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1  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:
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Two quick baby quilts on: February 09, 2014 10:41:57 AM
A couple of my friends who live overseas (Australia and Germany) had babies in the fall/early winter. I had too many quilts to make for Christmas to get quilts done for them at the time, but I finally got around to them now. I just kept them very simple.

Just ignore my feet in the pictures below.  Cheesy


Quilt 1: Shadow Box

This is a technique I'd been meaning to try for a while, so I took this opportunity. It was super easy and I like the effect.






Quilt 2: Framed squares

I just stumbled across this one online and decided to try it. The original pattern had nine-patches in the middle, but I just went for solid squares.





(the Canada-themed background is a bit of a joke, as we used to refer to each other by our countries of origin)
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Double sided bedspread on: January 17, 2014 11:55:15 AM
My oldest niece turned 10 this fall, and for her joint birthday and Christmas gift I made her a quilt for her new double bed. The idea from her mom had been that this would be her bedspread for the next 5-6 years at least. But she's at that age when she's half teen but also still half kid, so when it came time to pick the pattern for the quilt, the kid in her said "I want a puppy quilt!".  Tongue

We reached a compromise where I would use dog fabric but on the back, so she could have that side up when she wanted it but have the other side up when she outgrew the puppy love.

She picked the colours (they match her new room) and had given me about 10 patterns she liked to choose from, so I chose one for the front and then a different one for the back that kind of broke up the dogs, because I found the idea of a solid dog fabric backing a bit overwhelming.  Cheesy

Here's the top:



And the back (sideways, unfortunately):



She absolutely loved it and I think likes the flower side better than the puppy side.  Cheesy
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Birds in the wilderness on: November 12, 2013 07:57:33 PM
So, both my parents are turning 65 this year and I decided to make them a quilt as a joint birthday gift. I've been curious about the one-block wonder quilts for a while and decided that this was the perfect opportunity to try one. I might be slightly insane. Cheesy

Anyway, after seven months of off-and-on quilting, I ended up with this:




And here's the original fabric:




I saw the panel idea on another one-block wonder quilt online and liked it because it broke it up a bit, so that's what I did. Some close-ups of the panels:




There are 216 hexagons in the quilt, for a total of 1296 triangles. Remind me not to make another one of these for a while! Some close-ups of the hexagons:




For the back I had some of the original fabric left over, so I used that in the middle. The first bird border around it is the half-hexagons that didn't make it onto the front, while the second bird border is the strips I had left after having cut the strips from the fabric repeats.



5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Dragons and fairies and castles, oh my! on: November 09, 2013 12:31:39 PM
A friend of a friend commissioned me to make a quilt for her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. When I asked her what sorts of things she wanted, the mom said "she likes dragons and fairies and castles". So that's what I did.



This, by the way, is the girliest quilt I've ever made. Normally when I make quilts I can use some fabrics I've got at home. I had to go out and buy all the fabrics for this quilt. I didn't have anything pink and only a little bit of dark purple (which I used for the dragon on the side) and no light green. (The colours were requested by the mom to match the daughter's room).

Some close-ups:


6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Tilting Four Patch on: November 09, 2013 06:54:44 AM
Some friends of my husband's were doing a fundraiser recently and I offered to donate a quilt as a raffle prize. I wanted to do something in fairly neutral colours as I didn't know who would win it and what their tastes/decor might be. I determined I had an absurb amount of brown and green fabrics, so I went with those as my primary colours and a cream as the background.

I used the Tilting Four Patch block from Quilter's Cache. Being lazy, and more importantly not owning a printer, I didn't print the triangle template and just kind of winged it. That probably made it take a little longer than it otherwise would have, but I got it done in about two weeks. I did very simple quilting, just lines through the squares.

Here's the quilt:




And the kitty-approved backing:


7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Under the Sea baby quilt on: May 02, 2013 06:21:09 AM
My brother and sister-in-law are expecting a boy in a few weeks, so my mom and I decided to make them a quilt. We went with an "under the sea" theme.

The plan was to share the load - I would piece the top and then my mom would quilt it and do the binding. Except she panicked at the idea of not being able to do straight-line quilting (she's a novice quilter) and made me do the quilting instead.

So here's the quilted quilt, missing the binding (she's still going to do that Cheesy).



And some close-ups of the different sections (sorry for the blurry crab, I was taking the picture with my cell phone and the screen is shot so I can't tell when I take pictures if they're not in focus).


8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Orca table runner on: April 18, 2013 06:36:31 AM
My parents were travelling out west last year and bought me a table runner kit for Christmas. I finally got around to putting it together. I'd never used a kit before and wasn't sure what to expect. Basically it came with all the fabric I needed and the applique was pre-traced, but otherwise it was just like making a normal quilt - I still had to cut everything to measure, cut out the applique and sew it on, piece the top, and do the actual quilting and binding.




Close-up of one orca (you can sort of see the quilting I did if you look closely at the outer border):

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Hobbit mini art quilt on: February 20, 2013 07:16:25 AM
I made this for the recent mini art quilt swap. My partner had as a theme "journeys from Hobbit/Lord of the Rings", so I made a hobbit door and a path leading to the Lonely Mountain. Then I used a fabric marker to write on a quote that my partner had on her Pinterest. I didn't write quite as straight as I wanted but I think it turned out okay.

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / It's time to meet the Muppet quilt! on: January 11, 2013 10:47:14 AM
So, backstory: about three years ago I was looking for a hobby. A friend sent me to Craftster and told me to browse until I saw something I wanted to do. I saw this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=132059.0 and knew what I wanted to do. Except MORE. There was no way I was making a Muppet quilt without Fraggles. Cheesy And I knew it had to have Swedish Chef, and Beaker, and Statler, and Waldorf...and all of a sudden I was on my way to this:



That's 25 Jim Henson characters from The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, and Fraggle Rock. Only 11 of them came out of the book Quilting with the Muppets. The rest I designed using the same technique and pictures from the web.

And the real kicker? I sewed every single one of those squares BY HAND. Because back then I still thought I was going to do handquilting. I won't tell you how often I swore while making the squares (especially the Count and his 29 *$&%&#* tiny pieces). Let's just say there's a reason this quilt sat unfinished for almost two years until I got a good machine and did the quilting in a day. Tongue

Closer-up pictures of the quilt:







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