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1  Re: ART DOLLS 3 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by waggonswest on: April 18, 2014 09:13:33 AM

I am posting a sneak peak because I've discovered disaster.  I have the WRONG color.  I completely mixed them up.  Linakins, if you can live with this, let me know.  Otherwise I will start over. 
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2  Bunny Hop in Quilting: Completed Projects by waggonswest on: April 17, 2014 09:32:09 PM

A wee quilt to learn to work with my new Inktense pencils. 
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3  Flying Geese at Sunset in Quilting: Completed Projects by waggonswest on: April 04, 2014 11:25:23 AM

My last quilt for Project Quilting Season 5.  A quick paper pieced project (OK so the paper piecing wasn't so quick and there should have been 4 blocks instead of 2 but whatever).

The challenge was triangles. 

This is paper pieced in quilting cotton.  It is hand quilted.  The binding is machine stitched and finished by hand.  It is about 12 x 16 inches.

You can read the story of this quilt (along with a bit of my whining) and see all my PQ entries on my blog. http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/03/pq-56-triangles-flying-geese-at-sunset.html
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4  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by waggonswest on: March 28, 2014 07:06:57 AM
It is silly season around here which means I spend my spare time crafting instead of following and posting.  I lurk as best as I can.  I finally took a minute to update my list.  I apologize if some of the following are repeats, I promise they aren't on my list. 

11. Seat save cushions for the robotics team

12.  Curtains for Spud 1's apartment.

13.  Mug Rug

14.  Mug Rug Instructable

15.  Lemoyne Star Quilt

16. Hand quilting Instructable

17.  Paris Fleamarket Quilt

18.  Jam and Bread Quilt

19.  Blackboard coaster prototype

20.  Flying Geese at Sunset wall hanging 

21.  Succeeded at Paper Piecing!

22.  New quilt label designs and multiple labels completed.

I'm counting the paper piecing success as it's own project because it has been a LONG time coming!
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5  Re: 14 Quilt Projects in 2014 Quilt Along! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by waggonswest on: March 09, 2014 06:52:28 PM
Wow, I get busy for a few days and you all go off and have all sorts of fun.  Amazing quilts everyone.  I lost track about 5 pages ago so I don't remember enough to comment on each one.  I am intrigued by the ghastlies project.  I have a bit of that and no clue what to do with it.  That might be an idea.

I do have two finishes from the last two Project Quilting challenges I haven't posted yet. 



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6  Jam and Bread or This is the Quilt that Never Ends... in Quilting: Completed Projects by waggonswest on: March 09, 2014 06:28:27 PM

This week's PQ challenge was grocery store.  Perfect!  I had some lovely blueberry and strawberry fabric in my stash and a whole bolt of white.  All I needed was backing and binding (Found them for $4/yd and $2/yd on the clearance table.  SCORE!) 

I even had a plan.  I was going to make hour glass blocks with the blueberries and checkerboard border with the strawberries.  The Mr convinced me to make them all hour glass blocks.  I am OK with that, but if I had more blueberries I'd try it again with the original plan.

The thing is, with PQ you only have one week from start to finish.  And, when you start with 10 inch blocks, you cover a lot of quilty ground quickly.  So my quilt ended up being about 78 x 85 inches.  I just realized I've been saying it was 68 by 75 but that is wrong.  It is huge.  (OK so it is barely twin sized but still...)  Every step of the way it is simple.  But there are 72 blocks to mark, stitch, cut, iron, repeat and then trim.  And then just sew 8 blocks together and iron them.  But they are BIG. It was too big to baste on the design floor. I had to buy the spuds dinner so they would help me take it to church and spread it out over 3 tables. 

About halfway through I found myself singing

This is the quilt that never ends,
It just goes on and on my friends.
Some one started sewing it not knowing what it was.
I'll continue quilting it forever just because.
This is the quilt that never ends.

Shoving it through the machine at the end truly did seem endless. 

Truth is, it did end about 12 hours before the deadline, less one for DST.  So, here you have the Jam and bread quilt. http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/03/pq-55-jam-and-bread.html

The details.  Made with quilter's cotton.  Machine pieced quilted and bound.  It has a polyester batting. You can see more pictures on my blog. 

The back.  You can just see the diamond shaped quilting.  The red and white checked reminded me of the wax paper you still sometimes get wrapped around your sandwich at the deli. 

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7  Across the Universe in 3 Days in Quilting: Completed Projects by waggonswest on: February 23, 2014 10:17:20 AM

This week's Project Quilting Challenge was "Across the Universe".  I spent days with no idea and no plan.  Finally on Wednesday, I decided I would use the big star tutorial from Jenny Doan to make a bed quilt for me.  (I'm still using my Christmas version so it is time for a change.) 

I grabbed a bunch of blue fabrics with stars and a great white on white print covered with numbers.  (I was still hung upon 42 as the theme for my quilt.)
I got started on Wednesday evening and worked until I discovered that I did not have enough white fabric. 

So Thursday's piecing was interrupted by a trip to the fabric store.  But that is another story.  (http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/02/3-yard-minimum-or-answer-really-is.html). 

It was pieced and basted by Friday afternoon. 

At which point the quilt spoke... in a very loud voice and said it wanted to be hand quilted. Yes.  the quilt top that finished at 72 x72 inches and had to be completed by noon on Sunday wanted to be hand quilted. 

I finished at about 2 am Sunday morning.  Hey, I had 10 hours left to go! 

The poor quilt doesn't really have a name yet.  It's working title is Lemoyne Star because... duh, that is what it is.  However, it seemed like I was looking across the universe when I was trying to get it finished so it probably needs a name that reflects that.  Ideas?  Suggestions?

You can read the rest of the story on my blog.  http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/02/pq-54-lemoyne-star.html

And now I am going to cuddle up under my nice new quilt and get some rest.  Fortunately, we have a week until the next challenge comes out.   
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8  Re: 14 Quilt Projects in 2014 Quilt Along! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by waggonswest on: February 19, 2014 05:27:28 PM
Two finishes.   My Paris Flea Market Quilt. 


And a wee mug rug with an instructables tutorial. 

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9  Paris FleaMarket Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by waggonswest on: February 18, 2014 09:09:52 PM

Here is my latest finish. It is made from a lucky streak of hunting and finding Paris Flea Market fabrics on the remnant table a couple months apart.  The silly quilt wanted to be 25 squares and after an initial boof, I only had fabric for 24.


Fortunately for me, there was ONE piece hiding out on the remnant table when I was able to return months later.  Now it is a happy 60 x 60 inches and finished off with loose meander quilting and a scrappy binding.

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10  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by waggonswest on: February 11, 2014 10:29:04 AM
I had a chance to catch up on about a bajillion pages of crafty goodness this morning.  You all are AMAZING.  There are waaaaaay too many cool things for me to comment on them all.  I didn't think to open a word doc to write as I went.  Will try that next time. 

I have a few more finishes.

Snowflake apron for the Friends of Craftster swap.

Good N Plenty quilt. 

Raven tails.

Stuffed ravens group project  (no pic yet).
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