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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: A Pair of Baby Quilts (Crib-sized) on: January 23, 2017 02:50:38 PM
Thanks! We went with a really simple pattern so we could get them finished in the time that I had. And, the teamwork definitely helped- I hate the pinning, pressing, and trimming, and my mom just doesn't like the rotary cutter, so it works out nicely!

And, craftylittlemonkey, we didn't start sewing like this until I was in high school or college, so you have time to get your daughter ready! Smiley
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: A Pair of Baby Quilts (Crib-sized) on: January 21, 2017 02:01:38 PM
Thank you! My mom had a specific baby to make it for, so the colors were based on the colors of the nursery. And, my mom and I (and sometimes my aunt) have been sewing together like this for years! We can get a lot done in less time.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: January 21, 2017 05:12:07 AM
I'll be putting some more time into my Stitchy Project Organization research project this weekend. Smiley


I love that it uses power tools and a label maker!

Did we ever get a mascot? Did I miss that?


I don't think it's been posted yet. Anticipation!


And, I'm supposed to be packing up projects for craft day today... yet I'm sitting on the sofa drinking tea, trying to wake up enough to get going!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: January 20, 2017 04:30:50 PM
Prompt: December- Classical
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  Community
Project Name: Elephant Crib Quilt #1
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451412.0
Brief Description: My mom and I made a pair of baby crib quilts in about 3 1/2 days over my Christmas break. For each quilt, I did regular sewing, applique, and hand sewing (plus we tied the quilt for the "quilting" part)
Project Picture:
It's not a great photo, but the one for my mom is on the left, and the one for me (to give as a gift) is on the right.



Prompt:  December- Hip Hop
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Brain Power (developed our own version of the pattern)
Project Name: Elephant Crib Quilt #2
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451412.0
Brief Description: My mom did a search for an easy baby quilt pattern and came across a photo of one on Pinterest (it was from an Etsy seller). But, you could only buy the finished quilt. We modified the layout a bit to make it symmetrical, and did some math to figure out the block sizes to get it to a crib-sized quilt (it's long and a bit narrow).
Project Picture: (see above photo)



5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: January 20, 2017 04:16:37 PM


These are the baby quilts my mom and I made in about 3 1/2 (long) days
while I was visiting on my Christmas break. We finished on Dec. 30th, because I thought I was leaving the next day, but it turned out that I was leaving on the 1st. So, we had a day to actually head out and do something besides sew! In the picture above, mine is on the right, and my mom's is on the left. I cut and sew, she pins, presses, and trims! Teamwork!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451412.0
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A Pair of Baby Quilts (Crib-sized) on: January 20, 2017 04:11:15 PM


So, when I went to visit my mom for Christmas this year, she had another quilting project planned. She wanted to make a baby quilt for someone (who actually just had the baby the other day- 10 lbs 8 oz!) and, since it seems that someone is expecting a baby at least once a year at work, I figured I'd make one, too, so I could have one all ready to go! She found a picture of one that looked pretty basic but it didn't have a pattern available because you could only purchase the completed quilt. We only had about 3 1/2 days to do it.

Based on the finished size of the inspiration quilt, we worked out the measurements that just about made it the same size. We changed the layout slightly to make it symmetric. Then, we figured out how much of each fabric we needed to buy, and headed to the store! We bought a little bit more than we needed because we grabbed a FQ bundle, but my mom has put the extra fabric to good use already!

We've been sewing together for a while, and I usually handle the sewing machine and the cutting, while my mom does the pinning, pressing, and trimming.

Once we had our fabrics, we started playing with the layout options. This is mine (the stack of fabric in the corner is my mom's):



We appliqued an elephant and some little hearts on the center panel. My mom had never done applique before, so she was impressed with the magic of Wonder Under! After I zig-zagged the appliques, I hand embroidered the elephant eyes and tails.

The picture is pre-embroidery...



That just about took care of the first day and a half (planning, shopping, cutting, doing the appliques). The next day, we pieced both tops:



Mine is on the left, and my mom's is on the right.

The next (and final) day, we made the quilt sandwich and tied each quilt. I sewed the binding on my mom's and tried to stitch in the ditch. I missed one spot, and after I left, my mom decided to un-stitch it and hand stitch the binding. I decided to hand stitch the back of mine, too.

My mom's is backed in light purple flannel, but because they didn't have enough for two quilts, mine is backed in a dark teal.

Because we stopped working after dark each evening, the lighting isn't great in the photos, but they came out pretty cute, and they were pretty easy to make. Besides the binding, the hardest part was the applique. And, I'll definitely use this layout for a few more baby quilts (I might change the dimensions slightly- I don't love the proportions of it- it's long and not too wide- the photos of the completed quilts are across a queen-sized bed).

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: January 20, 2017 03:43:37 PM
Immaculata,I haven't checked out the quilting classes yet, but the other classes I've taken have been pretty decent quality. I love that I can follow along with the video if I need to, and pause it and replay it if I get stuck. And, I like that I can take the classes while I'm still in my PJs!

And, Amazon_warrior, thanks for the link to the FMQ video! I've got it open and I'll be watching it in a bit for some inspiration! Smiley I have a quilt top that I'd like to do some FMQ in rows on, so I'll definitely be interested to learn about that!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: January 18, 2017 06:53:10 PM
I have a craft day with friends this weekend. I have things o need to do, but I might be able to sneak in a Raffle Prize project!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: January 15, 2017 03:33:40 PM
I ponied up the dough for a couple of Craftsy classes to learn how to machine quilt on a regular machine. Once I can manage that, I'll tackle free motion!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: January 12, 2017 01:42:18 PM
I'll have to see if I can come up with a prize for this round!
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