quilt on: January 14, 2017 04:36:24 AM
This is really cute Smiley I like that you have road sections that he could use as a playmat... is this from a pattern?

Yes, it's from a Robert Kaufman pattern. I'd had the fabrics for a while as I loved the whole range, but no clue how to combine them without the result being very messy and chaotic, until I came across this pattern on his website. I like how the road sections seperate the different patterns as well as giving him the option to use it as a playmat.

I wish I'd taken clearer pictures, but the road sections are actually made up of a small black and white polka dot with a slightly larger yellow and white polka dot fabric. The black and white polka dot is not in a regular pattern, so it looks more like an actual road. I think some people received pieces of that fabric in the hexie swap this summer.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: January 14, 2017 04:29:04 AM
Really lovely work Amazon_Warrior! You have a good eye for colour and you're very talented at mixing different techniques.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: "Khloee" Baby quilt on: December 27, 2016 09:18:04 AM
Really nice! I like how you used 2 matching shades of pink, and the combination with the dark grey fabric. I'm sure the receipient will love it.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Ready, set, go! quilt on: December 27, 2016 09:15:48 AM
I recently finished this using fabrics from the Ready, set, go range by Robert Kaufman. It's for a little 3 year old boy who's mad about cars. I've chosen for a completely different backing so he can just turn over the blanket and have a completely different quilt on his bed.

I did everything by machine. I quilted in the ditch using a green-blue thread that's not really visible on the front but the perfect colour for the back. I used MareMare's great tutorial for the machine binding (I usually do). You might be able to see I forgot to cut off some threads from the back, but I did that as soon as I noticed them on my camera .... Grin

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: December 26, 2016 11:56:59 AM
How's everyone doing lately? I haven't been around much and I see I'm not the only one (although luckily there are a lot of finishes to look at!).

I have finished my Ready, set, go! - quilt recently. I'll take pics by daylight tomorrow. I've been quite busy since september, but I have some days off now and (mainly) spending them in my sewing room. Right after the hexie swap I started sewing them together but I haven't picked up that project in some time, I really should take it up again.

Other good news is that I have recently gotten engaged! The date hasn't been set yet (we're keeping it low key) but I'd like to make a queen sized bed quilt as a wedding present. I haven't decided on colours or patterns yet, but I'm looking to make a real keepsake and I'll have it professionally quilted. I've never made anything that big, but I think this is a good occasion to try it.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Silk applique cushion on: December 26, 2016 11:36:57 AM
That's beautiful! You always come up with these really original ideas. And it really worked out, it doesn't look wonky at all, kind of 'improvised' but not in a carelessly-put-together way. I'm sure it was quite a lot of work. I also really like the detail of the straight line quilting, it's really simple but it does finish it off really well.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap Gallery on: September 19, 2016 04:21:56 AM
I have (sort of) started something!!

MareMare sent me what looks like an entire charm pack of blue-brown-orange fabrics (thanks again! really generous) and I have picked some of them to make an EPP mug rug. I'm currently trying to decide the kind of shapes I'm going to use.

One thing I liked very much about this swap is that you get to use so many fabrics you normally wouldn't even look at. If someone had asked me in advance if I'd like to get pastel orange fabric I might have said something like meh, maybe not. But now I have them I really like them, so much actually that I'm going to use them first.
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