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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Patchwork Christmas apron on: October 03, 2006 01:17:10 AM
Thanks everyone, it was fun to make.
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Patchwork Christmas apron on: October 02, 2006 04:10:13 PM
This is the first Christmas gift I have made for this year.
It's an apron for my boyfriend's nana. She always wears an apron in the kitchen and I thought she'd like a Christmas one to wear during the festive season.

And a closeup of the pocket.
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: 3 finished projects on: September 28, 2006 03:45:04 PM
Wonderful quilts! Such a huge amount of work to finish all three, it's an inspiration.
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Tilted Squares Baby Quilt - Original Design on: September 20, 2006 07:03:26 PM
Great design! And I love the colours.
It's such a good idea to stockpile for a baby 'explosion', babies always seem to come in waves.
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Labyrinth Quilts -- 2 quilts! on: September 05, 2006 06:56:03 PM
Those are truly wonderful quilts. Both the colour schemes look great and the design is amazing!
I'm very impressed that you quilted such large quilts yourself. I've only made one that big and I sent it away to be quilted because I was so daunted by the prospect of doing it myself.
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Batting? on: August 21, 2006 10:13:03 PM
You'll need to buy it by the yard. If you try to use a stuffing type material you will end up with a very lumpy, uneven quilt.
The type you use will depend on the result you want to achieve. I like to use a natural fibre, low-loft batting (usually cotton, sometimes wool or a blend of both). That means it's fairly thin and you don't end up with a puffy quilt. These are usually an off-white colour and about half an inch thick or less.
If you want your quilt to be puffy then use a high-loft polyester batting, these are white and about 2 inches thick when not compressed.
The best place to get batting is a dedicated quilting store rather than a fabric store that sells mostly clothing fabrics.

Hope this helps.
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: baby quilt size on: June 09, 2006 12:04:00 AM
I agree with fairgreenlady. A baby quilt can be square or rectangular and I think anywhere between 30 and 50 inches (about 75cm to 125 cm). In Australia, standard cot quilts are 80cm by 120cm (31.5 by 47 inches).
Any size can be good for using on the floor or hanging on a wall.
18  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ideas for classroom/school quilt? on: May 21, 2006 04:18:33 PM
I made a quilt using fabric crayons that may be similar to what you want to do:

19  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: instructions and tips on chenilling on: May 14, 2006 09:59:45 PM
I've made cushion covers using this method, they are very effective.

I layered 4 squares of fabric. For the top layer I used cotton fabric with a bold print. the other layers were co-ordinating solid colours (any woven cotton or linen fabric should be fine, it needs to be able to fray)

You then mark parallel lines 3/8 to 1/2 of an inch appart diagonally across the top square. The lines need to be diagonal so that they are on the bias of the fabric, this prevents long threads fraying off. A spacing of 3/8 of an inch was reccommended to me, I used 1/2 an inch because it was easier to mark and it looked good, I noticed when cutting between the lines that if they were any closer together I would have had trouble fitting the bottom blade of my scissors between the fabric, you may want to test the spacing with your scissors before you start.

Pin the squares together and sew straight stitch along the lines.

When you have finished sewing you can use sharp scissors to cut the top 3 layers of fabric between the lines.

I then sewed a back for the cushion cover and when It was all done I put it through the wash and into the tumble drier. It's the washing and tumble drying that fluff up the cut edges.

Hope this was helpful.
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Simple Baby Quilts on: May 09, 2006 09:42:51 PM
I think they count as quilts Smiley

They look realy good. Very pretty fabrics. Well done!
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