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Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hiya
« on: November 08, 2020, 14:40:03 PM »
Hello and welcome @HooliganHeart

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hi newbie here from Blackpool
« on: November 08, 2020, 14:37:18 PM »
Hello there and welcome. I'm a newbie too and have found everyone to be so knowledgeable and encouraging on here. Have fun and learn a lot!

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: My First Quilt
« on: November 07, 2020, 15:01:56 PM »
Thank you Imi. My local shop only had polyester wadding and I knew my daughter would appreciate it as it's light. I've bought some cotton wadding now though to try in my next project  :) My squares were cut at 4.5 inches, so made 4 inch on completion.

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: My First Quilt
« on: November 06, 2020, 22:35:14 PM »
Well done.  How did you do the writing?

I used a template to trace letters on to a piece of white paper, then used a light box to trace on to material with a fabric marker pen.

The quilt is a bit hap hazard with regard to colours and writing, but in my defence I mostly used fabric that I already had and my enthusiasm to get it finished got in the way. The next quilt I make will be properly planned and I will take my time with it.

Thank you all for your comments.

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: My First Quilt
« on: November 06, 2020, 18:27:45 PM »
I'm sorry if it's too big but I haven't worked out how to reduce it in size yet  :headbang:

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: My First Quilt
« on: November 06, 2020, 18:20:02 PM »
  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  Well here it is .... a small thing (well bigger than I intended lol), but all my own work  :)

I hope you dont mind, I cropped your image so we see more quilt and less background... BTW its beautiful! Imi xxx

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: My First Quilt
« on: November 05, 2020, 11:21:14 AM »
I will post a picture as soon as I get my subscription sorted  0_0 0_0

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / My First Quilt
« on: November 04, 2020, 22:23:58 PM »
Well I did it. I made my first quilt  :faints: It's supposed to be a lap quilt but is large enough to cover a single bed lol, it's a gift for my daughter and she loves it. I have to say I learned a lot along the way.
1. I should have started off with something small for my first attempt!
2. For my next quilt I will make a plan first, even though it's not really in my nature, I realise it's something I will have to get to grips with.
3. Sewing can be back breaking, and I need to learn to pace myself and not be in such a rush to finish the project.
4. Learning how to bind the quilt, and breaking into a huge smile when the ends joined successfully.  0_0
5. I didn't have a large enough hard surface to fasten the backing fabric to when making the quilt sandwich.
6. Sewing a straight line needs a lot of concentration lol.
7. Making something to give to someone you love is very satisfying.

I'm sure there are lots of things I've omitted, but nevertheless I thoroughly enjoyed the process and it's a journey I will be going on again soon.... but maybe with a smaller project  :thumbsup:

Current Projects / Re: Christmas Craft 2020
« on: October 25, 2020, 15:37:40 PM »
Made some table mats and coasters....

Oh they're so cute  :)

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Binding Width
« on: October 25, 2020, 12:05:39 PM »
Do you use a 2 1/2" or 2 1/4" binding for your quilts? Is it just a matter of preference, or is there a reason for the difference in width?

Thank you for the replies. I never even knew such a thing existed as a colour catcher, and will certainly give them a try. I generally buy fat quarters from Hobbycraft and wash them by hand first to see if the colours run, which obviously some have done.

Gorgeous quilt Iminei  :)

I find it so frustrating when buying fat quarters. The colours and patterns draw me in to purchase them, then when I wash them I find the dark colours like blue and red bleed quite a lot. Does anyone else find this, and if so, what do you use these for as I'm reluctant to use them in any project that requires washing again. I suppose the obvious answer is don't buy fat quarters with dark colours, but sometimes it's hard to resist lol :rolleyes:

No I don't think it's the grain that's the problem. When I think about the way I iron  :thinking:, it's likely to be me that's the problem as I do tend to iron in one direction.

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Misshapen Fat Quarters
« on: October 10, 2020, 15:32:51 PM »
Whenever I buy material I always wash it to check if the colour will run. However, when it comes to cutting my fat quarters after I have I washed and ironed them, they are always misshapen. Is there any way to prevent this?

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: Safety first
« on: September 30, 2020, 20:50:52 PM »
If you cant show a scar .. youre not a Darksider!!!
No one told me there was an initiation ceremony  :S

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