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November 4th, 2012

06:14 am - Curious
Is there a community like Ravelry for quilters?

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September 28th, 2011

10:18 pm - Current projects?
Is anyone currently making any hand pieced items? I am hand piecing a table runner for Christmas for my mother.

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April 26th, 2009

05:01 pm - My 2nd big project
When I started quilting I told all my kids that I would hand piece and hand quilt a king size quilt for each of them. I have 3 kids and have completed one. This is the second one. This is just the top, I finished it this afternoon, it has taken me 3 years to get this much done. I still need to quilt it but will probably wait until fall since the batting is wool from a local farm that raises sheep. Plan to pin baste it tomorrow in case I get inspired to work on it sooner.

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Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

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April 8th, 2009

07:40 am - Hello!
Hello, my name is Nokomis Snape and I just joined this community. While I have never quilted in my life, I do sew quite a bit and all of it is done by hand. I'm hoping this community is open to more than just quilters because I would love to talk to people who don't rely on a machine to sew for them :) What I sew is mostly baby doll clothes, I've included a few pictures behind the cut of things I have done.

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Yes, I know the dolls are a little unorthodox, but then again, so am I. LOL Anyway, I hope to get to know everyone soon!
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: artisticartistic

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January 25th, 2009

10:36 am - Quilt patterns anyone?
I have some patterns that I don't need and I thought someone out there might like them. I am not selling them, they are all copyrighted and I have no right to sell them, but I am asking for someone to cover postage (about $3.50 in the US)

Quilt patterns
Quilt patterns

The patterns are:
Bluebonnet Block by Judy Martin- Printed off from her webpage when it was her BOM

Wisteria Lane by Ro Gregg for Northcott/Monarch

Gazing into Clear Water by Debbie Boyd

Romantic Roses By Christine Dobson for Makower UK- Printed off of the Makower website

Heavenly Stars by Patti Carey for Northcott/Monarch

Cherry Hill Sampler by Kathy Schmitz for Moda- This one has been folded

Bella by Ro Gregg for Northcott/Monarch

All of these were gifts or free patterns and I expect that they're available on line but I'm never going to make any of them so if someone wants them, please speak up!

Current Mood: artisticartistic

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October 22nd, 2008

11:05 am - Quilting hoop sizes: the dilemma returns, along with a batting dilemma
I'm having a hell of a time finding the right quilting hoop for me. I'm 4'11 and quilt in positions that range from sitting on the sofa or bed with my legs up, to practically lying down, due to disability. So far I've tried:

16" round wooden hoop - I still don't know how I got through my first quilt on that, it's really too big for me, although it has the advantage of enclosing a standard-size quilt block well, so sometimes it's worth it.
14" round wooden hoop - better, but still a little big for me.
11" square plastic Q-snap - you get less space on this than you would with an equivalent wooden hoop as the frame is much thicker. Small enough to reach around easily, and good for edges, but it's hard to get the fabric tension right with such a small size, especially round the edges, and the small working space is frustrating.

So currently I'm considering splashing out on the £28.95 12" square hoop here, though I've also seen a 13" square hoop on eBay (it claims to be an embroidery hoop, so I'm e-mailing the seller to check). Square gives you a bit more area than round for the same diameter/width, plus it does seem to do a better job with the fabric grain. You can't position it at absolutely any angle as you can with a round hoop, but while I have yet to master quilting in all directions and can only quilt towards me, I can now quilt at a bit of an angle, plus the rounded corners give a certain amount of leeway. What do you reckon? It's an awful lot of money for yet another quilting hoop.

In other news, I'm considering battings for the bedspread I'm making. So far I've made quilts using cotton or poly (thinnest weight Quilter's Dream for both), and got on well with both, although as the poly bearded like nobody's business when the quilt was put through the wash, I don't think I'll use it again. However, I'm contemplating a cotton/poly 80/20 blend, I remember the Hobbs Heirloom one being quite nice to quilt when I was doing samples (though as I was learning to quilt on them, it's harder to compare). I've a feeling it might have been different for basting, I know it felt very different to the touch. I'm looking for a flat batting that won't shrink (I prewash my fabrics but don't want to mess around with prewashing battings), will feel nice and do nice things with regard to warmth, and won't have a canary fit if put in the washing machine. Any thoughts?

cross-posted to quilting

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October 8th, 2008

10:35 am - Trouble with knots
I'm just beginning to learn hand quilting, and the book I have explains how to make knots at the start and finish of a thread line. Unfortunately, either it's describing it terribly, or I'm doing it wrong, but I can't get a single knot to form! I'm just knotting the tail the way I normally would to start, (wrapping the tail around my index finger and rolling it against my thumb and pulling; makes an ugly and large knot, but it works) and that's working fine, but ending a thread line is just not working. I can't get it to knot. The book I'm using says to wrap the thread a few times around the needle, put the needle in under the top and batting and pull through, and there should be a knot that forms to pull under and embed in the batting. I'm not getting a knot, it just pulls straight through. What am I doing wrong?

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October 7th, 2008

03:46 pm - superman
Hello all, this is my first time posting but I was wondering if anyone has every made a superman quilt before? My boyfriend pretty much things hes superman (especially when he drinks lol) We just got our own place a few months back and while rearanging our room the other night we were talking about beds and such and me talking about wanting a huge round bed like shaq brought up superman.

anyways, I thot it would be great to get him a comforter or "quilt" with the superman "s" logo for christmas. It seems though, they dont make them plain like that, nor do they make them anywhere near the size i want (our bed is a king size) So i thought about making one, thought im not too expierenced with sewing i know how to.

has anyone every done something like this? even if on a smaller scale? Would anyone be interested in doing thing for me and ill pay for materials and labor? I know it would mean alot more probably if i hand made it, but i want it to look super nice.

any and all ideas/comments/suggestions would be greatly appriciated. Im glad I thot of this early instead of last min like i usually think of good ideas lol.

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October 3rd, 2008

03:59 pm - Hand sewing for the holidays

Hello! I'm new to this community and I thought I would introduce myself by showing my latest project:
My neighborhood has a sewing group and we have started doing some handsewn ornaments for the holidays:
Below are several ornaments I've worked on. These are all hand stitched and hand embroidered in various designs.

There are two underneath that are just plain dots and those are ones I taught fellow members how to make.
They are used to machine sewing and are just learning how to sew by hand so I'm teaching them a little bit at a time.

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May 29th, 2008

09:51 am - Help!!!!

I would love to start quilting. I've considered machine and handsewing, and although handsewing is considered *tedious* by some, it's what I'm drawn to.

However, I know nothing and I'm all alone! Can someone(s) take me under their wing(s) and help me? I need to know about thread, and batting, and fabric, and needles. I've tried doing research on my own, but the wide variety of everything is overwhelming. I think I want to do a rag quilt? Or at least that sounds simple. Like I said, I'm going blindly into this.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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