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brainstorm77
03-02-2011, 02:37 AM
Since quilting is a love of mine, lets share our ideas, tips, websites etc...:)

tiny
03-02-2011, 03:28 AM
Oh... dear... Hi, my name is Chris and I have 200 yards of fabric stowed and waiting to be made into blankets.

brainstorm77
03-02-2011, 03:35 AM
Oh... dear... Hi, my name is Chris and I have 200 yards of fabric stowed and waiting to be made into blankets.

I have a couple huge plastic storage tubs filled. I'm a fabriholic!:ROFL:With special interest in vintage fabrics.:)

tiny
03-02-2011, 03:41 AM
I have a couple huge plastic storage tubs filled. I'm a fabriholic!:ROFL:With special interest in vintage fabrics.:)

I'm a junkie for anything that catches my eye. My biggest problem is cutting some of them after I buy them. I have red fabric with ink paintings of cats for the pattern. I've had it for 10 years and can't bear to cut it yet.


I'm in the middle of a woven plaid nine patch as a present for the in-laws.

brainstorm77
03-02-2011, 03:44 AM
I'm a junkie for anything that catches my eye. My biggest problem is cutting some of them after I buy them. I have red fabric with ink paintings of cats for the pattern. I've had it for 10 years and can't bear to cut it yet.


I'm in the middle of a woven plaid nine patch as a present for the in-laws.

I'm still working on my crazy quilt. I think it's been almost 4 years now LOL

Kitty Pryde
03-02-2011, 03:47 AM
Hay ladies! I shall turn to this thread in times of sewing distress. I like to make baby quilts for gifts. At least two babies have come home from the hospital in my quilts! But I am still a beginner :) So far I have only birthed a quilt, never binded it properly. That's what I aspire to do! I did make a couch throw sized flannel quilt with a skiing and winter theme, which is the biggest one I've done. I made it for my sweetie but everyone is fond of snuggling it. It's a bit lopsided about the edges but that does not impair its coziness so I suppose it's okay.

tiny
03-02-2011, 04:18 AM
This is one of the projects I had sitting in my sewing box for years. I finally finished it last year because I thought it matched my new front room.

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e216/rabidbluesquirrel/fireplacequilt.jpg

Ohio Rose. It's got a couple of little bees embroidered in silk.

brainstorm77
03-03-2011, 03:29 AM
That's great!

tiny
03-04-2011, 09:58 PM
Found another picture...

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e216/rabidbluesquirrel/mikesquilt.jpg

Just a quilt top in need of finishing. It's for my youngest.

brainstorm77
03-05-2011, 12:04 AM
I have one like that. I had to stop because the triangles were getting to me. I will finish it at some point.

tiny
03-05-2011, 01:23 AM
I started with squares. Sewed two seams then cut them apart. Sewing on the bias kills me... I'm rough and I always end up stretching the pieces all to hell.

brainstorm77
03-05-2011, 02:59 AM
It wasn't easy LOL

brainstorm77
03-26-2011, 03:51 AM
Are there any other quilters?

JanDarby
03-26-2011, 04:23 AM
I'm a quilter. Even donated some small wall quilts to an AW auction a few years back.

Every once in a while, when I'm really stuck with my storytelling, I realize it's been a few weeks/months/whatever since I did any quiltmaking, and I'll spend a day playing with fabric, and, bingo!, the next day I'm back writing again.

brainstorm77
03-26-2011, 04:15 PM
I'm a quilter. Even donated some small wall quilts to an AW auction a few years back.

Every once in a while, when I'm really stuck with my storytelling, I realize it's been a few weeks/months/whatever since I did any quiltmaking, and I'll spend a day playing with fabric, and, bingo!, the next day I'm back writing again.

I'm a fabric addict lol

JanDarby
03-26-2011, 10:17 PM
As to addiction -- I moved a few years ago, and before I packed, I got rid of pretty much all the clutter in my house, so there were maybe a dozen pieces of furniture, a couple boxes of kitchen stuff, a couple boxes of clothes, and TWENTY BIG RUBBERMAID STORAGE BINS of fabric. And textiles are a lot heavier than anyone realizes, especially when they're neatly ironed and folded and stuffed into those bins.

The moving guys couldn't believe that at least half of the stuff they moved was fabric. Me, I thought it was a perfectly reasonable proportion.

brainstorm77
04-08-2011, 01:37 AM
As to addiction -- I moved a few years ago, and before I packed, I got rid of pretty much all the clutter in my house, so there were maybe a dozen pieces of furniture, a couple boxes of kitchen stuff, a couple boxes of clothes, and TWENTY BIG RUBBERMAID STORAGE BINS of fabric. And textiles are a lot heavier than anyone realizes, especially when they're neatly ironed and folded and stuffed into those bins.

The moving guys couldn't believe that at least half of the stuff they moved was fabric. Me, I thought it was a perfectly reasonable proportion.

I have one large plastic storage tub now. When I moved back in September, I dumped anything that was of any use. Once I settle again, I can see my stash growing. :evil

brainstorm77
04-08-2011, 01:38 AM
There is a thriftstore in the city that does up bags of quilting fabric for 5 bucks. I love it, you get some great stuff in those, vintage prints and such.

Lyra Jean
11-25-2011, 06:42 AM
Thread resurrection.

I'm finally getting back into quilting. I'm going to start a tumbler quilt tomorrow using insect themed fabric.

I have two quilts under my belt. One was a yellow and blue log cabin in a straight furrows pattern. The other one is called Chain of Jewels and it was a pattern from Quiltmaker magazine.

I recently moved and rid myself of all my fabric that wasn't cotton. So now I have a lot of Fat Quarters and a bin of random fabric.

brainstorm77
12-30-2011, 08:09 PM
I'm still trying to work my way to completion on a couple of quilts.

Lyra Jean
12-31-2011, 07:34 AM
My log cabin squares ended up not being square. I didn't put enough strips on it. So it would only fit in the straight furrows pattern.

And my Chain of Jewels quilt I just tied. So it's not actually quilted. I was to afraid of messing up. Lol.

Tiny I love your wall hanging. It is gorgeous.

Lyra Jean
12-31-2011, 07:36 AM
I started with squares. Sewed two seams then cut them apart. Sewing on the bias kills me... I'm rough and I always end up stretching the pieces all to hell.

Have you tried paper piecing that is supposed to keep triangles, diamonds, anything with a bias edge stable and keep it from stretching.

TamaraLynne
01-25-2012, 12:49 AM
My husbands grandma has a quilting shop. I've been in and looked through alot of her books and would really like to do a window three dee type of quilt with a gypsy vanner horse outside the window.But it is expensive!

She has beautiful quilts on the walls of her shop. She goes to alot of quilting conventions also.

I think quilting would be fun :) not many people do it but once they do...they are hooked :)

san_remo_ave
01-26-2012, 06:58 PM
Oh, I love quilting and just discovered this thread! I will only do machine-quilting, tho, because the one quilt I hand quilted nearly crippled me!

I manage, at best, 1 quilt a year even doing it all on machine. Between work/travel and writing that's just all I can do. What I love best about it is the heirloom aspect --it's a wonderful and practical keepsake and hand-me-down. Almost all of them are destined as a gift to someone. My last one was to my niece who just started college and has her first apartment, so it was fun to help her 'get started'

I love Pam Bono's (http://pamsclub.com/pam-bono-designs) designs. She makes complex designs easy to execute with her approach. I've made a number of her designs. She also offers quite a few patterns for free on her site.

I also often use the Quilter's Cache (http://www.quilterscache.com/QuiltBlocksGalore.html) for free quilt patterns --working on one right now that my nephew asked for as a high school graduation gift.

Sea Witch
01-26-2012, 07:02 PM
I'm a quilter. I haven't done anything in a while because we just moved and all my sewing stuff is still in boxes. I find it very therapeutic and get very squirrelly when I haven't sewn for a while :crazy:

http://www.quinceandquilt.com/uploaded_images/pic1-785006-735792.jpg

brainstorm77
01-31-2012, 06:23 AM
Oh, I love quilting and just discovered this thread! I will only do machine-quilting, tho, because the one quilt I hand quilted nearly crippled me!

I manage, at best, 1 quilt a year even doing it all on machine. Between work/travel and writing that's just all I can do. What I love best about it is the heirloom aspect --it's a wonderful and practical keepsake and hand-me-down. Almost all of them are destined as a gift to someone. My last one was to my niece who just started college and has her first apartment, so it was fun to help her 'get started'

I love Pam Bono's (http://pamsclub.com/pam-bono-designs) designs. She makes complex designs easy to execute with her approach. I've made a number of her designs. She also offers quite a few patterns for free on her site.

I also often use the Quilter's Cache (http://www.quilterscache.com/QuiltBlocksGalore.html) for free quilt patterns --working on one right now that my nephew asked for as a high school graduation gift.

I prefer the handquilting. It relaxes me, but it takes forever. I keep reminding myself that it's an hobby and I should be enjoying it :)

I have a simple block quilt on my bed that was done by machine a couple years back(15), but it's come apart and the fabric has gone thin from all the washings over the years. I need to take it apart and salvage the fabric and whip together another one.

brainstorm77
03-23-2012, 08:34 PM
What are you all working on?

I've moved into a new apartment and I hope to finally finish some of my quilts. :)

ElouiseBates
04-03-2012, 06:32 PM
I have one baby quilt ready to go to a friend, and one more that I'm in the process of hand-quilting. Doing the hand-quilting takes me forever (I am SO slow at it), but it is so rewarding.

Then, of course, I have the yellow nine-patch I've promised my younger daughter for a year to make for her bed (to complement my older daughter's pink nine-patch), and the quilt in reds and silvers my husband's been asking me about for five years. I even have all the fabric, I just need to get moving on it!

Making time for quilting was a whole lot easier before having kids, I must say.

JanDarby
04-03-2012, 06:43 PM
I've been meaning to mention this -- do y'all know about seamedup.com? It's like Ravelry, but for quilters. It's still in beta, and obviously doesn't have as much content as the more established Ravelry, but it's got interesting stuff.

I mostly machine quilt these days (love my Juki!), because the hand-quilting takes a toll on my fingers/wrist/elbow. But I do have a couple projects that I'm hand-quilting, since I started them years ago, there's (obviously, ten years later) no rush to finish, and I only do a little at a time.

brainstorm77
04-29-2012, 01:57 AM
I've been meaning to mention this -- do y'all know about seamedup.com? It's like Ravelry, but for quilters. It's still in beta, and obviously doesn't have as much content as the more established Ravelry, but it's got interesting stuff.

I mostly machine quilt these days (love my Juki!), because the hand-quilting takes a toll on my fingers/wrist/elbow. But I do have a couple projects that I'm hand-quilting, since I started them years ago, there's (obviously, ten years later) no rush to finish, and I only do a little at a time.

The one I'm working by hand is 6 years in the making. :)

nicolethegeek
06-14-2012, 08:49 PM
I've finally begun quilting...something that has interested me for many years, but I was finally able to start this year. So far I have been mainly doing totes and the like to practice my ¼" seams, but I have pieced and quilted one lap quilt so far. I need to bind it still, but that got put off since I had some deadlines to meet. I've been on a sewing and fabric "diet" for about a month so that I can force myself to finish up my submissions which are due this week. Can't wait to set up my machine again shortly!

GiddyUpGo
07-25-2012, 10:35 PM
Oh... dear... Hi, my name is Chris and I have 200 yards of fabric stowed and waiting to be made into blankets.

Haha me too! In fact I went to a fabric store recently and bought a bunch of stuff, and the clerk asked "What are you making?" and I had to say, "Um, nothin'." I just buy stuff 'cause I like it.

GiddyUpGo
07-25-2012, 10:40 PM
I love Pam Bono's (http://pamsclub.com/pam-bono-designs) designs. She makes complex designs easy to execute with her approach. I've made a number of her designs. She also offers quite a few patterns for free on her site.

I also often use the Quilter's Cache (http://www.quilterscache.com/QuiltBlocksGalore.html) for free quilt patterns --working on one right now that my nephew asked for as a high school graduation gift.

As far as websites go, I can recommend Quilting Board (http://www.quiltingboard.com/) as a great community for quilters. It has tons of really nice people, is a great place to go for advice (some of which you can get almost instantly) and there's not an ego in the place, which I find pretty rare in a forum.

KSavoie
12-19-2012, 01:11 PM
I am really interested in quilting and want to get into it, but neither have the knowledge how or money to.

chloecomplains
07-06-2016, 05:04 AM
Do we really not have a quilting thread more current than 2012? #heartbroken.

I made a quilt. It is not awesome, but it was made on a new machine which is awesome, and I'm much more comfortable with free motion quilting, decorative stitching, and all of its crazy automatic features (I don't need a foot pedal! Whaaaa?!?) now. It is going to be pawned off on my mother, who is legally required to love it despite its faults.

https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7296/27501173413_85d0448073_z.jpg

I did a cornelli lace pattern because I'm a cake decorator, it's all I know.

https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7392/28116263285_855e540cbf_z.jpg

And the back is ridiculous fabric, just so no one has any doubts who made it.

https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7376/27501173643_42dc8b88c5_z.jpg

Filigree
07-06-2016, 08:17 AM
It's pretty!

I quilt a bit, but it's usually part of my embroidery/beadwork/book art/costuming.

chloecomplains
07-07-2016, 12:09 AM
Thanks! I got into quilting via dress making/costuming, myself. I love making frilly stuff, but I can spend a week making a wedding dress that gets worn once, a costume that gets worn a couple times, or a quilt that's used forever.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
05-01-2018, 11:22 PM
Apparently I'm doing anything to keep from sitting down and writing... working on a Cathedral Window quilt that I started a month or so ago. The plan is for it to be an oversize King. That ought to keep me busy for a while.

MaryMumsy
05-02-2018, 06:49 AM
When I was younger I harbored delusions of quilting after I retired. I have pattern books, tools, and enough fabric to clothe half the Seventh Fleet. By the time I was retired I had arthritis in my hands so bad that quilting ain't never going to happen. Fortunately there is a younger cousin (by marriage on my husband's side) who already quilts. They are in the process of moving and she will have a "she-shed". Once she has a place for it all the quilting stuff is going to her.

MM

Filigree
05-05-2018, 08:32 AM
How did I go so long without knowing that acid free roll-on glue sticks were *freaking perfect* for fabric applique?

Orianna2000
05-06-2018, 07:43 PM
Thanks! I got into quilting via dress making/costuming, myself. I love making frilly stuff, but I can spend a week making a wedding dress that gets worn once, a costume that gets worn a couple times, or a quilt that's used forever.
I'm not really into quilting, aside from the occasional crazy-quilted pillow, but I wanted to comment on this. I used to struggle with the desire to sew what I want (historical costumes and cosplay) versus items that I "need" (shirts, jeans, home decor). The thing is, I don't enjoy sewing clothing for myself. Sure, I could end up with some useful items that would be worn often. Whereas I don't need costumes more than once or twice a year. But if I don't get something out of the creative process, what's the point? Without the enjoyment, sewing becomes a chore, rather than a passion.

Have you thought about incorporating the things you enjoy into quilting? There's a book . . . The Art of Manipulating Fabric (https://www.amazon.com/Art-Manipulating-Fabric-Colette-Wolff/dp/0801984963/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1525620906&sr=8-1&keywords=fabric+manipulation&dpID=51%252BdqUyJuIL&preST=_SX218_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch). It teaches how to make all kinds of fabric frills, like ruffles, pleats, tucks, etc., but in a new and unique way. Like curved ruffles or twisted pleats. Many of the examples shown are quilt squares. You could make some pretty amazing (and frilly) quilts with these techniques!

Filigree
05-07-2018, 06:05 AM
Seconding. That's a wonderful book to teach haute couture touches. Plus, it's fun.

My current fiber art default is not costume, but books. If I can make something into a book made of cloth, I will. The WIP right now is an edition of 5 political anti-NRA books, with fabric appliques and digital printed text. Beads everywhere. Each book is made of two separate 7x50" strips of linen. I'm only about 1/3 the way finshed.

But they stand a good chance of bringing me $2500 when done and delivered to my art agents. So there's some incentive.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
05-13-2018, 05:52 AM
Wow. Just 'wow!'. I doubt my Cathedral window - no matter how big it is - would go for half that! My sister's working on an applique snowman/lady/kids quilt that is gorgeous. But applique... looks too hard.

Filigree
05-13-2018, 02:07 PM
Naw, applique is way easier. I tend to build applique in overlaps on background fabrics like linen suiting or polyester felt. Just keep the layers thin enough that the machine will sew them. With quilting, I have to piece things more carefully to keep the finished piece flexible.

Filigree
06-24-2018, 09:33 PM
Aleene's Clear Tacky Glue turns out to be very good for washable applique. I just used it to tack down 1/4" ribbon on a coat lapel before sewing. It washed out beautifully.

Maryn
06-24-2018, 10:36 PM
Late arrival here. The Kid, our adult daughter, has hinted very strongly that she wants me to finish the quilt I started for her literally a decade ago and give it as a wedding present. In August.

I have only made one quilt before, more than 40 years ago. I'm about two-thirds of the way finished with piecing the top, although I now see lots of design flaws that would irk the snot out of me in use. So be it; I don't think I have the will to begin again.

Yes, I do indeed know about tying off quilts rather than, you know, quilting. Thank god.

Still, I'm starting to fear I cannot finish. Somebody tell me I can, okay?

Maryn, sorry she started one this complex

Filigree
06-24-2018, 11:08 PM
Yes, you can.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
06-29-2018, 01:16 AM
Yes. Yes, you can. If you work on it. Have you been working on it?

I've got 60 four-squares done. Each four-square makes a 9" square. I only need another 70 or so... only. Then I can start to piece them together...

Maryn
06-29-2018, 01:54 AM
I have five rows each twelve inches wide (plus seam allowances) and 84 inches long. I'm now working on the four pieces that will join the five into an 84-inch square. I chose something time consuming but not difficult, but I figure if I give it two hours five days a week, it'll be done in two weeks. Then I add a border on all four sides--easy in comparison!--and the top will be complete. At that point, I'll worry about backing--probably just some 108-inch print rather than a way-cool design like I've admired--and take over the dining room table for tying it off every six or eight inches, as the design allows.

OFG, math is not my strong suit, but that's a whole lot of 9-inch squares! Assuming that includes a seam allowance and they will become eight-inch squares, how big a quilt we talkin' about here? See, I bought these wonderful Kaffe Fassett fabrics to make a quilt that comes close to the floor on a king-sized bed, but it just seems like too big a project to even begin, you know?

Yes, I'll post a picture when the top's finished. Promise you'll do the same?

Ol' Fashioned Girl
06-29-2018, 06:08 AM
The beauty of the Cathedral Window pattern is that it is 'quilt as you go'; so each 9" square remains 9". They're backed, batted, and quilted, then sewn together with a whip stitch. Voila! When it's all done, it will be 12 squares wide and 12 squares long. I want a nice, long drop on either side and the end. So 108" X 108"... maybe another couple rows in length, just for pillow coverage.

If I ever figure out Instagram, I promise a picture. :)

Maryn
07-02-2018, 12:54 AM
High fives! I just finished pressing the pieced part of the top, which is now complete and very, very busy. It still needs borders, but the daunting part is done. I'm afraid the room it's in--the only empty bed to spread it on--is so small I couldn't back away enough to take a picture.

But don't worry, there's still the borders, the backing, and the tying off. Many more photo ops, right?

Ol' Fashioned Girl
07-04-2018, 03:44 AM
Good girl! We knew you could do it!

Maryn
07-22-2018, 08:32 PM
Okay, progress report.

The very busy pieced top now has borders on all four sides.

The far less busy pieced backing is complete.

They are not quite the same size, because a quarter inch here and another there really adds up. And it's hard to measure them, so maybe they're closer than the inch-and-a-half I fear. In any case, I'll trim back borders as needed to suit the smallest measurement.

My next step involves two big tasks. One, I need to move enough furniture out of the living room to lay the whole thing flat in layers (the backing, the batting, and the top) so I can pin through all layers accurately before folding it into a workable size, and two, finding the damned pins I bought for this purpose--several years ago, when I first cut the basic design. I have the search narrowed down to two rooms.

Maryn, chugging along and hopeful she'll make the deadline

Filigree
07-23-2018, 06:50 AM
Yay, Maryn.

I've got the 5 fiber art books done, but now have to make flannel lined storage bags for them.

Maryn
07-24-2018, 07:48 PM
Oh, my. This morning I moved furniture and laid out the quilt backing on the floor (filling the living room), measuring exactly where its centerline is, then opened the batting I bought last week, and...

It reeks. The package instructions say it doesn't need to be pre-washed for shrinkage, but no way The Kid and her delicate sensibilities will be okay with this stink, not even packaged between two layers of cotton. The batting is not machine washable, but I took a chance and put it in a large mesh bag and ran it through a delicate cycle, which it survived. It still smells bad, but I am hopeful it will greatly improve once it's dry. Which is going to take approximately forever on low heat with four dryer sheets in there.

Everybody cross your fingers for me, okay?

Ol' Fashioned Girl
07-27-2018, 11:14 PM
There's a deodorizer (pump spray) available online (https://www.zeroodor.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjwhevaBRApEiwA7aT533yQS3f_BR7OIThxPyu 1ZH9y5aplE1LqBeZy8EjXgzMrIqHXZpuPERoCJj0QAvD_BwE) or at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Comes in a white bottle with a big 'O' on it - Zero Odor. It's the absolute bomb for reeking stench. I've used it against cat spray, dog urine, cat box... it works.

Maryn
07-28-2018, 05:44 PM
I should have posted an update. Once fully dry, no smell. It’s about a third of the way tied off and going pretty well after some initial difficulty lining up the top and reverse. A long line of hand stitches down the center going both directions made it straight enough to end my ladylike swearing.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
07-28-2018, 08:30 PM
Excellent! I wish I could find the cure for my ladylike swearing. Since I started seriously hand-sewing this cathedral window, my left shoulder has decided it no likey. BenGay, a TENS unit, arthritis strength Tylenol... :sigh:. Gettin' old sucks.

BUT... I do have 64 four-squares done. Bought some more red, white, and blue fabrics. Soldiering on.

Maryn
08-09-2018, 07:19 PM
Things I learned making a quilt

Quarter-inch mistakes, done a handful of times in a project with a finished size of one hundred and eight inches, matter enough that things will not line up when they should.

One hundred and eight inches is a lie when it comes to backing material, which is one hundred and six inches wide and advises pre-laundering because it shrinks.

Some kinds of batting reek and need a pre-wash in a protective bag.

If I had it to do over, I’d pre-wash and iron all the fabrics. As is it, I can only hope nothing shrinks.

I can no longer thread a needle first try every time. Closing one eye and doing it over a contrasting color to the thread—I used my bare foot—helps.

Precision and attention to detail are extremely important. You can’t do a good job without both.

If you are sleep-deprived, you have no business holding scissors. I nearly ruined this quilt.

A quilt big enough for a bed will disrupt your home. The sewing machine and ironing board will be set up for months, and unless you have a quilting frame, your floor is co-opted, too.

If I were smarter, I’d have relearned the craft (not used in forty plus years) on something substantially smaller, like a baby quilt or a lap throw.

Finding and using every cotton print in the theme adds needless busy-ness to the finished product. I’d have been fine with half as many skulls, skeletons, flames, and musical notes.

A simple pattern is your friend. No diagonals or curves, since they add difficulty levels you don’t need until you’re ready for a challenge. Large pieces cut and assembled into squares or rectangles let the cool fabrics star rather than the complex patterns (that starred because quilts used the worn fabric of old clothing).

Red stands out way more than purple of equal color intensity.

Tying off a quilt—a much faster option than actual quilting—will hurt your back, your knees, and lots more.

There will be blood. Especially if you use cheap-ass pins made in China or Pakistan. It’s hard to find good pins in stores now.

If you include a print that must be straight, such as a musical score, it will be printed crooked and look stupid. Both the red- and the white-background ones were off, the white one really a lot.

The creator sees only the flaws; the recipient sees only the love--I hope.

The pictures I just now took are large, so click through to see.

The back (https://i.imgur.com/S2atVGl.jpg), which is rumpled and imperfect.

The front (https://i.imgur.com/CbdwDJg.jpg), suitable for a metal girl/professor who loves purple and her musician/professor husband-to-be, assuming they never want to sleep again, because man, this is busy!

Maryn, who still doesn't have a dress for the wedding but can always wrap herself in the quilt

Orianna2000
08-10-2018, 12:02 AM
Wow, Maryn! That's a huge quilt! Good for you, finishing it on time! I'm sure they'll love it. :Thumbs:

I tried to make a baby quilt one time. Had NO CLUE what I was doing. Didn't read up on how to make a quilt or anything. I wasn't even an expert on regular sewing yet. I just cut out a bunch of pink flannel squares and pink floral flannel squares. A couple years later, after I knew more about sewing in general, I pulled out the project and realized seam allowances, duh. The squares were way too small to actually do anything with, so I ended up tossing the entire thing. Lesson learned!

Ol' Fashioned Girl
08-14-2018, 06:32 AM
Maryn's words are very much worth repeating!

And, Maryn, that is one beautiful quilt. Seriously. The first thing I saw was the love... and then I loved what I saw!




Things I learned making a quilt

Quarter-inch mistakes, done a handful of times in a project with a finished size of one hundred and eight inches, matter enough that things will not line up when they should.

One hundred and eight inches is a lie when it comes to backing material, which is one hundred and six inches wide and advises pre-laundering because it shrinks.

Some kinds of batting reek and need a pre-wash in a protective bag.

If I had it to do over, I’d pre-wash and iron all the fabrics. As is it, I can only hope nothing shrinks.

I can no longer thread a needle first try every time. Closing one eye and doing it over a contrasting color to the thread—I used my bare foot—helps.

Precision and attention to detail are extremely important. You can’t do a good job without both.

If you are sleep-deprived, you have no business holding scissors. I nearly ruined this quilt.

A quilt big enough for a bed will disrupt your home. The sewing machine and ironing board will be set up for months, and unless you have a quilting frame, your floor is co-opted, too.

If I were smarter, I’d have relearned the craft (not used in forty plus years) on something substantially smaller, like a baby quilt or a lap throw.

Finding and using every cotton print in the theme adds needless busy-ness to the finished product. I’d have been fine with half as many skulls, skeletons, flames, and musical notes.

A simple pattern is your friend. No diagonals or curves, since they add difficulty levels you don’t need until you’re ready for a challenge. Large pieces cut and assembled into squares or rectangles let the cool fabrics star rather than the complex patterns (that starred because quilts used the worn fabric of old clothing).

Red stands out way more than purple of equal color intensity.

Tying off a quilt—a much faster option than actual quilting—will hurt your back, your knees, and lots more.

There will be blood. Especially if you use cheap-ass pins made in China or Pakistan. It’s hard to find good pins in stores now.

If you include a print that must be straight, such as a musical score, it will be printed crooked and look stupid. Both the red- and the white-background ones were off, the white one really a lot.

The creator sees only the flaws; the recipient sees only the love--I hope.

The pictures I just now took are large, so click through to see.

The back (https://i.imgur.com/S2atVGl.jpg), which is rumpled and imperfect.

The front (https://i.imgur.com/CbdwDJg.jpg), suitable for a metal girl/professor who loves purple and her musician/professor husband-to-be, assuming they never want to sleep again, because man, this is busy!

Maryn, who still doesn't have a dress for the wedding but can always wrap herself in the quilt

Filigree
08-14-2018, 10:40 AM
Maryn, that quilt is GORGEOUS. You might have been able to settle for fewer patterns, but I love the balance of what you have. Go bold or go home...

I crowed about it on other forums, but two of my fiber art books just sold to a museum in the Pacific NW.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
08-15-2018, 12:05 AM
Outstanding, Filigree!

Chase
08-17-2018, 10:04 PM
Not a quilter am I nor Kay, yet our home is draped with quilts of every shape and design thanks to Kay's daughter who tirelessly quilts and even works in a quilt shop.

When we moved our quilted queen to the guest room in favor of a king articulated bed, by that Christmas, we were blessed by a quilt the size of our front lawn to over the expanse. Both quilts are surely worth more than the beds themselves.

Older and smaller quilts hang on a wood rack I needed to buy Kay for Mother's Day. Still others are stored for winter TV watching in a special ottoman for the purpose.

All the wonderful benefits without lifting a needle. :greenie