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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / "Vertigo" quilt on: June 16, 2010 12:11:31 AM
I made this little fellow for the vintage movie swap.
My partner's film was Vertigo so I tried to give an impression of dizzyness by making white spirals on greys and blacks. The roses border is for a very beautiful scene in a florist shop. It is roughly 5 foot square.

the back is made of black and white stripe that make your eyes pop out

and the machine quilting follows the spirals

I have to confess that I chickened out of the curved seam so the big circle is appliqueed on the black fabric Shocked

Anyways, my partner liked it. C&c very welcome.
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / How much of how many fabrics to make a sampler /BOM quilt? on: June 15, 2010 11:56:54 AM
I would love to experiment with a few different blocks and I "need" a quilt for my queen sized bed so I'm thinking about making a sampler type quilt. I don't know which block I'll be making yet (probably decide as I go along depending one success Tongue)

I was thinking of 4 fabrics maybe 1 light 2 medium 1 dark?

Have any of you made something similar? I'd love any information you can give on that subject

Many thanks Grin
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / blue and pink quilt for my mum on: June 02, 2010 11:56:23 PM
After the disaster of my music quilt I decided to try a much simpler quilt. My mum has asked my to make her something to brighten up her blue bedroom.
I went for someting very simple though I must say it is my biggest project to date - 68 x 76 and it is tied.
backed with flannel

the colours are truer on this picture

Comments and criticisms most welcome Smiley
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / craft disaster - music quilt on: June 02, 2010 11:48:50 PM
A long while ago I decided to make a quilt for DH and I to watch the TV. It has so many mistakes and problems I didn't even want to finish it...but here it is. MAchine pieced then half handquilted and half machined. it measures 45 x 68

It has been a painful learning process but I think I got some very valuable lessons and DH still likes it
 the back


I even put one piece wrong side up Roll Eyes really I'm not proud of this quilt but it should have been a nice one (sigh)
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Which is the best thread for Tying a quilt? on: May 12, 2010 06:28:44 AM
Sorry if the question has been asked before...
I am planning to tie a quilt for my mum (using cotton batting) should be about 70x77 inches when finished. Which is the best thread to use? I have just seen a site that recommended crochet cotton or even wool but I'm frightened it might be very thick?
What do you use?
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / IS it possible to line a knitted garment on: January 13, 2010 10:15:31 AM

My mum has just bought me a gorgeous rainbow coloureds handmade South American  jumper but it is quite coarse wool and very scratchy (I have sensitive skin which doesn't help Roll Eyes). Could I line it?  8)I thought I might be able to use cotton jersey. It is zippered and has a hood.
Any thoughts on that from you very talented knitters?
Thanks Grin
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / beginner's mistakes - What shall I do? on: January 12, 2010 12:11:51 AM
I am in the process of hand quilting a lap quilt BUT as I'm doing it all I can see is how approximative I've been with the piecing (so cheated on some seam allowance so now some pieces are fraying Cry). I'm getting very disenhearted with it and I just want it finished. Should I finish it on the machine or grit my teeth and continue by hand. I'd gladly UFO it but it's something I was making for hubby and I to watch the telly and he likes it.
note to self: Less haste more precision, I shall never make a quilt in the same half-hazard fashion again Sad
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / nativity on a "TIGHT" budget on: December 13, 2009 06:55:49 AM
My kids having successfully destroyed any decent nativity scene I have tried to smuggle in the house for the last 6 years Roll Eyes I have decided to make a virtually undestructible one this time.
I would like to say that the rusticity of the whole thing is a homage to the humility of the first Noel (blah blah insert very artistic comment blah) but the truth is...these are my first sock dolls Embarrassed though probably not the last Cheesy
Mary and child

Joseph (sensibly smaller than Mary unfortunately)

The donkey after the extremely tiring trek

And finally the three of them in their cosy "beer and Amazon" cardboard stable

Any c&c most welcome
19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / what can you use calico for (apart from toile)? on: December 11, 2009 08:10:46 AM
I just bought some calico (it was perfect for an "Obi Wan Kenobi" costume for my son, I hope it will last Undecided) and I really like the look and feel of the material (not to mention the price Grin)
Is it durable? Have you used it for some projects?
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / 3 lap quilts (IMG heavy) on: November 20, 2009 10:46:23 AM
This year I have decided to make my Christmas present so I have been busy crafting for a while.

First this is not the one I'm happiest with as I messed up the binding> I made it for my 87 year ols great aunt (for her birthday) and she promised that when she's old, she'll uses it Smiley

Then I made this one for my sister who is a fan of Kaffe Facett

and in action (sorry it's been raining for days and I can't take any nice outdoor ones)

And the last one which was the hardest as it is actually hand quilted (just in the ditch and a square or circle inside the blocks)
the top on its own

in action

(Great shot of my messy house the kids are in their lego period AAGGHHHH)
and a close up (that was taken before the quilting)

Comments and criticism most welcome
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