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Thread: Do you want to see some progress??

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    My motto is you have to make plenty of mistakes to learn anything worthwhile!!

    Its more important to me nowadays to enjoy learning all the different techniques and try not worry too much about what the end result may be!!

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    Even if there are flaws there that we can't see???? I said if... Its beautiful work and you are a gutsy lady to even try it. So there...

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    Izy: I'm again looking for my socks.......they've been knocked off by your beautiful work. Thank you so much for sharing. I'm so inspired and awe struck. Show us MORE! We thrive on seeing what everyone else is doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lois-nounoe
    Didn't think Spanish was a required language in this website!! :lol: :lol: :lol: If you don't mind I'll stick to looking at the pictures. To late in life to learn new lingo!!! :D :D
    hee hee you had me lost at Si!!! LOL.. Spanish is not a language that is used here.. Here in Canada we use English and French. Although here in Newfoundland we are known to have our own language too.. In fact, funny enough there is a HUGE Newfoundland dictionary... :)

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    Latest update here are closeups of my first attempt at quilting!! I haven't been brave enough yet to let loose in free motion so opted for the 'safe' option of in the ditch and echo - for now.....til I pluck up some courage!!
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    and theres more!!
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    and theres even more!!
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    You are doing some amazing embellishing work!! How do you like working with varigated threads? I have alot of them, but havent' used many. I have an Autumn theme quilt I am hoping to layer soon and start machine quilting, and I was thinkingof using those threads in it. I have 26 different fabrics in it, so I think it might work okay.

    You are doing an incredible job for your first quilt! You have certainly inspired me with your embellishing ideas!! you got me doing some thinking now :)

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    Glad I am inspiring you Aggi, its good to spread it around, thats how I got the confidence, little by little to experiment on each block, you can see my first blocks are very basic and classic and as my confidence grew so did the detail in the blocks, I was going to hand quilt alot of the blocks, but I am itching to get it finished now, and having bought this machine, it seems silly not to use it to its full potential...and the time saved is a blessing, the sooner I finished this one....the sooner I can get started on the next project!!

    You were asking about the variegated threads, this is the first thing I have done any sewing with them!! My first reaction was it has to be symetrical, but I have lightened up and now can appreciated the random effects!!

    What do you think of my assistant - look how sulky her face is when I caught her having a sneaky nap on my quilt while I went to 'spend a penny' lol!! :wink:
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    ooh your pooch is too cute for words and looks rather cozy on your quilt. Your assistant sounds like my little girl, Missy. She needs to nap test on every quilt before anyone else gets to use it!!
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    Missy is sooo cute toooo!! I feel really mean most evenings as I am handing stitching all the thread tails into my quilt, so I come through to the lounge and Sasha makes a beeline straight up on it - she may be little but she sure is heavy and the dirty looks I get when I have to move her so I can get to the next tail......well the first picture says it all!!!! :?

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    for a new quilter,i am jealous,
    beautiful work. keep it going

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izy
    I'm back!! My internet service went down on Sunday....and it has taken this long to get back on line!! Boy have I missed you all, but being positive...it has given me extra time to quilt lol!! I have settled down and
    relaxed into doing the quilting - and what the heck if the lines are quite straight or there is abit of puckering....its my first quilt!! I will post some close up pictures really soon, and will show you all the mishaps, so you can see its not so perfect as you may think!!!!

    Many thanks for all your lovely comments, you are all so generous with your compliments I feel humbled.
    Glad you are back on-line!

    I can't wait to see your first quilt. How exciting!! Make sure to take lots of pictures. I still kick myself that I didn't take any pictures of my quilts the first few years I made them. And since I gave everything away and many of them now belong to my Ex's family, I am unable to get any photos. :( Definitely learn from my mistake and take pictures! Of course that would kind of be a duh! wouldn't it? I mean, since you have to take a picture in order to post it here. :roll: Can you tell I've pulled just about an all-nighter to finish my UFO for my local guild meeting tonight? The things I'll do to avoid paying the $5 fine for not finishing. :P
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    Well a girl made from the same mold as me!! My dh just doesn't understand how you get into the 'zone' and sleep is such a waste of time!

    Hope your guild appreciate your dedication!! : :D

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    Izy:
    Your quilt is gorgeous and so is your pupper. Aggi, I like your baby kitty, too. I think all animals must be alike...mine are on the quilts every chance they get, too.

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    Your work is amazing, Where you a famous quilter in another life? Where you born with a needle and thread? What is your secret or you nitch? I'm kidding with you. I just love your work and your detail.

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    On my fathers side, my grandmother and her father before her were all tailors. As a young child I remember playing around her big old sewing machine and finding a lump of brown wax....when I asked what it was my grandad told me it was ear wax!!!! Put me off sewing for years lol!!

    My grandmother, right up until she died at 93 was still sewing including laundering and repairing the local football teams kit every week!! She mainly made wedding dresses,and was a very fine tailoress, but sadly we moved away when I was five and I only used to see her once a year, I was only thinking the other day, that she would be really proud to see me stitching away. I have vivid memories of her 'stash' cupboard in her bedroom that she used go through every visit I made when I grew up, she was always so generous.

    I have always enjoyed 'making things' I used to do alot of knitting for my boys and have dabbled abit in cross stitch but seem to have found my 'niche' in patchwork and quilting. I haven't had any training, just read alot on the net and make it up as I go along!!

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    You can bet that grandmother IS soooo very proud!!!

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    me quiero mi abuelita mucho !!

    So how do I say it in past tense then Lisa!! (I checked out all your family pictures - what a great looking bunch you all are too!!!) :-)

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    Grandmothers wings are just a flappin with joy. You know she is proud of you...........

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    I think you said it just perfectly that way!!! :wink: You love your grandmother very much :D .
    In Spanish, I'm drawing a blank LOL...I'll have to look that one up :wink:

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    Izy, your progress is looking really good. AAAHHHH...if only my mistakes were "as bad" as yours!! :lol:

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    Ah, Izy. I love your quilting. Love the fact that you pitched right in to do it by machine! I have one I'm working on that has carousel animals on it. I was thinking about machine stitching cause it would be easier and FASTER! But I chickened out and did them by hand. :( The animals are in a border like fabric so they are lined up one on top of the other. So far I have them quilted every other one. The thought of quilting around each and every one was daunting. Who knows though I might change my mind and do them all. :D I do have another 10 yds or so of the fabric so I'm thinking of making a smaller quilt to try the machine. Can you use regular all purpose thread or do you have to have special machine quilting threat? I know the process but knowing and doing are too different animals. :lol: :lol:

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    In my quilt I am using a random YLI machine quilting thread but boy did I have problems with it fraying.....until one of our leaders in the group advised me to use an embroidery needle in the machine, this having a large hole and being finer doesn't create as much friction on the thread as it passes through the needle and it has been much better. :-) :-)

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    Is your applique machine, or by hand? I'd also like to know about your celtic flower, the leaves look like,applique on top of applique, Is that the technique you used for the 2 shaded leaves. The lighter green on the darker green?

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