Alanna - quilting is wonderful. Even I can do it, if I get help and go with simple designs. The best way to get started is to find a shop or guild, those women share their quilting like we share cross stitch. They are wonderful about help and getting started. (They also offer classes.) What I love the most is hand quilting, I put the fabric on a hoop and it's as good as cross stitch (but with no charts). I have found that I am apparently really fast (and have been told pretty good) because I use the same motions as all my other stitching, it all felt quite natural. I piece the big stuff on the machine then do the detail work by hand. I started it because I was trying to find more ways to use up all of my cross stitch and needlepoint pieces. I use them as blocks in my quilts. Works great for all of the little ones I have done over the years. My family has no wall space left for framed work, so now they are getting them as quilts.
Sounds great, Julie! I have had a look at patterns on line and in magazines, but they all seem fancy or complicated. I just want to do hexagons and nothing else- how hard is that?! I do have a sewing machine (although it's not with me at the moment) but know nothing about applique work. Yes, I can imagine that quilts would be a good way to use up your smaller cross stitch designs... I've seen this baby's quilt with Peter Rabbit designs cross stitched into the panels and it's adorable, but I just can't figure out how you would get the cross stitch material onto the fabric of the quilt... Oh well, that'll be a big project for me for when I go back to Australia. I'll have to find some sort of group or something once I'm there. Thanks for the info!
Such great ideas! When I finish a cross stitchpattern,have to clear my head first for a few days before I start a new one. So about 5 years ago started on a quilt, yes hexagons. Don't use the sewingmachine, do it by hand,because my thin cardboard hexagons are from corner to corner not 3 inches wide,to small to use a machine at least for me!. Haven't touched it in a long time, too busy with SQ. It will probably take me a lifetime. I think Julies idea is great, It's a neat way to use all those bits and pieces left from the stitching for a quilt.It makes it very special and personal.So I'll keep it in mind. It's like they say you learn every day something new
Fenny, glad my ideas inspired you. Stitching and sharing naturally go hand in hand. Alanna, there are several ways to incorporate cross stitch and quilting. One is, you just stitch your pieces on Aida, or linen and then use those as your quilt blocks. Another is use a product called "waste canvas" - it's fairly inexpensive and easy to work with. It is similar to needlepoint canvas but the glue (or what ever) that holds the corners together disolves in water. You baste or pin a piece of it on to pretty much anything, sitch your pattern, get it wet, then remove the threads, basically taking the background fabric away and leaving the stitching in place. You use that as your quilt block, the stitched piece on any fabric. It was originally designed for use on clothing, like T-shirts, sweatshirts, things that aren't even weave, or that are stretchy and hard to stitch on. I have done tons of kids clothes, and shirts as gifts this way. The other thing I have seen, and it sounds like this may be the type of quilt you saw, is the entire blanket is made up of even weave fabric, the center blocks you just stitch as you normally would. Yes, check in to local shops when you get to Australia, I have seen names of places there in quilting magagzines and on line.
Wow, thanks for all the info, Julie! That waste cloth sounds amazing! Oooooh, now I can't wait to get started, but I know I'd better wait for the right moment to do this project because I get a feeling I'm going to need LOTS of space!
It's good to have ideas for new projects what would we do without them!
But I'm a bit jealous when I hear about the beautiful shops you all seem to have. Where I live there's the one shop for the DMC, they do sell wool and some metallic yarn but that's about it. Probably have to go to Tel Aviv. But that's a cartrip for about 3 hours. So I go online, although it's not the same. Should not complain though, because they do have the right floss. I'll wait till the end of november when we go to Holland for a family visit. I'll enjoy that, there are always new things on the market from what I read in the forum.
Like the new addition from Monet, Meredith that one goes on my wishlist.
Saw the sites from rifestitch, so many beautiful pictures and updates and so much more!
Don't worry, Fenny, I don't have any shops here either and have to buy everything online too, and when it arrives I get charged tax on it as well! I'm looking forward to actually having a shop with real live people in it! I buy most of my supplies from sewandso.co.uk and they are fantastic!
Well, new info every day. Thanks Alanna , you know exactly how it feels. Do you have to order your floss as well? The adress you sent me is great, prices very good and since I don't live in the EU even cheaper than for you. Since I got into the computer , about half a year ago, my world became suddenly much bigger.
Am still learning to get the hang of it but so far so good.
Glad you like the shop, Fenny. They really are outstanding. I've never had a problem with them and the one time they accidently forgot something in my order I called up and they shipped it to me that very day with their compliments! They also have a fantastic range- I get everything from them from floss to fabric to accessories, and even the odd pattern.