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Ferol’s Bday Quilt

Wayyyy back in February, I made another quilt. Then my computer became non-functional and went to the doctor for almost a month and then youknowhowlifegoes I forgot to catch up.

So here I am, catching up!

 

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Ouchie

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Quick cross stitch for a friend for (late) Christmas.

 

Lessons learned:

  • Cross stitching is *easy* when the intent is sloppiness.
  • I don’t know if I’ll ever care to use white thread on a white canvas.
  • I should definitely secure the threads better before framing. Also, iron better.

B List Quilts

Husband (!!) brought home some shirts from his workplace, and asked me to make quilts with the logos/tee shirt material.

Problems I anticipated:

-Having only 2 shirts, and thus only 2 logos, I was apprehensive that I’d ruin both. I put off this task for a couple of weeks, because I still feel like my projects are crap shoots. Sometimes they’re better than I anticipated … sometimes they’re much worse. At some point I just said there’s nothing I can do about it, and moved in.

-Tee shirt material is stretchy. I am not practiced or good at working with stretchy fabric. How much was I going to end up warping the material? Husband is in woodworking. Straight edges are kindof their thing. Have I sewn a straight line even once?

-Tee shirts came in two colors: Black and Very Dark Green. Green that’s almost as dark as black, in fact. I decided early on that I’m going to use a decent amount of white fabric to break up and hopefully differentiate the colors. Ha.

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They ended up being just about as bad as I expected! Of course, all of the tee shirt fabric stretched, near nothing is straight, and I even messed up about half of the corners. And I mis-read self-made patterns halfway through, so ended up with four separate mini-mini quilts, rather than one with four quadrants.

Lame.

Lessons Learned:

  • Don’t start without a *clear* vision. Don’t start before you’re ready. Don’t start without actually doing something to address initial concerns.
  • Always bind back to font. Always always always.
  • Pins hurt. Make sure to pin the right way.
  • Tighten the quilter’s foot more. I broke a needle because the foot got loose and the needle came down on top of it.
  • Try to square things up more often somehow. … Figure out best way to quilt straight.
  • Care for each strip. Losing motivation halfway through breeds sloppiness.
  • Learn how to do the Sawtooth block. That’d be a cool replacement for these First Tries.

PokeQuilt

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Quilt-gift for Pikachu. I think he liked it, though it must be hard for an 8 year old boy to muster up excitement for a quilt. He did *appreciate* it, which is something I appreciate about him. He also had specifically requested a quilt for his Pikachu, which was the inspiration for the fabric.

Lessons Learned:

  • Geometric patterned fabrics are hard to keep straight. Should pay much more attention and follow each line, every time (instead of like 4/8).
  • Quilting from the inside out is pretty awesome. These might be the straightest lines I’ve done so far.
  • Binding is getting better, but not quite there yet. Watch another video, plan out those mitered corners.

Ich Liebe Dich!

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I should learn how to do more fancy borders.

Lessons learned:

  • Plan first. Don’t use pencil.
  • Borders are nice. Use them more often.

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