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When I am wanting to try a new technique I start by making a small project..... a couple of years ago I wanted to do some applique using 'invisible thread' so a did a block with holly leaves and cut fabric in preparation for a bag... and in the cupboard it sat.... until now....
hope I can fill it with some loveliness
Not only do I have a UFO done - but something is ready for Christmas too
It is a very nice day here today; sun has been out most of the day..still a bit cold. But the snow is melting still.
This quilt is a commissioned quilt; a lady did the cross stitching on it; I hand quilted and bound it. I actually don't care for the blocks being left unquilted; but this is what it called for....I would do more if it was mine...
So; #7 is done...I am going to take a little break from the quilting for about a week; I think. Fingers need to heal. But I'll still be here checking on all the other finishes....love to see all of them.. you can't see in this picture; but the back is white and bound in dusty rose...
I work as a nurse in a hospital and we aren't alowed to wear our uniforms outside the hospital. So my colleague and I needed some big bags to put our workingshoes and uniform in. Some nice bags. But everytime something got in between. But last week I finally finshed them.
This one is mine.
And this one is for my colleague. (You can see two UFO's I have to finish).
Thank you to Helen for sharing this sweet project with anyone who wanted to join.
This was a mini Round Robin. I stitched the centre block added fabrics and passed on to the other 3 creative Gals in my group.....Kerryn,Cat and Kerry.
I'm really please with how this turned out. I used charm squares from Kansas Troubles.I did make a few changes on Helen's pattern and so did some others in the group.
Last year I started 12 blocks from Sentimental Journey stitcheries... instead of making one quilt I have decided these would go into individual items..... this month I made one of them into a drawstring bag for stitchers affected by floods in Queensland.... only the one bag witht the stitchery quote is a UFO... the others are new (I didn't have a separate picture):
This weekend I worked on Free Motion Quilting and finished off this quilt that has been lurking.....
I wasn't sure about the colours which is why it took me ages to do
... but as a finished item it is not too bad...
my first attempt at a fairly loose meandering
...... improved as I went along....
a tip I learnt
make sure the needle is in properly!
I especially like the fabric used for the border..... cheers it up a bit .....
Thanks Wendy and Dawn for the invitation to join this blog. I've been reviewing my list of UFO's and it's a little bit scary. I even started to think about the definition for "having started" but I think by any definition these have been started.......... Hopefully there'll be a few less by the end of 2011. It's certainly encouraging seeing all the wonderful items being completed by others.
I really love that this blog exists! It has been great to see everyone's completed projects and be inspired to get back into sewing!
This poor little pillow's stuffing has been beaten down, so it is nice and soft...a wee bit too soft!
I have had some sample squares of fabric that I purchased for next to nothing! Seriously! A furniture store was closing down last summer and my hubby and I saw the samples in a corner... We picked out about 20 squares (17x17 inches each) (some printed and some plain) for a couple of dollars! None of them were identical, since they were samples used for customers to choose fabric for their furniture and accessories.
This past Weds, I didnt have to work, so I went to Hancock's fabric and bought some decorative rope trim. Last night, I sewed one pillow and this morning, I did the second one. I had old pillows that I used the batting or filler from....so these cost $7 for each pillow (The cost of the trim was the most expensive part).
And here is the back...the fabric for the back is sooo soft!
...just in time for our younger daughter and her boyfriend's
long 10 hour drive to our home.
(my hubby and I get to meet him for the first time)
And thank you to those that answered my question previously about what sewing machines you use. I have been looking and looking and having a hard time deciding! I love quite a number of the machines that were mentioned, but some were more expensive than I felt I should spend.
I did decide and purchase from Overstock.com this Brother brand. (It was on sale and with free shipping.) So...yay! I was able to try it out for the first time on these pillows! And it worked great! (I had given my old machine to our older daughter, so have been without a machine for about a year!...a big reason that I have mainly been hand quilting :o)
Here is my machine. ...it is very easy and the manual gives great instructions! (It comes with a rolling carrying case too :o)
Oh! many of you are familiar with models that can do many things, but I was amazed that they make sewing machines that can really thread the needle! haha...Yay for such brilliant people that invent things like that!
Also thank you so much for all you experienced quilters that have answered some of my questions!
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