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111  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
112  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.
113  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!
114  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: April 03, 2016 01:54:27 PM
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?
115  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: April 03, 2016 12:21:52 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss, Carol. How long were you married for? Losing a life partner is one of the hardest things a person must go through.

 In Dutch there's a proverb saying all seasons have to go over a loss and you can't rush the seasons. It means that it often takes a year before people find that new normal and that there's nothing you can do to make it any quicker or easier. I hope you can find that new normal some day.
116  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet/ Doll Blanket on: March 26, 2016 06:54:03 AM
These are just so cute! I'm sure the doll's mama will be very happy with it. I know I would have been at that age!
117  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: March 26, 2016 06:50:02 AM
Last night, I cut fabric for 7 blocks for the 365 Challenge and I also cut the batting and backing fabric for the In full bloom quilt to size. I didn't want to set up my sewing machine as I'm clearing out the living room for Easter tomorrow.

I have a shoebox full of small scraps (less than a square foot and some of them a LOT smaller) and I picked out the greens from it too. The 365 quilt has 3 inch and 6 inch blocks, the perfect size to use up some scraps.
118  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: March 23, 2016 12:34:46 PM
March 21 check-in

Wel done Sloth! I like the Batman one, those blocks are a good way to show off the fabrics. It's very loud and colourful, but that's really suitable for a comic book quilt.

I'm really at a point in my life where for the first time, everything is quite settled and that's also showing in my crafting closet: I haven't had so few WIPs in years. I actually get round to finishing things up, cleaning out my closet, giving away stuff I'm not going to use anymore and I don't start new stuff just because I'm bored. I'm sure this phase will pass  Roll Eyes but it's a nice break from chaos for now.

I was going to work on my autumn leaves quilt, but I've abandoned it yesterday. I hadn't made so many blocks (about 2 rows worth of blocks) but I really wan't happy with the colour combinations, even though the fabrics looked good together. It doesn't feel autumny - too many dark colours together.

I do want to finish the In Full Bloom quilt this week and I'm trying to complete a few more blocks from the 365 Quilting Challenge too. It's a lot of work and the quilt is going to be huge (90x90 inch) but the blocks don't take that much time to complete and they progressively get more difficult. You really get to practice every possible type of block. It's really good for learning!

A few people try to make every single block perfect, but I've decided I'm not really going to re-do blocks unless I really have to. I'm not a perfectionist and this sampler quilt is all about learning. Besides, it's going to be so big the only place I can store it will be on the bed and I tend to sleep with my eyes closed  Grin
119  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: March 15, 2016 05:51:01 AM
I'd like to join in again! I used to post in the 2015 thread, but for the last few months I've been quite distracted by other things.

Last year I was working on the In full bloom quilt from Red Rooster fabrics. It's been a WIP since 2009, but I finally finished the quilt top a few months ago. Now I just have to find the motivation to really finish it up.
I'm also still working on the Autumn Leaves quilt (Burda) and I joined the 365 blocks quilt challenge (365challenge.com.au).
120  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2015 Holiday Crafting List on: October 21, 2015 11:24:23 AM
Mmmm that compound butter sounds delicious!

I'm knocking quite a bit off of my list, thanks to co-ops I'm in (authentic lokai bracelets for $2 each, which are all donations to charitable organizations. no way i'm passing that up)

& a closeout $1 sale at a local discount store rounded off a couple more gifts. Even picked up my sister's birthday gift (10/29) from that sale. I'm going to come in so under budget. & considering I'm officially 8 months pregnant- I'm happy with the idea of not having a massive craft list.

I can imagine you must be glad to be done with the christmas shopping / crafting early. You'll be busy enough with a newborn. Hope things are going well with your pregnancy Smiley

I've finished stitching 3 more ornaments. I haven't finished up any cards yet.

I still have no clue about most of the gifts I want to make, sadly. I need to sit down and come up with soon ideas soon, if I want to have everything finished by Christmas.
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