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521  Re: Quickest quilt I've ever made! in Quilting: Completed Projects by Homerof2 on: June 19, 2007 10:53:32 AM
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I was wondering about the "eye-spy" theme-- so the blue patch on bottom right would be something like "I spy a monkey, what do you see?" 

Not quite like that (I know you can't see that square very good but it's actually the Cat in the Hat).  Here's what I plan to do:

I sat down with the quilt and found 30 items on it that a child and/or parent and child can look for and then I'm planning to make that into an alphabetized list, cover it with plastic and give it with the quilt.

Here's an 'example' list for the following 2 squares (can you find them all)

I Spy:

pitchfork          mouse eating corn          backpack
weathervane    ruler                             3 chickens
hammer           horse                            clock
crayons

     

When you have an entire quilt to look over, it takes awhile to find everything.  I realize that when a baby is very small the quilt is just something pretty for them to look at but as they grow older, it becomes educational in a fun way!
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522  Quickest quilt I've ever made! in Quilting: Completed Projects by Homerof2 on: June 18, 2007 05:37:37 PM
It seems lately that there is a story behind every quilt I make and this one is no different!

A young couple in our church is having a baby in August and my plan was to wait until the baby came and once I knew the gender of it, I'd either finish a boy quilt I have on the go or make a girl quilt.  Well, yesterday in church it was announced that a baby shower was being held on July 4, one month BEFORE the baby is due.  When I  asked about it, I was told that since they knew they were having a girl, there was no need to wait until the baby was born (which I don't agree with but I don't really have a say since I'm not hosting it.)

Two weeks, not a problem, I thought - then I remembered we are leaving later this week for holidays and won't be back until July 2nd!  So, I figured if I was going to make a quilt, it had to be this week or not at all.

I came up with a plan early this morning for a very simple 'Eye Spy' type quilt and around 8:45 a.m., drew up my plan.  Then in the next 3 hours, I picked out the material, ironed it, cut it, pieced it and finally pinned it together ready for quilting.  After a little break, I went back to my next 3 hour session.  This included quilting in the ditch on the straight lines between the squares but then I decided it needed more quilting so to make it more 'girly' I stitched a heart into the middle (or close to) of each square.  Picked out the binding material, cut, folded and ironed the binding and finally attached it.  6 hours later, it was finished.

All I have to do now is make up the Eye Spy chart to add along with it.

So, without further words - may I present my 6 hour quilt:


              

I know it's very simple (in fact, the simplest I've ever made) but I'm still happy with it and my 15 yo son thinks it's cool, so that must count for something  Grin



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523  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Homerof2 on: June 18, 2007 11:33:06 AM
I received some fantastic polymer clay magnets from dragonflyducky today.

               

I had listed 4 different ideas for themes and she made some for each theme!  I can't decide which ones I like best but the faces on the peas are so cute.  I feel so spoiled  Grin

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524  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 22 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Homerof2 on: June 18, 2007 11:27:29 AM
I received a package from reenreen today, all the way from Australia.

She sent me candy (green apple licorice, chewy turtles and chewy pineapple), some thread and a kinder surprise toy (with a puzzle inside).

                 

THANKS!!  the licorice is so tasty and I'm sure the other stuff will be too!
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525  Re: Just One Thing Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Homerof2 on: June 12, 2007 03:17:09 PM
I received this bag from Nyx_slittleDemon - not sure yet what I'm going to use it for.  I really like the cherry fabric!

                                 
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526  Re: 2007 Color Craft-A-Long in Craftalongs by Homerof2 on: June 03, 2007 03:27:12 PM
They say that confession is good for the soul, so I better confess that I actually made this item a few months ago but decided to hold off posting a picture until June because it was pink!

I was part of the Frankenteddy swap and decided I would make a practise one before the swap and this is what I came up with:


                                   


I was thinking of giving it to friends who had a baby girl a few months ago but decided that the arms and legs weren't attached good enough for a toy (the button eyes were added after deciding to keep it.)
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527  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 22 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Homerof2 on: May 30, 2007 09:44:30 AM
I received a package of buttons from xladyluckx today.  I'm using them for a doll dress I plan to crochet in the not too distant future.

               
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528  Re: 2007 Color Craft-A-Long in Craftalongs by Homerof2 on: May 30, 2007 08:15:02 AM
As I said earlier this month, my project was going to be very simple.  I decided against using anything metal to craft with since that's just not my 'thing', instead I used gold colored paper.  I'm just learning to do origami and so I thought I would try it for this month.  The hardest part of this entire process was trying to get a decent picture.  I've discovered gold paper is not very forgiving so every little crease shows up, even when you don't want it to!

May I present my gold suit (made with just one piece of paper):


                       


I know that black is not a color this month but since it was so hard to get a decent picture of the gold, I wanted to show the black suit I made as it's a much better example:


                                 

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529  3 1/2 dozen jars! in Quilting: Completed Projects by Homerof2 on: May 28, 2007 07:00:56 AM
Let me start out by saying a huge THANKS to kitty1256 for all the help she gave me when I first started this quilt last fall.  Not only for the great tutorial but also for answering all my extra questions  Grin

This is the second of two quilts I was asked to make for my cousin's sons.  The majority of the material came from his late mother's stash and it's meant to be a keepsake reminder of the boys' grandma.

My original idea was to make an eye spy quilt but when I saw kitty1256's jar quilt, I knew I just had to incorporate the eye spy and jars together.

The little guy this was made for has Canadian parents but was born in the US so I had to include material from both countries.  Not sure if you can pick them out or not but there is one jar full of maple leaves and another full of the American flag.  There are also parrots, frogs, bugs, crayons, eyes, stars, fishing hooks, etc.

                      

One of my favorite jars: 
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530  Re: Just One Thing Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Homerof2 on: May 24, 2007 02:42:53 PM
I'll show them since I remembered to take pictures.

It's a BAG!!! for when she goes visiting  Grin   Big enough for the essentials but not big enough that it looks like she is moving in.

I wanted to use black material but since I didn't have enough of one kind, I made it 2 sided.  The handles are nylon.

Side one,

               


Side two,

                                 
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