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Thread: Mystery quilt
18/06/2020 09:30:55

That is lovely, Eileen. It has a 'vintage' feel about it. Since discovering self threading needles I don't mind sewing in ends. Does your machine have a wider space to get the quilt through?

I do like quilts to have lots of traditional quilting, and I love the secondary patterns on yours. Conversely, my mystery quilt has very little! Mine is finished but I haven't got round to taking photos yet.

Margaret

Thread: UFOs completed in time of "plague"(sorry I couldn't think of a better word!)
18/06/2020 09:22:09

Thanks, Eileen. Very observant, but you missed the ornate chop sticks that I am using as the hanging rod, small peep on left of hanging! Going through a japanese phase at the moment.

Margaret

Thread: Chat
18/06/2020 09:17:16

I have bought a Sashiko applique kit. It uses 'Steam a Seam' as the fusible. Has anyone else used this and had better results than me? It's foul. It completely gummed up my scissors, makes my fingers dirty and sticky, and I have to clean the needle after very short amounts of stitching. It certainly doesn't allow me to do 'mindful' sewing. I usually use 'Bondaweb' or 'Mistyfuse' and don't have this problem. It may be repositionable, but I think in future I'll use what I know.

Margaret

Thread: UFOs completed in time of "plague"(sorry I couldn't think of a better word!)
15/06/2020 14:02:59

Susan Briscoe Sashiko Koi Carp. Got this kit from one of our members who brought it in as a raffle prize and I asked her if I could buy it. Started it back in the autumn and got round to finishing it this week.

Sashiko Koi Carp

Margaret

Edited By Margaret S on 15/06/2020 14:15:22

Thread: Show and Tell 2020
04/06/2020 15:16:10

Your quilt is my favourite colour palette, Steph. I can't get on with a hoop, my fingers are not agile enough. At present, the hot weather has made my arthritis flare up big time. My right hand is sore, but working, my left thumb hurts and my left foot has got gout, but at least I can keep on quilting - slowly.

Love your peg bag. I really want to make one of those.

Margaret

Thread: Mystery quilt
04/06/2020 15:09:32

That was brave and to get it right, Eileen. I once ordered 3 shades of red for a PP swap, and they were all wrong. One of them is still in my stash.

I have quilted the 4 patch, double 4 patch and triple rail blocks. I am now on the hsts. I did use the brown perle #5 and it made my fingers sore and was difficult to get the knot to 'pop' when burying the threads.

Have you managed to find time to work on yours?

Margaret

Thread: Chat
04/06/2020 15:03:00

Men are so observant! This morning dh asked me how long a quilt had been hanging on the wall. He thought I was joking when I told him it had been there since 14th December!

Margaret

Thread: Mystery quilt
30/05/2020 17:58:26

I know your supplier never seems to hurry in despatching orders, but that is a huge wait, Eileen. I ordered a kit on 25 May from Euro Japan Links and it arrived today. On the 26th May I ordered some machine rulers from Silesian Quilts and they arrived from Poland today, admittedly by courier as the Polish mail will not handle parcels at present, but days before it was expected to arrive.

Hope your parcel arrives soon. I have been surprised at how quickly things have been getting through.

Margaret

Thread: UFOs completed in time of "plague"(sorry I couldn't think of a better word!)
30/05/2020 12:11:33

That looks an interesting design, Eileen. Good stash busting.

Lovely green cushions, Sylvia. Well done.

NOT ALL MY WORK. Here is the final charity quilt made from the last 3 Stack & Whack blocks. Turned out better than I expected. The pale fabric is some vintage Jinny Beyer that I had in my stash. There was just enough of the turquoise floral that I was given to make the backing for this one too. Quickly quilted by elongating to max one of the quilting stitches on my machine.

Charity Quilt NOT ALL MY WORK

Just 2 more donated quilt tops to go!

Margaret

Edited By Margaret S on 30/05/2020 12:12:08

Thread: Mystery quilt
30/05/2020 11:54:23

Eileen, big stitches are up to 1/4" long and as evenly spaced as possible. With perle #8 my stitches are about that size. Very effective when used 1/8" or 1/4" from seam line in traditional quilting, 'modern' is often straight lines. Quicker than traditional hand quilting, but I find it makes my fingers sore.

My quilt is now sandwiched and I have started the quilting.

Perils of ordering thread on the internet - what I thought was scarlet red turns out to be dark orange and light brown turns out to be ochre! I have some brown in perle #5 so I will have to see if I can work with that.

Hope your backing fabric has arrived.

Margaret

27/05/2020 08:15:16

Finished top.

Margaret

Mystery quilt - finished top

27/05/2020 08:10:56

My top is finished. The 9 patch blocks are deep purple. I am not buying fabric for this project so I am going to use some Dear Stella from my stash which is not really appropriate, (period type design), but it has the same colours in it. I have some dmc cotton perle #8 on order from Love Crafts as I plan to do some big stitch quilting when it is sandwiched.

Will now go and load the photo into my album as I forgot to do it before I started this post!

Margaret

17/05/2020 10:02:28

I have picture rails and in the spare (junk) room I have a piece of cheap fleece clipped to the rail. I just flat hand press the blocks to it and as long as they are not too heavy they stay in place, so there is no need to pin and they are easy to move around. At my group when I have demoed, seems so long ago now, I have used a fleece throw. Anything with a flannel type surface should work, paler the colour is best.

Margaret

Thread: Returner to the forum and the hobby
16/05/2020 10:33:19

Welcome back Tina. Take baby steps and you'll soon be back into the swing of things. As Rosemary says, if you need help, just ask.

Margaret

Thread: Mystery quilt
16/05/2020 10:27:46

Made all the blocks and now playing on the design wall. Using greyscale has been quite useful. Bottom right is very near finished layout.

Margaret

Mystery quilt-playing with layouts

Thread: UFOs completed in time of "plague"(sorry I couldn't think of a better word!)
15/05/2020 09:35:35

Thank you Eileen. That is in part why I left it.

I hadn't realised that the blocks have either a clockwise or anti clockwise rotation. Look at the bottom row and I have 2 clockwise blocks next to each other. Mind you if I'd got that row right I would have had to move it to the top!

Margaret

14/05/2020 09:52:32

Last year I was given a Stack & Whack Kaleidoscope top to make into a quilt for a women's refuge. It was very big and very dark turquoise, so I unpicked it into 3 pieces.

The first quilt is the centre block with border fabric from my stash and navy quilting to tone the turquoise down. The centre block had a big bulge where the bias seams met at the centre. I used the old trick of spray starch and an iron to shrink it back to size.

Charity Quilt NOT ALL MY WORK

The second quilt uses 9 of the border blocks. I have made a placement error on this one, but it had already given me grief so I used the 'just get it done' principle!

Charity Quilt NOT ALL MY WORK

Have 3 blocks left to make a final quilt.

Margaret

Thread: Mystery quilt
14/05/2020 09:30:34

Well done Eileen. You will be horrified at my layout!

I haven't made all my blocks yet, but I will only have 110 when I have finished so my layout will be 10 x 11 blocks and might need some negative space when I've finished piecing.

This is my provisional layout plan. I have put rows 1- 6 with spaces for the yet unmade blocks up on the design wall and I've already tweaked it a bit.

Margaret

Mystery Quilt provisional layout

Thread: Show and Tell 2020
12/05/2020 09:19:42

I've got the last 2 blocks to make for the mystery quilt. I am not sure on my fabric choice for the 4 patch and may change it if it doesn't work in the final setting.

I don't work in the methodical way that you do, so thanks for the tip for a paper grid layout. I was wondering on the best way to do that. I will hopefully be going for a 'modern' layout.

Have fun planning your layout.

Margaret

Thread: Dawn's next quilt
12/05/2020 09:11:37

Congratulation Eileen. That's a lot of quilting there. I often do straight lines around a border and agree with you that it compliments the main quilting. It is so difficult to photograph white on white, but it looks stunning.

Margaret

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