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Do you ever do your own machine quilting, Alex? I like doing the smaller lap-sized quilts, and I did do a larger quilt for my sister - but not again!
I will quilt small lap quilts and the like, but not big quilts. I just cant seem to get the sort of result that I want. I much prefer the patchwork rather than quilting.
I quilted the first queen size quilt I ever made - our wedding quilt but it was a disaster and after nearly 20 years is now used as a picnic rug as its all come apart and is unsalvagable.
I know it costs abit to get it quilted, but I figure it is worth it as it will better in the long term and it means that I will actually finish them - rather than have a cupboard full of quilt tops that I keep putting off doing. I would like to learn how to stipple though - I have a practise now and again, but still seem to not get a smooth line.
>3 I do understand! That's my philosophy also. I enjoy doing the smaller quilts myself. My first machine quilted quilt was a full sized watercolor strip quilt that had a heavy cotton batting. It was just wavy lines but it was a tough slog (and shows it).
I've been using the new green poly batting made from recycled materials (in lieu of other poly batting) for some small quilts, depending on the quilt, and other projects (bags, table runners). I believe in using recycled products when I can and I don't see any difference between this and the regular poly batting (except that it's green).
I usually use cotton batting or a wool blend. The latest thing here seems to be bamboo batting but I have never used it.
I also try to use Australian made where possible with batting.
Most of the fabric I buy is American (well at least the design is but I guess even the US doesnt do alot of its own cotton making and printing anymore?)
I'm going to tackle my first quilt once I get my new sewing machine and I plan to have it professionally quilted as well. The fabric I have is just too beautiful to ruin. Once I get the hang of things (i.e., the machine), I might tackle machine quilting on my own but I think I'll need some lessons first.
>5 You know, I don't know what percent is actually made and printed here in the US. They were still doing it in the 70s - back when there were only 3 or 4 cotton mills. Given the history of the fabric industry in this country—which began in the area I now live—it would not surprise me if they outsource a lot of it to Indonesia. Hmm. I might have to march over to the Textile Museum and inquire!
>^ I can't wait for that tackling! Very exciting!
Thanks Amanda. Its just not my sort of colours really but they will go well at my sister's place.
I enjoyed making it throughout 2010. It was my Tuesday night sewing group project. I just need to find one for 2011 now!
Your quilt is spectacular, Alex! Your sister is lucky to be getting it!
I would have enjoyed shopping at your table! I can't quite tell what everything is -- what are those interesting objects in the basket that look like they have wooden handles? And are those your own embroidery designs? They're really charming. Do you sell on Etsy by any chance?
Your pincushions are a hoot! And I would have had to have scooped that cat pillow for my mother. Very clever and beautifully made things, Primlil.
Cute stuff! I love the pincushions, too, and also wondered about the wooden-handled objects in the basket. Can't quite make them out!
Thanks for posting the pics!
Oh, fabulous. I would have been right beside Maggie shopping at your table. The little embroidery scissors with pepper (?) pincushion are awfully cute.
I've done craft fairs a couple of times. A few back in the late 80s and one a few years back. I've discovered that as soon as I start making things en masse and for sale, I lose the joy in it. But that's just me. I have a number of acquaintances who do this every year (one is currently into making those Japanese sock animals).
Thanks for all your nice comments.
MaggieO - they are 'prim angels' in the basket - they are calico heads/bodies and not wood. No I am not clever enough to design so just use others patterns for most things. Although I usually change things. Sorry I don't sell on Etsy - not enough time in my day at present. If you have seen something you like send me a PM and we can see what we can do. Although the postage from Australia may be prohibitive.
Avaland - yes I think the effort involved in selling handmade items far outweighs what monetary return you get - I think I should just sew for pleasure - life would be alot simpler! The embroidery scissors are attached to hand dyed wool 'strawberries' although my husband thinks they look like chillies as well. I think they are termed 'scissor fobs'. Some of the scissors are the ones I brought at Plimouth Plantation when we were there! ;o)
>18 I will say that my craft fair experiences were a bit fun. I always enjoyed looking around at what others had made, and chatting with my booth neighbors.
I can still see the two of you there in Plimouth, in the smokey longhouse stroking the deer pelts... (obviously that was before the scissors).
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