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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Lots of quilts (IMG heavy!) on: September 21, 2012 01:20:08 AM
I've been wanting to take up quilting and these are a great inspiration to make me do it! They are beautiful!
Any good resources you can suggest for me to get started?

 I have a ton of resources that can help you, I'll send you a PM with a list of links Smiley
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Lots of quilts (IMG heavy!) on: September 20, 2012 09:06:11 AM
Oh wow, these are great! Love the first one, the black sashing makes everything pop! The Irish Chain is beautiful too! And now I want to make a ZigZag quilt! Did that one take a ton of planning to make?

 Thank you! I prefer using black sashing to white, but that's because I'm a naturally messy person and black is easier to clean Cheesy
 the Zig Zag one was actually pretty frustrating to make at times because the seams didn't want to line up properly, so I had to do lots of basting and checking, and then redoing it. But I was using old scraps so it could be different for you. It did take a bit of planning, but you're working with half square triangles so it's not immensely difficult. My advice is to line everything up the way you want before you start sewing, take some photos and keep referring to the pictures, it'll make life a lot easier Smiley
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Lots of quilts (IMG heavy!) on: September 20, 2012 07:51:27 AM
I've been making a lot of quilts lately, but as I don't have very much space, I've been leaving a good few of them unfinished until I move house (and get my very own craft room, woo!) so please excuse the unfinished ones, I just wanted to show you Smiley

 Half Moon Modern charm pack by Moda:

 Irish chain quilt (one of the easiest quilts I've ever made!)

Chevron baby quilt (basically just using up scraps for this one)

String block quilt (paper pieced, so much ironing involved!)

My future mother in law loves the above string block quilt, so I decided to make her bag in the same style:

Spots & Stripes baby quilt (handquilted):

Hexagon quilt (made entirely from scraps, all completely sewn by hand, 667 hexagons!)

 Sorry about the overload of photos, I didn't actually realise how many freakin' quilts I've made recently!
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Mario Villain Hoops! on: June 26, 2012 11:32:01 AM
These are AWESOME! This rocks so much Smiley
15  U.K. AND IRELAND / IRELAND / Any Portlaoise/Laois craftsters? on: June 18, 2012 02:24:44 AM
I'm moving to Portlaoise next month and once I get settled in, I'd like to meet other craftstery people around the area. I've never lived outside Dublin before and won't really know anyone, so I'll be kinda lonely at first. I think there's some knitting groups in Portlaoise, but haven't found any sewing/embroidery groups. (In fairness, there doesn't seem to be any sewing groups in Dublin either!)
 I might start a sewing/embroidery circle if others are interested!
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilting machines - what's yours? on: April 25, 2012 04:24:25 AM
anaximander, I've been gawping at the APQS Millenium for the last day, it looks incredible! But for $17,400, I'd have to put that on my "if/when I ever win the Lotto" list! I originally wanted the Bernina 440 QE, but the guy in the shop said that's now called the Bernina 550 QE (and costs almost 2,000) so I'm now looking at the 350 instead. How often would you need to oil your Bernina 440?

 KyTriplets, I've never actually seen a Viking machine in person, but they do seem like tanks that sew!

 playswithneedles, I've often heard that Juki do some magnificent machines, especially the industrial ones. I think they do make long arms as well, but I haven't seen many.
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilting machines - what's yours? on: April 16, 2012 10:47:07 AM
 So I've been seriously considering upgrading my machine, and soon I hope to have the space to properly quilt (potential new home!). I have a Singer Talent 3323 which is a beaut but as I hope to start a business selling quilts, I need a machine that'll be able to handle the volume of work I'll put into it.
 So I've been looking around and came across a few that seem like they'd do the job, like a Bernina 350 PE, or a Pfaff Grand Quilter but I know nothing of these brands. I'd appreciate if anyone could tell me a little about their machines, maybe with pros and cons. I'm thinking of spending about 1000-1500 but don't let that put you off, I'd still love to hear about your machines!

 For me, embroidery features would be nice, but not as essential as having a larger throat/harp and can handle bulky seams. An extension table would also be nice, but I reckon I'll get one of those nifty sewing tables in my new craft room.

 Thank you!
18  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rant: Your response when people see you quilting and say stupid things to you. on: April 16, 2012 09:42:11 AM
Thankfully, I don't get many stupid or snarky comments, but the one that really annoys me is "Oh, you sew? Can you make this/that/the other for me/a friend/whoever?" as if it doesn't take any time or cost to make anything. My favourite responses are "I could" with a little awkward silence to indicate that yes, I can make that but I aint gonna, or "Sure, how much are you going to pay me?" which always seems to throw people.
 The other phrase I hate is "Oh I wish I could sew, but I don't know how." usually said by someone who has no interest in learning anything new and just wishes to have instant talent.

 Sometimes people are baffled as to why I make stuff but they get even more baffled when I tell them I don't watch TV. I'm a baffling person and enjoy watching people slowly but surely try to back away from me Cheesy
19  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 04/01/12 - Craftster Goes Katster! on: April 01, 2012 07:04:44 AM
Yay, kitties! EVERYWHERE!

 Banana731, awesome pic! Cheesy
20  U.K. AND IRELAND / IRELAND / Re: So how many of us are there..enough for a swap? on: February 05, 2012 01:18:04 PM
I'd be up for it in a few weeks!
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