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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / math - bears paw doesnt add up :( on: May 10, 2009 01:27:11 AM
I want to make a bears paw quilt for my son.  I have made myself confused with the HSTs. 

I looked at this pattern.....


but there seems to be a discrepancy in the claws.....especially when you look at this pattern, where all the measurements are the identical.....except the initial square for the claws.  (2 7/8 vs 3.5)


The unsewn HST block needs to be 2.5", (2 inch block plus 1/4 seam allowance).  So is this what you would add your 7/8ths to?  making an original square of 3 3/8ths ?  which would make the second link correct (albeit a tad generous)

or do you take the mesurement of 2inch block plus 7/8ths? in which case the former link is correct.

im confuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuused! Huh

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / fast piecing HSTs? Best way? on: March 22, 2009 08:57:33 AM
What do you think is the best way to piece a bunch of half square triangles?

Ive tried a number of methods and I always seem to botch them...

Ive tried the strip method, the grid method....

I just cannot seem to get the measurements right and either get a mass of trimming to do or the squares end up too small. 

Tell me your secret to perfect HSTs - Please!  Im embarking on a bears paw project, so Im going to need a million of them!!

Im begining to think simple square divided in two is the fastest and least hassle - esp if I chain piece them.

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / ANother stacked coins - 1st attempt at machine quilting on: March 17, 2009 03:44:19 PM
This is my latest project - a stacked coins quilt for my DD.  It was my first attempt at machine quilting.

She wanted something bright and not too "girlie"  She also had some fabrics that she wanted to be inset bigger than other fabrics - so while most of the colour strips are standard 2" from various jelly rolls, some pieces are larger.  This threw out my neat horizontal lines.  Embarrassed

Next, I decided to try machine quilting.  Heres a close up of the sashing:


And for the borders, a continuous heart patterm.  I did struggle with the fluidity of the curves and the stitch length, TBH, but Im still pleased with the result - it will of course look better one I have washed it to remove the quilt marker pencil! (couldnt wait to post Cheesy)

The back is plain scarlet sheeting.

I learned that I need to baste more securely when machine quilting with an open foot, as I ended up with a couple of creases at the back. Grr!  Roll Eyes  But I enjoyed the machine quilting and starting to feel much more adventurous with it now  Smiley
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / folds and creases when machine quilting on: February 26, 2009 05:45:50 AM
I normally hand quilt, or restrict myself to quilting in straight lines.  But I was inspired by some machine quilting vids on yourtube, and decided to try out a 1-2-3 pattern....

I basted my quilt well, with no creases or tucks anywhere, and managed really well with the machine quilting.  Yet when I turn over the quilt, there are quite a few creases sewn in. 

Any ideas onb how I could prevent this in the future, as I am now a little in love with machine quilting!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / hungry caterpillar baby quilt :D on: January 06, 2009 06:21:23 AM
made from a kit from Moda, this is for my best friends new baby, Mathew Rupert Peter, born thismorning. Cheesy

I pleased enough with it, - all hand quilted,  after a lost my temper with the machine (still have not mastered machine quilting)

The corners went horribly wrong too.....possibly one too many glasses of wine of Christmas  Grin

Overall, its says "i love you little fella" and what more could a new baby ask?


6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Hugs and Kisses quilt on: June 28, 2008 10:33:07 AM
today I completed my Hugs and Kisses quilt.


Its been made for a lovely lady I met online, and whose courage and good humour have inspired hundreds of others.  She is dying of cancer and this quilt is a symbol of love not just for her, but also for her young son to remember his mummy with.

The fabric was sent to me by other online friends around the UK and beyond, each carefully selected to suit our friend. Can you tell that she loves purple?   Its flannel backed for extra snuggle.

Im really pleased with it, and what it represents - that good friends need never meet in the flesh, and yet can have a fantastic connection with eachother.
I got the pattern from here, although I did not follow her method.  http://www.quiltpox.com/Patterns/Hugs/   

I hope you like it, and more importantly, I hope she likes it!
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / "A quilt for Elizabeth" kids book - anyone got a copy? on: June 10, 2008 03:42:53 AM
Hi there,  Im trying to find a copyof "a quilt for elizabeth" by Benette Tiffault.  I am making a quilt for a friend that has less than 6 months to live - its to snuggle her little boy (6) in and read to him, so that he will have a snuggly to remember his mum with. 

I read the synopsis of this book, how a child loses someone dear to them and they make a quilt out of the old clothing so the child will feel she has a piece of the loved one. 

The problem is, the book is out of print.  Only 2 copies available in USA (Im in UK) and they're selling for $120+  Shocked which I havent got. 

I wondered if anyone had a copy and could photocopy or scan the pages for me? 

Or even a copy you could let me have?  Doesnt have to be new of course.

Thanks in advance!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / mixing fabric types?? on: May 07, 2008 10:50:13 PM
im making a quilt for someone, and ive had donations of some polycotton blends and some very thick cotton - like cutain fabric - to include.  Its a quilt for a friend thats dying of cancer.  Cry Everyone wants to contribute something.

Question is, can this be done?  Can I put this poly blend and thicker cotton next to quilters cotton,  or is it a ghastly mistake?

The quilt we be used extensively by her little boy - she is scared that he will forget her, so this is a quilt that will be a "snuggle up with mum" quilt - its going to take some  wear over the years.

Anyone have any advice (other than scrap the polycottons...)


9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / prayer quilt - hearts and nine patch (plus a few stars!) on: April 16, 2008 09:47:17 AM
This week, 30 ladies got together to create a prayer quilt for a friend who has just be diagnosed with cancer.  She just started her course of chemo (12 hours  Shocked) and so we created this quilt for her to give her hope and to let her know she is not alone.

Its a tied quilt, and every tie is a prayer.

Some of the ladies have no idea how to sew, but they all took a turn at doing a heart or a star, all by hand.  The stitching is.....interesting Cheesy but they showed willing and stiched with love.  I wanted all the hearts to face the same way, but with different people sewing different parts, it was hard to keep control.

The fabric in the nine patch is from a kaffe fasset jelly roll with a precut selection of hearts and stars.  I really like it - its so bright and cheerful, just the thing to brighten up a dull hospital ward.

I want my DD to have one like this for her bed but she doesnt like the colours!


I hope you like it!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / dinosuar quilt on: April 12, 2008 08:12:39 AM
hello, I am a lurker of craftster, but have just finished my 5-yo's Dinosuar quilt, and wanted to show off:  Hope these links work!!


The pattern for TRex, Pleisiosaur, pteradactyl and Stegasuarus came from 

But I only downloaded a couple before she started charging for the patterns, so the rest I made up myself from friendly dino websites - which also allowed us to choose "favouritest" dinosaurs!.

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