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111  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: March 06, 2017 08:39:00 AM
I don't mind the cutting part, but my old printer would only take very thin paper that's not thick enough for hexies. We recently replaced it with a better one so I should be able to print them straight onto the right paper now. I'd like to try a Cricut or Silhouette machine for other things though. I see endless possibilities!

I read AW's post about unpicking hexies out loud to my boyfriend last night. I know why my projects always looks decidedly more homespun than others: I'd never ever even think about unpicking hexies that were a few mm off in size. When things don't fit, I just make them fit  Roll Eyes I'm a make-do kind of person by nature. But I will remember it for my next project! He doesn't mind the homemade look at all (we are just learning to DIY too, so our entire house has that look...) but I like to see some progress in my skills.
112  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Pantry Challenge Cookalong! on: March 04, 2017 10:28:57 AM
I'd like to join too! I don't have a massive pantry, only a chest of drawers in small cupboard under the stairs. One of my next DIY projects will be to convert it into a proper storage space, so eating all the things that have been in there for god knows how long is a good idea. I like pantry cooking to avoid the temptation of going to the shops, but I end up eating the same things every week. I also have very little freezer space, so I need to clean that one out too. There are still lots of frozen peaches from last summer in it. We need to eat those before next year's peaches arrive  Tongue I think I'll have them in my breakfast smoothie from now on.
113  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: March 04, 2017 09:27:27 AM

And, it sounds like we could use another round of the swap soon Smiley

Thanks everyone! I'd definitely be up for another round of the swap this year. I've got the EPP bug now. I've been wanting to make a scrappy EPP quilt for years, but once this one is finished I'm going to make something more complicated.
114  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! 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.
115  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 8 (Sign-ups 2/28-3/8, Sendouts 4/24) on: March 03, 2017 10:08:43 AM
I'm in! I'll PM you tonight, MareMare.

I took a few days to decide because I'm not really 100% sure about my skills and my artistic talents, but if you never try, you'll never learn. Plus, I like that you partner people with comparable skills.
116  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: March 03, 2017 08:00:09 AM
Life gets in the way of quilting sometimes, it happens to all of us I guess.

I've been doing a lot of EPP this winter. I'll take a picture tonight. I still can't believe the huge amount of hexies I got from everyone in the swap. The top is huge already and I still have at least 25 finished hexies before I have to stitch up the 50 pieces of fabrics and the charm pack from MareMare and only then I'll have to use my own stash if I still need some more.

What's nice about hand sewing is that the projects are more portable. I have a dedicated sewing room as well and it's absolutely lovely, but in the evenings I like some company as well. I can just take my EPP downstairs, snuggle on the sofa and watch a movie together and get some sewing done, all at the same time  Grin .
117  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Spiral squares, with pattern! on: February 10, 2017 04:16:38 PM
Really nice idea, i might have to try that some time! Love the colour combination as well.
118  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: January 27, 2017 01:58:40 PM
Really nice work!

It's such a great idea to sew like that with your mother. My mum is the one who learnt me how to sew in the first place, and in all of the twenty odd years I've been sewing we've never worked together like that. When I was a kid, we did used to work together on our own machines (I inherited her old one when she bought a fancy new model, it's the one I still use) on opposite sides of the kitchen table. I imagine it must be a fairly quick way to work: you can just sew and sew and sew while someone else does the pinning and the ironing.

I'm experiencing machine problems with the FMQ lately. The tension seems off on my machine, even though the tension dial says it's correct. The knot keeps being visible on the front. I only experience the problem while doing FMQ, not when I'm sewing.
119  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: January 19, 2017 03:14:14 AM
How's the quality of the classes? I've been thinking about taking some online classes as well. I'm completely self taught (although I have a background in sewing so I know my way around a machine) until that recent one hour FMQ workshop and that single hour probably saved me a whole year in trial and error. I don't have the time to take regular classes IRL, but I can see the point of classes now.

I don't think FMQ is all that difficult actually, compared to 'regular' machine quilting. It takes some getting used to the way you handle the fabric, but that's the main trick. It's a lot of fun to just be able to doodle on fabric. (But I'm still very far away from those super complicated pinterest patterns Wink )
120  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: January 15, 2017 05:07:17 AM
Inspired by all that nice machine quilting on here, I have taken the plunge and ordered a quilting foot for my machine! I did a FMQ class recently and I really loved doing it. I borrowed an open buttonhole foot from a friend to practice with and while it worked, it wasn't great, so I decided to buy a proper quilting foot. I have a Bernina machine so those feet are not cheap, but I'm sure it'll be worth it. I already know I'm going to use it a lot.

So far, I've mostly done either hand quilting for 'nicer' quilt work or the regular sewing foot or an old fashioned presser foot ( this type of thing: https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1k.J_KFXXXXcgXFXXq6xXFXXXX/Taiwan-bernina-old-font-b-sewing-b-font-font-b-machines-b-font-dedicated-font-b.jpg  ) to stitch in the ditch by machine and I can't wait to do more fancy machine quilting. I don't mind hand quilting that much, but it takes ages and I prefer hand embroidery to hand quilting.
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