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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Wings of Freedom Ticker Tape Art Quilt on: October 08, 2015 05:30:34 AM
This is gorgeous! I love the colours you chose.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My "Ukrainian Easter egg" quilt on: September 13, 2015 06:07:05 PM
I have a few questions if you don't mind, I'm too chicken to try to make one:
How long did it take?
Is it strip pieced and then cut or are each individual squares cut and sewn together?
How is it quilted?

I'm honestly not sure how long it took...once all the prep work was done (which took a while!) it would take me about an hour to cut, sew, and attach two rows to the centre panel. There are 79 rows, so that's roughly 40 hours for the centre panel. The prep work was probably another 10-15 hours, then there was the borders, pinning, and quilting. And a few hours for swearing and undoing mistakes.  Tongue So probably 70-80 hours all told?

It's strip pieced..mostly. How this one worked was that you made mini panels of strips of the different colour schemes (for example for the blues I sewed a strip from each of the three blues together, for the yellows and oranges I sewed a strip from the three yellows, one brown, and then the three oranges) and then you followed a pattern that told you which colours you needed for that row. So for one row I might cut from the blue mini panel, then the yellow/orange, then the blue, then the red, etc. With the browns filling in between the colours. So technically strip piecing but still a lot of cutting and sewing for each row. I don't know if that explanation made any sense.

I did stipple quilting in the brown areas. I wanted to try and make the colours stand out a bit so I figured that might work, and there was enough brown in the quilt that I knew I was getting the coverage I needed.

If you like bargellos just dive in and give them a try! When I was just starting to quilt I made a bargello quilt (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=387535.0) even though it terrified me and I had no real idea what I was doing the whole time. It was maybe my third quilt ever and my first machine quilt. My "easter egg" quilt is my third bargello and the first one where I actually felt like I had a clue how to do bargello. So just try one (though not this one, it was a pain in the ass - the rainbow one was much easier) and see how it goes!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My "Ukrainian Easter egg" quilt on: September 11, 2015 12:40:49 PM
Some friends of mine got married a few weeks ago and I made them this quilt for their wedding. The guy (who I've been friends with for 20+ years) makes Ukrainian Easter eggs each year, so I chose a pattern that reminded me of those eggs. If it looks a bit wavy it's supposed to. Smiley

It's a queen-sized quilt and I found it hard to get a picture of it as there's nowhere in my house that would let me stand far enough back! So here are a couple of side-angle shots:






And some close-ups of the different patterns:






4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 14 Quilt Projects in 2014 Quilt Along! on: April 06, 2014 05:09:50 PM
Amazon_warrior, that's fantastic! I've made a bargello (and only one!) so I know how much work they take.

brandyk, your donation quilts are adorable.

Here's my latest: a Shakespearian-themed baby quilt

All the world's a stage
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / "All the world's a stage" baby quilt on: April 06, 2014 05:05:27 PM
Two friends of mine are expecting their first child. Since they're huge theatre and Shakespeare fans (they actually met when they were cast as Romeo and Juliet in their local community theatre production!) I went with a Shakespearian theme for the baby quilt I made.



Close-ups of the characters:

Hamlet:



The Fool:



Bottom:



Romeo & Juliet:
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 5 Gallery on: March 17, 2014 10:30:17 AM
Okay, so I posted photos for kbrison's last paper pieced square and the other 5 circle of geese for sloth. Off to the post office to mail everything!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 5 Gallery on: March 05, 2014 06:30:22 AM
Okay, so I finished kbrison's third paper pieced block (no pic yet, it's coming). Now all I have left are 5 circle of geese for sloth. I'm hoping I can get those all done Friday since I'm home all day. If not, after that I'm away until March 15 so would be finishing on March 16 and sending on March 17.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 5 Gallery on: March 01, 2014 02:15:40 PM
All right, I've started paper piecing. I think I understand it better now, but I still don't like it.  Tongue

Two blocks for kbrison are up (there would have been a third but I screwed it up and need to print another template) plus a fruit-themed circle of geese for sloth.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 5 Gallery on: February 22, 2014 03:44:36 PM
It's all good, I made myself a template. I just found an image of a 30-degree ruler online, sized the image until it was accurate, then traced it. Worked great. All three Dresden plates are done and will be posted in the gallery momentarily.

Now...the moment I've been trying to put off. All I have left to do are the paper-pieced blocks. Eeep.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 5 Gallery on: February 21, 2014 01:08:49 PM
Okay, I need help. I'm trying to cut the pieces for the Dresden plate, but I don't have a 30-degree ruler. I'm trying to use the markings on my cutting mat, but I keep ending up with weird angle that are definitely not 30 degrees. I don't know why this isn't working - I've used the markings before for 60 and 45 degree cuts and it's been fine, but I can't get the 30-degree ones to work. Help!
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