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Orchid Quilt

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Candace, Jan 30, 2010.

  1. Candace

    Candace Kept Woman Supporting Member

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    So I decided to start making some quilts based on my plants. I still have to stitch these and use some cool contrasting thread...sort of like thread painting. But, it's a start. 2 blocks to start with and to try a few techniques with;)

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  2. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    Those look great!
     
  3. abaxter

    abaxter New Member

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    Just lovely, Candace! Are the flowers applique? HOW are you doing the sewing...by
    hand or on a machine? I'd love to learn this technique.
     
  4. Alexis

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    Wow, I can't wait to see the finished product!
     
  5. Candace

    Candace Kept Woman Supporting Member

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    It is a fused applique that I'll be doing by machine. I plan to do the orchids in a trapunto(raised quilted) and do the stitching with a shiny rayon thread. It will be wonderful or terrible :> I can't start any of the quilting or stitching though. My machine has been in the shop for over 2 weeks for general maintenance and it hasn't even been looked at yet!! I'm going nuts.
     
  6. Mary Jane

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    It will look great, I'msure.
    You need to set a fire under the sewing machine fixer's butt!
     
  7. Candace

    Candace Kept Woman Supporting Member

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    It's called a monopoly. They get to call all the shots:< And take my money for it. Pooh.
     
  8. Mary Jane

    Mary Jane New Member

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    :D*note to self: Learn sewing machine repair, make millions*
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  9. Brant

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    i bet it turns out COOL as heck !!
     
  10. abaxter

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    I think it will be beautiful. Even if it's not perfect this time around, you'll have a better
    idea the next time around. I learn far more from my quilting mistakes than I do when
    everything goes perfectly...which rarely happens anyway. Wish I lived closer to you...
    my 1953 Singer ain't fancy, but it never needs repair beyond some oil about twice a
    year.
     
  11. Candace

    Candace Kept Woman Supporting Member

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    Thanks, mine is 12 years old and there's nothing wrong with it. Just in for it's yearly servicing. But, this local monopoly is the hub for 4 other chain stores. So it looks like every woman in N. CA. has decided to forgo working out and take their machines in for the New Year. I'm spoiled and have a fancy machine. So, I don't want a cheapo back-up. I've got my eyes peeled for a back-up and almost had one, but that's another story. Grrrrr...
     
  12. abaxter

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    You've already looked into it I'm sure, but there are some good deals to find now and
    then on ebay if you're knowledgable about sewing machines. I just got lucky.
     
  13. Candace

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    Actually, I've looked on ebay and think that they are going for much more than they're worth:< I'm thinking I'll have better luck buying something this heavy locally. Then I can "test" drive a back-up too:> So far no luck on Craigs list. I bet I'll find something just as my machine is let out of jail.
     
  14. Candace

    Candace Kept Woman Supporting Member

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    So, I know it's been ages since I posted this. But, I finally got them done. I will most likely frame them and find homes for them. Sorry for the lighting and stray threads...it's very overcast here today.
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  15. Marni

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    A job well done. They are really charming.
     
  16. Uluwehi

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    Candance, I really like how you used those two contrasting fabrics to differentiate the abaxial/adaxial leaf colouration of the Paphiopedilum!
     
  17. abaxter

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    Candace, you've done a marvelous job! I'm soooo impressed with
    the stitching and color/fabric use. How wonderful. I can imagine a
    whole patch work quilt with each block a different orchid...that would be something! Also one hell of a lot of work.
     
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    Awesome, Candace! Job well done, indeed.
     
  19. Candace

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    Thanks for all the encouragement with my little art project. I will probably just frame these as in the future I think I'm going to stick to dark backgrounds.
     
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    Oh I like those a lot!!!