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1  1st Birthday Crown in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by keeperrox on: July 04, 2014 09:48:14 PM
It's been a while since I've been here, but I wanted to share my latest project.  It's the first time I've tried hand embroidery, so I know it's rough, but I do hope it becomes a treasure for my little girl.  I used this tutorial for the shape, but couldn't track down her awesome trimmings and other felt goodies, so I went with this design instead.

Comments, criticisms, and suggestions welcome!

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2  Re: Digital Photography swap gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by keeperrox on: June 05, 2011 02:08:34 PM
As promised, here's the picture I received from Meggy Doodle.  The frame is painted a light brown and gold, and the image is the sun poking through the trees.



This swap was great fun... it got me using my camera again and I thought it was super low pressure (although I'm really bummed that MD's frame got broken and the picture got scratched).
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3  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by keeperrox on: April 14, 2011 06:16:40 PM
Margiej received her quilt today.  It isn't the showstopper that I had hoped it would be as I couldn't quite the vision out of my head and onto the fabric.  It's a close facsimile, though.

Sorry for the dark picture; I had to bring it to work and take it under the lights in my classroom.  Obviously, I was inspired by her "Native American" theme and her favorite colors, purple, turquoise, rose, and lime.


This one shows the colors a bit better.


I used a very fluffy batting, in hopes that the dreamcatcher would really pop.
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4  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 4 (Sign-ups CLOSED, Sendouts April 6) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by keeperrox on: April 11, 2011 01:29:28 PM
Okay, so since Margiej is waiting so patiently due to my illness, I figure I at least owe her a teaser or two...







It should arrive Thursday!
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5  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 4 (Sign-ups CLOSED, Sendouts April 6) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by keeperrox on: April 10, 2011 10:14:57 PM
I wonder if any of you could help me out.  I found this quilt during my search for inspiration, and I'm completely in awe.  I can't find anything out about it or it's creator.  Any clues?



Don't get excited margiej!  I'm not that talented, nor did I do anything like it! Cheesy
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6  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by keeperrox on: April 10, 2011 12:41:22 PM
Margiej did an amazing job on my quilt!  She combined my themes of nature and Volkswagen and came up with this beauty:



Close up of the VW Bug

Look at that thread painting and reverse appliqué!

Close up of the grass

I love these tufts.  Just the right amount of 3-dimension.

Close up of the tree/leaves

This just adds the perfect amount of fullness to the quilt.  I also love the fabrics she chose.

If you couldn't tell, I absolutely LOVE it!

Sorry the pictures are crappy.  I was waiting for some sun, but it doesn't look like it's coming out anytime soon.  I figured I should get this posted, since I received it on Friday.  Unfortunately, I'm sending late due to a nasty sinus infection, but it will be in the mail tomorrow.

Thank you so much again, margiej!
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7  Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by keeperrox on: April 23, 2009 04:04:17 PM
Also, here's an image that was linked a ways back in the thread:

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8  First Quilt(ish) Project - Scottie Wall Hanging & Pillow in Quilting: Completed Projects by keeperrox on: January 05, 2009 06:19:16 PM
My mother-in-law is notoriously hard to buy presents for.  Her home is decorated like a builder's showpiece (in a good way!), and is very particular about her decor.  She's very petite and slim, so clothes are pretty much out of the question, too.  Last year, I made her one of my Antique Shadow Boxes, which she loved and makes sure she shows to everyone who comes over. 

After much deliberation, I decided to do something with some Scottie Quilt Blocks.  Having never quilted before, or pieced any type of block, I purchased a Quilting Attachment Set and jumped in feet first.  I chose to make a wall hanging, because I figured that it would look great in her office, where she has a Scottie and Westie theme going on (and yes, she has real Scotties, too). 

I'm pleased with it for my first shot, and now I want to do something much bigger for one of our beds.  It is machine pieced (I LOVED the 1/4" foot!) and then I stitched-in-the-ditch just around the blocks with the walking foot.  It was so much easier than I thought it would be!  I used the backing fabric to fold around to the front and hand stitched it as a faux-binding, but I don't think I'd do that again, because in one or two spots it looks wonky for about an inch.  Hubby said he didn't even notice, even after I pointed it out, but he's nice like that, so I don't know. Wink  Without further ado:




I also made a pillow that she put on the loveseat in the office as well.  I quilted the front to a piece of batting, this time around the outside of the block and around the outside of the Scottie itself.  I threw it in the wash before I sewed it to the back piece, but it didn't seem to make a difference in the fluff or quilting (I pre-washed all of the fabrics before I started sewing), but maybe it would have if I would have quilted it in a smaller area.



It is just a removable cover, so she can wash it.


I used Erin's tutorial over at House on Hill Road for the zipper.  It's a great tutorial/method, and I can't recommend it enough!  I've made quite a few pillow covers this way.


I embroidered "The Terriers" on the back, in my very rough, improper embroidery.  You can also see the top sleeve that I attached to the backing.  I glued a ribbon to one dowel rod to slip through to hang it, and cut another to weight it down a bit.


My MIL really loved it, and called me tonight to tell me how great it looks in her office.  I'm so happy that I have someone to gift my crafts to who truly appreciates them.

Also, because this is my first attempt, I would love any constructive criticism or tips you could offer to help me in my next quilt!
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9  Re: Volkswagen Quilt? Never Quilted - Need Help in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by keeperrox on: November 23, 2008 06:13:50 PM
Thanks Marmish!

Here's basically what I want to do:



Picture the Volkswagen symbol in blue, though.  I'm not sure if I want to stencil or embroider the image on the back, but I know that I want to make that area into a foot pocket, which is what the blue line is (the same as the binding).

I'm definitely leaning towards hand appliqueing the symbol, because I'd prefer to not see the stitching. Any other tips on turning under all the edges?
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10  Turkey Chili in Recipes and Cooking Tips by keeperrox on: November 19, 2008 01:55:24 PM
I'm sure to chili purists, this recipe is pure blasphemy, but it's finally cold here, and I needed something to warm me up today.  Scrounging through the freezer and pantry, I realized that I had everything to sort of throw together chili.  Using this recipe as inspiration, I let it simmer on the stove pretty much all afternoon, until I could no longer take it and had to have some.  I also made some mini-bread bowls and had an icy glass of cider from the orchard up the street.  Perfect for this blustery fall day.



Turkey Chili

Olive oil to coat pan (about 2 tbsp)
1 medium onion, small dice
1 red bell pepper, small dice
2 stalks celery, small dice
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 Ancho peppers, soaked in boiling water, then chopped (remove seeds for less heat)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
2 Tbsp chili powder
tsp cayenne (more or less depending on desired heat)
1.3 lbs ground turkey (that’s what the container of Shady Brook Farms ground turkey is that I get – more or less is fine)
cup corn (fresh if possible, frozen if not)
2 – 14 oz cans Great Northern beans
1 – 14 oz can Garbanzo beans
1 – 14 oz can diced tomatoes
1 – 32 oz carton chicken stock
cup TVP (textured vegetable protein), optional
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Various garnishes (shredded cheese, sliced scallions, sour cream, salsa, etc.)

In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat.  Sweat onion, pepper, and celery until translucent, about 10 minutes.  Add garlic and Ancho peppers and cook for an additional 2 or 3 minutes.  Add spices and stir to evenly distribute in the pot.

Break ground turkey into bite sized pieces and add to pot.  Cook until no longer pink, about 8-10 minutes.

Add corn, beans, tomatoes, and chicken stock.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered until chili reaches desired thickness.  Add TVP to thicken if desired (you could also use barley for this). 

Stir in fresh cilantro, and adjust salt and pepper to taste.  Serve with optional garnishes.

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