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Surely there are some newbies/oldies that need some help out there? How can we help?

Started by Julie Beard yesterday. 0 Replies

Well I've been back for just a few weeks and have made a decision to try and make this site more active. So I am writing to all members asking how can we get more involved. With the aim to help out…Continue

Your first quilt

Started by QuilterBridget. Last reply by Sharron Marie Abrams Oct 10, 2016. 188 Replies

What did you make for your very first quilt?  Or if you are making your first one now, what is it?  For my very first quilt I made a lap size Log Cabin.  I used the book, "Log Cabin in a Day" by…Continue

What are you working on?

Started by QuilterBridget. Last reply by Pat Mathison Apr 9, 2016. 4 Replies

I haven't been on this site in a really long time!  Welcome to anyone new!  I was in a long dry spell. So now I'm back (again!) and I'm overwhelmed with all of the projects I stopped in the middle…Continue

Beginner

Started by Denise Stark. Last reply by Rose Guthrie Apr 8, 2016. 14 Replies

I so want to quilt, however everytime I try, the trash gets something new. I can't seem to keep straight or square and get frustrated and start over and over and over. Have tried many patterns, but…Continue

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Comment by Julie Beard yesterday

More to add about my ongoing saga of the bedroom cushion tonight. In finishing off the front section of my cushion I have decided that I am way too particular when it comes to terrible hand stitching without guidelines! So I've started ripping my stitching out again. But I'm also repairing it at the same time and it's taking so much longer than I thought. So I'm going to start making other simple cushion projects with the aim of smooth sailing and get some other ufo's pojects finished too. Think me crazy let me know! 

Comment by Julie Beard on March 21, 2017 at 12:29pm

Hi Kay,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write and make a wonderful comments. Must apologise for not responding sooner.  No email sprung forth informing of your comment, plus I have been a bit under the weather lately.  Needless to say I have almost completed the correction to the corner that I fudged. So I will take another picture to show soon to show you all of what I've done. I am rather happy to report that the front is certainly starting to look pretty smart now!  

Comment by Kay Clark on March 14, 2017 at 7:22am
Julie Beard, your dresdan plate cushion is beautiful! I love how the colors look in the echo quilting!
Comment by Julie Beard on March 14, 2017 at 12:52am

Hello One and all,

It's been a long time since I posted anything in the newbies group! My quilting journey as some of you know has had an interruption due to my left hand injury. But it now need gentle nuturing from now on. So no long sessions of sewing and more regular breaks.

At the moment I am making a dresdan plate cushion but have got myself into a pickle!  Which has required me to unpick a section in the right corner of the cushion I am working on! Dread has made me put my project on the ironing board in horror! It is in need of serious adjustment.I now need also more thread so I will journey out to get some tomorrow from a store in my city.

Here is a picture of the cushion front prior to my discovery of the issue. I decided to take my echo to the border of the cream fabric thus my issue. Hence forth my problem. I now know when you are relying on a ninety degree corner don't try gentle fudging as you go! Because it can cause you to stray, and thus I caused my own mistake. What I should have done in hindsite drafted lines out!!!!

Now for fixing my problem will require some gentle correction so I don't distort the overall general look of the whole project. Here what my front looks like currently below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 You can see that I have now done an outline which will guide me more in my stitching process. I will start tackling it after I have got some more thread! But I'm liking it's general look though! Would love to hear what you think. Leave me some comments please. 

Glad to be back and hope you will all come and join me in the fun to get the newbies group going more in 2017 and helping others with their projects! Happy quilting to all. Julie Beard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment by Jennifer Schifano Thomas on January 1, 2015 at 1:28pm

Happy New Year everyone!

Comment by Riana Noyes on October 29, 2014 at 8:42am

lnstead of wire, how about doing the bullion st. while couching down the yarn...OR dip the yarn to be couched in glue, (& dry)...this would have to be one that won't dissolve when/if washed. How about tiny beads instead of french knots on the ends of  ones in "foreground" of your picture?

Comment by Julie Beard on October 27, 2014 at 12:39pm

Hello Ladies, it's been a while since I was here.  Nice to be back and still see some familiar faces and of course I have a question?  I am planning to make an art quilt and want to 3D some very fine flower stamen like. The flower I want to use is the aussie wattle each flower head is made up with very fine tenticles.  I am thinking if they were flat either use couching and a knot of some sort like french knot. As I want the tenticles to stand out I need to stiffen them I am thinking perhaps of using a very fine wire covered in some way.  Does any one else have any suggestions to offer and how I would applique it onto the surface of a wall hanging also without it dragging down the quilt!  Would great appreciate any feedback or suggestions.  With many thanks Julie.

Comment by Andrea Reaves on September 19, 2014 at 10:38am

Just wanted to say happy Friday! I'm going to be spending the day going to different fabric stores today and work on my quilt.  It's the first time in 14 years I have had a weekday where all 3 of my children are gone at school so can actually do something I want. And so after much deliberation ( ok so more like 30 seconds) I decided that I want new fabric lol

Comment by Riana Noyes on September 17, 2014 at 9:21pm

Andrea, your fingers will get a thicker skin after the heat from the iron and mini scratches from pins toughen it up..but the odd prick is inevitable :( 

Comment by Andrea Reaves on September 17, 2014 at 2:08pm

Thanks patbruck and Beth, I have been taking notes on everything you guys have told me and hung it above my ironing board so next time i'm ready to iron it will remind me. patbruck, I started working on my weathervane block after I made the last comment and already I have 2 bandaids on. My biggest issue is that I bleed through them. Luckily a lot of the fabrics i'm using are darks and reds so it hopefully will hide anything coming through. I think I just need to take more time and slow down a little, or at least figure out where my fingers are lol

 

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