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Quilting
« on: 05 Oct 2007, 16:05 »

The arts & crafts thread needs more quilting. I've started going to a quilting course with my almost-mother-in-lawTM and our neighbour, so I'm going to post my work for the next couple of weeks.

Our first lesson was spent discussing what equipment and fabric we would need. I am pretty skint at the moment, so incredibly generous Muff (my almost-mother-in-lawTM) who already paid for my classes, took me on a shopping spree and we got these fabrics, cutter, ruler and board.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gypselle/1491990936/" title="Photo Sharing"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2261/1491990936_33ba20a222.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Fabric and Equipment" />[/url]

She was a great help in picking the colours, since she's made plenty of quilts before. I could have spent a fortune in the fabric store we went to - so many gorgeous asian themes, battics, florals etc in every conceivable colour!

In the second class, we made our first block, the most basic nine sqaure.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gypselle/1491138667/" title="Photo Sharing"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2398/1491138667_51ade0bc16.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Nine Square" />[/url]

We get one block of homework each week, so I've cut out my stepping stones and layed out the order.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gypselle/1491994544/" title="Photo Sharing"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2124/1491994544_ded9420d8b.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Stepping Stones" />[/url]

More to come!
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Re: Quilting
« Reply #1 on: 05 Oct 2007, 17:20 »

I love quilting. I should take pictures of the things I've done..

For the record, it's spelled "batik." *winks* Batiks are my favorite.

My latest quilting project was a little case for my birth control pills, because the cases they come in are butt ugly. I used batiks!
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Re: Quilting
« Reply #2 on: 15 Oct 2007, 15:19 »

Making the batik is probably the funnest part.

I want to learn how to  quilt, but I do not own a sewing machine. Are you using a machine or doing it by hand, Bibz?
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Re: Quilting
« Reply #3 on: 02 Nov 2007, 13:26 »

I'm making a quilt too! It's taking a very long time though because I am doing it by hand and I have 2 cats who like to get in the way. It is my first quilt and it is just squares, but the squares make a pattern. yeah.

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Re: Quilting
« Reply #4 on: 02 Nov 2007, 15:51 »

You guys, I am bored, and feeling like I need to create something! I don't want to knit, or crochet because I am bored with both. I can't think of anything to draw, so that is out. So I have decided that I am going to make a quilt!




...Except I have never done this before, and generally don't like sewing machines(I am an awesome handstitcher). I have no freaking idea where to even begin. Any tips?
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Re: Quilting
« Reply #5 on: 07 Nov 2007, 02:30 »

Emaline: biggest tip for quilting is to figure out your pattern before you buy fabric (or before you cut it if you already have it).

I'd suggest a simple pattern for your first quilt. Big blocks with few pieces. If you want it to look like it's more complicated than it is, I suggest Asian-inspired fabrics. Plus, the gold accents look killer.

But that's where to begin. A simple pattern. Then bust out your geometry skillz and figure out how much fabric you need, go buy it, and slice it up with a rotary and a mat. And since you're handstitching, I'd get some quarter inch tape, so that your seam allowances are uniform.

If you have more questions (like how to press the seams and such), I'm around on AIM most all days since I'm a lazy assed bum. I love quilting, though my current obsession is cross stitching.
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Re: Quilting
« Reply #6 on: 11 Nov 2007, 22:37 »

I'm back now. Sorry!

Caiphana- You really should post pictures of things you’ve done. I would love to see them!
I misspelled batik. How embarrassing! I made some batiks for my high school textile class, but it was no fun, didn’t look great, and it was impossible to get all the wax out no matter how much paper towel I used or how much I ironed.

Linds- I am piecing the blocks together with a sewing machine, but I will be quilting by hand. It is easy enough to piece the blocks together by hand, in fact in some cases it is actually easier because it aids you in making all the seams line up correctly.

SailorPunk- Do you know what the pattern is called? And I’d love pictures!

Emaline- I found the classes were a great way to learn, so you could check out your local community college or whatever. My almost-mother-in-lawTM originally taught herself with books, so you could check out the local library. And there are HEAPS of websites. A few:
http://mccallsquilting.com/
http://quilt.com/
http://www.quiltbus.com/

If you’re going it alone you might want to start with something small, like cushions, placemats or table runners. Then find a pattern you like and work out how much fabric you will need if it doesn’t already tell you. When buying the fabric it is helpful to consider what it will be used for, what room it’s going in and what colours are in that room already. Then you can find a fabric you really love that will fit in well, and then choose the rest of your fabrics around this “focus fabric”. This is what Muff and I did. Another trick for beginners is to make a project that needs a set amount of fat quarters and then to buy a pre-made pack at the store, or just buy a kit.

I sewed up my Stepping Stones block:
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gypselle/1618955030/" title="Photo Sharing"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2143/1618955030_f88c5f36df.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Stepping Stones" />[/url]

Then I did a King’s Cross, my first experience with triangles!:
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gypselle/1618958466/" title="Photo Sharing"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2317/1618958466_105921e06a.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Kings Cross" />[/url]

And this is the Jacob’s Ladder:
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gypselle/1618075185/" title="Photo Sharing"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2065/1618075185_8f3b7011c7.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Jacobs Ladder" />[/url]

My favourite part of this project is that I get to try a whole bunch of different blocks but since they are all made with the same fabrics, they all still match.
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Re: Quilting
« Reply #7 on: 12 Nov 2007, 15:30 »

Am I the only one who can't see *any* of your pictures, Bibliophile?

Yeah... I have issues remembering to take pictures before I give quilted things away. I have to make two as thank you gifts, though, so I'll post pictures of those when they're done.
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Re: Quilting
« Reply #8 on: 12 Nov 2007, 18:09 »

I can't either, but I know the ones on her first post used to work, because I've seen them before.
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Re: Quilting
« Reply #9 on: 13 Nov 2007, 00:55 »

When you click a picture, you can see her recent uploads, and they happen to be pictures that match her captions...
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Re: Quilting
« Reply #10 on: 19 Nov 2007, 12:16 »

i dunno if my pattern has a name, but it is a bunch of 4inch squares and they are arranged so that the colours make diamonds.

so i started with a blue square in the middle and then there are 4 yellow squares at the N,S. E and W of that and then it goes out in different colours from there.

it's pretty so far, but taking a LONG time. i'll post pictures at some point!
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