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21  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: March 04, 2017 09:27:27 AM

And, it sounds like we could use another round of the swap soon Smiley

Thanks everyone! I'd definitely be up for another round of the swap this year. I've got the EPP bug now. I've been wanting to make a scrappy EPP quilt for years, but once this one is finished I'm going to make something more complicated.
22  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: March 04, 2017 01:45:28 AM
Progress on the hexies:

For scale, the bed is 1.80 m wide. I was going in rounds until I unfolded the entire thing one day and found out I wasn't really going in rounds anymore  Roll Eyes . Also, as everyone's templates are slightly different in size (only 1 or 2 mm, no big differences) sometimes you have to put in some work to make them fit. I've kept all the paper templates, but when I'm going to stitch up more hexies for this project, I'll only use one type of template.
23  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 8 (Sign-ups 2/28-3/8, Sendouts 4/24) on: March 03, 2017 10:08:43 AM
I'm in! I'll PM you tonight, MareMare.

I took a few days to decide because I'm not really 100% sure about my skills and my artistic talents, but if you never try, you'll never learn. Plus, I like that you partner people with comparable skills.
24  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: March 03, 2017 08:00:09 AM
Life gets in the way of quilting sometimes, it happens to all of us I guess.

I've been doing a lot of EPP this winter. I'll take a picture tonight. I still can't believe the huge amount of hexies I got from everyone in the swap. The top is huge already and I still have at least 25 finished hexies before I have to stitch up the 50 pieces of fabrics and the charm pack from MareMare and only then I'll have to use my own stash if I still need some more.

What's nice about hand sewing is that the projects are more portable. I have a dedicated sewing room as well and it's absolutely lovely, but in the evenings I like some company as well. I can just take my EPP downstairs, snuggle on the sofa and watch a movie together and get some sewing done, all at the same time  Grin .
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Spiral squares, with pattern! on: February 10, 2017 04:16:38 PM
Really nice idea, i might have to try that some time! Love the colour combination as well.
26  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: January 27, 2017 01:58:40 PM
Really nice work!

It's such a great idea to sew like that with your mother. My mum is the one who learnt me how to sew in the first place, and in all of the twenty odd years I've been sewing we've never worked together like that. When I was a kid, we did used to work together on our own machines (I inherited her old one when she bought a fancy new model, it's the one I still use) on opposite sides of the kitchen table. I imagine it must be a fairly quick way to work: you can just sew and sew and sew while someone else does the pinning and the ironing.

I'm experiencing machine problems with the FMQ lately. The tension seems off on my machine, even though the tension dial says it's correct. The knot keeps being visible on the front. I only experience the problem while doing FMQ, not when I'm sewing.
27  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 )
28  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.
29  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?
30  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.
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