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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My second baby quilt. (w/ pics) on: April 14, 2010 04:55:22 PM
I think it's a fantastic quilt, especially for your second time quilting. Ignore those heathens that don't know what a special gift you made! I love the fabrics you chose.

My first quilt was for my niece and the first thing my SIL said when she opened it was "Cute. Who made this?" After I had labored over it for over 2 months and taken several trips to my mom's (2 hour drive each way) to learn how to quilt just for my niece. There were a few choice words in my head that luckily my mouth was too shocked to say. Then a few months later, she acted all butt hurt when she found out I made one for my friend's son. But then I barely got a thank you from her last year when I made one for my other niece and no thank you what-so-ever for the fabric color book I made my niece for Christmas. But then I have people like my boss that nearly 5 years after I gave her daughter's quilt to her she still tells me it's her daughter's favorite and she won't go to sleep without it. I think my nieces' quilts are probably at the back of some closet somewhere, I certainly did not see them when we visited their home recently. My husband has to remind me that I made the quilts for my beloved nieces and it's not their fault their mom is a jerk and that we can't make people appreciate or use the gifts we make them in the way we want them to.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Very, very pleased to be able to make this quilt... on: April 14, 2010 04:44:00 PM
What a fun quilt, I love the wavy lines you quilted. I also really like Ryan's quilt, thanks pjherbert for finding it.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Quilts for Kids Quilt-along (Charity for Kids) on: March 25, 2010 11:03:48 AM
How are the rest of you tagging your additional quilts made from your stash? I got the 1 Downy label with my kit but wasn't sure what to do with the others I plan to make.

I am thinking about scanning it in and printing it on printable fabric sheets. If I do that, I can send a couple of those scanned & printed labels out to others (not sure exactly how many extras I will have until I start the process) since I always print a full sheet because those fabric sheets are so expensive (Joann's coupon is the only way I buy them!).

Let me know what the rest of you are doing to label your extra quilts.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fabric? on: March 24, 2010 09:13:41 AM
You don't want to use tshirts, they need stablizer and tend to be more of a pain to sew with.

What you could look for at the thrift store is 100% cotton fabrics, such as mens button up shirts. I am currently collecting my husband's old boxers as the elastic is done (we live in a dry climate, so this happens long before the fabric loses it's useful life). Over the years since we started dating, I bought him tons of fun boxers - ones with glow in the dark stars, different holiday themes and general fun fabrics. It seemed a shame for them to be thrown away when they can find a new life in a quilt or some other project.

I am not rich but I watch for sales and buy my fabric on sale. I've also hit the after Thanksgiving Joann's sale the past couple years because their quilt fabric is usually 30% off and you get an extra 20-25% off your entire purchase if you drag your butt out of bed and get there before the sun comes up. Make sure you sign up for their sale flyers, both in the store and online. They sometimes have different sales online than in the store and some of the email coupons are only good for the online store.

I would love to be able to buy the gorgeous fabrics at the quilt stores but my budget does not allow. I have found some great sales online but I like to try to support the locally owned businesses when I can (yes, I know, shopping at Joann's is contradictory to that!). You also have to be careful at Joann's, I've fallen in love with a fabric only to discover it's $9/yd and at that price I might as well go to my quilt shop and get the fabric I am drooling over that I can't afford.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Baby quilt- applique birds in tree on: March 23, 2010 09:12:40 AM
Your birdies are adorable. I love your quilting too. Great job!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Pirate Quilt on: March 22, 2010 03:53:38 PM
This is awesome! And the dedication to do the map on the back... I would have lost my mind! And who doesn't love a pirate or a treasure map?
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: English Patchwork/Hexagon Quilt - do I NEED paper templates? on: March 20, 2010 10:28:28 AM
I found this tutorial a few months ago http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/2009/02/granmothers-flower-garden-paper-piecing.html. She shows how you can use either freezer paper, index cards or old cards/those annoying subscription postcards you get in magazines to make paper templates. I tried her freezer paper approach and liked it. You can use the freezer paper a few different times because you can iron and remove it. After a certain point, it doesn't stick to the fabric anymore though.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Quilts for Kids Quilt-along (Charity for Kids) on: March 20, 2010 10:15:36 AM
Another question for the team: my mom gave me some fleece she wasn't going to use (all kid-themed) and it's just been taking us space under my couch. Do you think I could use this as a quilt back and skip the batting? Or should I just go with a "traditional" quilt, using cotton fabrics and battting.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: elvis has left the building on: March 19, 2010 10:14:04 AM
Fantastic!

Who makes this fabric? I am thinking this might be an interesting way to commemorate in in-law's time in Vegas. They've lived there the past 7 years and are getting rid of nearly everything and moving to American Samoa in June (halfway between Hawaii & New Zealand). Yes, crazy I know! Anyone looking to adopt 2 golden retrievers?

Sorry for the randomness of that entire comment!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Quilts for Kids Quilt-along (Charity for Kids) on: March 19, 2010 10:09:43 AM
OMG, JodiLynn85, I love these! I saw the New Wave pattern recently too but it didn't even occur to me to use the pattern for this project.
Great job! Now I need to get my bootie in gear and work on mine this weekend
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