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1  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.
2  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!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Wren's and Friends Hexagon Quilt on: March 27, 2015 01:23:46 PM
Here's another recent finish!  The material was donated to our quilt group and I was able to use every square of the layer cake without have to buy additional material.  It was also fun doing the hexagon pattern - thank god for youtube!

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / YMCA Sports T-shirt quilt on: March 27, 2015 01:21:10 PM

Nothing fancy here, but it's finished!  I love crossing things off my to-do list!  This one's a demo for a t-shirt quilt class I'm going to teach at our local YMCA.

Thanks for looking!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Red & White Irish Chain on: February 28, 2015 06:35:56 PM
I love this quilt!  I saw a similar quilt in one of my mom's quilting books years ago and I've always wanted to make one.  I found the perfect backing fabric for it, too: mainly light blue with red and white flowers.  I machine quilted it in straight lines along the red squares and used a stencil to do the hearts in red.  Some of the hearts are a little wonky and I was going to fix them, but then I washed the quilt and the red bled a little and now I'm ok with the hearts being a little off.  Thanks for looking!

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / binding inside corners for hexie quilt on: February 28, 2015 03:40:37 PM
Does anyone know a good strategy for sewing the binding on a hexie quilt; specifically the inside corners?  The top and bottom of the quilt are straight, but the edges are jagged.  I found a tute for doing the outside corners (120 degrees), but I haven't found anything for the inside corners.  Any ideas?
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / From the ashes... on: February 08, 2015 07:58:46 PM
My Aunt's house was hit by fire a few years ago (2008 I think) and there was only a corner of the basement that was spared where this fabric was stored.  My mom saved a box from the trash, and I stole them from her.  This is the second quilt I've made from the scraps - the first is a bigger WIP from 2010 that I hope to finish this year.  Anyway, one done...

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Slants and stripes forever on: August 02, 2014 07:16:55 PM
Made this during my last week of work before I went on maternity leave in April.  It was inspired by a quilt I saw in a magazine.  The backing is a solid navy blue fleece.
Thanks for looking!

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / The last of my blue jean stash! on: March 16, 2014 07:29:57 PM
My mom went garage sale-ing back in the summer of 2000 and bought me a giant box of old jeans.  I've made at least 7 quilts out of that original stash which I've finally used up with this quilt.  The bad news is that both my mom and Grandma have a ton more that they want to use up...I think I'm going to sneak some into the trash when they're not looking. Smiley

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / 10 Years in the Making on: March 06, 2014 07:25:49 PM
I started this jean quilt during the summer Olympics of 2004.  The original was huge; probably king size, but I'm not sure.  Some time that year I did manage to get it tied, but, due to several issues, I decided to untie it and do it again.  Well, that didn't happen until last weekend, and I'm so relieved that it finally complete.

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