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 on: November 21, 2017 06:09:05 AM 
Started by Calabaza - Last post by meleriffic
Wow. What a great idea.

 on: November 21, 2017 06:07:41 AM 
Started by hat-and-bag-lady - Last post by meleriffic
Yum. Chocolate chip cookies are the best.

 on: November 21, 2017 06:06:47 AM 
Started by bethntim - Last post by meleriffic
These are so pretty! Congratulations on winning.

 on: November 21, 2017 06:05:12 AM 
Started by Helena Puck - Last post by lindyv321
I've updated the sent/received list on the first post of the gallery. Please check to make sure it's correct and let me know if I've missed anyone.


 on: November 21, 2017 05:51:22 AM 
Started by GatorWrangler - Last post by craftylittlemonkey
Everything is so cute! I'm getting so excited for the holidays Smiley.
Pardon my lateness in posting, I've been sick and our computer has been weird about pictures lately but I've got it sorted out so here are mine so far.

From Homerof2:

And BigBangMomma, she remembered which one I said was my fave Smiley.

Thank you both!

 on: November 21, 2017 05:25:11 AM 
Started by edelC - Last post by edelC
So, first of all, THANK YOU for the details!

You are so welcome honey. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

 on: November 21, 2017 04:59:07 AM 
Started by Alchamy513 - Last post by Sarasmile
This is exactly what I'm doing. I'm coming along...just waiting for some supplies to arrive to finish up!

Nothing lame about it! I'm making mine the same, just different colors!

 on: November 21, 2017 03:22:56 AM 
Started by edelC - Last post by JoyfulClover
So, first of all, THANK YOU for the details! It's all the little learned things you shared that make it great!

I completely get how you did it and dug through my donation bag last night! (good place to start)

I really love the new photos - the random stitching is just perfection!

Finally 'remember who is boss' = peals of laughter! That's some good stuff right there! And glad to know you are not crazy and used your machine!

I can't double-rock you, but I would if I could! Instead I'll throw you the rockstar fists!

\m/  \m/

 on: November 21, 2017 01:28:53 AM 
Started by Alt+Hana - Last post by Alt+Hana
Hi all!!
I saw a cute nightgown in a pyjama store but was not about to fork out $30 on it and it didn't actually fit me very well anyways... so I decided to make my own.

Here is the before and after of the nightgown. It has an elastic waistband and also a portion of the straps is elastic so that I can freely move around without the straps falling off.
The project only costed me $3 ($1 nightgown, $2 elastic).

The steps to make the pattern are in the video if you are interested.  https://youtu.be/06tBYen_6aw
Let me know what you think Smiley

 on: November 21, 2017 01:06:51 AM 
Started by edelC - Last post by edelC
Oh Edel.

I saw the one you made for a swap and was highly impressed - that's a HUGE undertaking! And you gifted it! Wow!

But, I really love the one which is less uniform. Which just so happens to have the heart patch. Really really lovely.

I have some questions, though. It seems as if you quit machine sewing them together, right? And you comment hand sewing is a time commitment. So did you end up hand sewing them together anyway? Then lay down on the base and hand tack each corner. And finally turn the edges?

Okay, maybe no questions, just confirming the order and execution! I'm really jazzed about this. Did you only use wool sweaters? Or did you go banana cakes and use ANY sweater material? Do you know about how many sweaters you salvaged? And do you think a particular material for the base is better than another?

And then it looks like the turned edges are tacked as well. Whoooooo. Yeah. I just love this idea. All the stories it has. And all the potential.

You're a rockstar!

You are very sweet, Ok order of operations
!-wash your sweaters. I only do this before I sew up as I don't know how they will behave after. I like sweaters that feel nice, so I have used wool, cashmere wool mix, cotton and I think some acrylic. It makes things a little more difficult, but the weight of each sweater was vastly different, from cotton cables, to fine acrylics. It doesn't matter much what you use, honestly!

-cut squares, I do about a 12 inch square, and try and keep pockets, ribs, raglan seams, cables, anything interesting, I've even kept on a button or two.

-MACHINE sew all the squares together (I am not insane lol) Try as much as possible to not stretch when sewing and try and use a smallish stitch as it keeps all the yarn from unravelling, however it will stretch a bit, and curl and generally not want to behave. Remember who is boss

Do the next step in front of the TV as it does take a bit of time.

-use a large fleece blanket. I have a notion you call it minky in the USA? or is that a finer fleece? It is the polyester soft throw/blankets/yardage that you get everywhere.

-I don't use any interlining/batting. Get some help for this part. Lay your fleece down, good side to the floor. Center as much as possible your quilt top on the fleece, It should come around each side. I was really lucky with the white one, in that it was the perfect size, the white blanket already had a finished edge, which I didn't cut, so I was able to wrap it around and tie it off (and then a line of invisible hemming to hold it all down. Remember your top is stretchy, so it will distort, feel free to push/stretch to make it fit.

-Start tie quilting here is a good instruction http://quiltingintherain.com/2010/11/how-to-tie-quilt.html Although I tie each stitch as I make it, . I always tie the intersections of the squares, this is where it is heaviest and I think where it is most likely to move and be strained. But looking at that link, you can also tie the middles. I work from the centre out, to each side, this keeps it from moving much.

-Lastly I folded over the excess fleece to bring it to the front. I clipped off some of the corner fabric at this stage as it was all a bit bulky and just stitched under the raw edges at the corners. I did some ties all along the border, to hold it in place, but then realised it looked pretty. But the border was still a little too loose for my liking, so at this stage I could take the whole thing off the floor and onto my lap, where I used regular sewing thread to sew down the border to the quilt top all along.

- You can do some more hand sewing to quilt, I have added another picture above, that shows some of the hearts and spirals I did on the quilt that I gave away. Also the edge of the first one was just a blanket stitch, I much prefer the second one, with the white edging as above, it is neater.

Hope this helps, shoot me any more questions that you might have

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