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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Silent Auction Quilt on: November 03, 2008 10:17:48 AM
My son's class is having a silent auction to raise money for their end of the year camping trip.  I decided to make a baby quilt for the auction.  This is the first time I've made a quilt to donate it was fun. Although the whole auction thing makes me kind of nervous.  Like what if no-one bids on the quilt?  Or what if it only raises $5.  Maybe I should bid on my own quilt  Wink 

Well without more chatter here's the quilt...

The whole quilt


A close up


And the back


I did a few things on this quilt I wouldn't normally do.  First I used a solid color for the back.  Usually I use a pattern.  I think I like the patterns better because they hide mistakes in quilting better  Wink  The second thing that I did that I don't normally do is that I made bias binding.  Usually I just cut the binding on the straight grain.  But with the roses it needed to be cut on the bias - I'm glad I did.  I tried a method where you create a the bias binding by cutting out a big square and then cut it diagonally and sew it back together in the shape of a parallelogram and then you trace the width of your binding strips and sew it into a tube.  Then you cut the tube out following the lines and ta-da you have one bias strip long enough to go around your whole quilt.  I thought it was a cool method.  Maybe this is the method everyone uses but it was the first time for me so I was impressed.
2  COOKING / Dessert / Cupcakes Sand & Sea - lots of pics on: June 26, 2008 07:36:33 AM
Today is my son's last day of school.  A great excuse to make cupcakes.  I got up early to decorate - way too fun.  I saw the idea on Martha Stewart.  The graham cracker crumb sand tastes great with the vanilla buttercream.

Here they are already to go to school






3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pear Pincushion on: May 31, 2008 09:08:59 AM
I was inspired when I saw Heather's pincushion - it's just too cute for words!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=113030.msg1079460#msg1079460

I found a pattern online on the blog UK lass in US http://uklassinus.blogspot.com/2007/11/its-all-gone-pear-shaped.html

This was a fun project!


Here's one with my coffee for perspective..
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Owl Tote for Teacher - Owl Pattern on Pg. 2 on: May 28, 2008 08:23:31 AM
This year I am ahead of the game.  I thought up a teacher's gift before the last day of school.  Which was no easy feat - usually I stick to candy or chocolate but this year my son's teacher is a vegan so I wasn't sure I would be able to find vegan chocolate that tasted good in my town.

Since she loves animals I thought I would give her a rare and endangered calico owl.  The tote is small but can still hold a wallet, keys, phone, book and a large water bottle.  I figure if nothing else it would work as a lunch bag.





5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Bricks on: April 24, 2008 09:25:15 AM
I just finished this throw size quilt for my mom.  It was my first time doing free-motion on a quilt.  Scary but fun. I have been on a fabric strike so this used up more of my scraps (I promise my next post will be with some new fabric).  I even pieced the binding.  But I just had to buy the backing fabric it was too cute - it's kind of hard to see in the picture but it is classic Winnie-the-Pooh.





6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby Coin Quilt on: April 14, 2008 09:52:42 AM
This was  a fun one to make.  A great way to showcase scraps.

I found the idea here....

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2007/01/mother-of-all-quilt-posts.html







It was really a quick quilt.  It's a gift for a friend who is expecting I am going to package it up with the bib and ball I made to match.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Bib and Ball on: April 08, 2008 10:10:24 AM
 
I found a cool tutorial on how to make a ball on the Grand Revival Blog.  They look like little mini beach balls - great for scraps.

http://grandrevivaldesign.typepad.com/grand_revival_design/free_patterns/index.html



I am trying to learn to free motion quilt and everyone's advice is just to keep practicing.  I feel bad wasting my practice pieces but you can only use so many pot holders.  I found this great tutorial on making a quilted bib on Crazy Mom Quilt's blog.  It is the perfect thing to use the practice patches for.

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2007/05/bib-tutorial.html





8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby Shoes on: November 16, 2007 10:17:29 AM
Here's some baby shoes I made.  I was just using up scraps.  I didn't know how to crochet two together so I just crocheted two stiches like they were one - I figured out after that's not quite right. Oh well, little shoes are adorable no matter what.





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