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41  Heart and Dump Truck Quilted Pillows in Quilting: Completed Projects by MareMare on: January 28, 2015 03:27:37 PM
Every Christmas I help my nephews make something for their mamas. This year I decided we'd do pillows. My younger nephews' mom and grandma both drive dump trucks, so when I got this awesome Busy City paper piecing pattern I knew that would be great! The boys picked out the colors and fabrics and I think they did a great job! The 6.5 year old picked out the pinks for his mom (she does love pink!) and the 9 year old picked some cute ones for his grandma.

For my oldest nephew's mom I decided on a simple heart pattern that I just quickly sketched out. Again, he picked out all the fabrics. After I pieced and quilted each pillow, the boys got to use the sewing machine! I did a simple flap style backing with some cute winter themed fabric, used my new-to-me embroidery machine to create a label right on the back, and let the boys stitch them up! I had fun playing with some of the decorative stitches on the new machine as well, very fun for quilting!

Before stitching into pillow top

Proud boy and happy mama!

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42  Re: 15 Quilt Projects in 2015 in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: January 20, 2015 11:18:00 AM
So my job with my guild this year is Workshop and Retreat Coordinator with my good friend (klum78, who I met through Craftster!). We just had our first workshop Friday and it was so fun. It was an Improv "Color Party" workshop with Jessica Darling and the premise is that you pick a focus fabric (Party Host) and then work on choosing other fabrics (Social Networker, etc) to tie it all together. Everyone brought scraps and we shared them to make our quilt blocks. This is what I got done in the 7 hour class!

My Party Host

Started out making a bunch of 1/4 circles, and then decided I needed a Wonky Star

Started working on a bunch of HSTs to make a zigzag to go down the length of the quilt, a smaller version of the wonky star with a fussy cut bird (I named him Roy) from a Laura Gun scrap I found on the table, and some Hourglass blocks that I will set on point to mimic the lines in the circle block.

We took pics of everyone's progress at the end of the day, this is what I had, plus another 8 or so quarter circles and 30 HSTs that still needed pressing and trimming.

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43  Re: 15 Quilt Projects in 2015 in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: January 14, 2015 12:33:18 PM
I think your FMQ looks great! That's something I have a goal of working on this year, and just quilted my whole 68 inch medallion quilt with free motion! I've always been really intimidated by it, but am finally just jumping in (thanks to a lot of encouragement from my friend Christina's book and blog)

Does anyone work on monthly projects in addition to everything else on your list? I realize I do a lot more piecing than I post in this thread and thought I should start posting more pics. I know ww does Project Quilting. I've been in a do.Good stitches group for a few years so send two blocks a month out and twice a year I'm making quilts with blocks I receive...those quilts usually show up here but not necessarily the monthly blocks.

Other projects I'm working on this year: Skill Building BOM from Pile O' Fabric (new lesson each month), Challenge Accepted Bee via IG (advanced piecing as well as foundation paper piecing with a basic bee setup up sending to someone each month and receiving one month, running for a year) and we're doing monthly mini quilts this year at guild (in 2013 we did a Block of the Month program, 2014 we did the Medallion that my fellow officers and I designed and released a new border each month).

Pics from my do.Good group for Jan

and Dec
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44  Star Trek TNG for the BF in Needlework: Completed Projects by MareMare on: January 10, 2015 12:06:24 PM
So I was making this cross stitch for my boyfriend's birthday...in August. Even though I finished the cross stitch in time for his birthday, it took me until Christmas to finish the back and get it in the hoop frame. I actually found this oval frame in my stash and it was the perfect size! I think I had picked it up at the second hand store. This pattern is from Wee Little Stitches.

I really hope they make another one for the original Star Trek series!
Edit: I sent a message to the designer asking if she was planning an original Star Trek and she already had one! It's in her Craftsy shop but not her Etsy shop, where I was looking. Yay!

He likes it and it is decorating his cubicle at work.

edit: here's a close-up Matt sent

And some in progress pics:

Worked on it at the park a lot!

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45  Re: 15 Quilt Projects in 2015 in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: January 06, 2015 03:30:14 PM
Wow you are on a roll! Awesome! I finished some things at my guild Sew Day on the 1st but haven't gotten back into my sewing room since then. Tomorrow my goal is to get this basted~

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46  15 Quilt Projects in 2015 [Closed] in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: January 02, 2015 11:11:37 PM
Welcome to the 2015 Quilt Along! Please join on in as we work on various quilting projects this year. The point of this Quilt Along is to motivate ourselves and others to work on their projects and provide a space to discuss projects during and after their completion.

To join our Quilt Along, please post a list of the 15 quilt projects you will be working on this year. It's ok if you have more or less than 15, but we're shooting for 15(ish). Feel free to join any time throughout the year! Projects may be large or small, full sized quilts, baby quilts, quilted mug rugs, wall hangings, whatever you are working on this year!

I'll keep track with links in the second post of people's lists. When you post a project on Craftster from your list, strike it out and be sure to share a pic with us of the finished project, or post a link to where you posted it on Craftster!

2011 QuiltAlong Thread
2012 QuiltAlong Thread
2013 QuiltAlong Thread
2014 QuiltAlong Thread

Quilt above by waggonswest in the 2014 QuiltAlong
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47  Re: 14 Quilt Projects in 2014 Quilt Along! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: November 27, 2014 12:32:07 PM
I'm taking a break on my Fair Isle quilt to get some items with more pressing deadlines finished, but I have a reindeer done! 3 more to do, and I am thinking of giving one of them a red nose Cheesy

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48  Re: 14 Quilt Projects in 2014 Quilt Along! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: November 18, 2014 10:15:29 PM
I have a few tops that need just a bit of piecing left. And have deadlines, but they are languishing....

So I decided to start a new project of course, ha! I'm doing the Fair Isle Quilt from Freshly Pieced. And she's doing a quilt along so I scurried to catch up. I started out 3 weeks behind and now I'm about 1-2 sewing sessions from catching up! I changed my color scheme to blues instead of reds (I used Kona Marine and Kona Pacific for my blues).

I've got the 2 poinsettia rows done (10 blocks total that are fairly intricate and 13.5 inches, that was a beast!) And 6 fir tree blocks. I have all of those stitched up into rows, and I'm well on my way through the Reindeer blocks! I have the snowflakes done for the Reindeer row and all of the chain piecing/strip piecing/sub cutting done, just need to put the actual blocks together now!

It's a really well written pattern and a good price, I'd totally encourage anyone with intermediate or higher quilting skills to go for it!
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49  Avant Garden On the Go Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by MareMare on: September 23, 2014 05:26:50 PM
At this summer's Quilt Knit Stitch show, I was introduced to Patterns by Annie, a very cool pattern company and the makers of Soft and Stable, which is a kind of foam/batting hybrid to give structure to bags. I ended up buying the Patterns, Soft and Stable, and Hardware for two different patterns. This is the smaller of the two I bought patterns for, the On the Go bag.

I love having a smaller purse when I travel (my everyday purse is huge) so my goal was to finish this before I went on vacation. Mission accomplished! I hadn't done much purse sewing in a while, but my good friend klum78 is an amazing bag maker and teacher and she said she'd help, so I figured I could figure it out with her help!

I used some of my birthday fabric from one of my favorite designers--Avant Garden by Momo and the purple linen Mochi dot binding is also by Momo. After cutting out the main pieces of the bag, you sandwich the Soft and Stable between the front fabric and the back fabric and then quilt that, then you cut more pieces from that. Very cool way to get your quilted fabric in!

The front flap has a zippered pocket with slots inside, as well as a vinyl pocket.

Slots inside the front flap zipper

A slip pocket on the back

Another vinyl pocket when you lift the flap up

Inside of flap

Credit card slots inside main body of bag (inside zipper)

Overall this pattern was really well written and although some of the pieces were difficult to bind because of going through so many thicknesses of Soft and Stable + fabric, I am pretty pleased with my results!

I'm excited to work on the next pattern and kit I have from Patterns by Annie--Mini Organizer. I'm going to try to adjust it to add an additional zipper across the top of the bag, I like my bags securely closed!

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50  Sloth Sock Monkey in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by MareMare on: September 05, 2014 03:35:42 PM
Sooo I made this so-ugly-he's-cute Sloth for the Goonies Never Say Die Swap 6 years ago!

Poor Sloth's lumpy face and head is particularly good for making into a sock monkey, because they can be difficult to stuff evenly. No worries here, lumpy is good!  I used some mismatched buttons for his eyes, fun fur for his hair, felt for his mouth, and bias tape for suspenders.  I'm kind of horrified now about how bad the candy bar and the t-shirt are, but hey, this was 6 years ago and my partner seemed to like it!

A couple pics from my partner craft_princess

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