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111  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Meal Planning and Prep Cook-Along on: July 14, 2016 02:41:35 AM
Anyone wants to revive this thread? I'm currently making a batch of this: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2016/01/cheesy-vegetarian-chili-mac/ 
112  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap! Sign-ups close July 23, 2016; Send-out by August 20, 2016 on: July 13, 2016 03:22:16 AM
I'm in! I've never been in a swap before and I'm new to hexies as well, but I'm sure this is a good time to try both. I'm going to send in my questionnaire right now!
113  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: July 13, 2016 02:20:18 AM
July 11th check in

I've been wanting to make a house quilt for years. I have pinned about ten million pictures and I have reserved the space in my house where I want to hang it, but it just hasn't happened yet. There's going to be a lot of scraps and a lot of hand applique involved, so it's going to be a huge amount of work. I'd like to incorporate our own house and previous places we lived in.

On a different note, I have discovered the most amazing market stall on the weekly market in the city centre (most people buy their regular fabrics at street markets in here, generally fabric stores only stock more expensive, luxury fabrics)  I don't go to the market in the city centre that often, I stick to my neighbourhood market normally, but since my last visit not one but two stalls offering quilting fabrics have popped up! One sells 3 half meter pieces of fabric for 10 euro, the other one 2 1,5 meter pieces for 10. I haven't yet discovered any name brand tags on the fabric or the selvage, my guess is they're buying left over stock and they have to cut these off. Because I couldn't make sure the fabric is good quality and doesn't bleed, I pre washed it, but it certainly looks and feels like good quality fabric. I'm guessing this also means quilting is gaining popularity in here? I hope so.
114  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: July 08, 2016 03:04:11 PM
I was just wondering because I've read it before and in here it would be considered very odd to give gifts beforehand, maybe also because people generally don't find out the gender of the child before the birth. Babyshowers are another thing we don't have, we only know them from reality tv series.

But in my opinion there's never a wrong moment to gift a quilt. And true friends don't even care if you're years too late. The car quilt above is a very late baby quilt for my friend's toddler that I promised her when she found out she was expecting 3,5 years ago..... he recently moved out of the nursery and into a new room and a full sized single bed so the quilt matches his new room. I'm not sure my friend is still expecting it, it might be quite a surprise by now!
115  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: July 08, 2016 11:47:01 AM
July 5th check in-
I'd really like to do a kaleidoscope quilt or a double wedding ring quilt.

I bit off more than I could chew sew to speak with a paper pieced baby quilt.  I keep reminding myself that it can be sent after the baby is born... they aren't going to be aware if it came in the mail before or after they are born....

Just out of curiosity, is that an American tradition? To send gifts before the baby is born? (although I don't even know if you are American, lol). I've never heard of it before.
116   / QUILTING / Re: Quilting Featured Projects--Quarters 1 & 2, 2016 on: July 08, 2016 09:25:14 AM
As a novice quilter I feel honoured to have my quilt mentioned in this list! I can't stop looking at that gorgeous Gotham quilt.
117  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! 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
118  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: July 07, 2016 08:06:35 AM
Really amazing sloth! They look great.

I love the idea of the hexie / hexie fabric swap but 1" is just too tiny for me. I'd never get finished.
119  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: July 06, 2016 11:17:32 AM
Lots of cross posts! Congrats to Mellerific and also to sloth of course Smiley And Amazon warrior, really nice work, the colours are perfect together.

I have actually made about 20 365-quilt blocks but they are pretty hard. I'm not good at tiny pieces, they are very hard to get right, so I quit.
120  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: July 06, 2016 11:10:52 AM
July 5th check in

I'm fairly amazed by pixel quilts but as I am terrible at piecing together really tiny strips of fabric I don't think I'll ever make one. I am however already nearly done with piecing for a quilt for a little boy that i'm making using Anne Kelle's Ready, set, go! range of fabrics. It's basically one large panel in the middle and several borders around it. I'm a terrible procrastinator and normally I can go and not touch a project for months at a time, but this one is going really fast. Originally, the plan was to give it for his 3d birthday in september, but I might give it in 2 weeks when he comes to visit. I'm thinking of binding it with corded piping, has anyone ever tried that? I have a piping foot which is supposed to make it quite a lot easier.

As far as the prizes are concerned, of course it's always nice if there's a chance you might win something, but I'm not here for the prizes. I think the weekly questions are a good idea to get people talking about quilting in general, but I can imagine it's hard to come up with a new one each week! I'm not really sure where the prizes come from, they are sponsored I assume? For any physical prize, the cost of shipping might be prohibitive. For digital prizes, apart from patterns, online classes might be a nice idea.
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