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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Debbie's Retirement Quilt on: May 30, 2011 07:54:12 PM
A big piece of our IT puzzle is retiring tomorrow. Debbie has been many things to many people and I'm glad she's getting a chance to do something for herself. I told her this quilt was so she would never feel left out in the cold. This is one I thought I might actually get to keep but I know she liked it when I showed it to her before it was finished with some others I had done for some groups I quilt for. I'm happier knowing she has it then if I would have kept it. I always am.


I didn't do the binding at this point but i wanted to take the pictures before it got dark


This material is all Jan Patek from my friend Patty in Scranton. Thanks Patty!


Here's the front and back and you can see the machine quilting I did. The binding is coming.


I made the binding and bound the quilt the night before I gave it to Deb. No pressure. My daughter asked me what organized people do the night before a self imposed deadline? I told her I didn't know any and to get me another coffee.

Thanks for looking.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Cathedral Window quilt - recycled denim jeans on: March 31, 2011 09:06:51 PM
I made this quilt for my friend Kim using hers', her daughters, and her sisters old jeans. This was the first cathedral window quilt for me and I had never done anything using circles before. It's not as heavy as the brick wall quilt but it does has a little weight to it. I used flannel for the centers and it is pretty thin. It lays really nice and is plenty warn.



Here it is the all of the circles sewn together and I'm just starting to put the flannel in. I used a variegated thread for the quilting.



Here's the back. I wanted to break up all the blue and I think the black denim band does a nice job. You can also see the scalloped edges of the pieces not filled and sewn down yet.



Here's the front and back together. I like the look of the interlocking circles you get on the back from the quilting.





Two more of the front. I'm really happy with the way this came out and I love the look and feel of worn denim. Kim is really happy with it and uses it all the time.
Hope you like it too and thanks for checking it out.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Brick Wall quilt - recycled denim on: March 13, 2011 02:48:55 PM
This is my take on a "I love me" wall. The place where people hang awards and stuff. The bricks are made from our old jeans and the mortar is tan denim from old work jeans. It's about 94X64 inches big and has a little weight to it. The back is a flannel sleeping bag liner I got from Cabela's. The patches are mine from different ships I was stationed on over the years. I'm missing one but found a company online that might be able to replace it. There isn't a lot of quilting done yet, I just sewed around a couple of bricks and the patches.


The bricks are the same size as standard building bricks


I really wanted the zipper to work so I had to add the row of blocks around the edge.


Piecing it together went pretty fast. I had to change the needle a few times and the machine gets linty. I like working with denim but you can't be in a hurry. I did a cathedral window quilt in recycled denim and flannel for a friend of mine last summer that came out great if anybody wants to see those pictures.

Thanks for looking.


 
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Recycled wool quilt on: February 23, 2011 08:08:09 PM
I told a great friend and fellow IT geek, Debbie, that I was looking to do a wool quilt and had started to check the local thrift stores and the like. She told her Mom about it and her Mom and sister made the rounds out their way and really cleaned up. They were able to get a lot of the wool already cut into squares. Some blankets and coats made the trip this way as well. I evened up the squares and ran some long pieces across the middle and am thrilled with it. The front and back are wool and I used cotton batting.


This is the front. It measures about 66 by 74 inches



The back is made from different blanket pieces



I made Debbie's Mom a Penny rug and small snowman wall hanging. There's enough wool to do at least another quilt. I'll post it when it's done.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / sport themed baby quilts on: January 26, 2011 09:34:00 PM
I'm a big fan of the site and I'd like to share the first two quilts off my new machine and frame. I made these for my nieces baby shower. I've done these patterns before and the pinwheel quilt is all ways a hit. Babies seem to like playing with the pinwheel.


Here's the pinwheel quilt


The stars came out a little wonky. This was my first try at freehand quilting with the machine.

This is the bigger of the two. It's about 4 by 6 feet. I made one for my son when he left for Germany. He's an Army MP.


His cousin wanted his before he left. Well now she has her own but will have to share it with her new son.

Thanks for looking.
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