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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Catvent Quilt Along on: February 17, 2014 03:50:55 PM
last december i completed my first quilt along, and it was so much fun!
i stumbled across it on my pinterest just days before it was beginning and so i had to decide now or never...
the catvent was put on by Elizabeth Hartman (http://www.ohfransson.com/) and each day in december (1-25) a cat head was created.
this was the perfect opportunity to keep crafting during finals time as well as get a good dose of practice quilting in.
plus it knocked out a little chunk of all the batik fabrics i inherited from my grandma's leftovers, plus this giant piece of gray i ended up not using for it's original purpose.
i'm very pleased with the result, and will sooner or later do a bigger one with 100 cats Smiley
pre-quilting:


final:


more on the blog.  click here!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / airplanes & postcards ruffle apron on: November 25, 2013 11:49:35 PM
one of the sweetest girls i know got married recently, and since her registries were for crazy expensive places, i decided i would make her something
her now husband flies airplanes, and i always loved this ruffle apron i did back in 2011/2012 for a friend of mine at the time.  she loves to travel as well, so the post cards & stamps tied in perfectly.

i wish i could say i had the skills to make that hanger though... <3 etsy for that Wink


as to not overwhelm, there are many many more photos over on my blog, as well as the tutorial to the apron in all it's metric glory Smiley
blog post!
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / two music themed donation quilts on: November 25, 2013 11:40:03 PM
i was asked to make some quilts for a music camp raffle, and so after digging through the combined fabric stashes of mine & my mom's, we came up with these two different quilt.
the gold one i am thrilled with the outcome, the pinwheels and everything turned out just as imagined.
the black and white one i did in the past (also for a music program donation raffle) and while i like how it turned out, it just doesn't seem as "taa daa" to me.
my grandma did all the quilting for me (thank goodness!)

alas, these were the only photos i got.
i had a text from my dad asking if the quilt was done, i replied "yes, but i need to take pictures of it" thinking he would wait until i did that...
but i got home, and the quilt was gone...  *sigh*  at least he took one for me.  haha
one detail photo and quilt pattern links here Smiley
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / safari animal "circus is in town" quilt top on: November 25, 2013 11:35:39 PM
this was another quilt created from my stash busting rampage, and i love how it turned out!
the fabric was originally from a quilt i made for my childhood bff's sister when she had a baby, and i had plenty to spare.
i found this pattern in one of my many quilt books, and thought i would give it a shot.  well, i would say it was a pretty good shot Smiley



the tiny squares were a little wonky, but they're much better than they have been in past attempts, that's for sure!

bigger photos and links to pattern book & original quilt here Smiley
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / "between friends junior" elephant baby quilt on: May 15, 2013 02:29:13 PM
my cousin asked me to make him a quilt for his old roommate that was expecting a baby girl.
of course i said yes, and when i found this pattern in a book my grandma gave me, and this elephant fabric, i knew exactly what i was going to do!
everything went together super smoothly.  basically, i cut & pieced the entire top in one day in the amount of time big fish took to play (with commercials)
my grandma did the quilting for me, and then once the binding was sewn on, it was on it's way to my cousin to send to his roommate!



the thread used was a blue/brown variation, matching the blue elephants almost perfectly!
it really popped against the solid brown back.
i do have to say, i'm really feeling the bright colors versus the usual "baby" pastels that i've used in the past.
times are a changin!
a whole lot more photos of this quilt on the blog, plus some teeny tiny matching socks: http://toothpasteandorangecat.blogspot.com/2013/05/bright-between-friends-junior-elephant.html
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / black & white cats kaleidoscope quilt top on: May 15, 2013 02:23:15 PM
i've had to type kaleidoscope out so many times since this quilt top, you'd think i'd be able to remember how to spell it by now.
hm. nope Wink
i had all this cat fabric FOREVER... at least since i did the cat lovers swap in 2007. sheesh!
when i started my stashbust project, i pulled all this cat fabric aside to eventually be used for something... and then i stumbled upon this tutorial, and knew it was what had to be used!  originally it said to use paper for the back, but since we have a giant bolt of muslin, i opted to use that as well.


and the back, to show  how it was pieced on muslin.


as usual, larger & more photos on my blog post! http://toothpasteandorangecat.blogspot.com/2013/05/black-white-cats-kaleidoscope-quilt-top.html
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / hopscotch cherry quilt... at least that's what it was supposed to be. oops! on: May 15, 2013 02:18:10 PM
so i messed up this pattern, but still like how it turned out in the end!
instead of looking like tetris "t" blocks, the colors were supposed to alternate in the centers with the large cherries on the outsides the entire time.
oh well.  it's a functional quilt top that still looks good to me!



more/bigger pictures over on my blogpost here: http://toothpasteandorangecat.blogspot.com/2013/05/hopscotch-cherry-quilt-sorta.html
18  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / winnie the pooh "holiday ribbons" quilts on: May 15, 2013 02:15:02 PM
more stash busting progress.  yay!
i can't remember if this was a pinterest find or a craftster find.  either way, i love this pattern!
it was originally going to be one quilt top, but since i couldn't imagine a 3x6 block quilt, i split it in half and made two.



more photos (and bigger too!) including the projects these fabric were originally from on my blog: http://toothpasteandorangecat.blogspot.com/2013/05/winnie-pooh-holiday-ribbon-block-quilts.html
pattern designer ryan walsh: http://www.ryanwalshquilts.com/
19  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / blue & yellow double four patch penguin quilt tops on: April 02, 2013 10:36:21 AM
i am in LOVE with how this quilt pattern turned out!

originally i was looking at a pattern with three colors in it, but my scrap piece of the third fabric was not anywhere near being big enough.
i cruised through my pinterest and found this two color pattern that was fantastic.
i slacked off on my march stash busting quilt top until the very end of the month, so i was thrilled by the ease of this pattern.

it was originally meant to be one entire quilt top, but i decided to break it in to two smaller quilts so that the humanitarian aide at my parent's church would have a little bit more to go around.
if i had planned that from the get go, i would have reversed half the blocks so that the diagonals went the opposite direction.  
regardless, i still think it is cute as ever, and it was nice to finally have some boy-ish quilt tops to add to the donation pile!

more penguin-ey goodness and bigger photos over on my blog! toothpaste & orange cat
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / green and orange "fat cats" quilt on: April 02, 2013 10:30:53 AM
this stash bust project actually turned in to a whole quilt, and it's super cute!
i purchased the darlene zimmerman "fat cats" template a few years ago (if you've been reading my blog, you'll note that this is a common thing.  purchase.  hoard.  finally use) and when i got this idea, it came to excellent use.

eat cat was pieced in to the fabric (which i would NOT do again if i was to repeat this template pattern) and then the ears were zig zag stitched down (not pieced in to the white)
all kitties were a different green fabric i had in my box of wonders, and back was also pieced from the same green fabrics to add some pizzazz

looking back, i probably should have used a little bit darker gray for the whiskers & tails, but i still love it a whole lot!
i'm sure my mom will want me to make her one of these quilts sooner or later...  next time i'll enlist some wonder under and make sure all my backing blocks are the same size right off the bat Smiley
more green cats, detail shots, and jibber jabber to not clog the craftster-sphere on the blog: toothpaste & orange cat  
thanks for stopping by!
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