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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Crimp beads = ♥ Seahorse set & goldfish gem chip necklace on: February 24, 2010 06:10:25 PM
I covet them both!  I esp. like the asymmetry of the goldfish. Smiley
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Ireland-Inspired Quilt on: February 24, 2010 05:25:40 PM
"I was dreading it, thinking about how I was going to get the bulk of it into my machine to quilt it!  Problem solved!"

Well, you still have to get the bulk of it into your machine at some point.  This just eliminates the piecing step of the process.  Happy to motivate you though!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Clothes for my favorite doll on: February 22, 2010 06:14:27 PM
I would swear that the doll and the clothes came as a set!  Great work!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2010 DeStash-Along on: February 22, 2010 06:14:01 PM
Oooo, that yarn looks familiar!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: The bird tells it like it is (NSFW) on: February 22, 2010 06:11:47 PM
I cackled out loud.   Grin  Alas that I work with children and could not have such a thing in my office!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Haylie's DIY Wedding Projects! (8-27-10) on: February 22, 2010 05:23:34 PM
I think the pink-tinted edges really make the project.  They look real!
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Creepy little 5x7s on: February 22, 2010 05:21:01 PM
They remind me of Coraline...nice!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Ireland-Inspired Quilt on: February 22, 2010 05:16:25 PM
Yay compliments!  Thanks ya'll!
The block on the back of the quilt is the name of the quilt, my name, the date, and where I live now.  Sorry I didn't explain that before.  My future mother-in-law of awesome also added that for me.
It is possible that I invented the term "window-shade quilting," or at least that Google has no idea what I'm talking about.  At any rate, I drew a quick MS Paint tutorial to show how I made the quilt.

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Ireland-Inspired Quilt on: February 21, 2010 06:18:49 PM
This quilt took about a year of time, several cusses, trips to the fabric store to get more fabric, and lots of patience.  I worked on it mostly at my future mother-in-law's house, where she has an excellent quilting set-up and is very generous with her stash, her machine, her time, and her advice.

I was inspired by the gorgeous patchwork-esqe landscape of Ireland when seen from the air.  The patchwork didn't make it so much into the final design, but it does remind me of plowed fields.  

She finished this off for me (last 5-6 strips and the binding) and mailed it this week.  I died of happiness.  

I sewed the strips directly on to the batting and the backing, if that makes any sense.  I think it's called window-shade quilting.  That's why some of the fabrics only appear at one end of the quilt; I ran out of them after I had already sewed down a dozen or so strips. Wink  This is my third quilt, and the biggest one I've made yet!

Naturally, even though I took these with as much natural light as I could get, the flash vs. non-flash pictures came out very different.  The true colors are somewhere in-between, I think.

The back, so you can see how it's quilted in straight lines across.  In my head, the little white dots are grazing sheep.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2010 DeStash-Along on: February 21, 2010 05:43:20 PM
My future mother-in-law is an amazing human being and an amazing quilter.  She finished off a quilt for me and mailed it to me, and to say thank you I sent her a hat:

The card has a needle-felted flower with a safety pin on the back.  I have way too much sock weight-ish black yarn in my stash.  This is Gloss from Knitpicks, half-double crocheted with two strands held together and the brim improvised from Fabulous and Flirty Crochet.  The quilt was the polar-opposite of destashing and will be posted on the quilt thread momentarily. Wink
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