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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 609854 views.
Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


but WAIT!  There's more!  LOL!

When I had been rummaging through my fabric scraps, i came across a very intriguing piece of a cat motif fabric that seemed to be of a suede-like texture .. kinda like upholstery fabric.  It was just a very small piece but more than enough to make a Open Wide pouch.  I asked my girls if any of them would be interested in a pouch made from this fabric and my middle daughter, Lisa, raised her hand.

Below is the Open Wide pouch I made with this fabric.  The contrast band is an option offered by the tutorial.  The fabric I used for the contrast band is a drop-dead gorgeous piece of coppery- taffeta that is intentionally "textured".   

Years ago, when Lisa was participating in vintage and re-enactment dances, I made a 1940s style dress for her with that coppery taffeta.  I had made this particular dress because my mother had a very similar looking dress which had a beautiful taffeta petticoat to wear underneath.  I don't know what happened to the dress, but I still have the petticoat .... so I made a dress for Lisa to wear and use the petticoat.  :-)   I'm sure when Lisa sees this zip pouch, she will immediately remember that dress.  :-)

You can't tell the suede texture from the photo, but it is there.  The tassel is a commercial one that I bought.

And here is the interior:

And in case anyone is interested in the swing dress I made for Lisa, here's a picture of her twirling in it!

and THIS is my Mom's petticoat that Lisa is wearing under the dress.




Mishii said:

“Hey, that one I did today was great. It was square and flat and no open seams. See? You can do good stuff!”  I went and looked at the quilt and had to tell him….yeah, that was Ellen’s. 

ROTFL!!!!  Husbands, go figure!


From: Mishii


A discussion to be had for sure. I think it ranks up there with hand vs machine quilting. Who is the real quilter?

In my case, it doesn’t really matter since I’m not entering shows or showing my work to anyone.  I can see it being a source of contention in the show circuit. 

Is there a difference between this and using an embroidery machine? Or the machine used to cut out the appliqué?  Or heck, rulers, rotary cutters, and templates or even the paper pantographs?

At what point do the tools we use to improve our work make it not our work? (I’ve been watching #### and the City lol)

We did discover there is a pretty significant learning curve and a whole other skill set. Quite frankly I can stitch an edge to edge in probably 1/3 of the time it takes the computer to do it. I wouldn’t have been able to use the drama mask pattern though so there is that. 

Perhaps there are people that can go sew while it is quilting, but that hasn’t been our experience. It works perfectly while you watch it. Walk away and you instantly run out of bobbin or your thread breaks or something pleats. 

I think I will wind up using it for the things I’m not capable of doing - like the drama masks. I would have completed the quilt and it would have been fine. This just makes it extra. It was a tshirt quilt using tshirts from her years in a local theater. 

Had I known then what I know now, would I have still purchased it? Hmm, dunno. Without it, Pita wouldn’t have gotten involved and I would still have a stack of tops instead of a stack of quilts. But since I prefer quilting over piecing, is that a good thing?  On the other hand, I don’t retire for another 12 years. Would I have really discovered the worm hole that gave me more hours in the day?

Things to ponder. 

Love your bags. I really like those flaps. Those were a big thing years ago, I remember seeing those used along in art quilts, I think in the 90's.

Ya know if I could I would jump at getting the computer. There are so many things it could do in combination with free motion. I also like some of the amazing all over designs. 

I have seen some amazing artistic things done with computer machines and it is all about putting it all together. 


From: Mishii


Yes, it is very time consuming though and a whole new skill set. 

One day I will be able to do the basics and then freehand the fills and fun stuff.

As soon as Pita figures it all out and can show me

He has a background as a surveyor so is very very familiar with CAD stuff. He says this one is pretty simplistic so should be able to make his own patterns and stuff. He is enjoying the computer part. He is not so impressed with the loading part. Lol


From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)


I had decided to do applique for the mane instead, based on looking at some carousel horses.  But right now I don't think there is room for it.  I'll wait a bit and see how the spacing works out.


From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)


oh very nice!  Glad you were able to put them to use.  Just FYI, the 4.5" strips of teddy bear fabric I sent you were given to me by Denise Ware several years ago.  She had cut up several yards for donation quilts but then decided she would never make them.  I had used a few pieces from them and kept some others.  But knew I'd never use all of it.  Hopefully you will find a use for it.


From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)


question regarding the applique quilting group on FB.  Just recently it stopped letting me post, saying my ID was less than 6 months old. umm, yeah - I did a new ID that is for quilting only.  But why would that preclude me from posting? - they let me join why not post?  I've tried messaging the moderators but with no response.  and of course I cannot post to ask why I cannot post.  So I found another one called Celebrate Hand applique instead. stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes  bit irritating.

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)


I wouldn't want the computer either but the zippers are a great idea.  I know Ami has them and has used them.  My leaders were velcroed on but I only had one set so that was that.  Pita is going to have to use the computer to do a few quilts to make the expense worth it.  He has trapped himself.wink