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1  Re: Quilb Block Swap Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Amazon_warrior on: April 20, 2016 03:40:45 AM
Decided to take a photo of all the Cranes together, and don't they look awesome!  Cheesy  Thank you to all my swap partners!

Still waiting on the replacement blocks from Quaggy, but they're in the post and I'm sure they'll be here soon!  Smiley  I'm going to make up more scrappy flying geese blocks for in between, and then I have to decide about sashing or not and what to do on the edges.
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2  Shimmer Weekender in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Amazon_warrior on: April 03, 2016 08:47:35 AM
It was my sister's birthday last month and she needed a new overnight bag, so I (perhaps foolishly!) decided to make her one of Amy Butler's (in)famous Weekenders.

My sister's old travel bag was sort of glittery, and I had a bundle of RK's Shimmer 2 to hand, so I used that plus some solid navy for lining/accents.  To make the outer, I used a QYAG method (that was probably my favourite bit!) using the sturdiest canvas I could get at the local fabric shop.  Getting the whole thing together was.... interesting.  I have enough spare canvas to make a second version, but I'm not rushing into it!  D:  This project is going down in my personal history as the one that nearly killed me *and* my poor sewing machine!  But now it's together, I'm fairly proud of it.  Smiley

More piccies:

The other side.

I put iron-on vinyl and bag feet on the bottom to give more protection.

I added pockets inside.  The other side received a zipped pocket.
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3  Poppy's Flower Garden in Quilting: Completed Projects by Amazon_warrior on: April 03, 2016 04:00:53 AM
This has been on my UFO pile in various stages for quite a while, and finally I got the necessary kick up the bum to get it finished.

It's for a friend's little girl, who just had her birthday, and they're visiting our area this weekend.   It was now or never!  Luckily(?), I've had the batik top pieced for ages, and I'd already folded most of the petal shapes - I just needed wadding and a back and to get it quilted.  In a spirit of desperation experimentation, I grabbed a bit of fleece that I'd bought to back something else that already got finished and covered the whole thing in a FMQ pattern of leaves and flowers and stippling.  I've never actually quilted fleece before!

Even though I spent a bit of time huffing and trying to figure out which side of the fleece was the right side, I think I still managed to get it wrong!  It's still snuggly, though!

Once the top was quilted, I got all my petal shapes and arranged them across the quilted top, then pinned them in place and sewed them down with machine buttonhole stitch.

The flower centres are raw-edge applique circles cut from some jelly roll scraps, and the binding is left-over scraps from a jelly roll that happened to have colours that went with the top and the back.  And... DONE!  Smiley

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4  Round the World baby quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Amazon_warrior on: March 16, 2016 06:44:52 AM
Yay a finish!  Cheesy

It's about 36 x 48" and is going to our neighbour's daughter, who just had her first baby.
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5  Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Amazon_warrior on: March 06, 2016 04:15:37 AM
No progress on the Weekender yet, mostly because I got distracted by making things for Mother's Day:

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6  Mother's Day cushion cover in Quilting: Completed Projects by Amazon_warrior on: March 06, 2016 04:14:02 AM
Today is Mothering Sunday in the UK, and I wanted to make some things for mum.  I'd already made a purse, then I started making a postage-stamp patch from some left-over scraps from other projects.  And I liked it so much that a cushion cover just sort of... happened.  Smiley

It finished at ~16" square.  I'm pleased with how the two-colour quilting came out.
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7  New purse for mum in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Amazon_warrior on: March 06, 2016 04:03:11 AM
I decided to make mum a new purse for Mother's Day (which is today here in the UK).  The first effort didn't go very well, but I decided not to be defeated, picked out a new fat quarter of fabric that I thought mum would really like, and had another go:

I kept some of the modifications I made to the original tutorial, like the external zipped pocket:

I took a seam ripper to the fail-purse and rescued the zips, magnetic snap and the interior pockets:

More close-ups of the pockets:

Things to note:  I really need to learn how to do machine binding better.  :s  I was a smidge enthusiastic with the seam allowance on it so the card pockets are quite snug - at least that means no cards slithering out at inappropriate moments!  But otherwise, I'm really pleased with how it came out.  I only wish I'd remembered to add a loop to hold a pen on the crease of the flap - I completely forgot about that bit!
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8  Re: Quilb Block Swap Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Amazon_warrior on: March 04, 2016 08:10:57 AM
Happy birthday, AIMR!  Smiley  And get well soon, Homerof2 - being ill sucks.  Sad

I posted sloth's words!  Smiley  I hope they're ok - two have come out quite large...

Also, so's quaggy doesn't think I've forgotten her, here are the houses so far:

I need to throw some more bits at them, obviously, but they're getting there.  Smiley
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9  Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Amazon_warrior on: February 24, 2016 03:07:39 PM
I finished a tiny wee project.  Smiley


Also, started putting the binding on my latest baby quilt, except...

...ooops!  And I only bought just enough for 4 strips of that fabric. Angry  Guess I'll have to dig out something to fill that gap.  Pink?  Orange?  More blue?  Hmmm...
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10  Mug rugs with iron-on vinyl in Quilting: Completed Projects by Amazon_warrior on: February 24, 2016 02:52:55 PM
I've been curious about iron-on vinyl for ages, and I had a few QST units kicking about from a test for one of the Quilt Block Swap blocks (they turned up too small to use), so I decided to use them to test out a couple of things: 1) How the vinyl looks on fabric with a metallic finish and 2) how well vinyl can be applied to already-quilted fabric.

Turns out, it is reasonably successful at both of those things:

I quilted the 4" blocks with some simple straight-line quilting and used some matching charm squares as the backing, and I'm quite pleased with how they came out.  To make them double-sided, I put vinyl on both sides before binding with some scraps of black and gold spotty fabric left over from something else.

And now I have a nice wee set of coasters to use in my craft room and stop me getting mug rings on every available flat surface!  Smiley

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