Any quilters or sewers......

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  1. big-girl

    big-girl Well-Known Member

    ......I am a quilter and sewer.........why does that word sewer always remind me of a drain type thing???........anyway, I am a quilter........I make all manner of things, from large quilts to baby quilts, to throws, cushions, table runners, coasters........I even made a wigwam for my 4 year old nieces last birthday.......I am also just breaking into dress making, my daughter would love me make clothes for her that she has designed and I would like to have some clothes that are just right - you know the right length, style, colour, etc instead of only buying what fits me in the store LOL........it's not the best hobby when trying to lose weight as you do spend most of the day sitting at a machine but I love it, I cannot let a day pass without me stitching something, no matter how big or small.......

    So just wondered if there were any other quilters out there???
     
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  3. Berniea

    Berniea Well-Known Member

    Hi big-girl, I have just started sewing, not that good at it so have just bought some cheap material to practice on. I would love to design my own clothes eventually so my daughter bought me a book for my birthday that shows you how to make your own patterns, haven't tried it yet as getting my head around using a normal pattern first!! Have cut out a dress though so hopefully should start sewing that together this week :D
     
  4. Emmaline

    Emmaline The Tortoise

    Hi Big-girl, Have wanted to get into quilting for some time now. Asked on another forum (craft forum) about what was needed to start and was quite surprised at how much it takes, what with those cutters etc,. So had to postpone it for now.
    Did join a class but then found that it wasn't actually a teaching class, more like a get together for a chat and you picked up what you could from other people.
    Did go to a tapestry class some time back and learned how to do some fab stitches and made some really nice things. Will have to try to put a pic of the sample stitches that I have in a folder.
    Also, (hope I'm not getting too boring!..lol!!) I used to make dolls and still have alot of material, ribbons, lace etc, as they were fully (un)dressable with coat, hat, dress and pantaloons. Used to sell them for a fiver each and did make a fair bit of money too.
    Perhaps you would post pictures of your handiwork for us to see...:)
     
  5. Daizy

    Daizy Well-Known Member

    Hi big-girl
    How's you? I knit!
    Making a knitted quilt at the moment. It's going to
    Take me ages.
    Went out for a lovely lunch today with a very
    Lovely friend
    Xxx
     
  6. big-girl

    big-girl Well-Known Member

    Hi Berniea, always best to start off with cheap material, my only advise would be to prewash the fabric first, cheaper materials usually shrink, so you want that shrinkage to happen before you make your clothes......in fact all dressmaking fabrics tend to shrink.....the last thing you want to do is make something you love and then after wearing it once and washing it, it no longer fits :)
     
  7. big-girl

    big-girl Well-Known Member

    Hi Emmaline, if i can work out how/where to post some pics i will.....i'm a self taught quilter and some of the stuff they tell you that you need isn't really necessary.....you do need a rotary cutter and quilters ruler, but apart from that the rest is pretty much buy it as and when you want it :)
     
  8. big-girl

    big-girl Well-Known Member

    hi Daizy, I used to knit, but prefer to sew now....although i'd love a knitted throw, theres a gorgeous one in Cath Kidston, just red and blue squares, really simple but i love it.......i love having something to do with my hands, stops me snacking :)
     
  9. Daizy

    Daizy Well-Known Member

    Yes big- girl I do believe I've seen the one in Cath kidson
    Sadly my one is far more complicated and takes me at least an evening just to do one square. It has beads knitted into some and cable knit on others and patterns also!!!
     
  10. Daizy

    Daizy Well-Known Member

    I'm off now. Gonna clean my patio pots.
    May burn a calorie or two. Lol
     
  11. big-girl

    big-girl Well-Known Member

    Ooh Daizy your squares sound lovely and good on you for cleaning the patio pots, maybe I should do a bit more gardening!!!
     
  12. Daizy

    Daizy Well-Known Member

    No. Gardening is not my thing. Just if I dont do it nobody will. Hehe
     
  13. big-girl

    big-girl Well-Known Member

    Haha, it's not my thing either, I kill everything.......have tried hanging baskets and pots, but I forget to water them enough.......did have a beautiful flower bed planted up once, after everything flowered we cut it all back as advised, but when it all started growing again after the winter, my hubby dug it all up thinking it was weeds!!!!!
     
  14. Berniea

    Berniea Well-Known Member

    Haven't had time to start sewing yet but all I have bought is cheap material so I can practice. The size doesn't matter as I'm not happy making something for the size I am so it will just be put aside anyway, waiting for me to shrink myself lol
     
  15. big-girl

    big-girl Well-Known Member

    Haha, I love that, if only it were as easy as just shrinking ourselves :D I have enough clothes packed away in the loft which are all various sizes, but most of them a lot smaller from when i lost my weight before......am looking forward to getting back into them, especially my black jeans - i loved them.......
     
  16. Daizy

    Daizy Well-Known Member

    I've got some black jeans too. Levis 501 I had fitted for me when I'd list weight before. Never actually wore them. Ops
     
  17. big-girl

    big-girl Well-Known Member

    Daisy you'll get into your black jeans this time :)
     
  18. Daizy

    Daizy Well-Known Member

    Mmm not sure I will as when I got the black jeans I was at my very slimest and I'm not sure it's realistic to eva be that slim again
     
  19. big-girl

    big-girl Well-Known Member

    Well either way you have something to aim for LOL
     
  20. Perpleo

    Perpleo Well-Known Member

    i sew :D i also crochet too which ive been more into recently making flowers and cute amigurumis
     
  21. Emmaline

    Emmaline The Tortoise

    I also knit and especially love knitting Aran sweaters - the more intricate the pattern, the better.

    Used to knit these when I was living in Ireland, me and another English woman, and then they were sold as "Genuine Irish Knitted" .... :D
     
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