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Date: 10/6/10 2:37 PM

I'm starting a quilting sew-along for anyone who is interested.

I've been sewing garments for 3 years but am frustrated at the lack of stylish plus size patterns. So I am going to try quilting instead(for awhile anyway)

Rules: Sew any type, any size, and use any techniques of quilting you wish! You can sew a bed or lap quilt, or a decorative wall quilt or a table runner or or or ANYTHING quiltyish!

We can go until the end of the year, and if people are still interested, then we can start a new thread for 2011.

This is my first quilt so I know it has to be easy. I am making 25cm squares and cutting them in half to make triangles, that's my pattern. The bottom half of each will be black with white pokadots, and the top half will alternate between 2 other materials. I'm not doing a border for this one.

Anyone interested? What are you working on?

-MapleCandy

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Date: 10/6/10 3:13 PM

I'm in sort of a quilty mood too lately. 'Course I'm also in a garment mood so mostly I'm just moody

Currently, I think I've got 4 things officially going.

1. Log cabin quilt: I pulled out a bunch of partially done blocks about 3 weeks ago. I think they are left over from a baby quilt I made in the mid-90s. Eeessh.. Not much more to do and I'll have enough for a cheerful yellow and white quilt. I was going to work on this last night but I ren out of white.

2. Landscape small wallhanging. Started this in a class at last week's expo. Cute enough. Not knocking my socks off but I thought it might e nice to actually finish something and size is small. I finished the top and layered it y'day.

3. Scrap quilt: on going project. I just like piecing sometimes and this is my project to just piece. It's a split 9 patch design. Each square of the nine patch finishes 1" and the ones on the diagonal are 2 pieces to make up that 1"!!! It's Jackie Robinson's Strip and Slash pattern.

4. Quilting a mystery quilt: Last night I pulled out a pieced top from a mystery quilt (designer is Dorothy .... [can't remember]). I have this in large sections, 3 I think, b/c I wanted to try machine quilting it in sections and then assembling the sections. last night I got a few more quilting lines on the one section I'd started a couple of years ago.

My NY's goal this year was to actually get a quilt finished finished I may do that by tying my log cabin quilt!!

JEF

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Date: 10/6/10 3:38 PM

MC if you cut your squares into triangles before you sew them, it will be easy to stretch the bias and and up with wonky Half-Square Triangles.

I use a method where you sew the squares together 1/4 from the diagonal, and then cut them apart yielding two matching HSTs.

Here's an explanation of the technique (not affiliated with the blogger, it was just the first one I found in google with good pictures).

Of course, if you've already cut your triangles this won't help...

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Date: 10/6/10 3:39 PM

I've got two quilts going on at the moment that seem to be taking me forever. One, I am doing now for the 3rd time because the first time I just wasn't accurate enough and my points just kept getting eaten in the seam allowances - but I loved the fabric combo I tried again, and again this time I'm cheating alot with fusible web for the nosegay on to the background, alot of mistakes I know will be there but I doubt anyone but the quilt police will see most of them.

The other is a dresden plate variation I saw on a magazine about a year ago and have been saving - that one has been slow but accurate.

I promised myself I wouldn't start any others till those two are finished. That's the goal - then i want to try some small landscape quilts - I've been collecting a few hand dyed's to have a go, I'm getting a bit tired of traditional quilt patterns even though I still have a list of them i want to try - I need a break so I thought I would try more art style.

Also thought I may try the hoop sisters ME quilts some of those look interesting to - but NOT till I finish my two half done ones.

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Date: 10/6/10 4:35 PM

I use to make quilts years ago, but I wasn't very good at it. And for a long time I wasn't interested in quilt making - I was obsessed with garment sewing. I love maple leaf quilts & a couple of years ago I decided I wanted to make one. Last year I found a pattern that I liked & made this. I love how it turned out. I haven't quilted it yet. Can't decide if I want to quilt it by hand or have it machine quilted. A few months ago I started a scrap rail fence & I'm almost finished with it. I'm also hand piecing a grandmother's flower garden that I hope to finish very soon. Just trying to decide what to start on next.

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Date: 10/7/10 6:02 AM

Ooh, count me in! Right now I'm making boatloads of 1 inch hexagons, but haven't completely decided how/what the quilt top will be (whether it will be an applique of hexagon flowers with appliqued stems/leaves on blocks or if I'm just going to sew all the hexagons into a scrappy quilt top.

I'm kind of leaning to the applique version simply because I don't think all the hexagons will work well together as one solid piece, but could do well with different patterns of flowers on a neutral back.

There are at least 2 people I'd like to make a baby quilt for and a friend of mine fighting cancer for whom I'd like to do a brilliantly colored wall hanging.

Anyway, in the meantime I've been basting tons of hexagons.

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Date: 10/7/10 1:42 PM

Tess - that is a great tip! (Your link really helped me too) I'll deffinitely use the method. thanks!

I got so excited last night that I cut out all my peices and have them pinned with the line drawn on them to sew, as Tess suggested. Now I just have to start the sewing part, which for me is the funnest part. :)

Aslinnd - don't give up you can finish them!

Beverly - your quilt is fabulous, I really like Maple leaf quilts too. How long did it take you?

Keep quilting ladies!

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Date: 10/8/10 1:47 PM

I have quite a few quilts on the go. I have one to finish for my nefew-in-law for xmas and several others.

Right now it looks like this:

2 queen sized quilts for my bedroom, 1 queen for my sisters (peices cut), 2 twins for 5 & 6 year old boys, "silent night" lap quilt for grandmother. So thats 6 quilts right now.. I also have several art quilts i would love to do, but require white fabric for it, which i don't have right now.

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Date: 10/8/10 2:15 PM

I'd like to join in! For Christmas last year, DH gave me 2 jelly rolls and one layer cake of a yellow/blue Moda fabric line. I found a pattern book for jelly rolls and took this with me as my vacation sewing project. From the fabric I have completed a full size top (still needing borders) and two lap quilts. One of the lap quilts has all layers pinned together and I've started the quilting. I'm using flannel as the batting.

I would like to quilt the full sized quilt myself, but my machine isn't really set up for horsing around a huge roll of fabric. When I get finished with these two lap quilts, I'll be searching, and maybe asking y'all! for ideas about quilt-as-you-go.

There are also several quilted UFO's lurking in this room, that we won't even talk about right now! Maybe with the help of a sew along, I'll move along on them!

Karen

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Date: 10/8/10 3:10 PM

Does anyone piece quilts by hand? What about quilting, do you hand quilt, machine quilt (if so, what kind of machine do you use?), or have someone else quilt it? Just curious.

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