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81  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / new retro-modern quilt project on: March 23, 2005 06:37:55 PM
Hello craftinists, here is my latest quilt, only my second grown-up size. I *just* finished it. It is going up to San Francisco tomorrow to be given as a gift. I'll post notes in a second message, but here are the pics first. It is a queen size, self-bound, mostly vintage fabrics.

Here it is, lying on my bed, pretending it is my quilt:

The quilt is for my friend Molly, so I incorporated fabrics that depicted various aspects of our friendship: Las Vegas, road trips, obsession with all things tiki. I even embroidered a tiny cat on a square to represent her beloved late kitty:

And while I was at it, I embroidered a message on the back:

This was a fun, long-lasting, and intense project. I learned alot and look forward to continuing to improve as I keep on quiltin'. Next project: wedding quilt!

Update: More quilts and other crafting on my flickr photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hambox/sets/72157594153145700/
82  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: stupid Martha Stewart! on: March 21, 2005 11:44:54 AM
Okay, here's mine from MSL 2002 (?) Christmas issue: snowflakes crafted from glittery pipecleaners. Lots of work, mediocre payoff. I would LOVE to hear from an insider from MSL on how these crafts get chosen and how they're executed!

I choose to look at my back issues of MSL to absorb the aesthetic pf a project, look at it as an inspirational jumping-off point -- then craft something better!

Love her or hate her: she really deserves props for giving domestic arts a level of respect it has never gotten since the 1950s. I really don't think I'd be as emboldened (as I am) to make my surroundings a more beautiful place.
83  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Your favorite sewing machine for quilts? on: March 16, 2005 09:45:36 AM
Crafty people! The time has come for me to start thinking about upgrading from my humble lil 1970s Kenmore. I am in the market for a good solid workhorse machine, but that is geared towards quilters. I don't need alot of bells and whistles (my piecing and quilting designs tend to be spare and modern, so I don't need 10,000 programmed patterns, etc.), but I want a machine that can handle the quilt sandwich with ease. Anyone had a relatable experience (good or bad) with a quilter's sewing machine? What features can/can't you live without? Will I be happy with a $400 Kenmore 19233 or do I have to go the spendy route on a fancy Pfaff?

Update: well, after getting advice (not necessary on this thread, hee hee!) and doing loads of research, I have decided on the Kenmore 19233 (search http://www.sears.com to check it out)... lots of bang for your buck, geared towards the quilty human, and price is okay (don't pay full price.. wait for a sale at Sears or till eBay comes up with one.. which is what I did). Haven't gotten it yet, but am feeling like the right purchase was made.
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