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11  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by donniesgirl on: April 30, 2014 08:10:55 PM
I put together my puzzle - here is what I have so far:

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12  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by donniesgirl on: April 30, 2014 06:19:44 PM
I received from zigg13pra and JillHogan today, for my children's reading/literature puzzle.

From zigg13pra:

From JillHogan:

Thank you - they are all great!
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13  Nautical Plus Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by donniesgirl on: April 21, 2014 06:02:49 PM
This is another learning quilt for me!  (See the Wee Scotties if you wonder what Im talking about).  Wink   This was another quilt that ended up somewhat crooked due to my laying the backing out lengthwise on the longarm instead of leading with the selvage edge, although it isnt nearly as obvious as the scotties.  On the white border, I made it by sewing strips together (like I would binding) and then sewing them around the quilt (2 lengths and then 2 widths).  Apparently, I should have measured and eased the strips to fit instead.  I ended up with a longer border on one side that made the longarming really tricky, since I had to ease the extra fabric in as I went.  I also ran out of binding 6 inches from the end, despite my using a binding calculator on a quilting site.  I think maybe if I had eased it more, though, I might have made it.  Oh well mistakes are how you learn, right?

This is a quilt I made for my son, who is 3.  I think he will really like it since he got excited naming the different objects on it when he saw mommy laying it out on the floor.  I hope it isnt too girly with the coral & pink colors in it, but Im not really one to be pinned down to a blue and brown are for boys color scheme because it gets so boring.  I went with a nautical/beachy theme and I used a line of nautical FQs I couldnt name now as well as some other fabrics I cherry picked (like the bicycles and the text that has names of different beaches and the madras print).  I used a blue sailboat print on the back and the binding is a rigging print in "clementine."  I basically followed the Modern Plus Quilt Tutorial from the In Color Order blog, although my quilt is bigger (twin sized) and framed with a white border and my backing is different.  I thought the border would help break up the loud pattern from the binding a bitbut I dont know if that is really possible with my fabric choices LOL!

Close up of some of the front:


Back of the quilt:

Close up of the print on the back:

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14  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by donniesgirl on: April 19, 2014 01:18:23 PM
I received two pieces from smittenheart today.  One is Humpty Dumpty and the other is the cow jumping over the moon.  Very cute!

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15  Wee Scotties Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by donniesgirl on: April 15, 2014 06:24:28 PM

I finished!  This quilt was the bane of my existence a learning experience for the past month & it was my own faultI miscalculated the backing fabric and I could not find more by the time I realized I did it.  And then like the glutton for punishment that I am, I chose a plaid to make up the difference.  I will never quilt with plaid again.  Well not until the frustration about this one has disappeared from my memory.  Cheesy  And then when I took it to the longarm place, I had sewed the backing to another backing (to make longarming two quilts quicker) and found out I should have done it bias to bias rather than lengthwise, which is why youll notice the plaid on the back is somewhat crooked (groan!).  But since it is a young kids quilt and going to a non-sewing family, Im hoping they wont notice.  And I will not make those mistakes again.
This quilt is for my friends daughter, who is turning three next month.  I have no idea if she likes scotties, but I know she likes dogs & I remember scotties being a thing when I was a little girl.  This is a twin size quilt, so that she can use it for years to come.

The pattern is a McCalls freebie (Google McCalls Wee Scottie).  The scottie squares themselves were from Quilt Block Swap Round 4 and were made by sloth003, FoxyMama, Melladh, and EnginerdLisa.  I asked for Wee Scottie blocks with a white background, black dog, and a tie made with plaid, houndstooth, checks or the like.  It is hard to tell from the pics, but the sashing on the front is a red & black houndstooth.  The binding is black with white polka dots.  The backing is a red fabric with scotties all over it, and then my favorite window pane plaid.  At the bottom to Chiara and a heart with Jennifer are quilted on top of a couple of the scottie white spaces.

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16  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by donniesgirl on: April 14, 2014 05:07:29 AM
I received from Artmomto5 (children's lit/reading theme)

Super cute!
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17  Re: 14 Quilt Projects in 2014 Quilt Along! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by donniesgirl on: April 12, 2014 05:55:05 AM
Love the bag. Did you put pics on it or is that the fabric print?

Here is what I've been up to...

Now I need to do my least favorite part - the quilting!   Grin
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18  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by donniesgirl on: April 09, 2014 08:36:28 AM
I received from Luvebuggy99!  My theme was children's lit/reading & here is what she sent:

One is The Three Bears and the other is The Three Little Pigs (the pink is a silhouette of a pig's back).  Thank you!
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19  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by donniesgirl on: April 04, 2014 07:04:11 PM
Here are my squares all laid out...

I think I'm going to do some thick sashing with dark purple...we'll see when I go fabric shopping (like I needed an excuse).
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20  Re: Quilt Block Swap - Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by donniesgirl on: March 25, 2014 08:24:30 AM
I nearly have my Christmas themed raw edge circle quilt together, so I thought you might all like a peek:

I got squares from round 2 & round 4, and then did a lot myself...I split it into quadrants and the pic above is of one quadrant.  Well most of it, I need to work on my photography skills.   Wink  The little squares were annoying me because it seemed like every time I laid them out, I would have a 3 year old or a cat messing them all up.  But the quadrants will be sewn into the top this week & then I'm hoping to get to the longarm place in the next few months.  I'm due in September and I want this one done before then.  
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