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11  A whole truck load of quilt blocks for the Lap Quilt 3 swap in Quilting: Completed Projects by angelbum on: October 08, 2008 12:28:45 PM
So I've just finished up all of my blocks I sewed for my swap partners and I'd like to share them here as well  Tongue Enjoy!

For 1boy1girl1kitty2:





I didn't have nearly enough of the background fabric, but I found a really good color match in my stash so I used that. The boot still needed something to oomph it up, so I added the mini harlequin border. Yeesh that was a doozy!

And now the block for Homerof2, whose fabrics were so much fun!





I actually ran out of the measuring tape fabric, but I had some in my stash from a different company which was so close I really don't think it's noticeable.

For Fishie: With appliqued and embroidered snails. Lots of color choice modifications to make the most of the pieces I received. Holy, there is not one piece of usable scrap left! I was sweating bullets at the end, but I think it turned out all right.





For Ajanderson: The pattern came from here: http://www.liesbosquilts.nl/patronen/pat99kosm01N.html





One wonky house and tree for Flashley Ashley:





Here's a cluster of hearts for gilttergirl:

I ran out of the blue border unfortunately but I still like it! The hearts can be found here: http://www.lenzula.com/pattern/free/hearts.php





Here is Athenamat's block. It's the inner half of the snowflake I originally intended. Even though I'd shrunk the pattern by 50% it still would have ended up too big.





Here's a radiant star for JQ. Oh man I love this one! I didn't have a pattern, so I reconstructed it from a photo of one. Phew! I'm shocked it turned out this well to be honest, LOL!





One for Carodynamite. This one has 140 pieces. I quite like how it turned out, it's 4 shrunken to fit Storm at Sea Blocks: http://www.quilterscache.com/S/StormAtSeaBlock_Page3.html



One for Whoopdeedoo5:





And last but certainly not least, Berta's block:





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12  Re: How to prevent color bleeding in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by angelbum on: August 12, 2008 10:35:45 AM
Thanks bookwormbethie, DMC huh? I'll do some searching around. I don't know very much about embroidery floss...

I've also perused the "big thread about stabilizers" and I have to admit I'm at a loss over what to use for my project.

Here's a picture of what I have so far:




And I plan to embroider the eyes, surface details and contours of the creatures, fishing line from the boat etc. Do I use tear away, water soluable? Eeek, I didn't even think about this until a moment ago...
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13  Re: Lap Quilt Swap III: Fall Edition (USA and Canada) GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by angelbum on: July 16, 2008 11:06:25 PM
Ah yes, I know the "will they like it?"  anxiety very well.  Undecided

Homer, deep breath woman! The best thing to do is to make stuff that you love, and have a great time doing it. You can't go wrong following your passion and joy, as that will show in your work. Make blocks that you would love to receive, plain and simple. I like what you've made, and there's no question of your sewing ability.  Wink Keep up the good work!  Grin


Now if I can just follow my own advice and make that baby quilt for hubby's boss' wife! EEK!  Cry This project has been brutal right from day one. I knew exactly what I wanted to make, but after literally hours of fabric choosing, hand washing, ironing, pattern making and cutting, the final layout was horrible, and hubby and I sat there going "damn, it sounded like such a great idea"  Undecided  Cry

So now we've decided upon a Beatrix Potter - Peter Rabbit theme, and wrap the quilt up with a beautiful collection of Beatrix potter stories. BUT I'm having second thoughts. @*#&*$!! I'm worried that it's too old fashioned (aka boring) and not "upscale, hip, whatever" enough. I mean I don't even read beatrix potter to my children  Roll Eyes - we're more of a Robert Munsch sort, you know? I bought this panel fabric on ebay which I thought I'd whip up with a nice backing. But it needs some tweaking as the existing border color clashes with the centre pictures. And I can't help feeling like this is cheating, so I need to make some filler squares or something. GAH!

Then I saw Athenamat's fun collection of Dick and Jane fabrics and I"m having fabric envy and maybe I should go with something like that... Can I get your opinions? PLEASE??

Edit:

Here was one layout idea - to be done up in beach, surfer fabrics, in orange, blue, tan and green: http://www.quilterscache.com/images12/ellieandquilt29wks.jpg

And then I love these quilts: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=250302.0

and this one by Athenamat:



Here is the beatrix potter panel fabric:





What I love about it is that you can actually see the brush strokes, the pictures really are beautiful.

I have this fabric, which I thought of using either as backing or to replace the edging/borders:







The problem is that I know nothing about this woman. She looks like she's 25,  and they're incredibly well off. They were married in Hawaii and he's from Perth Australia. Yeah, not a lot to go on.



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14  Re: Mini quilt for my daughters bunny in Quilting: Completed Projects by angelbum on: July 16, 2008 01:16:36 PM
Thanks for your wonderful comments!

As requested, here are some bunny pics:






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15  Re: Lap Quilt Swap III: Fall Edition (USA and Canada) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by angelbum on: July 10, 2008 06:31:27 PM


What is mexican-talavera style, angelbum?

These are typical talavera tiles:











I've often thought about trying to recreate some with fabric.

From what I've understood about scrappy is that it meant no particular fabric matching/planning was involved. Sort of anything goes. But really, it makes no difference what you call it. As long as you like it!  Grin
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16  Re: Lap Quilt Swap III: Fall Edition (USA and Canada) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by angelbum on: July 09, 2008 10:56:38 PM
Oooh the Dick and Jane fabrics are great! Nice colors you've chosen Athenamat! And I love audreys spread as well. So vibrant and pretty  Grin  I love the idea of the non-traditional christmas quilt. Oh the gallery is going to be awesome!

I've been raiding my stash in hopes of not buying any fabric for this one. Our little condo is seriously bursting at the seams with random bags of fabric hidden literally everywhere. So stashbusting is crucial. I've even cut apart some old placemats to use....only thing is they've got this interfacing that is really stubborn. I've been sitting here for the past couple of nights literally picking and peeling it off lol! Hopefully the leftovers will come out with a good washing, otherwise you'll just have to ignore the bits on the back.  Tongue

I think this is what I'll send, along with some little scrap pieces (at the end) if anyone is able to use them.

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17  Re: Lap Quilt Swap III: Fall Edition (USA and Canada) GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by angelbum on: July 06, 2008 11:03:03 PM
ok finally a completed square for 1boy1girl1kitty2:





I didn't have nearly enough of the background fabric, but I found a really good color match in my stash so I used that. I found a boot pattern online but I didn't want to pay for it, so I copied and flipped it. Then it still needed something to oomph it up, so I added the mini harlequin border. Yeesh that was a doozy!

And now the block for Homerof2, whose fabrics were so much fun!





I actually ran out of the measuring tape fabric, but I had some in my stash from a different company which was so close I really don't think it's noticeable.

For Fishie: With appliqued and embroidered snails. Lots of color choice modifications to make the most of the pieces I received. Holy, there is not one piece of usable scrap left! I was sweating bullets at the end, but I think it turned out all right.





For Ajanderson: The pattern came from here: http://www.liesbosquilts.nl/patronen/pat99kosm01N.html





One wonky house and tree for Flashley Ashley:





Here's a cluster of hearts for gilttergirl:

I ran out of the blue border unfortunately. If you like, you can send me some more and I'll replace it. The hearts can be found here: http://www.lenzula.com/pattern/free/hearts.php





Here is Athenamat's block. It's the inner half of the snowflake I originally intended. Even though I'd shrunk the pattern by 50% it still would have ended up too big. I'm still thinking that I might add more...hrm..I'll see how my time goes this week.





Here's a radiant star for JQ. Oh man I love this one! I didn't have a pattern, so I reconstructed it from a photo of one. Phew! I'm shocked it turned out this well to be honest, LOL!





One for Carodynamite. This one has 140 pieces. I quite like how it turned out, it's 4 shrunken to fit Storm at Sea Blocks: http://www.quilterscache.com/S/StormAtSeaBlock_Page3.html



One for Whoopdeedoo5:





And last but certainly not least, Berta's block:



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18  Zipp a Dee Doo Da in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by angelbum on: July 02, 2008 09:26:28 AM
Zipp a Dee AY, My oh my what a wonderful day!

Just a quickie post of the zip-away fabric bag I made for my daughter's teacher. Made with some really nice black linen and a fat quarter of ... oh was that amy butler? I'm not sure..?? I wanted to get some Amy butler's lotus fabric in grey tones, but it hadn't come in yet so I had to choose something else. The bag features a handy extra zip pocket for money or cards or little bought items, and sturdy reinforced handles.

She loved it! She apparently spent her last day in class zipping and unzipping the whole thing over and over LOL! She was on her way to europe and said she would definitely be taking it with her.

All zipped up:



Front:



Back:

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19  Re: Teh Yarn Bukkit in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by angelbum on: June 29, 2008 06:21:04 PM
 Grin So lovely to be a hot project!  Grin

Very, very nice!   Your swap partner is one lucky person!  Did you stencil the little patches?   Amazing, I'd say!

Oh, the kittehs and the sayings were all done with iron-on transfer paper (made for black shirts) that you can run through your printer. Easy peasy and works great.

I'm just so happy you all like teh bukkit! Aikibookworm - you crack me up!

Oh, I realized I didn't add a closeup of the kitteh with the hat...so here she is  um... sideways LOL!



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20  Teh Yarn Bukkit in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by angelbum on: June 27, 2008 09:45:46 AM
Oh I had fun with this one! I made this for a swap and really had second thoughts about letting it go!

Introducing Teh Yarn Bukkit:

From the front:



hehe, it looks like it's wearing one badass headband LOL!

the drawstring top closure:



the pirate guard:



oh, and when it's time to knit it shows a little more demure side:



Shots of the inside:













and the bottom:



I made it from 2 pairs of pants, hence all the nifty pockets on the inside.
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