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31  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Friendship Star (a group effort) on: June 28, 2013 07:33:34 PM
I recently participated in round 3 of the Quilt Block swap and this time around I asked for the Friendship Star pattern with a black background and colorful stars.  Our friend's daughter is graduating high school this month and I wanted the squares for a quilt for her.  Once they had arrived, I found out what her favorite color was to use in the border and off I went.

When I had the squares together and only 1/2 the border on I almost quit because I didn't like how it was turning out but once I had the rest of the border on I was happy with it.

I gave it to Alyssa on Tuesday and she loved it, which made me very happy.

                         


I even personalized it - I told her I did this so that if she didn't like it, she couldn't give it away  Cheesy

                           
32  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Homerof2's April ATCs on: May 03, 2013 08:42:21 PM
   Animals with Bowties                                           Fabric
   

Highways (Confederation Bridge, PEI, Canada)             Orange              
   

     Snow                                           Non-paper (28 ga metal and felt marker)
   

Sunflowers
33  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Threads you might like ?? on: May 02, 2013 05:34:21 PM
I just noticed today at the bottom of threads there is a box called "Threads you might like"

I'm curious to know - does this recommend threads from the same category only?  Is it going to be on all threads?  Is it permanent?
34  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Red-eyed Tree Frog on: May 01, 2013 02:45:09 PM
Way back in 2007, in the Over 30 Fine Wine Geezer Swap I was given bronzfrog to send my item to.

Her #1 pick was a red-eyed tree frog.  I did some google searching for a pattern and ended up finding one right here on Craftster.  wibit had designed one and I based my frog on hers.  The only problem I ran into was finding red eyes, which didn't happen, so my frog had brown eyes.  All 4 legs have pipe cleaners in them so they can be bent to any shape.

                      
35  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / SHAZAM! on: April 22, 2013 09:24:59 AM
                


In the summer of 2012, we flew across Canada for our oldest son's wedding and while doing some sight seeing, I hit as many fabric stores as I could.  In one store I found 6 bolts of fabric with the same pattern but all different colors.  I purchased a half meter of each one and decided I would find a project to use them all in.  I had a number of ideas over the following months but nothing that really struck my fancy.  Then my mom purchased a book for me called Circle Quilts by Colleen Granger.  As soon as I got it in the mail I started flipping through it and came to this pattern and I knew this was it!  This was where I would use my fabric!!

This pattern needed 9 colors and so I went through my stash to look for 3 others to add to the ones I already had set aside.  Amazingly, I had 2 more that would work so I only needed to buy 1 plus the black.

I've never worked in the round before and had no idea how to do it but this book had very clear instructions.  It's paper pieced and while I didn't follow Colleen's paper piece method, my own way worked just as well.  Each ring is broken up into sections and once each section is finished, you combine them to make a ring.  Starting with the center, you join each ring to the next larger one by using a small zigzag stitch and invisible thread.  Here's a picture that shows the first few rings:

        

The circle is 30.5" in diameter.

Not sure if I'll attempt another one of these but I'm extremely happy I made this one!
36  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Precarious Pots on: April 13, 2013 12:45:36 PM
I recently subscribed to a quilting magazine and my first copy came last week.  As I was looking through it, I came to a section where people send in pictures of quilts they have made from past issues.  I saw this and just knew I had to make it, even if I didn't have that issue.  Some ingenuity with a photocopier helped me create a pattern and I was able to make this little gem.  It's about 10" x 24" and adds lots of springy colors to my dining room walls.

                       

A close-up of the flower reveals the little bee I found on a piece of yellow fabric I had.

             

37  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Rows of Kimonos on: April 08, 2013 04:26:14 PM
Last year I purchased a pattern for a Kimono block.  The minute I saw it I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I would go through my stash, pick out some of my favorite fabrics and make a wall quilt.  I got right at it but other things came up and it got put to the side until last week.  A big problem arose though, I had added to my stash.  I wanted to make more kimonos but it would have been way too large if I added all I wanted, so I limited myself to 5 more making it was one row wider.  It measures 24" x 37".


                      


A few close-ups:

   

          

   
38  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Searching for the Sun on: April 03, 2013 05:00:42 PM
I'd love to claim this as my original because I'm really happy with it but I can't since it's another kit.  This one, however, was missing some of the material so I had to provide my own for the petals so it's a little bit personalized.  I called it 'Searching for the Sun' because that's what it looks like this little flower is doing.  It measures 10" x 16".

                                    
39  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / April 1st on: April 01, 2013 06:57:10 AM
Oh you monsters are having fun at our expense again!!  I wondered why some people couldn't spell today until I found out I couldn't either!  I'm not sure w h a t all you've done but it's making for interesting reading  Cheesy
40  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Homerof2's March ATCs on: March 26, 2013 01:08:51 PM
Most of these were created to give away but a few were for myself.  I'm sure having fun making ATCs.

                Quilt Blocks                                                Purple
   

                 Lighthouse                                           Vertical S
   

                 Leaves                                               What you see out your window
   

          Favorite Childhood Stuffed Animal                Fruit/Veggies with Human Characteristics
   

           Flowers                                                       The Letter W
   

        The Letter F                                                     Coffee Quote
   
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