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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Another scrap quilt finished, but oy! The puckering! on: September 05, 2011 10:37:35 PM
I really set the bar way too high for myself this time. Also, I think I made the mistake of basting and quilting it while fresh out of the worst flu I've ever had.

Result = serious, serious puckering and diagonal shear. Sh^t.

Resisted the urge to collapse in a heap and wail, "I'VE RUINED IT!". Finished it off anyway, bound it, attached a label. It's for a friend who has a friend back home with new triplets. He's not picking it up until Friday so I'm tempted to try and whip something else up in the meantime and really make sure I baste this one properly. I don't know what went wrong - I always use a combination of spray adhesive and safety pins - but maybe because of the size of the patchwork pieces and the randomness of the design it just didn't have enough stability in the sandwich phase.

Anyway, C&C welcome on the rest of it while I work out what to do next. Smiley

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Maternity Pants from Regular Pants (an illustrated guide) on: August 20, 2011 02:11:30 AM
I was going to post something encouraging and supportive about the fab job you did on the maternity pants... until I linked to your husband's blog.


Thanks for the laugh. Smiley
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: I made my own undies!! on: August 20, 2011 01:59:33 AM
@ClouDesign - I cut up an old pair of undies and traced around each pattern piece. Smiley

Took me a few goes to get exactly the right fit but it's worth experimenting.

As they say, toile, toile and toile again... have fun. Smiley
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 70's tie to Oversize flower Brooch on: August 18, 2011 03:24:25 AM
STUNNING. I am speechless. It is gorgeous. Well done. Smiley
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Party dress!! (made out of gaucho pants) on: August 18, 2011 03:03:45 AM
Really, really, really cute. Very impressed. You did a fantastic job. Smiley
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: T-Shirt Undies on: August 18, 2011 03:00:08 AM
DEFINITELY bookmarking this one for future use. Thanks for the link!!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 80's mess to pretty dress! on: August 18, 2011 02:56:47 AM
Super, super, super cute. You are one very talented young lady. KEEP IT UP!! xx
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I made my own undies!! on: August 18, 2011 02:47:18 AM
...out of some old T-shirts, lycra (cotton elastane) for the waist band and some fold-over elastic that I had left over from making nappies.


I've just made another pair where I worked out how to include a double-layered gusset with the entire seam enclosed.

I think I'm hooked!!

19  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ever regret taking on a quilting job on consignment?? I do!!! on: June 30, 2011 07:50:00 PM

20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Commissioned quilt.... disaster saved!! on: June 30, 2011 07:48:57 PM
It could have been a disaster....


But now it's finished. And I AM SO RELIEVED. And pleased with how it turned out.

This is a slightly-larger-than-cot-sized quilt, 54"x43", backed with an upcycled thrift sheet and quilted with random wavy lines using my walking foot. There are a few too many areas where the fabric in the patchwork has shifted with the quilting, because I realised, too late, that my basting spray was out of date and no longer sticky enough to hold all the layers in place properly. Lesson learned for next time!!

C&C welcome. X

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