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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Tis the Season on: May 20, 2016 02:50:07 AM
Really gorgeous! The stitching, the pattern and the choice of floss all go together perfectly.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: May 18, 2016 12:22:28 PM
May 9 check in

Wow, Amazon warrior! That's an absolutely fantastic thing!  Shocked

I was quite busy for a few weeks, so I think I missed a few check-ins. I use Gutermann thread on my sewing machine as it's widely available here, unlike other brands. For hand sewing, I use a cotton thread, only DMC is available in here as far as I know. I personally prefer cotton thread for hand sewing as it's less smooth and easier to handle. I've been told several times that for quilting you should always use cotton thread (also for machine piecing) but no one has been able to tell my why exactly you should, except that's 'how it's always been done'. I've never done charity quilting as that's not really something that's done here. Charity quilting is not a tradition in here. I do know of one organisation that makes quilts from cross stitched squares and I did once ask for more information, but the deadlines were too short for me to be able to participate. I'm too busy to be able to complete a piece of cross stitch in two weeks.

Still no finished projects from me. I'm working on my thesis right now and that takes up most of my time right now.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Woodland Creature Quilt on: April 30, 2016 08:13:58 AM
Wow really cute! also a very clever way of quilting as you go. I haven't tried it yet but I've seen such wonderful examples (like this one!) that i really have to try it soon. I'm sure your swap partner loves it!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Where There are Bees on: April 26, 2016 06:50:05 AM
This one looks great, especially if you're new to stitching! I'm a huge Prairie Schooler fan, I have quite a few of their patterns.  Such a shame that they've quit now. Even though me and my s/o are fairly "alternative" I love nothing more than stitching traditional samplers, it'a sort of guilty pleasure. There don't seem to be a lot of fans of traditional patterns on Craftster, so I tend to not post them. I'm from a rural background, even though I live in an urban environment now, I guess part of me is still longing for a traditional farm life - but without the close-mindedness that drove me away from my home village. 
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: HST Quilt on: April 23, 2016 01:56:51 PM
Nice work! I love the design - it feels very modern. I always like those leftover fabric pieced bindings, i think it adds charm to the quilt. I get why your daughter loves it with all the girlish colours.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: April 21, 2016 02:29:54 PM
April 18 check in

Didn't finish the In Full Bloom quilt on Tuesday, more fights with the machine. I got so tired of it that I'm going to sew on the binding by hand. I don't know how you guys do all that machine quilting, it drives me crazy. And I'm not even new to sewing machines ....
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: April 18, 2016 02:14:51 AM
I love your design, MareMare! It's fresh and modern, but timeless as well. The colour combination is gorgeous too!

I'm nearly done with my In Full Bloom quilt, it just needs the binding. I think I'll be able to finish that tomorrow.

I've also picked out a new one that I'll be making for a good friend's son. I wanted to make a baby quilt, but then life got in the way and I never started it. It's going to be a 3d birthday quilt now  Roll Eyes  I've been looking at the Ready, Set, Go! range by Robert Kaufman for a while but I never really knew what to do with it, until I came across this pattern on his website: http://www.robertkaufman.com/quilting/quilts_patterns/mode_of_transportation/#color:1  . I'm 100% certain that the birthday boy will love it and it fits the colour scheme of his room as well.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: April 14, 2016 05:19:19 AM
April 11 check in

I tend to think more in patterns than in colour combinations. I do want to learn more about that though - I recently abandoned a project halfway done because the colours didn't work together even though the fabric combination looked good. One reason why I like scrap quilts so much is because you don't have to think about colour combinations  Grin
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: April 06, 2016 06:23:13 AM
April 4 check-in: I didn't set any goals  Grin But I'm quite happy that I'm finally finishing my In Full Bloom quilt. I started in 2009....

I have also had some really good advice from my sewing teacher. She's not a quilting teacher, but she used to do some quilting in the past and her late sister was a quilter. She has a walking foot that I used during class! It definitely makes a huuuge difference. I couldn't get the tension right on her machine, so it's not like my quilt is finished now  Roll Eyes but it will be after next sewing class. She also had a good replacement for spray basting: apparantly a chain store in here sells spray glue that works very well on fabric. I didn't use it on this quilt though. As it's not specifically made for quilting or even fabric, I want to try it on some scraps first and wash it a few times. I don't want the glue to leave any stains at any point.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: April 04, 2016 05:07:26 AM
I'm just now finishing up the In Full Bloom Quilt and now I remember why I put it off to finish it. I HATE machine quilting and it just never turns out the way I want it to. It's always a disappointment. The fabrics just always seem to move no matter how many pins I put into it. Does anyone have any tips and tricks on how to machine quilt using basic equipment?

I use basting spray and some pins.  Do you use a walking foot?  It keeps the layers from shifting.

I've never seen basting spray in my country, but I need to take a trip to the store tomorrow so I'll ask again. It's not easy to find quilting supplies in here. I've been looking for a walking foot for a while, but I can't find one that's compatible with my old sewing machine (Bernina 801). My mother has a new machine, so I just sent her a message asking if she has a walking foot. If she has one I can take my quilting work with me when I'm visiting her for the weekend. Then I'll have something to do Grin  I don't mind visiting my mother, not at all, but she lives too far away for a short visit, so we always stay the night, and we always get to the point where we're just done sitting and talking for a while.

But the quilting doesn't look as bad as I thought it did last night. It's not perfect, but then the top isn't either. It's a bit wonky, but then it was the first actual quilt top I made, so I can't expect perfection. Well, first as an adult at least, I made a blanket from rectangular scraps as a kid, and that one was a lot worse!
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