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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A brand new quilt set for our summer bed! on: April 15, 2010 08:08:56 PM
Made this quilt from here because the hubby and I needed a new lighter summer quilt for our bed so we dont' have to turn down the AC so much at night. I picked the colors because I was inspired by a set of fabric that Elizabeth had put on her blog. Beautiful citrus and lime summer colors. She ended up using them for another quilt, but I took the idea and made a quilt based around one of my favorite Alexander Henry prints. You know, the one with lemons on it. I don't actually know the name of it, now that I think about it.


The quilt front:

The quilt back, designed by my husband!

Another shot of the back. My hubby is a great photographer.

I stipled the quilt, which was the first time I had done this on a quilt of this size. The quilt is just under king sized.

And a shot of the pillow cases I made for our throw pillows to match the new quilt. I made them off of this tutorial. I loved making them just as pillow cases because you can't tell from the front, but I didn't have to buy new pillow forms since I just slipped them over the pillows and left the old case on. And when I change out the quilts when winter comes, I can just slip them off and have the "old" pillows back! Score!

Comments and criticism much appreciated!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / New Wave Quilt on: March 19, 2010 12:18:31 PM
Here's a picture of my latest quilting adventure! This quilt was a first of many types for me: first time using the darning foot, first time using this pattern, first time using color changing thread, first time doing free motion quilting (crazy quilting, stipling, whatever). I modified the "New Wave Quilt" pattern which can be found here. This quilt was made from fabric scraps sent to me by another member on here (pixieval) along with some of my own scraps. It look less than a fat quarter of each focus fabric. I modified the pattern so my triangles were 6 inches wide (at the bottom) and only 8 inches tall (instead of 9) because I needed the quilt to be a little smaller for the charity I'm making it for (quiltsforkids.org). Then it came out a bit too small, so I added the white border, which ends up being 2.5" wide I guess since I cut it at three and used 1/4" seams.

Pictures! The quilt is approximately crib sized.

Up close so you can see the quilting:

I would have taken a picture of the back to show the quilting, but none of the pictures really helped you to see it. You have to look at it in person. I quilted the edges of each wave, and then crazy quilted inside the wave and inside the border using the pastel color changing thread. I'm very pleased with the results, and kinda want to keep this quilt for myself. But I've got no kids, and its really a kids quilt, so off to the hospital it goes.

C&C much appreciated!!!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / I'm such a nerd.... on: January 13, 2010 02:12:35 PM
Yes, coffee gives me extra life. Yes, I thought that was a great way to combine my coffee-drinking with my Mario-fan-status. And hey, its reusable (read: eco-friendly)!!! Plus my husband's face when he walked in the door and then saw what I was working on was priceless.

Unfortunately, I put the iron on the crossstitching and it was too hot, and it moved some of the fibers around. Oops. But I'm still thrilled with it.

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Top thread not grabbing thread from the bobbin on: January 08, 2010 10:57:15 AM
Hello all,
   I've searched around in here for about 20 minutes, but can't seem to find anybody talking about the problem I'm having. If its already been asked, if somebody could point me in the right direction that would be great. Searching on the internet yielded fixes that don't seem to have fixed my problem.

My problem is that when I'm topstitching through multiple layers of cotton fabric, my machine will be stitching along fine and then suddenly it will stop grabbing the thread from the bobbin and bringing it up. I have checked my that my needle is in the correct way (not backwards), and my bobbin is properly threaded and installed. The machine will do a couple stitches, and then stop grabbing the bobbin for a while, and then randomly start stitching fine again, and then stop and start and stop and start.

Its quite frustrating and I'm hoping somebody will be able to help. Messing with the tension of the top string seemed to help temporarily, but I'm not really sure what I'm doing with that is helping or not. It only happens when I'm using larger stitches (size 1-2) and only when I'm stitching through more than 2 layers. Help!!
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