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1  Re: Romance of England Past Swap round 2 in The Swap Gallery by Immaculata on: August 16, 2017 11:34:28 PM
Your house must smell lovely too! Cheesy


The capelet! It fits perfectly. I think I'm going to wear it a lot, because I hate wearing things with long sleeves when it's colder. I wear a big knitted poncho now but as it's so big it's not really practical. I can safely cook in this capelet without setting it on fire.


And the tea and mug rugs.

Thanks very much! I'm sorry for being a late sender, but I'm glad I didn't finish off in a hurry. You deserve something really nice back Smiley
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2  Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap R2- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Immaculata on: August 09, 2017 10:20:55 AM
Aaaaand... these beauties from Averia arrived today:



She was generous enough to send multiples of all the fabrics! Thanks a lot!
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3  Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap R2- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Immaculata on: July 23, 2017 10:46:44 AM
Finally, the pictures! I have received from Amazon_Warrior and from Quaggy. I was surprised how quickly Quaggy's envelope arrived. I think it took much longer last year.


From Quaggy

and

From Amazon_Warrior.

I have never seen a praline fabric before, but it's lovely  Grin I think I also recognize the star fabric from the MAQ swap?

Thanks a lot to both Smiley
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4  Pantry in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Immaculata on: May 20, 2017 11:16:41 AM
Before:


After:


What I did:
- The floor was bare, so I used a leftover piece of vinyl from the living room to cover the floor
- As you can see in the first picture, the green paint chipped. The grain paint was actually acrylic paint over traditional limewash, which is why it's chipped (it's an old house). I removed this acrylic layer, which was easy because it was a completely seperate layer and it nearly fell off just from touching it. Then I had a limewashed wall. I didn't want to keep it that way, as it leaves white marks when you touch it, but removing it completely would be a lot of work. Beneath the limewash there's only the red brick. The only type of paint you can paint directly onto limewash is chalk paint, which is what I did. It still looks like limewash, but it doesn't leave white marks and doesn't come off when you spill some water over it. I did two layers on the wall and four layers on the (wood) stairs. The stairs had big water marks on them from the previous owner accidentally tipping a bucket of water over the stairs. I didn't manage to cover the stains completely, but I didn't want to buy another can just to paint the ceiling of my pantry.
- I chose a modular shelving system so we can adapt the space in the future if necessary, but it required some 40 large 10mm holes to be drilled into a brick wall. That was about 80% of the work. It didn't help I had to recharge my cordless drill/driver a few times. Installing the actual shelves only took a couple of minutes. My local store cuts them to size for free.

(It's an old house, we had it checked out thorougly before we bought it and the water marks especially, but according to the experts the bucket of water story checks out. I love my old house and renovating it, but you really do need a proper inspection before you buy it to really know what you're getting yourself into).
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5  Re: 2017 QuiltAlong in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Immaculata on: May 16, 2017 09:55:59 AM
All the hexies from the swap:



For scale, bed is 1.80m wide.
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6  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Immaculata on: April 25, 2017 12:50:06 PM
I received mine today! Thanks Wendiek! I really love it!

I had asked for a farm theme. My family used to have a small farm when I was a kid. I live in the inner city now and we are longing for a more rural life some time in the future. I think I did mention that in my questionnaire, but I'm fairly certain I did not mention my dad's a prize winning poultry breeder and we had a couple of hundred chickens. So that's a really nice coincidence. I have always loved chickens, it's very relaxing to sit and watch them from a distance.

Front:


Back:


Detail:


I really love the bright colours and the burlap is a really nice touch too. The quilting is very neat and clean on the back and the eyes are seed beads. I really like it a lot and it's already on the wall of my sewing room!
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7  Re: 2017 QuiltAlong in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Immaculata on: April 09, 2017 11:39:50 AM
Hi, I'm Susanne! I'm late twenties, from the Netherlands, and currently working as the finance person in a small business while doing a law degree parttime. I'm nearly done with my degree and it's tax season in my job, so I'm quite busy at the moment but looking forward to a summer with lots of quilting!

I didn't get too much done last year either, I managed just two:

In Full Bloom Quilt, I did the blocks years ago, just needed put it together


Ready, set, go! quilt for a friend's baby boy. Baby boy got this one for his 3d birthday ...  Roll Eyes

Plans for this year:
- I participated in the hexie swap and received a pile of 2" hexies. I received literally hundreds of hexies and squares of fabric and I'm nearly done sewing them up. I will need to make a lot more because I want this one to be bed sized.

- My boyfriend and I have decided to get married. We'll only have a small wedding (no date yet, but probably spring 2018) but I want to celebrate this special occasion by making a special heirloom quilt. I haven't decided the design yet. I'm looking for something that's not too boring, it needs to have a bit of "edge" , but I also don't want to make it too trendy as it's not supposed to look old fashioned in five years. Having it professionally quilted is in my wedding budget  Tongue

-I'm in the Mini Art Quilt Swap, but of course I can't say anything about that.
 
-I'd love to do another round of the hexie swap!
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8  Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Immaculata on: March 04, 2017 01:45:28 AM
Progress on the hexies:



For scale, the bed is 1.80 m wide. I was going in rounds until I unfolded the entire thing one day and found out I wasn't really going in rounds anymore  Roll Eyes . Also, as everyone's templates are slightly different in size (only 1 or 2 mm, no big differences) sometimes you have to put in some work to make them fit. I've kept all the paper templates, but when I'm going to stitch up more hexies for this project, I'll only use one type of template.
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9  Michael Powell cross stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by Immaculata on: January 15, 2017 04:54:26 AM
I finished the English cottage years ago, and the Greek island one recently. I have framed them now in matching cheap Ikea box frames (Ribba). The frames are 9x9", the cross stitched picture is about 5x5". The picture mounts came with the frames and happened to be exactly the right size and colour. I'm not very good at cutting straight edges so I was very happy to find out that the mounts matched exactly.





 -- edit: I just don't seem to be able to rotate those pictures. They are rotated on my computer, but they won't upload that way on here. Anyone has any advice about that?
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10  Ready, set, go! quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Immaculata on: December 27, 2016 09:15:48 AM
I recently finished this using fabrics from the Ready, set, go range by Robert Kaufman. It's for a little 3 year old boy who's mad about cars. I've chosen for a completely different backing so he can just turn over the blanket and have a completely different quilt on his bed.

I did everything by machine. I quilted in the ditch using a green-blue thread that's not really visible on the front but the perfect colour for the back. I used MareMare's great tutorial for the machine binding (I usually do). You might be able to see I forgot to cut off some threads from the back, but I did that as soon as I noticed them on my camera .... Grin





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