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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: 1st Needlefelts: Hawk and Lop-Ear Rabbit on: March 02, 2009 09:45:53 PM
They are cute! I always wanted to try needle felting! Ah, maybe one day...
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My first test-quilt! on: February 25, 2009 12:35:18 AM
Thank you so much! I've already finished a few pieces of my second quilt, which will too be completely hand sewn. I enjoy sewing, it's calming for my hyperactive mind and body Grin
And in my mind I'm already mapping out the ideas for further quilts Roll Eyes I think I'm hooked! (ha, wait until I try my first bigger quilt, I'm sure it'll stop my enthusiasm quite a bit!)
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first test-quilt! on: February 19, 2009 02:25:17 PM
My first quilt ever! Ok, it's not very well done, but here are the details.

I have a ton of old shirts that I don't wear anymore or are starting to fall apart Sad I don't want to throw them away though since some of them mean a lot to me.
I saw that some people use their shirts to create quilts and thought that would be a fantastic way to use my old shirts and get to keep them! So I measured all my shirts and came up with the number and size of panels I will have. Then I drew up a pattern from there.
Now, since I have never quilted anything before I figured I should start with a few test pieces. My shirt quilt should end up being 2.5 meters wide and tall, so it'll be a king size sucker! I started with something small to get to know the techniques of quilting.

This is the first test quilt, it's 55 cm wide and tall (10 1/2 inches), so the measurements are a bit off. It was supposed to be 1/5 scale. Oh well.
I used all kinds of scrap fabrics that I had laying around (and found out that there are certain types of fabric you do NOT want to use for a quilt). Since I have no access to a sewing machine, I hand stitched the whole thing. Have been working on this on and off for about three weeks now.

(the backing is a printed polar fleece)

The finished shirt quilt will be held in black and white, here I just recycled my scrap fabrics, that's why it's so colorful.
So yeah, I learned a lot making this quilt (thank you so much for all the help IamSuzie!). I'm not confident enough to make the shirt quilt yet, so my next project will be a 1/3 scale quilt (same pattern as this one, but better fabrics) which will be a baby present for a pregnant friend of mine who is due in September. I'll buy really good quilting fabrics this time and put more efforts into the seams. The seams on this mini quilt are pretty wonky, I didn't have a thimble or anything either though, my fingers still hurt :|

This quilt is made of a mix of farbics, there's some cotton and some polyester and some mixes in there. The backing is printed polar fleece, the binding is gray polar fleece (ouch...) and there's no batting.
Since I didn't have a purpose for this quilt other than wanting to test quilting out, I worked really messily on it. For example, I only quilted around the smaller squares and didn't bother with the big ones. My quilting stitches are way too messy and wide, too. The next quilt will be better, I promise Cheesy
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilting Advice for Beginners on: February 18, 2009 07:58:23 AM
Yes, it's polar fleece. The only thing I had available. It's a test-quilt and I'm working with scraps, I noticed that some of my materials are far too thick, too. Next time I'll get nice cotton fabrics Cheesy
Unfortunately I don't have a sewing machine, so it's not an option, I HAVE to hand stitch everything Shocked It's fun though, and I'm learning a lot!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilting Advice for Beginners on: February 17, 2009 08:38:13 PM
I have two layers of fleece, one as batting and one as backing. When I try to load several stitches, they end up far too wide apart Sad

*edit: I took the whole thing apart again and took one of the fleece layers out. Now it's the quilt top and one layer of thick fleece. I can sew this MUCH better! Gee, I'm probably overdoing almost everything with this quilt Cheesy I feel like an idiot now Tongue Thanks again for the help!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilting Advice for Beginners on: February 17, 2009 04:05:34 PM
I finished my quilt top now and pinned it to the backing... now I ran into a new problem. How do I quilt the bugger with nice, even stitches? It's too thick to pick up several stitches on the needle, they turn out too long. But if I do one stitch at a time, they look all wonky on the back. Is there a trick on how to get them even and straight? I can't find anything on google, they all just tell me to use a running stitch and pick up several small stitches at one time, which doesn't work with the batting and backing, I want small stitches, not one stitch per inch!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Computer-challenged crafter destroys old laptop that gave her so much grief... on: February 09, 2009 07:29:38 PM
I love cybertrash jewelry Cheesy This set is great! I wish I had a computer to chop up (NOT my computer though, may it live long and prosper!)
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Salvador Dali Clock on: February 07, 2009 10:51:00 PM
Oh, I so want one now! Shocked I'll have to get a clock mechanism somewhere Grin
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Passport Cover with cipcake and dragon. on: February 07, 2009 10:41:26 PM
This is so cute! I wish I had something like this on my recent travels! I'll have to make a cover for my passport now Grin
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilting Advice for Beginners on: February 06, 2009 11:53:29 AM
Ah, true! Hey, that will make the sewing go a lot faster! I'm so glad I asked! Thanks!
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