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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Fresh Squeezed Disappearing Nine Patch-or Ode to Summer on: September 03, 2008 06:34:31 PM
I started this quilt back in June and finally finished the backing and quilting it this past week.  It reminds me of summer with the bright colors and lemons and oranges. Smiley  I used several Moda Fresh Squeezed Charm packs for the front and an assortment of fabrics from Joanne's for the border and the backing.



I have been inspired by so many pieced backs here that I had to try it myself as well.  This was really a lot of fun-laying out the fabric on the floor to see where I wanted it to go and kind of winging it at the same time.  I had to include some of the stars that I made for the friendship star swap too!  I made myself a duplicate of all that I sent.  The bearclaw is a "friendship star gone wrong"-which makes me wonder what that poor star got into last night...



It was also my first try at free motion quilting.  At one point I thought I killed my poor almost vintage Kenmore, but it is back to normal now. Smiley

I haven't mastered the stitch control using my foot pedal and maneuvering the fabric at the same time.  My machine only has 4 stich sizes anyway and that all depends on how fast you are trying to go.  I have a tendency to put the pedal to metal when sewing, but I drive like a "granny" according to my husband.  I find the contrast quite amusing. Smiley
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Diamond Baby Quilt or my love of half-square triangles continues... on: July 10, 2008 06:01:03 PM
So I finished another baby quilt last week, but had to jump on a plane and didn't have a chance to post.  I have recently loved the versatility of half-square triangle in baby quilts or any quilts for that matter.  I found this really cute charm pack by Moda called Maypole? and kept saving it for a baby quilt. 

I decided to mimic the design with my quilting because I liked how it turned out on my zigzag quilt, http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=254340.0




I also did freehand quilting on the final border which was my first attempt at that!  I really enjoyed doing it and I really like how it turned out.  It was dropped off to my mom to deliver to my cousin's little baby girl this week whose name is Mary Laslie. 
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Zig Zag Baby Quilt on: June 29, 2008 02:02:05 PM
I finished this quilt today for a new baby boy in our family.  It is 3'x4'.



I pieced the back as well!  I kept seeing pieced backs that I really liked so I had to try.




I used the this tutorial at Purl Bee http://www.purlbee.com/zig-zag-quilt/
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Nickel Dog Quilt on: May 13, 2008 05:39:40 PM
I have been working on this for what seems like forever! (March) My little brother is having a babyhad a baby this past Thursday.  They love dogs and wanted to do their nursery in dogs.  I found this pattern Nickel Dogs (http://www.meandmysisterdesigns.com/patterns.asp) and thought it was the perfect match. I used the Strawberry Lemonade and Brights fabric line from Moda.  I absolutely love the Strawberry Lemonade fabric.  I want a picnic quilt made of this!
It is a quilt of may firsts for me:  first quilting not just tying!; first time using binding; first time using a pattern.  I learned to use thread that matches the binding-I tried invisible thread but it kept breaking. Sad  There are several mistakes, but it is done!  I hope they like it-and if I find out that they are letting their 4 huge dogs sleep on it, I will cry.  I just hope they love it.

Here are the numerous pictures:



Since the quilt is all about dogs, here is my obligatory dog picture.  It is in the forties here today-hence the t-shirt.  Smiley


I quilted around all the dogs in the ditch and then around all the borders.  Here is a question for all of you accomplished quilters:  The green border is about five inches wide.  Do I need to quilt it?  I don't have either a darning foot or walking foot so I was trying not to but if I need to I will.  My machine is old and I am not sure if the feet they have in the store will fit. Sad  (I used weed trimmer wire linked between two plant holders and binder clips to hang this quilt in my backyard! )

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Food Craziness on: March 25, 2008 02:51:26 PM
All right, I have jumped on the felt food bandwagon.  I was inspired by this post:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=222947.0
 
I made a big breakfast with pancakes, toast, eggs, and bacon!



Who wants a Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich?

You aren't hungry for breakfast?  How about a sandwich?  Feel free to grab whatever you would like.  There is bread, lunch meat, cheddar and swiss cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, and pickles.
 

How about a BLT?

Or a bologna sandwich?


There is also a cheese quesadilla if you are still hungry.


I also have salad with tomatoes and carrots, if you would prefer that!


For dinner, cheese ravioli with sauce is always good!


Making felt food is way too much fun!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Wall Letters for Future Niece on: February 26, 2008 03:23:14 PM
I am going to be an aunt in May and am having a little too much fun making things for this future niece of mine.  When I am finally finished, I will compile all of her projects together.  This is the newest addition:  Wall Letters.  Right now they are sitting on my floor because I am not sure how I want/or how they would want to hang them.  Her name is Savannah.  I used this tute: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=213298.0  Thanks thankyoulocust





Her nursery will be in pink and green.  Let me know what you think! he..he..flipped "s" in third picture
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pink floral on black totebag but reversible! on: February 22, 2008 06:48:29 PM
I made a totebag for my MIL's birthday coming up next week. This is the second totebag I have made. I am enjoying it too much I think.  It is reversible!
Closeup of the bag showing outside and lining:

Pink flower on black background side:

Striped fabric on the outside: (I don't know why photobucket won't flip this but...and it is not as long as it appears in this picture-refer to others for approximate size Huh

I used this tutorial:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=52143.0
Let me know what you think!
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby Bibs with Matching Burp Clothes (img heavy) on: February 18, 2008 07:56:15 PM
Hi everyone!  My brother is expecting a little girl in May, and I have been busily making presents for the new little one.  Here are some bibs and burp cloths that I made.
Two bibs with four matching burp cloths:  (The bibs are showing front and back; they are identical.)

One dog bib and matching burp cloth:

One green and purple bib with burp cloth:


I have a couple more in the works; Can a baby have too many bibs and burp cloths?
I think probably not, but this is the first baby I will be an aunt to, so I don't really know.  What do you think?
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mock Cathedral Window Rag Quilt for Mom! (img heavy) on: December 09, 2007 12:15:52 PM
I just pulled this finished quilt out of the washer for the final fraying.  I started this in  August and worked on it on and off since then.  I cursed my 1970's Kenmore throughout the entire project and finally realized I was not threading it correctly.  I did not have a manual, so i didn't know!  Since I finally learned how to thread it, it sews beautifully.  It is lap blanket size.


with edge folded back

corner detail

on the full size futon

laid out on the floor
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Flannel Patchwork Baby Quilt on: December 07, 2007 01:28:40 PM
I am making an assortment of presents for my "soon to be a dad" brother.  I just finished this flannel patchwork quilt for him.  It is made of flannel 6" patches and a chenille like fabric backing.  It is a little wonky but I think it will be okay.  Another present completed!

laid out on the floor


a close up view


and all bundled up, ready to go!
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