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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 12 Quilt Projects in 2012 Along [CLOSED] on: January 20, 2013 06:44:18 AM
How fun! Last week I just made my first collage in picmonkey, it was super easy. Your thumbnails are making me want to make a collage of the whole year in quilting!
Oooooh! That sounds like a fun idea.

I have had quillows on my list forever...you have inspired me to tackle them in 2013!  I also love the penguin quilt!
I'm so glad I've inspired you! Quillows are definitely my go-to gift now. Everyone I make them for seems to really like them and I can complete a quillow fairly quickly. The penguin piece is actually a hot pad. I used special thermo batting as well as extra regular poly-fiberfil batting so it would be both soft to use and heat resistant. Hopefully my friends who got it liked it too.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 12 Quilt Projects in 2012 Along [CLOSED] on: January 18, 2013 01:52:47 AM

Awesome job, froggirl!

Thanks, MareMare! Here are a bunch of thumbnails of my quilted projects. Hopefully this weekend I will do a proper project thread about them.

Above you can see pictures of the Quillows I made for loved ones, the quilted ornaments in progress (I didn't take a picture of the finished ones unfortunately), and some potholders I made too. Whew! Now on to 2013!  Cheesy
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 12 Quilt Projects in 2012 Along [CLOSED] on: January 16, 2013 11:09:30 PM
I'm back! I know I've missed a lot but I am pleased to say that in the three days I had before Christmas I did churn out 5 quillows from my 2012 list as well as ~23 quilted ornaments. I managed to finish 6 projects from my list at the beginning as well as three additional projects and all those ornaments in 2012 so even though I didn't finish everything I am still pretty happy. I can't post pictures tonight but I am determined to do so this weekend. Thanks for this thread, MareMare. I'm looking forward to seeing how far I can get in 2013 with the next Quilt Along. Smiley
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 12 Quilt Projects in 2012 Along on: July 15, 2012 08:14:43 PM
Thanks, always! I'm glad you like the quilt. I think jar quilts are neat too and my friend thinks they are fantastic so I knew that any wedding quilt I made her needed to have jars. It was a lot of fun actually and I have gobs of left over jars cut out that I have to figure out something to do with. The last link I showed is just the pattern of simple squares, I'm going to use different novelty fabrics than those pictures but hopefully it will look good. Smiley
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Jar Wedding Quilt on: July 15, 2012 08:08:55 PM
Very cute! I love how you incorporated the jars without it being a typical jars on a shelf type quilt!

Thanks, MareMare! If you look carefully you can see very thin brown strips between the central column of jars. This was my interpretation of the shelf tradition but I like the non-tied down look of the jars in this quilt.

beautiful choice of colors.
Thanks, yoopidou! I'm glad you like it. Smiley I pretty much used swatches of every green print I had. Tongue

I love the greens (green is my favourite) and now you have a wonderful anniversary gift for them !
The sack is a great idea.

Have you given it to them yet? Would love to hear how they reacted. Is it a surprise?

I have given it to them. It wasn't exactly a surprise. Before I embark on a project of such magnitude I've learned that it is better to ask if the intended recipients would even like it, so after I asked them and they said yes they knew to expect a scrappy blue & green throw. Beyond that it was a surprise. They never saw the pattern and I think my friend only saw one or two of the completed blocks so what it looked like did turn out to be a surprise to them. They both really like it so I'm pleased. Smiley I read on a website about caring for Amish quilts that a cotton sack is the best way to store a quilt for long periods of time and since I think it is also the best way to gift wrap a quilt I always make one for my friends when I gift a quilt. Since blue and green were their wedding colors I thought that lizard fabric was just about perfect.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Jar Wedding Quilt on: July 15, 2012 12:59:53 PM
I finished a quilt this week that I have been working on for three years. One of my dearest friends got married three years ago but since it was a short engagement she knew that the wedding quilt I was planning to give her would take a while. Life happened but at long last I have finished the project. I made up the design to use different kinds of blocks and to use as many fabrics as possible that I thought she and her hubby would like. It is very scrappy and eclectic as a result. I'm just glad that it's only ~twin size rather than queen, if it had been any larger I don't know when I would have finished it.

All finished:

Closeup of some of the pieces. Note the homemade green binding.

Closeup of the quilted texture. I used an allover pattern in olive green. I did the quilting myself on my home machine using a darning foot, quilter gloves, and lots of grumbling when the thread snapped. All of the jars are zig-zagged down using glow-in-the-dark thread and I tied them in the center with glow-in-the-dark embroidery floss. Hopefully it adds an extra touch of magic.

I also made her a storage sack in which to keep the quilt.

So there it is. Comments and critiques appreciated, hope you enjoy it! Cheesy
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 12 Quilt Projects in 2012 Along on: July 15, 2012 12:49:11 PM
I have finished another quilt from my list! Cheesy So I have three done in 2012, only 11 to go. Tongue

I will shortly post a thread about it in the quilting section but here is a picture:

1. Wedding quilt for my friend, Abs (2 years overdue...)  <--Done!!!  Cheesy
2. Recycled flannel shirt split rail quilt for my hubby (3 years overdue...   ), I've got half the top pieced and most all the fabrics cut out. It is queen size. <--Done!!!  Cheesy
3. Queen size quilt of all animal novelty fabrics. I have it mostly cut out. The pattern looks like this: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projects-ideas/bed-quilts/splashes-of-color_1.html, only I'm using black fat quarters to sash a small fussy-cut square of different animal novelty fabrics for the block.
4. I want to make this quilt pattern http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projects-ideas/throws-wall-hangings/simple-sashing-rectangles_1.html using fabrics from Laura Gunn's Magnolia Lane collection of fabric. I have it mostly cut-out but I still have to cut out all the sashing strips.
5. & 6. I'm making this quilt http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/techniques/piecing/sew-easy_ss1.html for my parents and for my elder brother. Again, I have it cut out but I need to piece it. Sense a theme?  
7. & 8. & 9. Quillows for my two grandmas-in-law and my grandparents
10. Wallhanging of Asian fabrics
11. My summer reading inspired wallhanging (I will try to post a sketch later)
12. A Doctor Who throw using fabrics I got from Spoonflower.com
13. A T-shirt quilt for me
14. A T-shirt quilt for my friend <--Done!!  
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Novelty Fabric Fat Quarter Swap Gallery on: July 05, 2012 07:22:46 PM
I received my final package today from Mod35tBabe. I'll tell you, fabric therapy is the best. I had a lousy day at work and it was fantastic to get a package full of fantastic fabrics when I got home. Smiley I've get pictures below. I'm flipping off the walls about the first two fabrics.

Look! Lizards! Lots and lots of awesome lizards! Be still my herpetologist heart, they are adorable and I love the colors. Cheesy

Look at the texture of that purple. It is mesmerizing and it will go perfectly with a table runner I have planned. Squee! Extra excitement over the cute little sewing machine charm too, I am now scheming what sort of project I can add it to.

Owls! They are so cute.

Here is the whole kaboodle. Note the adorable flower print that Mod35tBabe was kind enough to throw in as an extra.

Thank you so much, Mod35tBabe. This was a fabulous way to end the day and this great swap. I am so happy that my first swap went so well and I feel so spoiled by all my wonderful partners. Woot! for Group 2!  Cheesy

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Novelty Fat Quarter Swap 2? on: June 28, 2012 04:18:08 PM
I have had a lot of fun with the first swap. I tried to pick out at least one fabric per person but some wound up applying to multiple people anyway. I don't think I'll participate in round 2, gotta build up my fun money stash again  Wink, but I would definitely participate in another round in future, maybe in say two or three months.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Novelty Fabric Fat Quarter Swap Gallery on: June 27, 2012 07:23:56 PM
Yaay! I'm glad that you like the fabrics and the postcard, Mod35tBabe. Smiley
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