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51  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / SPLASH PAD quilt! donation on: February 28, 2013 10:56:25 AM
the local community is having an online auction to raise funds to put a free splash pad in town, summers are humid.  so i volunteered a quilt.
i tried to keep it simple. so it was quick. and hope itll raise a few bucks.

52  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / creativity. mini art quilt. on: February 28, 2013 10:51:23 AM
for the most recent mini art quilt swap my talented partner funthreads had a fun list of themes. and upon asking a few more questions she came up with a word.  that i could use as a starting place.
while brainstorming i figured i could use ALL her themes if i was only creative enough.  and once i decided to do that, i HAD to use a different technique.  this one took a ton out of me. 
first off.  for some reason.  math stopped working at one point and i realized my mini art quilt was gong to be EIGHTY inches long. even by extended standards.  thats NOT mini... so i redid the maths and got it figured out to about 60 inches long. but it was only 8 inches tall, and i had organizer permissions to play just outside regular standard dimensions. Smiley thanks guys.

so when presented with this theme list what else could i do...
1.   Trees or tree parts
2.   Irises
3.   mod flowers
4.   Hummingbirds
5.   Owls
6.   Mushrooms cute and colorful not realistic
7.   Something modern with rainbow colors on black or white backgrounds
8.   Letters used in a fun and creative way
9.   Cupcakes
and this guideline "Creativity...especi ally if you get creative using the word creativity"

heres the whole thing.
( maybe its time to get a good camera...)

and individual shots of each letter.
C-blanket stitch applique

R- red work embroidery+hummingbird

E-pieced block

A-reverse applique+fabric paint+cupcakes

T-raw edge applique+owls

I-pieced and pompom embellished+trees or tree parts

V-stencilled+mod flowers

I-wonky strip pieced and applique+stamped mushrooms (this i feel bad about, i feel it is the weakest block, and i will TOTALLY leave carving the the hands who are capable  Embarrassed)

T- beaded and sequinned over applique (i got to do this twice when the original knots came un-done...   Shocked)

Y- cross stitch+  felt irises ( this block took THE longest. the cross sticth was NEVER ending! Smiley )

each block was quilted in a different pattern, and it was bound with a cool lettery fabric. i learned a lot doing this one.  and had a ton of fun. but man, am i ever glad theres a break between art quilt swaps, they take so much out of me... Cheesy
53  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Scrappy half dresden. Aka #5 on: February 15, 2013 09:54:58 AM
From last weekend uber productive quilting spree this is quilt finish number five.
I made the blades for the dresden plate like, a year ago? And dug them out monday. Threw them together and.... Viola!

I think i am going to give this one away. I had a 'giveaway on Facebook not so long ago for a different quilt. I still have the names to draw a 'runner up'. Smiley
54  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Me again. Quilt four. First Dresden. on: February 10, 2013 06:37:22 PM
So. One weekend. Four quilts.

This is four.

In December 2010 I was in the Christmas stocking swap. My partner (gatheredthreads) made a set of 12 hand dyed fat quarters. I held them for over a year before finally doing the math for a 12 bladed dresden block. Then I held onto the blocks for another year or so. This morning. I realized I didn't have big enough batting to finish any of my flimsies. So. I started from scratch.
 Hand dyed cotton on mixed linen blocks.
At 1340. I had this.
55  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Another craftster quilt. on: February 09, 2013 06:55:03 PM
This one is mine.  all mine! Mwahahaha!!!  Grin

I love this quilt. I love the size. The pattern. Thecolours. And all the help I had from the quilt block swap round 2.(go check out round three.  You can make an awesome quilt like this too. Or a better one. In your colours and your pattern)

I am having a super productive weekend. This is finish 2/3. I can't wait to see what happens on sunday! Smiley
56  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Rainbow ticker tape. on: February 09, 2013 06:46:55 PM

Summer sports quilt. Most of this quilt was made, hand sewn during the summer. Waiting during swim lessons or soccer practice. It's a raw edge appliqu.  Then sewn into rows and voila!

  this is the third quilt I have finished in the past two days. I winder what sunday will bring. Wink
57  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / From oldest to newest on: February 08, 2013 12:45:23 PM
So. After I finished this.

i decided to make this.

This is a craftster quilt block swap quilt. 36 of the blocks came from round two. The remainder were left over from the first swap.  And... Just so you know. Round three is in sign ups still. Wink

58  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / youve come a long way baby! on: February 05, 2013 03:27:04 PM
In January the quilt along board hosted a challenge.  to finish up your oldest work in progress.

so, coming at you, my third, maybe fourth quilt top ever. right from 2007. wow.  there were many many things i wanted to change about this. but i held on and just got it done.  and the original recipient was still thrilled so.  win win.

this is about 70x90

hubby is standing on a bar stool.  
59  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / terrible tutorial for quilt block swap 3 on: February 05, 2013 02:41:22 PM
mods... if this is absolutely the wrong place for this.  please let me know.  

those who need it will come looking for it. If you wanna make this
try this

so this is how i came up with the block i saw on the internet.  its kinda like making a quarter log cabin, then turning on point, hacking off the triangles and adding plain ones back on.

be gentle ...
ive never done this before Smiley

materials per block
8- 2.5 strips 4.5 up to 12.5 long.  
1- 4.5x4.5 square background.
1- 9 square cut diagonally into 2 triangles.

1-sew strip to square, iron

2-add second strip, iron

see where this is going?

3-keep adding strips- four per side for a total of eight.

(i kinda trim off extra long bits as i go.  its not very square )

4- line up corner along a line on cutting board
5- using 45 degree line on your ruler line up vertically along the top of the white square. ( that makes no sense?)

6-cut along that line. repeat on the other side
7- the strip should now be 6 wide

8- take background triangles and line up along cut strip, leave wee ears over the ends
9- sew both sides and iron and have a drink!

if when you measure to square up you are slightly off because you are a terrible quilter and dont pay any attention to consistent seam allowances.

DO not worry.  

within reason of course. Cheesy
60  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / The quilt that did NOT want to be made. on: December 27, 2012 08:14:10 PM
Or the effing boston bruins.

This one was hard to make. I'm a Habs fan. The bruins are like the mortal enemy. But fir xmas i decided to make the future bil a quilt.  Not an easy peasy simple squares with printed bruins fabric on it tho. Nooo. Too simple. (and the nhl hasn't really caught on to licencing yet)

I dont even have a finished pic of this one as i sewed the binding and washed it on the 24th and dried and snipped the last few threads on the 25th on my way out the door.

When i get a good pic. I will update. But for now.

This quilt killed my cutting board, almost gave me stitches, and sent my sewing machine to the doctor twice, it was bled on and the cat barfed on it all while being made. I sure hope the love he feels for it can overcome the chaos that went into its creation.
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