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21  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Soccer ball baby quilt on: October 16, 2011 06:37:53 PM
So, about four months ago some friends of mine announced they were expecting a baby in November. About two months ago the date for the baby shower was fixed as today (October 16). About one month ago I started working on this quilt. When did I actually finish it? Oh, today, of course, but not just today: at the baby shower. Because I am that good. Tongue

I *almost* had it done on time - I just had about eight inches of binding left when I had to leave for the shower. So I stuck in in a gift bag, warned the mom-to-be about the pins when she opened it, and then sewed the rest of the binding as she was opening the other gifts. It all worked out in the end. And she (and the dad-to-be, who was also there) loved it, as they are both big soccer fans.

Here's the top. I thought about going plain black and white, but then I decided to add more colours.



And here's the back. I'm not sure if you can see, but I just quilted very simply around each hexagon, so the back has a pattern of hexagons on it.



The round binding had frankly terrified me going in, but it was astonishingly easy - actually easier than normal binding because there weren't any corners to worry about!
22  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Rainbow "Fractal" bargello on: August 03, 2011 07:34:26 PM
I made this for some friends of mine who are getting married on Saturday (finished it in plenty of time Wink ). When I was thinking on what kind of quilt to make them, I figured that since one of them loves rainbows and the other loves fractals, why not try to make a rainbow fractal quilt? This isn't exactly a fractal, but I figure it's in the spirit of one.



I posted about this one a while back asking how to quilt it. I ended up just doing straight lines on the diagonal through every third or fourth row - very plain but just what I needed for my first ever machine quilt. Don't know if you can see that in this picture, but it gives you a closer view of the fabrics used.



23  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby dragon quilt on: July 05, 2011 10:56:13 AM
I finished a new project! This one's for a friend of mine who's expecting a baby any day now. She's a big fantasy fan so I opted to make a dragon quilt, with attic windows around the squares.



Close-up of some of the dragons:


I'm quite pleased with it (except for the part where the middle square's edges wouldn't line up properly with the adjacent squares  Angry ).
24  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / How do you organize your fabric? on: June 30, 2011 01:19:14 PM
I've been working on a new quilt that involved lots of colours, and my quilting room currently looks like a fabric store exploded. Cheesy So I thought that, while I've got most of the fabrics out anyway, I should rethink how to organize them. Up until now I've mostly sorted them into solids vs patterns, but my collection is getting kind of large and I think I need a more comprehensive system.

So how do you sort your fabrics? By colour? By size of the piece? By taste (hiding those hideous ones at the back)? By theme (baby, florals, etc.)? In the order you last used them?
25  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Bargello quilting - advice needed on: June 03, 2011 01:17:48 PM
Hi folks,

I'm making a bargello quilt for some friends who are getting married, and I'm a little stumped as to how to quilt it. I know the standard for bargello is to quilt through the squares on the diagonal, but I'm not sure I want to do that. I want the focus for this quilt to be on the colours, and I kind of feel like that method of quilting would detract from them. But I don't particularly just want to quilt in the ditch either. Any suggestions on what to do? I've attached a link to picture of the top so you can see what I'm working on.

http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv96/danynn/DSC01453.jpg

I should mention that I usually hand quilt and this is my first machine quilt, so whatever quilting is suggested should be simple. I don't really know what I'm doing on the machine yet.
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