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1  Re: suggestions for a denim quilt pattern in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by BlondGirl on: April 28, 2010 03:19:39 PM
This is the tut that I posted last year.  The quilt is my sleeping quilt for winter and is currently in my truck for when I go visiting overnight.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=318697.msg3671143#msg3671143

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2  Re: art swap - help for nice but easy block? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by BlondGirl on: November 18, 2009 07:59:58 PM
Can't get much simpler than HST's and the layout options are endless.  Half-square triangle units are fast to make and easy to make them look so pretty.

Here are some ideas to ponder:




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3  Re: Blondgirl's verision of a Jeans Rag Quilt (Instructions/Tutorial/Tut/Tute) in Quilting: Completed Projects by BlondGirl on: August 26, 2009 07:52:43 PM
Here is the "scrap yardage" in a block, sewn in and quilted (ditch quilting).  


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4  Blondgirl's verision of a Jeans Rag Quilt (Instructions/Tutorial/Tut/Tute) in Quilting: Completed Projects by BlondGirl on: August 25, 2009 02:14:48 PM

UPDATE: January 8, 2014
I included the rivets and buttons on the jeans for this project.  Now, years later, I regret that.  Not only was it a PITA to hit them with the needle while sewing, but now, during this very cold winter, if I roll over in the night and one of those frigid metal parts touches me, it wakes me up.  Don't do it, no matter how cool it looks!

Start with jeans.  Avoid the stretchy kind--they are not really kind.

Cut the thick seams off.  The inside thinner seam is okay, but these are TOUGH.  If you wanna try, though-it is YOUR art.  

Put the first strip on.

Cover it with the 2nd strip.  It is a good idea to see the 1st one peeking out.  With the volume of them, you are bound to miss here and there.

Block is all sewn

and is being ironed.  It is a good idea to iron after every sewn strip.  If you chain piece, it is a breeze.

Trim up the ratty edges.

Match up the blocks how ever you are pleased.

After sewing, clip across the edge where you just finished joining.  You can wait 'til the end, but after trying it that way, I found it much easier to do them before sewing the next seam.  Don't clip all the way around, though.  The scissors I used here were the easiest for me.  Try whatever methods you have available.  Clip close to the seam, but not through.  If you accidentally do, just re-stitch it. Piece of cake!

Here are several pairs strung together before clipping.

Sew your pairs together.  My method is to sew to the cross-seams.  I back stitch a few times to make good and sure it is together.  After finishing, I clip the sewn edge of that one.

One side here is already sewn.  The other side doesn't match up right.  Oh well.  It's not a big deal at all.  Just keep going on with the quilt.  This is a super forgiving project.


I wanted a project to make with the scraps and I have a sweet elderly dog sooooo...


He seems to like it. (The zipper/buttons are where I stuffed it and closed it.  WAYYYY easy to de-stuff it for washing!)

Here's a collection of string blocks ready to be joined.  I not yet decided how to finish the edges.  So many options and no need to decide yet!

Here's a close-up before washing.

Here's a pillow sham.  I was too impatient to wait, so I made a pair of these to be enjoy while finishing the project.

Here's a section of the back.

Here's a nice full pic.  See the orphan blocks that are included?

This project cost me around 10$ total (thread, some scrap strips I got from the bin at the LQS, the new fabric I used on the backs of the shams).    I took my scraps from this that were too small or cut off or left over and made some "new" fabric.  I am thinking of making large HST's with it and making maybe a Barn Raising pattern.  We'll see.  After I have washed and shaken the whole thing, I'll post a pic on the other board.
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5  Re: SERIOUS help needed with Paper Piecing in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by BlondGirl on: January 20, 2009 03:00:36 PM
Before committing yourself or investing in any job, try it out first.  Print out a basic pattern to PP.  Here's a simple one:
http://www.quilterscache.com/images37/topstemp.gif
to make this:
http://www.quilterscache.com/images37/Tops.gif

Make at least 4 and then attach them together.  (You can use them later in a scrappy sampler to give away.)  Once you have made a few, you can see how difficult/easy it is and if you really want to do more than that.  I also recommend that you make one block of the actual pattern you plan to use before making any fabric purchases. 
Part of this process is "ironing" the crease after each seam.  I usually use my nails but 1/2 of a clothes pin works great too.  Don't expect your first 3 blocks to look anything other than dismal.  The first three things you cooked were probably pretty pathetic too.  After that, no problem.
Here is one I made.  Each block has over 70 individual pieces of fabric.  Each one took me a little over an hour and lots of aggravation.  I didn't make more than one each day and the quilt was intended to be bigger. 

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6  Re: finding distibutors in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by BlondGirl on: May 09, 2008 09:24:15 AM
I'm not sure if you are interested, here is a kit (This is on Ebay--the only one I could find):

http://cgi.ebay.com/Mother-Goose-Nursery-Quilt-Kit_W0QQitemZ230249596154QQihZ013QQcategoryZ19160QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

a photo: 


If this isn't your cup of tea, just to a 'net search.  Or put it in your signature here and when someone sees what you have in mind, you might get a PM with the info.
Added later
I just tried to do a search, thinking "How hard could it be to just do a search?"--WELL...after going blind with references to the patterns and none to the actual company, I can see that it would be difficult to find them.  If you already have a pattern, is there a mailing address included?
Here is another site that references the designers. 
http://www.patchworkangel.com.au/oscomm/index.php?cPath=34_35_47

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7  Re: LEAP YEAR FROG SWAP! in The Swap Gallery by BlondGirl on: April 21, 2008 10:10:10 AM
That crocheted frog is the coolest.  Seriously awesome work there.  I really love the knitted froggy item too.  (Is it a bag or a dishcloth or what?)  How did you devise the pattern?  (I'm new to knitting)

Now I am ready to post my received goodies.  I got some very, very awesome items from Arwena.

First, was Fern.  I can't even try to post images better than she did.  I can only tell you that this frog looks better in real life than in the pix.  The lips are the best part and I have marveled at the crown.  She is guarding the towel rack in my downstairs bathroom for now until I can find her a more suitable place to be seen by EVERYbody.

Second, I got this most excellent shopping bag.  It is very lightweight and water repellent--perfect for walking to the store in my sub-tropical city.


Next, is a bag that was designed to hold wine bottles.  I think I will use it for a lunch bag for work, though.  I can show it off that way!


Here are some extra items that are full of froggy-goodness.  Bath bubbles, a hop-a-long froggy (Scares the crap outta my kitten!), a bath confetti pouch, and some seriously excellent froggy clothespins.  I really love those. 


Lastly are some earrings.  The first pair are green and sorta abstract looking.  I wore these for a tutoring session and actually retained the information enough to make a B+ on the test 2 days later.  I am thinking I will wear them for good luck!  The other pair are some silvery frogs that I wore for 5 days straight after getting the package.  My patients loved them, my classmates ooh'ed and aah'ed over them, and my best buddy (who despises anything froggy) complained that they were too creepy.  PERFECT!  I'm sorry the pic is blurry.  I tried several ways to get a good pic but had no luck. 



Arwena, thank you so much for the fun I had both in the making and the getting.  This stretched my crafting skills and I really enjoyed myself. 

Bronzfrog, thank you again for organizing this.  It was a blast.

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8  Re: Budget swap:Fill an envelope in The Swap Gallery by BlondGirl on: September 20, 2007 05:52:14 PM
Here are photos of my two swap envelopes. 

The first one is from WYOKrista.  It contains stickers, pages of text,
 foil confetti, stamped cards, and a variety of other crafty doodads.
  Very cool.  I really like those unusual stickers.  (We stick various
stickers on our badges at work.  I think the burger sticker will find a
 home at my job!)


The next one is from Taunya1978.  I love the sewing thread.  I will
use this for my appliqué and depression stitch quilting.  The cards
will be useful-especially that thank-you card.  I will certainly put
these to good use.  I also really love that ribbon.  I never use the
 stuff but I do seem to collect it.  Lots of it.  I plan to use it--I can
see trimming some baby bibs with it.    Smiley



Thanks y'all.  Very cool stuff!

The thread is some light-reactive color changing thread.  It is great
 for sewing on eyes or buttons or small details on a purse or what
ever.  There are all kinds of possibilities.

Edited later:

Here is the final pic:

It's from Dread Jenny.  There is some pompoms, rug yarn, ribbons, beads, and iridescent fabric.  I like the fabric best.  I will likely use it in one of my appliqué projects that hasn't yet been thought of!
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9  Re: Noob question in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by BlondGirl on: September 19, 2007 11:57:01 AM
People who make videos detailing their quilting skills are like divers who compete in the Olympics or folks who make cooking shows.  They are EXPERTS.  They have practiced for thousands of hours and they are exceptional.  The average person doesn't reach that small tiny fit-for-royalty type of stitching.  Go to a local museum and look at a quilt or two there.  (Usually displayed on a bed or rocking chair to accent some pioneer scene.)  Note the stitching and how uneven it often is.  Note the size of the stitches.  Note that these do not hinder the beauty of the overall product whatsoever.

Here's one image from a site about a technique traditionally called the "Depression Stitch".  (Of course, they are only going to show the MOST PERFECT examples, but you get the idea.)


Here is a groups of answers about this technique:
http://quilt.com/QuestionOfTheWeek/1999/0308.html

If you are planning to enter juried shows and try to win the mega-dollar prize, work on your perfect stitching.  Otherwise, make quilts that you enjoy, love, and will use.  (Honestly, I plan to make an heirloom masterpiece later on in life, when I won't have time to ruin it by using it.  The rest I plan to use to death!)

Another note to make--your style of quilting is just a valid and legit as any other.  I, personally, don't use a frame or hoop.  I do what is called lap quilting (it means you hold your project on your lap).  I don't stack more than a couple of stitches and I don't wear a thimble.  I just let the callous cover that part of my finger.  My projects look great and I am happy with them. 

Quilting is not about conforming.  It is really just about quilting.

Here are a couple more images:



These images are from this page:
http://sewprimitive.blogspot.com/2007/01/big-stitch-examples.html
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10  Re: Double Ax Blade Quilt in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by BlondGirl on: September 14, 2007 09:32:22 AM
There is an Ebay auction right now with this listed-I have always heard it described as double ax-head or apple core.  On here, it is titled "Easy Friendship Template".

Here is the listing address if you want to write to the person for more details. 
http://cgi.ebay.com/Quilt-Quilting-Templates-Two-Diffrent-Ones-Lot2_W0QQitemZ230170530836QQihZ013QQcategoryZ3110QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Here is the image:


Here's another image--this one is described as "apple core":
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