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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Crayon Quilt Colored by Me on: December 17, 2008 02:39:38 PM

This is a little quilt, about 40" square.  I colored the pictures with Pentel pastel dye sticks.  What's not to love about a project that combines coloring and quilting, right?  It is machine pieced and hand quilted. 

Hope you like it!!

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / GFG/EPP Along! on: August 28, 2007 07:53:30 AM
That's Grandmother's Flower Garden/English Paper Piecing Along!

I don't know if there's really enough interest in this, but I thought I'd start the thread and see if people jumped on board.

The original topic is here and has some how-to links and inspiration links:


For more inspiration, check out the EPP photo pool on flickr:


Anyone can join at any time!  Any kind of English Paper Piecing is fine, it doesn't have to be a G'ma's Flower Garden.  Just get sewing and post your progress Grin

Here's a few more links that I can't remember if they're in the other thread or not...

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Charm Squares on: August 15, 2007 11:31:56 AM
I recently order a couple of packs of charm squares from The Fat Quarter Shop b/c they were 1/2 off and it was toooo tempting Grin

They came with "pinked" edges...meaning the edges are cut that zig zag way to keep them from fraying.  My question is - how does that turn out when sewing?  Has anyone had experience with this?  I mean I can probably match them up decently using the "mountain" points of the edge as my guide, and then guide those mountain points along the 1/4 inch mark.  It just seems like there will not be much space between the "valley" bottom points and the seam.  But maybe it doesn't matter if the seam is narrow at times because the edges are pinked and that's the whole point???  Any thoughts or experiences??

Sorry if this was incomprehensible - let me know if you'd like me to try my explanation again  Tongue
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / How to use a walking foot? on: July 06, 2007 12:21:28 PM
Ok so I recently acquired a "new to me" sewing machine that came to me with a walking foot.  Yeah!  I am putting together a quilt that is just a top backed with polar fleece, no batting.  It therefore does not need a lot of quilting, but I wanted to do some straight lines around the major sections of the quilt.  Oh and I am a hand quilter and know nothing of machine quilting things.

So first go I just used a regular presser foot and that worked but was slightly painful.  I put on the walking foot and...

I think it works better, but I'm still really tugging the quilt through the machine and my stich length varies atrociously.  Is that just what I can expect?  I mean I know I can learn to control the stitch length with practice, but I guess I was just expecting things to go easier with the walking foot.  Could it have to do with the polar fleece being hard for the feed dogs to grab?  Or something?  Was I going to fast maybe?  I would love to hear anyone's walking foot experience, so I can get some perspective on this. I mean this particular piece it does not matter at all what the quilting looks like, but I would like to someday be able to do nice looking quilting with my walking foot!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Some finished tops a.k.a. progress... on: May 02, 2007 07:05:43 PM
Mweh - so yeah, I'm really good at starting projects and really awful at finishing them.  I actually made myself a list of the projects I have started so I could make concentrated progress on finishing.  OF course finishing the tops is easy then comes the quilting part which always throws me for a loop  Undecided.

Anyway, here's a couple of projects that have recently become finished tops and might be finished quilts before I'm 30.  Maybe sharing my progress will help motivate me.  (p.s. the tops were mostly done when I started finishing them...)

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilt with clothing looking like clothing? on: April 26, 2007 08:48:18 AM
Hmmm...I am thinking about making a quilt with some old dearly beloved clothing but I want to have it still look like clothing and not cut it up into pieces...does that make any sense??  I mean I want to use a jacket and pants and have them still look like a jacket and pants, as well as incorporating other fabric/blocks into the quilt.  Has anyone ever done or seen this???  I mean I guess I can just applique them to a big piece of fabric (I only have to use the front I guess)...but not sure what my best course of action would be.  Your thoughts are appreciated.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Crafting is my social life :D on: April 21, 2007 06:16:46 PM
Just taking a break from my sewing machine and wondering if I'm the only 20-something who stays home to craft on Friday/Saturday nights.  Social life after college is so fraught with peril that sometimes it just seems either this way!  I may be pathetic but at least I'll have something to show for it in the end, right  Wink

LOL I'm so silly...
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Blue Stars Quilt on: April 12, 2007 08:43:12 AM
I started making these stars right after I graduated from college when life seemed (seems!) so uncertain and I had (have!) no idea where I would end up.  Each star is special to me in some way, even if it's just fabric that I love, and I know whereever I end up it will be a comfort to have.  It is technically a coverlet (two layers) b/c it doesn't have the third layer (filling) that would technically make it a quilt, but who wants to be technical, right??  I made it lightweight so I could use it year round, or take it with me if I ended up moving to a warmer client.  Anyway, it turned out just how I wanted it...It may be weird for other people, but it's super special to me.

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