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21  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
22  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
23  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
24  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!
25  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!
26  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Modern Baby Train Quilt on: January 10, 2012 05:15:38 AM
There's no better way to kick off the new year than with a quick, fun baby quilt.

Unfortunately, I was working on it until the very last minute and forgot to get final dimensions, but it's around 30" x 38". The fabrics are all from my scrap bin. The train cars are pieced, and the wheels and letters are appliqued on.

This is the second quilt of this kind that I've made -- this one was commissioned from the first one, completed in 2009, and is very similar in colorway. I'd love to make a girly version someday. I think pink with a circus theme would be so much fun! Maybe with some appliqued animals? But I digress...

This is my favorite locomotive on the quilt.

The website that I got my original inspiration from has since been moved, but I posted a workaround on my blog so you can still check it out if you're interested.

Congratulations to Logan's family... he should be arriving any day now! I hope he uses the heck out of this quilt.
27  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Need advice on: December 17, 2011 08:06:22 AM
Definitely, definitely give it to her. As a dog lover whose sweet mutt passed away in April of 2010, I can tell you that I still feel the loss acutely. A sweet token such as the lovely felted pooch that you made would be heartily appreciated, and I don't think you need to wait. I would imagine that receiving such a lovely gesture would have made me cry for sure, but would serve as a wonderful reminder in those tough first few months.
28  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Spooky Skeleton Wreath on: October 20, 2011 05:19:15 PM
Makes me feel better that I'm not the only one, TheMistressT!  Wink
29  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Spooky Skeleton Wreath on: October 16, 2011 07:04:42 PM

Skeleton Wreath by staarlight, on Flickr

We have been decorating our house for Halloween, and we were in need of something to one-up the guy down the street with awesome blinking eyes in his bushes. The bone wreath tutorial I had saved from last year turned out to be just the ticket.

The bones are from two "lawn skeletons.'" Basically, they're hollow plastic arms, legs, and a head that you poke into the ground to make it look like a skeleton is clawing its way out. The ones I bought were assembled at the joints with small screws, which were easy enough to remove.

Then I laid them out and glued it all together. Once I figured out the right glue to use -- high-temp hot glue -- it came together quickly. [I detailed my trials and tribulations with adhesives on my blog.] Add a fake black rose from the dollar store, and he's ready to spook trick or treaters!

If you want to make your own, I used this great tutorial from Meg at Mega Spooky. Happy Halloween, everyone!
30  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Tetris + Quilt = QUILTRIS on: August 29, 2011 05:01:35 AM
Thanks! The finished dimensions were around 50 x 70".
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