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Member postings for Eileen Foster

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Thread: FMQ beginner Janome CXL 301
20/09/2020 07:37:25

I have tried fmq on my janome 9500 machine with varied success.

I dropped the feed dogs but left the tension as I would for normal sewing. my machine came with a darning/embroidery foot and I used that.

I didn't have that much success but found a medium speed gave me the best results with better stitches and a better looking back of the work.

I just need to keep practising but I find it a bit off putting.

Thread: Chat
03/09/2020 17:47:18

I love that garden scene through the gate to the mountains. It has a feel of a Monet about it doesn't it? you deserve to be delighted with it Sylvie.

Eileen x

30/08/2020 18:07:53

They look amazing Fiona so they end up as 15" blocks if my maths is correct. I will have to have a go.

Eileen x

30/08/2020 07:49:57

Wasn't it great to get P&Q again. I have mine delivered and I have already read it cover to cover. Scrappy blocks, that sounds interesting Fiona. Do you have a favourite colour? mine is yellow but I have very few yellow fabrics. most of mine are blue and purple which is odd as I am blue/purple colour blind. [they all appear to be shades of the same colour so rarely looks wrong fortunately].

Have you any images of what you are doing. I don't do IG [took me a good five mins to work out what iG meant] or FB so I get my ideas from magazines and images on line.

enjoy the rest of the bank holliday weekend. I will be working on the top of the quilt I will tie. Eileen x

Thread: tying a quilt
26/08/2020 13:16:03

Thanks Fiona for your input and advice. I have been given crochet cotton to use and I had planned to do it row by row..

I often do a QAYG method and have used this one suggested by Karin before. However this quilt is 114" x 96" and will not fit under the throat of my machine. I will pin the quilt sandwich then tie. The top is almost complete and I will post pictures soon.



Thread: Chat
20/08/2020 08:15:53

congrats to your daughter Myra it hasn't been easy for them has it? is she going on to a higher degree or looking for employment? either way best wishes for her future. My daughter also had to finish her 4yr course at home but uni posted her results/certificate to her. she is not having much success in job hunting sadly.

Rosemary that looks amazing I don't think i'd have the patience with it. well done.

if you have been lazy and have sorted your sewing room Brenda what am I as I haven't even sorted that out. The covid 19 situation is very worrying isn't it. I just wish everyone would follow the guidance. People started off so well but so many now just don't seem to care.

Eileen x

Thread: tying a quilt
10/08/2020 15:10:34

thanks ladies, This will be the biggest I've made it will be11ft x 8 ft give or take an odd inch.

I have done qayg on her other quilts but she has bought the 108 " wide backing fabric so it doesn't get cut up, so I cant really justify doing it that way.

I had thought of using crotchet thread as that doesn't seem to slip as easily as say cotton perle. Though hubby says using a reef knot with a half hitch at each end will stop it slipping. I feel I will have a knot tying lessen soon! [he is a yachtsman after all.

I will be using 80/20 wadding and I hadn't thought of the corners poking up. I will have to have a play I think.

mmm! why do I take on these tasks? rhetorical question, don't go querying my sanity smile p

09/08/2020 20:10:51

I am on another project for my friend, Dawn, she wants a king sized bed quilt .She loves the idea of the quilt reaching the floor and tucked fully under and back over the pillows so the size will be 114" wide by 96" deep,

I know I wont be able to get it under my Janome memory craft 9500. So I was thinking of tying it in the middle of every 51/2" block . [there are 357 blocks in total]. Or would it be better to tie in the junction where every 4 blocks join?

Do you double tie each twin knot?

Do you have the lose tails on the top or the bottom?

Do any thread types do better than others?

I have read so much conflicting advice so any advice from those that have used this technique is very welcome.

Thread: Show and Tell 2020
03/08/2020 15:22:32

Several years ago I was given a pre cut peg bag project for mother's day.

Yesterday I finally got round to starting it and this afternoon I finished it. It holds 100 pegs.

peg cone.jpg

oops don't know why the photo is on its side.



22/07/2020 20:30:38

that is very pretty Margaret.

are the rulers easy to use? I have seen them and I am tempted but cost puts me off a bit in case I cant get on with them.



Thread: Mystery quilt
22/07/2020 08:30:20

wow that is so different to mine but I do like it very much. I have been teased by some of my group because I have made mine a 'regular' pattern. They say I cant do random and one copied me into a message I assume by mistake as she was rather catty about me being 'mathematically minded'. wouldn't it be a dull world if we were all the same.

as for your backing fabric being off the square I was given 2 pre-quilted panels 'denim bears' and asked to make them into baby quilts but they run off by 1 1/2" and the backing also runs off in the other direction. I really made me anxious when I was trying to do them. My daughter said it didn't really show. I will post photos later.

Eileen x

Thread: Show and Tell 2020
22/07/2020 08:06:52

Well that is coming on nicely Margaret. I think it is a wonderful idea and look forward to it as it progresses.

Eileen x

Thread: Friendship Swap 2016/7
22/07/2020 08:03:22

That is so beautiful, but it must have been a bitter sweet experience for you and Sarah. Well done for completing it.

I am sure it will be treasured.

Eileen x

Thread: Chat
12/07/2020 21:26:49

They are lovely Rosemary, simple to use by the look of it.

I think I might look into getting some of it.

Eileen x

Thread: UFOs completed in time of "plague"(sorry I couldn't think of a better word!)
07/07/2020 08:20:50

Rosemary is to be congratulated for organising this item, it has helped me stay focussed too, though I haven't done many projects. I thought I would have done more but having our youngest back from uni meant I have been doing things with her and once we could get out on the motor bikes I have been out with hubby.

so a very big thank you form me.

Eileen x

Thread: What product do I need? help!
07/07/2020 08:16:38

it was Visilene H640 fusible wadding I was thinking of. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction Fiona. My eldest daughter knew what it was, she said they used it a lot at uni when they were making accessories for their fashion collections. More to the point she had some in her 'box of wonders'. Because she did gents tailoring I never thought to ask her.

thanks for the help ladies, much appreciated.

Thread: Show and Tell 2020
06/07/2020 21:40:31

My youngest girl Victoria has just graduated with a 2:1 in wildlife conservation. As a reward we bought her a sweep net/butterfly net as it is one of her specialist areas. I have made her a bag for it so it is kept together. It is lined and has box corners.

butterfly bag.jpg

Since the start of lockdown she has taught herself to crochet so I have made her a crochet hook roll.

This was the project I was asking about the wadding. H640 a fusible wadding. I have bee fabric in my stash and I made this for her.

crochet roll.jpg

crochet roll 1.jpg

crochet hook roll 2.jpg

She will get them when she comes home later this week. She has gone to visit her boyfriend whom she hasn't seen since late February.

I hope she likes them.

Eileen x

Thread: What product do I need? help!
30/06/2020 13:38:38

Thanks ladies I will have a look.

Eileen x

29/06/2020 21:00:08

I am struggling and need help please.

I want to make a cloth roll for my daughter to keep her crochet hooks in.[Similar to a jewelry roll.] I know what I want to make but I need a thin wadding between the other fabric and the lining. Normal 80/20 is too thick. Sew in dress interfacing is too thin.

What is the product I need? I seem to remember seeing a fusible thin sheet on a sewing channel. But my local shop doesn't know what I mean.

Any one able to help me with a name please?



Thread: Show and Tell 2020
29/06/2020 20:54:36

That looks wonderful Margaret. Shame that the fusible is so problematic.

Eileen x

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