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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: February 04, 2016 04:44:59 AM
I'm so excited about this year quilt challenge!  I'm Jen, and I've spent the past two year's of this challenge finishing off UFOs.  I've finally got caught up enough to start some new things!

Quilts I want to make this year:
1) an eye-spy Christmas quilt
2) a modern star quilt I saw in a magazine
3) a scrappy strip quilt
4) start a hanky/doily quilt
5) finish a memorial quilt for a friend
6) finish the "I dont need a class for that" quilt
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 15 Quilt Projects in 2015 on: January 15, 2016 05:25:42 PM
Any interest in doing again this in 2016?
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pre-cuts, in general on: January 13, 2016 06:47:30 PM
I buy fabric because I have an unhealthy love of pretty, pretty fabric.  No project necessary.  Smiley
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Gifts For A Beginning Quilter? on: January 13, 2016 06:44:09 PM
Thread and batting.  Good scissors - large and small.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Summer Quilting Project (pic heavy) New pic at bottom on: September 06, 2015 02:34:11 PM
My husband finally graduated from college this year and I wanted to thank a bunch of people who helped him along the way.  It was also a great way for me to learn some new things: paper piecing, applique, using clear thread.  I feel like one of my weaknesses with quilting is just picking the right colors.  I started using the "Chip It" feature on www.shermanwilliams.com to help decide colors; I also invested in some colored pencils and graph paper to help sketch out ideas (really helped with figuring out quilting designs).  Most of the fabric came from my stash - though I did spend about $10 for some colors that I needed.  The rectangles are about 18x12, and the squares about about 15x15.

"Tree of Knowledge" This was the first quilt I made for one of his internship supervisors.  It was inspired from a quilt on www.stitcherydickorydock.com.  I quilted in the words: hope, patience, knowledge, teacher.

"The long and winding road"  This quilt is for his occupational therapist.  Without her help during the last two years, he definitely wouldn't have passed.  The colors are based on Monet's Waterlillies; quilting is my attempt to show flight/movement of the geese.

"In Our Darkest Hour"  This quilt is for the disabilities office director who gave us a second chance after my husband failed out of grad school.  

This quilt was a desperate attempt at a 'tunnel like' quilt.  after finishing it I found the one below, and made that.  I think I saw one on www.diaryofaquilter.com.

"Light at the End of the Tunnel"  This quilt is for the internship coordinator who finally got it right: got my husband connected with experienced staff who have worked with lots of students and knew how to teach.  Found the inspiration quilt at http://squiltz.blogspot.com/  

"On the Right Path"  This quilt is for his other internship instructor.  The first thing she told him was that he wasn't going to fail - it took the weight of the world off our shoulders.  The colors are based on a photo of a tiger lily.

I have two more quilts to finish, but I've been unfocused for most of the summer (I think I finished all of these between April 15th and July 1st).  It's also been a way for me to really let this experience go and look forward to good things to come.

Thanks for looking!

Here's the second to last quilt.  It took forever to figure out what to make and what colors to use, but I love how it turned out.  This mini-quilt is for my husband's advisor/professor.  She's the kind of person that is in charge of a million things at once and does them all with perfection; I imagine that she compartmentalizes things a lot, like a sampler quilt.  My husband's not quite the same; he's got a lot in his head, but it tends to swirl around in there. (Did I mention he has a closed head injury?)  This one is titled "I've got something on my mind".

One more quilt to go!  It's going to be a mood quilt.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: how to cheat at quilting, aka turn a thrift store find into a quick stripy quilt on: August 04, 2015 08:06:54 PM
I love your creativity in appliqueing a quilt top on top of another quilt. 

Also, laughed so hard tears came out of my eyes when I saw the last picture.  I really needed that. Smiley  I've done the same thing before, sorry you had to go through the hassle of fixing it.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mixed washed and unwashed fabrics on: June 23, 2015 05:38:52 PM
My two cents:  I've mixed washed and unwashed in quilt tops, but I wash in cold water to help keep the fabric dye from getting everywhere.  I would probably wash the backing since it's such a big piece - you'll notice the shrinkage more.  Also, it may all depend on how much quilting you do. 
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A Mother's Day Gift on: May 12, 2015 11:14:22 AM
I was inspired by another project I saw on here and made a couple of these for mother's day.

Thanks for looking!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Ponyo Hexie Mini-Quilt on: March 31, 2015 08:29:21 AM
I really like how you stitched the binding.  It emphasizes that it was made by hand.  Great job!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: binding inside corners for hexie quilt on: March 28, 2015 09:03:39 AM
Thanks for the link!  It wasn't what I was looking for (an awesome why to finish off a quilt, though!), but it did lead me to what I was looking for.  Thanks for the help!  I ended up just easing around the inside corners which turned out pretty good.  I'm a self-labeled binding-nazi so I would have liked the corners to be more crisp, but I'm happy with the result.  Here's the finished product: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438649.0

Of course I can't find the video I watched initially, but here's an even better one that shows how to get crisp inside corners. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VGNcDoI-R8
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