August 15th, 2015
|prunesnprisms||10:06 am - moderation note|
membership has temporarily been set to moderator approved only due to influx of spam accounts.
(I do not know when I became a maintainer of this community, but everything is getting spammed today on LJ. Anyone else who feels strongly about this is welcome to set it back.)
August 14th, 2015
|elettaria||11:07 pm - Showing off time: the dinosaur quilt!|
I finished that dinosaur quilt a few weeks ago, so it's high time that I showed it off. Thanks to people who gave me ideas and held my hand when I was stuck on it. It's getting exhibited at the end of next month, and at some point it'll go to the family, who have just moved to Edinburgh.
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July 19th, 2015
|cora_louise||04:15 pm - Scrappy Dear Jane, by Hand|
So not long ago I took a class in hand piecing and quilting, and I absolutely loved it. The class instructors knew I was planning a Dear Jane quilt and jokingly made a comment about making the Dear Jane by hand.
The thought stuck in my head and before I realized it, I was starting a 2nd Dear Jane before I'd even begun the 1st. Since I'm crazy, I'm going to do it by hand.
I've titled it "Remember When," because each block is made up of fabrics from a past quilt...I'm even keeping track of which quilt goes with which block. Needless to say it is a very long term project. Beneath the cut are the two blocks that I have finished so far.
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May 11th, 2015
|elettaria||11:05 am - No, seriously, folks, I need to work out the quilting now|
I've finally done the embroidery on the dinosaur quilt, finished that wall hanging that's a late Christmas present for my sister-in-sin, am painfully aware of when the exhibition is, and have no choice but to get on with designing the quilting. Here's the quilt top. At the moment, I am making some progress on the quilting lines, and thinking more about the thread colours. This will be hand-quilted with perlé #8 cotton. Quilting density will be, hmm, probably 1-3" between lines, depending on the motif.
For the background, I am currently experimenting with flowing lines that will possibly be on the diagonal, alternating direction for each new hill section, and perhaps with occasional sets of a few graduated circles to represent, um, stones or something (and not at all because I thought it happens to look nice when desperately sketching). I have some nice hand-dyed threads from a lovely woman on Etsy, and if need be can get more. The thing is, the best look so far, at least when I'm putting threads against the quilt top, is darker threads on the lighter three sections of background, and lighter threads on the darker three sections. And I think it'll look odd if it suddenly switches halfway through. I am wondering about asking the Etsy dyer to do me some threads for the two middle ones which are about half and half light and dark, so that both show up and it helps transition it over. Or would that just look weird and patchy? It's hard to get anything at all to show up on the fourth section down.
With regard to the border, I'm going to use pale blue and pale lilac thread in a curly cloud/zephyr design for the top border, then just do curvy lines that follow the piecing for the rest. I am trying to work out which colour/s to use for the rest. Turquoise? I was thinking of light green, but then that might be odd because I'll be using it for outlining the leaves. The plan is to outline the leaves, sun rays, and possibly big pterosaur about 1/8" outside the piecing.
ETA: After trailing various threads around (seriously, how did I live before having a design wall?) I have realised that yellow/orange/pink colours look fab for quilting in the border. So I will do that, using some nice variegated threads, with the lighter ones at the top and the darker ones at the bottom. And also some lilac for the clouds. Still stuck on the main background, though.
April 11th, 2015
|catopus||12:16 am - Curious |
Would any one be interested in me making a pokemon quilt?
I do want to make one but I would have to sell it, because a project like this would be a lot for me to undertake...
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What do you guys think? Am I way over my head with another crazy quilt idea?
March 31st, 2015
|mmegaera||07:36 pm - another donation quilt|
I hope this makes some young Seattle Seahawks fan happier. This will be going to a group that gives quilts to kids going through a hard time. ( Photos behind the cut.Collapse )
Current Mood: accomplished
February 6th, 2015
|sangrealmazimur||08:13 am - Trying again|
Ok so I just ordered 8 yards of fabric from Spoonflower. I am determined to make my first quilt and now I have a sewing machine so it'll work I swear!
Question....can you make a quilt without batting? ......oh crap I just realized that I may not have ordered enough fabric. I want to make a full size quilt for my son...I bought 8 yards thinking I could make it 80x90 which is why I bought 8 yards....on the basis that my squares were going to be 10x10...but that doesn't give me a backing does it? I was thinking of sewing squares back to back so it was the same on each side and maybe crocheting them together....
January 31st, 2015
|elettaria||07:18 pm - Arggh arggh arggh I do not know how to quilt this|
I finished piecing a dinosaur baby quilt (36" x 52") for a friend a few weeks ago, and I am at my wits' end regarding how to quilt it. I will be hand-quilting, using fairly thick thread and biggish stitches in a variety of colours, so I am not going be getting anywhere near the density of heirloom quilting, let alone machine quilting. I have been vaguely sketching flowers on the dinosaur to work with the flowers that turn up in some of the strips, and that might work. Though even then I'm not sure of that! The border sides will probably be a few curved lines that continue the lines of the piecing, the fabric is so busy I don't want to compete with it. Top and bottom of the border, no idea, though perhaps a few stars, not that the starry fabric is particularly easy to replicate with this sort of fabric. Leaves (I wimped out of doing proper plants, so it ended up looking like my standard seaweed, and everyone's called me on it, but oh well. A friend suggested calling it "The hidden city of the dinosaurs" to get around this accidental under-the-sea look) can probably be just outlining and a line of stitching down the centre. The real headache is the background. All that expanse of semi-plain fabric, and I do not know what to do with it. I tried sketching a few square spirals in a variety of sizes and it doesn't work. Echo quilting at a wider distance is doable but intensely boring, I want something interesting there. Any suggestions?
(I am exhausted and snappish and any well-meant comments about "I'm sure you'll think of something" might actually make me cry. Just mentioning.)
January 2nd, 2015
|nokidsdammit||01:19 pm - Cool!|
Craftsy's free Block of the Month this year is with Jinny Beyer!
Go to Craftsy.com and search for BOM and it should come up.
December 15th, 2014
|june_fairy||06:17 pm - getting ready for Christmas|
Here is the gift I made for my Secret Santa quilt club dinner: a quilted binder