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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Basic Black & White on: March 22, 2009 08:35:46 PM
loved seeing how you changed it b/c you weren't happy.....what great thinking 'out of the box' !
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: ANother stacked coins - 1st attempt at machine quilting on: March 22, 2009 08:33:12 PM
What great colors! I love the black too - it makes it pop so much. I also like hearing about your 'learning curve'. I have yet to attempt fancy machine quilting - I just do straight lines with my walking foot on my regular sewing machine.
 Your daughter is very lucky!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Cowboy Rag Quilt in Blue, Green, & Brown on: March 15, 2009 04:17:14 PM
Kleinsch, did you find charm squares in flannel or was it just regular quilting cotton?
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Now that I'm allowed to post pics ... the last 2 quilts I made! on: February 13, 2009 09:48:09 PM
Wow! I love your stitching - I can't believe you did that with a walking foot! What size are those quilts? I adore the the frog one - and you can't tell if it's for a boy or a girl, which I think is super.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Denim Quilt (from old jeans) on: February 13, 2009 09:40:04 PM
The pocket squares are great!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Cowboy Rag Quilt in Blue, Green, & Brown on: February 13, 2009 09:30:19 PM
I pre-wash the fabric, then I wash them about 3 times after they're sewn, standing over the open washing machine with a hand strainer scooping out threads. Then I shake them outside, dry them, shake them again, and start the process again. So far I haven't ruined my washer or anyone else's (I do warn them about the shedding, to be fair!)
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first bed-size quilt: strips of seashore blues, browns, & tans on: February 13, 2009 09:22:34 PM
My mom lives at the shore, so I made my first bed-sized quilt as her Christmas present this past December. It's a twin-sized quilt, as it's actually for her to cuddle up underneath while watching tv in the living room. 


I got the basic layout ideas from Bonnie's 'Simply Strippy' at www.quiltville.com.  I initally bought all the tan, blue, and brown sea-themed prints at Jo-Ann Fabrics, but when I started to play around with them I didn't think I had enough contrast or enough of 'me' in it. So I found some batiks for more variety: my mom's favorite color, teal, batiked in a way that looks like water to me, and polka dots of turquoise on brown for the sashing. 



I cut all my prints into strips from selvege to selvedge, added strips of teal batik to the ends of each piece and then chain-pieced them into what seemed like a mile-long ribbon. Then I randomly cut that mile of fabric up and laid it out into the center piece, trimming and adding more teal where ever I felt it needed a break.  I ran more of the mile around the inner sashing.  I had to piece the outermost polka-dot sashing, because of course by then I was running out of fabric. I really just wanted to work with the flow, and not plan too much in advance (or go back to the fabric store), and that is when I start to have the most fun! The binding is a dark teal linen blend (not as royal blue as it photographed), and I love that texture right at the edge of the quilt where your fingers grip it.



The back is a length of Kona cotton in dark brown (it was my Thanksgiving tablecloth first!), split lengthwise & widened with more of the strips left-over from the front. I love sqeezing in as many of my scraps as possible. Making  the scrappy pieced back was so much fun.

When I laid it out in my living room, I almost died laughing because it matches my color scheme even better than my mom's house! Fortunately, she loved it, so I have no qualms that it's not enriching *my* house!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Cowboy Rag Quilt in Blue, Green, & Brown on: February 13, 2009 08:48:02 PM
I made this patchwork rag quilt for a couple I work with that had a baby boy back in the fall. I'm not sure why I didn't post it here after I finished it, except that maybe my hands were too tired to type after *all* that snipping of seams!  I did buy one of those special spring-loaded scissors for these types of projects, but still....
The front (ragged) side is a checkerboard of of brown polka-dotted flannel and light blue/brown cowboy print flannel, and the back is the same brown polka-dot alternating with solid green flannel that picks up one of the dot colors. I ran out of fabric for the back(I did measure...maybe I didn't take into account shrinkage), but it was fun fixing that problem: 4 yellow corners and 4 free-pieced patchwork squares with my scraps from this and a previous rag quilt for a baby cousin.) .

I love how these blankets turn out, but they are labor-intensive....  Maybe I just find the process tedious because it actually isn't challenging?!?! I love choosing the fabrics for the recipients (I've made 3 so far, and have fabric picked out for 2 more babies' first birthdays this year), but after that, it gets a bit boring because I've made all the decisions....  I'm curious how long it takes most other folks to make these, and how big you usually make them?  I've been doing 6" cut squares, and 9 to 10 squares across by 10 to 13 rows down.....so at least 200 squares to deal with (I don't do an inner layer b/c I'm in So.Cal.) but I expect I will keep making them because they make the recipients so happy.

I'd love to hear anyone else's comments on their process & time invested in making these rag quilts...
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: My first RL collage (img heavish) on: November 24, 2008 11:13:04 AM
I used to do collage with mixed media (i.e. I drew & painted on top of scraps of paper) in art school, and the surface I worked on was usually illustration board. The brand I used was Crescent. Because it is intended as an artist's material, it is easy to work with and will last longer and not affect the quality and color of your artwork, which are the downsides toplywood (which you need more than your average scissor/x-acto to cut to size) or salvaged cardboard (which I used when I was low on funds, like at the end of a semester). It's strong enough not to buckle under various glues, but you have to be careful not to get it sopping wet or it warp. You can give it a colored background and a good tooth for drawing on if you spray-mount a sheet of pastel paper onto the board (I used Canson for that. Pricey but great selection of colors).
BTW, I think to be a designer you automatically are artistic - how else do you make design decisions?
Your collage are fabulous!     
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Yet More Shirtless Hunks In The Kitchen on: November 17, 2008 05:33:04 PM
Those are awesome! Where is that fabric from?  I need to make something out of it for my boys.....
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