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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / settings for my grandmother's flower garden on: April 14, 2012 04:30:37 AM
Hello quilting fellows!

During the last 6 months, I have been been working on a grandmother's flower garden. There are about 100 flowers, made from 1 inch hexagons. Before I make the last 20 or so flowers, it's time to determine the setting! I have two different settings in mind:

Setting 1 is the random version

Setting 2 is the colour graded version, both in the flowers and in the centers

What do you think? I'm curious about all your opinions, please, let me know what you think!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / skipping stitches problem: Brother Nouvelle 1500 on: January 22, 2012 05:44:22 AM
I am trying to free motion quilt with my "new" pre-loved Brother Nouvelle 1500 (PQ1500), that I got last week.
When I use the darning / quilting foot, it keeps skipping stitches and the top yarn breaks. With the normal foot, this is not the case.

Spent some time playing around with the tensions, this doesn't seem to be the problem.
btw, when using a different foot, do I have to adjust the tensions at all?

Can anybody help me?

I have checked again, and again, and again what was recommended here:

...still skipping stitches...
Please, can't anybody help me? Is it the foot?
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / help: materials for preemie quilt? on: May 08, 2011 09:52:45 AM
Hi there!
I'm sure there are a lot of mothers out there in the quilting community, and I need your help.
A close friend of mine had her child early, in 29th week of pregnancy. They are both quite well.
They do kangaroo care, and I think a quilt would be nice for them to snuggle under.

I have a lot of questions:
- how big is handy for the purpose?
- Which materials would you use?
- cotton or wool batting?
- or a nice soft backing fabric, maybe instead of batting?
- Maybe there shouldn't be many seams, as the baby's skin is so tender. Should I do a blanket that is not patchworked?
- or tie the quilt?
- And how hot would you have to be able to wash the quilt, is 60C / 140F hot enough for the quilt to be preemie-suitable?

If anybody has experience with preemies, I'd be very, very grateful for any advice!

Thank you!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Dresden plate designs? on: November 13, 2010 08:37:38 AM
Hi there,

ever since I moved to Dresden, I've wanted to make a Dresden plate quilt.
The two quilts I'm currently working on are both in the quilting phase - which is not my favorite part at all.

So, Dresden plate it is  Cheesy
I'm not too much into very traditional quilts, though I love the traditional patterns.

Do you happen to have seen Dresden quilts with a more modern look?
Ideas and comments are much appreciated!

5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / little lone stars and turtles baby play quilt on: July 03, 2010 12:18:03 AM
When I moved to a new city last summer, I moved into the flat of a girl I had never met before.
We have a lot in common and became close friends. Since then, I was maid of honor at her wedding and I was one of the first people she told about the baby to be born.

So, I started to make this quilt in December, after I knew it would be a boy. I finished it now, and he is already born. And so cute!

Tadaaaa, his play quilt:

It is about 38 x 46 inches, machine sewn, the lone stars are paper pieced (I used the templates from "Little Lone Star Quilts" by Lorraine Olsen, they worked great for me!). It's partly machine quilted and hand quilted.
What I like about it, is that baby boy can play with it when he discovers all there is to be seen, and the different textures and colors of the stars and little animals.

Closeup of the middle section

I hand-quilted all the animals. Fabric is Robert Kaufman, animal party.

Closeup of an 8 inch star block

For the stars I tried stitch in the ditch for the first time, when it was not only straight lines (this is my second finished quilt, I have no photos of the "first finished", and "the first" is still being hand quilted). I was in a hurry to give the quilt to its new owner, and quite panicked about the machine quilting, which turned out all wrong at the first attempts. Thanks to anaximander's help https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=352339.0, I finally got it done. Yes, there are flaws, I can live with them and I like the overall look now.

Thanks for looking!
c&c more than welcome, there is a lot to learn, haha!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / "stitch in the ditch"-tricks? on: June 30, 2010 09:12:39 AM
Hi there,

recently I finished a baby blanket, with 9 miniature lone stars on it. I have just a regular sewing machine, for which I got a walking foot a year ago, but I'm still not very experienced with it. Curves and free-motion quilting scare me (a lot!), and I thought I'd just "stitch in the ditch" the stars.

Hmmm... I tried to hit the ditch...

All this turning of the quilt, finding the direction of the next ditch correctly, and sewing really straight!

The stars are in bright plains, the background is teal. what color of quilting cotton should I have used? (mine was yellow... shows very well on teal, as I can now prove... but so does teal on yellow, haha!)

How do you deal with non-flat ditches (on the star-side of the ditch: multiple layers of cloth, on the background-side only one... where is the ditch???)

and generally: how does this work???
Was stitch in the ditch a bad idea for this project?

I'd appreciate any advice and your shared experiences!

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / ikea reconstruction website? on: May 18, 2010 02:02:51 AM
Hi all!

a while ago I found a link on craftster, for a website, where people post their reconstructed, creative designs out of ikea stuff.
 Shocked and I didn't bookmark it!

Can anybody help me? ... I have moved recently, and need creative, low-cost stuff for my new home...

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help please: stich names and abbrevs in English on: July 10, 2009 06:55:33 AM
Hi crocheters!
Mainly, I have developed into a quilter over the last years, but I need some crocheting now, desperately.  - a lot faster to get results, and so much fun.
I crochetted a lot years ago, and basically know the stiches - and their German names...

My problem is: I have never used patterns in English, but want to now.

Please, can anyone recommend me a page with abbreviations and names of the stiches?

I am despairing here, with wool and crochet hook in my hands, trying to figure out the riddle of what I am supposed to do in chain 2... instead of actually crocheting!

Any comments will be highly appreciated!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / stars... to become a quilt. on: January 16, 2009 04:17:38 PM
how do you think these 17 stars (12 inch) might become a quilt?
Odd number, 17, I can't even decide on the size of the finished quilt... one more? one less? 3 more? Undecided

I made them during December... very much inspired by the famous lapquilt swaps. such great work there!
I didn't really have a layout in mind when I made them, just enjoyed the colors and shapes.  Though they are usually not at all my favorites, I liked them a lot for stars...

Huh and now, what to do with them  Huh

This would be my third quilt (though the first isn't yet finished, I'm taking a break from handquilting these weeks... but the second one is... and to be posted asap). For the first, I did much planning and had a vision of what it should be like. The second just designed itself while I made it.

But what with all the stars, they look SO busy, and I think they need sashing. What color do you think would suite them? Or no sashing at all?
Here are the fabrics I used:

I'd very much appreciate your comments on setting, sashing, borders, and colors for these... and would like to hear your opinions!

Thanks for any advice,

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