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11  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:

12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Four seasons tree (baby quilt) on: October 22, 2012 12:09:03 PM
I made this quilt for two of my friends (the ones I made the Rainbow "Fractal" bargello wedding quilt http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=387535.0 for last year) who are expecting their first baby later this month. They're both very into nature and sort of spiritual about seasonal change, so I thought this was a good theme for them.

Close-ups of the four seasons are below. There are 18 circles and 24 ovals per season. After tracing them, cutting them out, and sewing them on, I was seriously cursing myself for choosing this quilt!  Tongue Although it was a great way to get rid of some small scraps I had around. And, most importantly, my friends loved it.




13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Sailboat baby quilt on: October 22, 2012 12:00:04 PM
I made this quilt for a friend of mine, who loves sailing and is expecting her first baby any day now.

It was fun to make but a bit challenging because it's all made out of scraps I had on hand! That's exactly how much sky and tree fabric I had around, and I didn't even have enough ocean - there's none under the boat, and the rest was pieced together in strips! You can sort of see that in the picture, particularly the bottom left corner, but I think it's still okay.

14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Owls in a tree on: August 21, 2012 08:57:09 AM
Another baby quilt I made this summer, for a friend expecting her second child. I made the big sister a matching bag but forgot to take a picture of it, unfortunately.

The background for this quilt I made using a jelly roll I had on hand - I just stitched the strips together, cut them in new strips vertically, and restitched. The idea for the owls I got from another quilt I'd seen online.

Here's the full quilt:

And a close-up of a couple of owls:

15  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Settlers of Catan baby quilt on: August 21, 2012 08:54:27 AM
Well, actually, it's Cities and Knights of Catan, but close enough. Tongue Two of my friends who were expecting a baby this summer are huge Settlers of Catan fans, so I decided that would be the theme for their quilt. It was actually quite straightforward to make, since hexagons are a common quilting shape. The hardest part was tracking down the different fabrics - what I had to do to get the grass pieces was ridiculous!

Here's the full quilt:

The way you can tell it's Cities and Knights is that I stitched on the barbarians at the top. It's also the 5-6 player expansion-size board, because otherwise the quilt would have been too small.

A close-up of the different fabrics:

16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Dancing Cats on: August 21, 2012 08:50:39 AM
I made this for two friends who were expecting their first baby. One of them is a DJ, so I knew I wanted a music theme for their quilt, and they also have four cats, so I added a cat theme and came up with dancing cats:

The one with the headphones and turntable is the DJ and the others are dancing around it. Tongue

Here are some close-ups of the different cats.

I made the cats by getting images from the internet of dancing cats (or happy cats, disco cats, party cats...I must have used a dozen different search terms to get enough cartoon-y images!). Then I traced the major parts of the cats onto some fusible web, cut out the different fabrics, fused, and stitched in place.
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / The quilt is an illusion on: May 01, 2012 10:47:55 AM
I"ve been interested in optical illusion quilts for a while now, and decided to finally make one for a friend's upcoming wedding. Since I'm not sure what his colour scheme is (or if he's even got one) I chose neutral colours for the top. The back, which I'm realizing I didn't take a picture of, is crimson with a faint pattern on it that reflects the shape of the four squares on the top - I figured I'd have some colour on the back. It ended up bigger than I'd intended - about 75" x 75" - but I'm thrilled with how it turned out.

Here's the full top, in all its dizzying wonder:

Here's a closer view of one of the four squares:

And here's an even closer view of the same square:

I got the pattern for the squares from the book "Op-Art Quilt Illusions" by Marilyn Doheny, which was a very useful book that I'm sure I'll use again.
18  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Steampunk mini-quilts on: March 01, 2012 07:31:16 AM
The mini-quilts I made for my partner in the recent Steampunk swap. I had lots of fun making these!

A Victorian silhouette:

And an airship:

19  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Teddy bear baby quilt on: January 28, 2012 02:45:45 PM
Just finished my most recent baby quilt, for my long-time manager at work.

Close-up of Mr. Bear's face:

I quilted it with vertical wavy lines, to kind of add to the impression that the bear is floating. The backing was flannelette with little bears on it.
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Jungle animal baby quilt on: November 21, 2011 07:16:27 PM
I made this for a friend of mine who's expecting in about 6 weeks. I got the pattern from a random sticker I stumbled across on the Internet while looking for jungle animal quilts. I blew up the image of the sticker and then used that as my pattern for the animals.

I was super excited when I found the fabric I used for the back. Hopefully you can see it in this picture - it's basically a bunch of different African animal patterns.

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