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5001  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My Purple and Yellow Quilt is finally finished!!! on: February 23, 2007 02:30:57 PM
Must tell the story behind this quilt before I post pictures.

About the time I joined Craftster in January, 2006, I decided I wanted to make a queen sized quilt for our bedroom.  Being that it's purple and yellow/gold, I decided that the quilt had to be those colors also.  I wasn't sure how I was ever going to pay for this since I was sure it would take lots of funds.  I knew what pattern I wanted to use so it was just a matter of deciding on fabric.  Well, it wasn't long after starting on Craftster that I discovered swapping and fabric swapping at that!  I had quite a bit of fabric I had inherited from my aunt and decided that I was going to swap it to get the fabric for my quilt.  So the process began.  I joined fabric swaps and soon discovered ongoing swaps and made collecting yellow and purple fabric my 'obsession.'  It was funny but word seemed to spread that I was looking for these colors because soon people started to PM me and offer purple and yellow fabric that they had and I noticed more and more of these colors showing up in the fabric swaps  Grin

I had a blast over about 5 months collecting my fabric and I'm happy to say that I have a very international quilt!

In the end, I used 21 different yellows and 23 different purples.

I decided that I would save all the names of people who had sent me fabric and I want to say a HUGE thanks to:

heroinechic             qazicat                lamamarco
fadeawaydream       kaesea                 mata
simplyfussfree         sunshyndzyne       sonjaboo
ilovepaper              sewcrafty             superstitch

Now, on to the pictures!

This is the quilt pieced together and laying on my living room floor just before I started pinning it:


A close-up of one corner so you can see more detail:


The sewing process - not an easy thing on a regular sewing machine! and not easy taking a picture of myself sitting in the chair!


and, finally, on my bed (the colors are more true in the top photo - today was bright and sunny and it washed the color out some)


This is the first queen sized quilt I have ever made and will probably be the last - I think I'll stick to baby sized ones but I'm sure glad I did make this one  Grin

5002  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Squidora! on: February 23, 2007 06:56:48 AM
Great job Kelly!  I love how vibrant the squid is next to the black  Grin
5003  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Here piggy piggy! on: February 23, 2007 06:49:28 AM
Quote from: chrissiemags
well, not that I can see your little piggie (ok that sounded weird) I'll take your word that they look alike considering each person has their own style when they do any craft even if they are working from the same pattern

Click on this link and you can see my little guy!

5004  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: I need help making my veggies more interesting! on: February 23, 2007 06:27:38 AM
Just reading this is making me hungry!  Thanks for all the great tips - keep them coming  Grin
5005  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Baby Shower Cake (heehee) on: February 22, 2007 06:45:44 PM
I was looking through your thread "a few more of my cakes" and decided to click on your profile and check out your other pictures and found this one - great job!  I love the carriage and your talent!
5006  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / I need help making my veggies more interesting! on: February 22, 2007 06:34:43 PM
Sorry if something like this has been asked already - I did a search and couldn't find anything but it may still be out there.

My family and I are getting tired of eating plain old beans, peas, corn, etc.  I've looked in my recipe books and found a few recipes for making them more interesting.  I'm sure someone (or maybe many someones) can tell me what I can do with these plain veggies to make them more interesting.

About the only things my family won't eat is squash or mushrooms but any other recipes or tips are appreciated!

5007  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: I never thought I'd like quilting... on: February 22, 2007 06:21:02 PM
Fantastic quilt - I especially love the sheep  Grin
5008  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Completed Baby Quilt on: February 22, 2007 06:18:34 PM
Your quilt is beautiful - I love the colors you picked.

Quote from: Mrs. Tricky
The binding was difficult.  Any suggestions for a novice quilter?

Is the binding 2 different materials (purple on the back and yellow on the front)?  That's couldn't have been easy to make!  I would suggest you make a smaller border, it's easier to work with.  Also trying googling quilt borders and you should come up with some great tutorials - I did and learned some new and time saving techniques.
5009  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: tiny mittens on: February 22, 2007 06:10:48 PM
Adorable!  How big (or small) are they?
5010  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Here piggy piggy! on: February 22, 2007 06:07:42 PM
I love your piggy!  I have his brother sitting on my dresser - I received it from Esmerelda in an Ongoing Swap - I can't believe how much alike they look  Grin
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