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1  Re: 12 Quilt Projects in 2012 Along in Craftalongs by Penguinofsorts on: August 14, 2012 11:44:38 AM
Just finished another project!  A baby quilt for my receptionist!

Craftster post:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412859.0



This one was easy and fun!!
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2  New Baby Quilt!! in Quilting: Completed Projects by Penguinofsorts on: August 14, 2012 11:40:44 AM
I finished this baby quilt in less than a week for my receptionist.  Baby is due any day and her colors are pink and grey!  I pieced the front using Moda's Puttin' on the Ritz fabric, and then back with a fabric that I forget...to make it more or less reversible, then quilted diagonally.

She loves it :-)  (and I do too!)



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3  Re: 12 Quilt Projects in 2012 Along in Craftalongs by Penguinofsorts on: April 26, 2012 08:33:58 AM
My newest quilt!  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407696.0

This is #3 of 12...whew!



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4  Hello Luscious! A springtime quilt... in Quilting: Completed Projects by Penguinofsorts on: April 26, 2012 08:31:03 AM
I finished another quilt!  I used 4 Hello Luscious charm packs and the background fabric is also from that fabric line.

I had another design in mind, but this came to be by accident as I was shifting things around on my design wall, and I liked the meandering pattern the charm squares make, so I kept it!  This will be my new bed quilt (as modeled below), very Springy!!

I simply straight line quilted it across the quilt.  I plan on trying free-motion quilting for my next quilt (Swoon).

Thanks for looking!





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5  Re: 12 Quilt Projects in 2012 Along in Craftalongs by Penguinofsorts on: March 17, 2012 12:28:56 PM
I finished my second quilt! 
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=405739.new#new

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6  New Split Decision quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Penguinofsorts on: March 17, 2012 12:04:01 PM
This is my first queen sized quilt!  And it's all for me!  I made it using the leftover fabric from a quilt that I made for my sister (I over-estimated just a bit on the number of fat quarters I would need for that one), and added sashing, which I love!

I'm doing the 12 quilts in 2012 challenge, and this is #2!







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7  Another Split Decision quilt..I LOVE the colors!! in Quilting: Completed Projects by Penguinofsorts on: January 06, 2012 10:47:46 AM
I saw AlwaysInspired's Split Decision quilt  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=400594.0 last week and just HAD to use the fat quarter bundle of Moda/Basic Grey - Origins fabric that I had stashed and waiting for the perfect project to show off the wonderful color palette.

This is my 3rd quilt, and the best yet!  I straight lined quilted it.  It took me 6 days, or about 25 hours.  I listed to the unabridged audiobook renditions of The Fellowship of the Ring and the almost the entire first half of The Two Towers before the last stitch went in.

This one is for my sister :-)  It measures 60x70 inches and is meant to be a 'couch quilt' for her when she moves to Seattle later this year.

The colors of this quilt are SO AWESOME...I can't stop looking at it.

The entire thing


Draped, with a kitty inspecting the backing.


Closer view of some quilting...another kitty is evaluating the comfort level


And the good news is... I have enough fabric left over to make myself one of these!!!

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8  Second quilt ever! in Quilting: Completed Projects by Penguinofsorts on: October 05, 2011 10:37:19 AM
I just finished this quilt..it's a pinwheel/ 16 patch quilt with ladybugs on it!  I made it for myself, for my couch, because my feet get cold and I wanted something non bed-sized to cuddle up with.  I'm very happy with it, and it is a huge improvement over my last quilt, which was a baby quilt (and a separate quilt top that I'm unsatisfied with that is sitting in my closet).  I stitched it in the ditch, as you would say and used my little sewing machine to do so.  I really need a walking foot!

Anyway, here it is.  I wish that the colors translated better...





It measures about 60 in x 60 in and took me 7 days from start to finish (which took up most of my free time after work and during lunch breaks!)
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9  Re: One Block Wonder quilt...in progress! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Penguinofsorts on: September 07, 2011 08:35:51 PM
Whew...I'm still truckin' ;-)

Over the past two days, I managed to get all of the strips sewn together (I did not have the border peak into the quilt because I ran out of patience!).   I added a border of light blue, 2 strips of the original fabric (all that I had left!) and will be adding the final border of dark blue tomorrow... Ideally, I would make squares for the corners that would incorporate a hexagon each...but we'll see.  I think that it would really look nice, and maybe a nice night's sleep will help me gear up for the final push (for the top, anyway). 

Right now the quilt is only 52x56.  Nowhere NEAR queen sized.  I purchased the One Block Wonder book (a bit late, mind you) and I suppose now that I should have gotten WAY more fabric if I wanted to have a queen sized quilt.  No worries, though.  I will add about a foot of dark blue border to each side, which will bring it to something like 76 x 80...which is a perfectly respectable size for me to snuggle up in this winter.

My next quilt will likely be a one block wonder (putting the hexagons together is so fun!!!, so I'll make that one a bonafide queen size. 

This quilt is officially a 'practice' quilt ;-).  I can spot a few mistakes only after staring at the thing for an hour, so it hides them wonderfully.

Lessons learned recently:
1. measure twice, cut once.
2.  I can stick a pin through my finger and it won't even bleed.
3.  I should have swept the floor before trying to iron it, as the dangly bits swept up some cat hair.
4. I need a bigger 'design wall'
5.  quilting is really a blast...

I'm hoping that this kind of blogging progress thread will help or encourage other new quilters ;-)


Progress pics:




Next...one more border, then making the sandwich and quilting the darn thing...I'll have to look up how to do that...  I might use the stitch-in-the-ditch technique, although I'd REALLY like to outline each hexagon about 1/4 inch inside the seam....but I think that I'd have to do that by hand and I'm just not sure....

I'm really starting to like the look of it!
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10  Re: One Block Wonder quilt...in progress! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Penguinofsorts on: September 05, 2011 04:59:32 PM
Oh. My. Goodness.  My eyes are about to fall out of my head.  How am I SORE from QUILTING???
And who's idea was it to start with triangles, anyway?? :-)

Lessons learned today:
1.  Quilting uses a lot of thread.  You should buy extra so that you don't run out and then have to search desperately around the house for another spool of white...
2. pay attention...so that you don't spend a full hour sewing WRONG sides together (see pic below) and then 2 or more hours ripping seams
3. next time I use this pattern (I love it, so I'm sure I will use it again!), I will probably pick a fabric with one or two more colors...just for variation.
4. I love my seam ripper
5. I now know that my iron has an automatic shut off
6.  pull a little more thread out...it's worth it so that you don't have to re-thread the needle every time you start to sew.

Progress today:
 Finished sewing all half hexagons, displayed on wall AND finished sewing all strips (so that all I have to do to finish the main part of the quilt top is sew the rows together)...but first I need to get more fabric and add a row of light blue hexagons around the entire thing and then a border of the dark blue...




I didn't realize that I was sewing the right sides together until I went to press the seams (for the second time)....


QUESTION for anyone who cares to answer:  I want this to be a queen sized quilt (I may as well go for gold), but right now it's only about 48x52 inches.  Should I
A. get more of this fabric and widen it that way
or
B. get light blue fabric, make a row of hexagons around the quilt (which will 'poke' into the current part) and then border with dark blue fabric  (I hexagon is about 6 inches and then I can border with 8-12 inches of blue).  or IS THAT TOO MUCH BORDER?

I'm stuck for now until I run to the fabric store at lunch tomorrow.

Thanks for the comments!  I'm seeing kaleidescopes of everything...
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