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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Purple satin and velvety stuff baby blanket on: February 11, 2014 05:41:40 PM
I've recycled this material a total of three times:  First, I used this fabric to cover a couch.  It was pretty awesome - a very large, very purple couch.  Then, when I decided I needed a new couch, I ripped all the fabric off and reused most of it as a table skirt to hide all of my crap in a very small apartment.  Finally, when I moved into a larger place I decided to make the skirt into a blanket -  which I started in about 2008 and have now finally finished!  Ta-Da!

12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Swoon block keepsake wall hanging on: February 04, 2014 07:39:50 PM
The red material is from the blue jean quilt in the background which my Grandma made for me about 18years ago.  It was pretty beat up and thread bare so I finally took it apart, replaced some squares and added new batting and backing, but I just couldn't throw the backing away.  Here it is in the swoon block.  I also machine quilted, and I love how it turned out so much that I may stop hand quilting.

13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Ugly baby quilt in pink and orange on: January 27, 2014 08:11:37 PM
It's not so much ugly as it is an extreme disappointment.  I love this fabric collection so much and found a pattern in a magazine that I thought would look good, but then something went very wrong.  So I tried to make the best of it, and four years later I've finished the first of three ugly baby quilts.

This is also my first time machine quilting - definitely went overboard with that, but it's an ugly quilt, who cares if the quilting makes it worse right?  My sweet husband thinks it's cool, though, so I've got that going for my new found "skill".

All in all, I'm just glad that I'll never have to look at this again.  Enjoy! Smiley

14  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Michigan Love on: January 25, 2014 02:53:21 PM
Inspired by this mini quilt: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428261.msg5109688#msg5109688

It's made with old t-shirts, outlined with a blanket stitch, and fits a 16" pillow form.

Thanks for looking!
15  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Ann Arbor YMCA - Crocheting/Volunteer project on: January 23, 2014 09:02:16 AM
I work at the Ann Arbor YMCA and wanted to invite any local Craftsters to join us in a new volunteer project: Crocheting for the Community.  We are crocheting (and knitting!) hats, scarves, mittens, granny squares, etc for the those in need.  Right now we are meeting on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30pm.  This is a great program for individuals who have never crocheted or knitted and would like to learn.  Equipment and materials are provided.  Hope you can make it!
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Blue Jean Boston Commons Rag Quilt on: January 09, 2014 06:02:04 AM
Finished my rag quilt!  It was really nice not have to tie/bind it, but I don't think I will ever do one of these again.  I also found a great pillowcase tut online so made one to coordinate.

Thanks for looking!
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Blue jean rag/boston commons quilt on: November 02, 2013 05:15:45 AM
I'm making my first blue jean rag quilt and I want to do a boston commons pattern on the flannel side.  Originally my thought was to do the rag fringe on the blue jean side, but I'm wondering if I could/should do it on the patterned side so that it will all be seen at the same time rather than being reversible.  Does that make sense?

Any way - my question is: has anyone done a rag quilt before where the rag fringe is not on the blue jean side?
Also, do the blocks have to be sewn in a row or can I sew them into blocks of 4?

Thanks for the advice!
18  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What to do with a metal heart shaped chocolate box on: February 17, 2013 12:04:04 PM
So for the first time ever my husband bought me chocolates for Valentine's Day.  He even thought to buy a metal box so that I could reuse it for something crafty - but I have know idea what to do with it!  It measures about 12'' across and 1.5'' deep; any ideas?
19  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Ann Arbor YMCA: Quilting for a Cause on: January 12, 2013 07:16:25 PM
I work at the Ann Arbor YMCA and wanted to invite any local Craftsters to join us in a new volunteer project: Quilting for a Cause.  We are up-cycling old t-shirts into quilts for the Delonis Center.  Here's a link to our website for dates/times: http://www.annarborymca.org/quilting-cause.php  We are also accepting donations of t-shirts if you have any you want to get rid of.  Hope you can make it!
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