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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: R2D2 Baby Quilt on: September 14, 2012 04:23:36 AM
Hi blair83, the answer to your question is that I used both techniques, but mostly piecing. The only parts that are appliqued are the three circles on the gray top section, and the two black rounded squares in the blue section in the center. Everything else was done with traditional piecing. The blue strip on the right of the 'eye' is a little different, too. I sewed a thin rectangle together on three sides and then inserted it into the seam along the raw edge side. So that portion was sort of 'free' until I quilted the quilt when I was sure to tack it down. Too much math to have to figure it out the 'right' way... so I cheated a bit!

Here's a close up for reference.


R2D2 Folded by staarlight, on Flickr
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: R2D2 Baby Quilt on: September 12, 2012 03:50:33 PM
embercostumer, I'm just getting my act together, but I'll be posting as I finish stuff. I want to see your quilt when it's done! Sounds very cool.
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: R2D2 Baby Quilt on: September 10, 2012 04:18:43 AM
Thanks for all the kind words! Unfortunately, I don't think I could translate the scribbles on scraps of paper laying all over my sewing room into any semblance of a pattern... Wish I could!

And as for a mobile -- yes, that's exactly what I was thinking, bunny1kenobi! I have friends of a friend who have a laser cutter, so I might have them cut some tie fighters and death stars and whatnot out of thin wood or acrylic or something.

10/26 ETA: Mobile is complete! Check it out here.
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / R2D2 Baby Quilt on: September 09, 2012 01:59:40 PM
I'm so excited to have finished the first major project for our January baby's nursery: an R2D2 quilt! No pattern -- just made it up as I went along using lots of reference photos from the movies. All of the fabrics are from JoAnn's. Approx. 36" x 48".


Kept the back very simple on purpose. I figured there was enough happening on the front. Love the effect of the rounded corners up top.


Used my machine's zig zag stitch for the embroidery on the back. It's not perfect, and got even wonkier after quilting, but overall I think it works.


Off to work on a stuffed Chewbacca...
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Settlers of Catan baby quilt on: September 09, 2012 01:49:34 PM
Great job! This is such a fun quilt.
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Modern Baby Train Quilt on: February 21, 2012 02:52:03 PM
Thanks, oneyedsally. It's not paper pieced, actually. Regular piecing and some applique. Let me know if you have any other questions. Smiley
17  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Star Wars Valentines on: February 14, 2012 06:28:43 PM
My hubby didn't want anything for Valentine's Day... But then he sent me flowers at work. And gifted me some sweet fabric. I felt like a schmuck! So I really wanted to do a little nice something for him.

Enter... homemade Star Wars valentines for my jedi-wannabe hubby.


I got the idea for the stormtrooper one online, but the other puns are (sadly) mine. "I wanna  Leia"... "You're the Obi Wan for me"... "Need someone to love? I'm-a-ya-doll-a!"

Designed the greetings in Word, then printed them on card stock and assembled with a glue stick. Couldn't be easier.


For the backs, I used the awesome exchange between Han and Leia in The Empire Strikes Back. Add in coupons for cookies, foot rubs, and uninterrupted time with his favorite (awful) Star Wars show...


I hid them around in his stuff so he'd find them throughout the day. Pretty sure they were a success -- he voluntarily posted the Obi Wan valentine in his office at work!  Grin
18  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Innocent Crush Canasta Quilt on: January 30, 2012 04:59:28 PM
This is an absolutely gorgeous quilt! Congrats on finishing it. I really like the binding that you used - the purples brings out all the colors!

How much time did it take from begininning to end with the free motion quilting? Thanks!

Thanks, katje! Unfortunately, this quilt took forever. I took my machine in to be serviced right before I started quilting it and had a terrible time getting my quilty mojo back. Technically, I started it in October and finished in January, but if I hadn't had problems with my machine I think I would have been done before Thanksgiving. Smiley
19  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Innocent Crush Canasta Quilt on: January 22, 2012 04:58:49 PM

Dimensions: 72" x 96" (twin)
Pattern: Natural Canasta Quilt from Oh, Fransson!
Fabric: 11 prints from Anna Maria Horner's 'Innocent Crush' line, one Amy Butler print, and six solids
Quilting: Free motion stipple


Can't say enough good things about this pattern. Keeping track of all the little strips was tricky, but worth it. I think it has the artsy, bohemian sort of look that I was going for.


This is my second finished quilt of 2012, though admittedly it's a UFO from 2011... it was supposed to be a "good luck at college" present, but I had some serious problems with my sewing machine that caused lengthy delays in quilting. I'm so glad to have put the final stitch in this one!


I'm shipping this quilt to my cousin tomorrow to (finally) brighten up her dorm room. I hope she likes it!
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 12 Quilt Projects in 2012 Along on: January 10, 2012 05:24:04 AM
This is awesome! I'm in for sure.

1. Train baby quilt. Completed 1/5/12!
2. Twin sized log cabin-ish quilt for my cousin's dorm room: UFO from 2011. Completed 1/15/12!
3. Queen sized Hope Valley HST quilt for my sister.
4. Finish my mermaid quilt top.
5. Finish my Hope Valley Crossing quilt top.
6. Pick a pattern and make a quilt with the Flea Market Fancy I've been hoarding.
7. Make a great looking camera bag (parts will be quilted, so I think this counts...)
8. Make a Christmas quilt using 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas' panels.
9. Make a quilt using Tula Pink's Prince Charming.
10. Make a twin-sized quilt for Muskoka.
11. Make myself a set of quilted potholders for the kitchen.
12. Join a quilting bee or some kind of swap to make a project.

Good luck to everyone in 2012!
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