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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Hexagons on: September 15, 2009 08:28:05 AM
Hi everyone,

I've been wanting to make a hexagon quilt for some time. Today I went to a local quilt shop, and asked if they had any hexagon paper pieces - unfortunately they don't stock them, but they did have one of these:


I bought one. At the time it looked very simple, since my rotary cutter and I are currently on speaking terms. But thinking about it, I don't understand how you then piece the hexagons together.

The ruler means that the paper aspect is unnecessary, right? You just cut a hexagon straight out of fabric. But how do you then sew them together? In all the tutorials I have seen, the fabric is folded around the paper, and then you whip-stitch them together. How do you that with one of these, unless you use an iron to press the seam allowance down? Or would it be easier to try and machine sew it?

Help a confused quilter please!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Jacket alteration on: August 25, 2009 07:21:34 AM
Hi everybody! I'm new to sewing clothes (more of a patchwork type girl myself), and this is my first trip over this side of the forum. *waves*

I've just bought a men's RAF jacket from ebay, quite cheaply. It's a size small, and it fits me like a coat (I'm 5'2"). I like the length, and I don't want to tamper with it too much.

I'd just like to know, is there any way for me to bring the waist in slightly, to make it a little bit more feminine? As it is, I look like I'm wearing my Dad's coat! I'm quite curvy, and I feel a bit swamped by the straight lines of the jacket. I'm under there somewhere!

Would I have to unpick the lining and resew the seam, or is there a way of using darts or something? I'm a total novice and I wanted advice before I went hacking away at a lovely jacket. It's a wool jacket, too, which of course makes it more difficult to sew through.

Any advice? I can take some photos if that would help.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Christmas Charm Quilt on: July 13, 2009 08:15:33 AM
I know it's July, but I actually started this last December and there was no way I was going to get it done in time for last Christmas! I finished this last month, and it's tucked up safely until this Christmas. Smiley

Made with a Moda Merry and Bright layer cake - I went for simple this time!

The back is the Yuletide Critters print from Michael Miller, and a cotton bed sheet

And the obligatory dog immediately leaping onto the thing you're taking a photo of shot

My quilting has come along way in just a year! The Christmas quilt I made last year had no proper binding because I was too scared to try it!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Reversible fabric on: April 04, 2009 05:51:08 AM
So I was having a down night and ordered some fabric off etsy (NEVER shop when you're having a bad day!!). It arrived today and I've got a bunch of utterly gorgeous japanese prints. But.

One of them is reversible. It has a sort of farm yard polka dot thing going on one side, and the other is a patchwork style print. I like both sides a lot but to be honest I can't think of a project that can use a reversible print short of a reversible apron.

Any ideas? I don't want to just disregard half of the print, if you  see what I mean.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Christmas Wrapping Quilt (lots of photos!) on: November 27, 2008 01:32:42 PM
Hi everyone - this is the first of my own creations to put up on Craftster, so here goes!

I made this quilt for my mum and called it 'Christmas Wrapping'. My Mum LOVES Christmas, and the busier and brighter it is the better - we don't do subtle! So the idea is that the quilt looks like the bag full of Christmas wrapping paper you get left over on Christmas morning, all jumbled up and mental. I think it looks like the inside of the Quality Street tin though, lots of bright shiny colours.

This is the biggest quilt I've ever made, and it's lap quilt sized. Previous attempts at quilts have been crib-sized, so I'm extra proud of this one, I love it.

Never having quilted anything before I just used embroidery thread to sew little stars to hold the layers together. I like the way it looks.

I'm so proud, I just want to show everyone I meet what I've made!
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