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11  Re: Need help finding pattern/tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by KatherineEmma on: October 09, 2007 11:54:55 AM
That's a pretty nice bag. If you're willing to try a mock-up in some cheap fabric you could probably draft up a pattern yourself. Just mentally unpick all the seams in that picture until you end up with 2D sections.

You only really need to work out how to create the outside, then the way to line it should become apparent. I don't know how much sense that makes so here's an example of what I mean:

The bottom and sides appear to be one long strip (bit hard to tell from the picture) so you would just sew the bottom edge of the two pocket pieces (right sides together) to each end of that long strip then fold them up before  catching the pocket in the seam between the side and the front.

Eh. Worst explanation ever? I'll try and make one later. If I have any success, I'll let you know how I did it.
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12  Re: How Would You Quilt This? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by KatherineEmma on: October 04, 2007 08:58:27 PM
Cute quilt(s).

If you want fast/easy/down/dirty, how about a serpentine line up and down (and across) the rows at the seams of the middle of each block?

"huh?" you ask?? well, what I mean is, on each block there would be two serpentine lines all the way up/down/across the quilt. The up/down lines would be on either side of the chocolate pieces in the blocks, and the across would be on either side of the colored pieces, not stopping and starting, just continuing across the quilt. Not SitD, exactly, since the lines would continue, and of course not be actually "in" the ditch, more slithering along the ditch.

If you want more "style" to it, then, ummmmm, no idea.  Roll Eyes


Uh.....what?  Embarrassed I've read your suggestion three times and I'm still confused. You're teaching the finer points of chess to a giant squid on a heroin binge here.  Smiley

Do you mean like this or am I way off?

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13  How Would You Quilt This? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by KatherineEmma on: October 04, 2007 06:58:51 PM
I haven't finished this top yet (background story is here for anyone who wants it) but I'm thinking ahead because I'm trying to throw it together fairly quickly.

It's going to be twin size with what is at the top and bottom of the picture at the sides of the bed, so you can extrapolate out how much bigger it is going to get.

What's your first instinct?
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14  Re: Scrappy Square Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by KatherineEmma on: September 20, 2007 02:22:09 AM
it's incredibly beautiful, i love it! did you use a pattern, or did you make it up yourself? i'm trying to look at it and figure out how it goes together.... i'm just getting back into quilting after several years of a break, and it's super inspiring!

Thanks  Smiley It started off as a coffee shop sketch which got tidied up into this...

...which I made up four times and joined together, flipping it over twice. Uh...that's a pretty bad explanaton. Let me try again - if the sketch above is 'a' and its mirror image is 'b' then I put it together like...

a b
b a

...I think  Huh Wink

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15  Re: Scrappy Square Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by KatherineEmma on: September 19, 2007 10:54:54 PM
I'm having trouble with scale. I can't tell if it's on a bed in a small room, and is a regular sized quilt, or if it's in a large raised room & is a auto dealership flag sized quilt.

Yeah, it's a confusing picture. That bed is about 6/7 feet square. Here's a picture of the husband at full stretch holding up one half of it when it was still 'in progress' that might make more sense...

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16  Scrappy Square Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by KatherineEmma on: September 19, 2007 10:15:03 PM
Tonight, after twenty minutes of struggling with a petulant sewing machine and a final triumphant cry of "I'LL SEE YOU IN HELL, KENMORE 12116690!" I've finished my scrap quilt.

another picture:

It feels like I've been working on this damn thing forever, but in reality it has spent most of the four months since the first rough sketch strewn about the floor in my spare room, waiting patiently for the day when the effort required for me to step over it finally outweighed the effort required to get it finished. Of course technically it's not really finished because it's only a quilt top, but the sheer size of the thing prevents me from quilting it on my machine. It's going to have to wait until I drum up the money to get it quilted professionally before it can finally become self-aware and try to enslave humanity.

The original brief (see how much better that sounds than 'half-baked notion') was to use up all the little scraps of fabric that litter my house so that I may once again frolic with abandon without stubbing toes or scraping shins on various boxes and overspilling drawers of material. This meant it was always destined to become a riot of colour, but it's turned out not so much a riot as a full scale turf war. This pleases me.

The major upside of it's general visual offensiveness is that when visitors to our house catch sight of it and exclaim "Dear god, what is that monstrosity?!" my lip can quibble for a moment and then I can run from the room and throw my sobbing self dramatically down on a chaise longue like a 40's starlet while the husband explains to an uncomfortably silent room that I slaved over "that monstrosity" for months.
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17  Re: Is this going to be ridiculously difficult? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by KatherineEmma on: September 18, 2007 02:09:00 AM
So tired. So very tired. No more squares. Please. I'll be good.

Well, final quarter and I'm getting bored of it. I'm determined to finish the damn thing though.

Recap pics:

First half:

Third Quarter:

Here's the final 'in progress' pic of various squares and misc piles of crap waiting for me to find the motivation to get it done.

The final finished top will be going up on the blog and perhaps in the completed projects section in the next couple of days. Hopefully. Possibly. Ugh. DO NOT WANT.  Angry
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18  Re: Piecing a hollow cube quilt in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by KatherineEmma on: September 13, 2007 10:43:01 AM
I'm thinking of laying them out like so:

Maybe on a red hexagonal background.

The sides of the cube faces are two inches, so that's 28 inches top to bottom. I don't want to make it too big because I suspect the amount of effort I'll have to put in to get everything lined up exactly right will really start to grate my cheese.
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19  Re: Piecing a hollow cube quilt in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by KatherineEmma on: September 12, 2007 11:21:40 AM

Make three pieces --

   1. the top (white square)
   2. the left side (light outer square)
   3. the right side (dark outer square)

Each paper piece would consist of the square in the middle (two triangles) and then sew on the outer square. 

Wouldn't that leave me with an awkward set in seam when it comes to join the three squares together though? Like this...

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20  Piecing a hollow cube quilt in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by KatherineEmma on: September 11, 2007 10:05:33 PM

I saw a picture of a hollow cube quilt whilst trawling aimlessly around the internets and decided I must make one. I'm thinking wallhanging size, with the edge of each cube about 2inches, like so.....

I didn't draw all of it because I'm lazy, but you get the idea.

What I can't get my head around is how best to piece it.

Now, anyone who was around at the start of my other quilting thread will  know that if there is a most ridiculous and inefficient way to do something, that is the way I will assume is best. I'm trying to bypass that stage this time by soliciting advice from you guys.

It seems like I should paper piece it because its such a strong geometric design that it'll look terrible if my seams are off, but how? In vertical strips? In diamonds?

Has anyone ever made one of these or does anyone have a flash of genius as to the best method?
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