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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 15 Quilt Projects in 2015 on: February 08, 2015 02:41:45 PM
While American-style quilts are not traditional in here (the Netherlands) there's a tradition of blankets made from scraps and repaired into eternity (I guess that's universal as it's basically a poverty-driven craft) and I made those as a kid. My mum is very crafty and I would cut squares and rectangles from her scraps and sew them together. When blankets and fabrics were no longer expensive people stopped making those kind of quilts - as far as I know, elaborate patterned quilts are something typically American.

As a girl I was a huge Little House on the Prairie fan (who wasn't??) and that's when I first heard of American quilts, but it wasn't until I discovered the internet crafting community that I truly realised how big quilting still is over there and how complicated and beautiful they are and how much skill is required. By now, American quilting has gained popularity over here, there are some stores that sell supplies, but as nearly everything is imported from the USA it's all extremely expensive (imported fabrics start at $30/yard normally). Even simple things like quilt spray baste or freezer paper are extremely expensive if you can even get your hands on it. In the past (when I had a better job  Tongue ) I've ordered online from the USA and even with the shipping it's often quite a lot cheaper.

Edit: no walking foot either. Another thing for the list!
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 15 Quilt Projects in 2015 on: February 08, 2015 11:22:02 AM
I kind of want to fold the backing fabric to the front for the border as well, but the internet says that method is not suitable for full size quilts. Does anyone know of any specific reason why? It seems a lot easier than any other binding method. This is the first time I'm going to bind a quilt on my own, without my mum or sewing teacher, and it doesn't have to be absolutely perfect, the top isn't either.

I just took an on-line course on Craftsy that taught exactly what you want to do - use the backing to bind - and they say it's possible on any size quilt.  After watching, I agree with them.  They even show how to miter the corners.

Look what I found when I went to youtube and searched 'quilt backing as binding' - it's 2 parts and the 2nd part starts shortly after you end the 1st part.  Not mitered corners though but for a jeans quilt that would be okay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqCOPdbPVDg

Thanks for the link! It really looks like something I should be able to do. Sadly, I'm stuck again with the quilt. My backing fabric wasn't as big as I remembered it to be, so the self binding is not an option. Which is a shame, because I felt the backing fabric would really compliment the quilt, but I currently don't have the budget to buy new fabric.

After basting (which I always struggle with) I machine quilted it, just straight lines in the ditch. It was my first time machine quilting and let's say I'm glad I didn't use a contrasting colour for the quilting like I had originally planned  Grin I found tension to be the most difficult part, when you hand quilt you keep the layers in place by hand, but the sewing machine foot makes them move a bit.

Now I have to cut the regular borders, I'm afraid I'll have to wait to finish it until my next sewing class (which will be in march...) because I don't have the tools at home to cut fabric properly. I don't have a full sized cutting mat or a full sized ruler, but my teacher does. I could measure it out with a tape measure and cut it with scissors, but it would be hard getting things straight.

But this is my first full sized quilt and before it's even finished I learned many valuable lessons:
- First of all: don't be cheap and cut up worn jeans for quilt blocks. It's a nice idea, but most jeans have stretch in them and well worn pairs get the shape of the wearer's legs in them and you won't get that shape out (believe me, I've tried).
- Which results in blocks that you can't get perfectly flat. Out of my 9 blocks, 2 were really bumpy. I should have left them out, but I didn't, because I wouldn't have enough blocks. The result would have been much, much better had I left them out.
- When the fabric on top is not flat, it's much harder to get the backing fabric on without too many wrinkles. I did it relatively well, but it's not perfect.
- The machine foot pushes your fabric forward, that's something to watch out for. The layering needs to be really, really secure because it's much harder to put things right when it's all folded up under your machine.
- A full sized cutting mat and ruler are absolutely necessary. I live in a country where quilting is relatively unknown and even the few quilting stores we have, haven't heard of many supplies I've seen online. Things they do sell are extremely expensive and that's why I make do without them, but it's making things unnecessarily hard for me. I need to find those tools somewhere.

And well, it's a learning quilt. It's ok to have mistakes. My sewing teacher always talks us out of taking things apart when they're nearly done. You live, you learn, next one will be better. Since this is mainly a practical quilt (it's for my bed in cold winters) it's fine the way it is. Just one step on the way to making beautiful quilts like you guys do  Smiley
13  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Who wants to knit socks with me? on: February 06, 2015 04:03:29 AM
I've tried three times now, but I get stuck at exactly the same spot every time. In row 5, after the sl1 and k8, I only have 2 stitches left, while the instruction says ssk, k1. As far as I'm aware I've followed the pattern exactly every time.

Edit: 4th time lucky! I still don't know what I did wrong the first 3 times, but I managed now Smiley

14  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Who wants to knit socks with me? on: February 05, 2015 02:09:45 PM
I'm stuck now, at turning the heel.  Huh
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 15 Quilt Projects in 2015 on: February 05, 2015 12:24:02 PM
I'm getting closer and closer to finishing my jeans quilt! I literally only have to do one more seam and the top will be finished, but of course I ran over a pin and my (last) needle broke. I need to get into town this Saturday to get some backing fabric. I kind of want to fold the backing fabric to the front for the border as well, but the internet says that method is not suitable for full size quilts. Does anyone know of any specific reason why? It seems a lot easier than any other binding method. This is the first time I'm going to bind a quilt on my own, without my mum or sewing teacher, and it doesn't have to be absolutely perfect, the top isn't either.
16  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Who wants to knit socks with me? on: February 05, 2015 11:04:58 AM
Sorry for the late reply! I'm still working on the cuff. I've been having some pain and stiffness in my hands that I haven't had before, so tried out if not knitting / crocheting / stitching for a while would help. Good thing is not knitting meant having time to  sew a quilt top from blocks that have been lying around for forever. An hour ago when I was really nearly done and literally was going to start sewing the very last seam, I hit a pin and broke my last needle. As I haven't knitted in at least a week, I think I'm ready to try it again.

So far, I've knitted about 1.5 inch of the cuff and I've been having the tightness problem as well. I'm also not normally a tight knitter.
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 15 Quilt Projects in 2015 on: January 18, 2015 08:10:40 AM
I plan to graduate this year, so I'm definitely not going to make it to 15. I have exams in the last week of Jan. and when I'm done with them, I'm going to pack my books away for a week and replace them with my sewing machine and fabrics and hopefully tick off the first two off the list.

1. Finish flower fabric baby quilt
2. Finish jeans quilt
3. Autumn leaves table runner
4. Slayer wall hanging I've been promising my bf for forever.
18  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Who wants to knit socks with me? on: January 18, 2015 07:57:16 AM
I'm still in, I just decided to stay way from Craftster until after the exam period (end of January). I broke my promise as you can see  Grin

I like the Ravelry pattern, it definitely looks like something I should be able to do. I see it's not done in sock yarn but in worsted weight. I have some gifted yarn I could use for that. Once everyone has got the basics down, we can try a more elaborate sock?
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2014 Winter Holiday Crafting 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.
20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: 3D Christmas cards on: December 06, 2014 03:48:30 AM
I used to get those cards from my grandma! She passed away nearly 15 years ago but I still have a box of them somewhere upstairs. I remember she would never let me use the coloured sand (in hindsight, very understandable... ) . I think they're very cute Smiley
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