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JodiLynn85
« Reply #110 on: March 19, 2010 09:13:04 AM »

It has been a full week of quilting for me. I finished quilting the three kits they sent me (which I pieced ages ago), and then pieced and quilted a stash quilt using a pattern I've never used before! Here are the pictures!

First up is the baby quilt. Not sure what to name this one yet, though I'll have to decide before I go to the post office to mail them today.


Second up, the quilt Colorful Kitties. The colors are actually quite bright in real life, but the camera didn't like them very much.


Third, the quilt Space Dreams.


And last, a quilt named "Swirly Twirlys". The pattern is "New Wave Quilt" from a quilting blog I read, but I adjusted the size to be closer to what QFK asks for and added a border when the final size was slightly too small. The best part is that I was able to use scraps that were sent to me by a Crafster member along with some of my own - the pattern called for less than a fat quarter of each which was perfect since I never have very big scraps.


I quilted along the edges of each wave, and then crazy quilted (stippling? whatever - free hand random quilting) inside each of the colored waves and around the border using coloring changing pastel colored thread. This was my first time using my brand new darning foot and doing free motion quilting, and I got better at it as I went. It was a lot of fun too.


My husband picked the color changing pastel thread, and I think it worked out really well. It was awesome. I'm pretty happy with the way the quilt turned out over all.
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« Reply #111 on: March 19, 2010 09:57:01 AM »

I love the New Wave one!  Well, they're all cute, but I really like that pattern... and so I just googled it and found it on Oh, Fransson!  Here it is for anyone else who wants to steal it:  Oh, Fransson's New Wave Quilt
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« Reply #112 on: March 19, 2010 10:09:43 AM »

OMG, JodiLynn85, I love these! I saw the New Wave pattern recently too but it didn't even occur to me to use the pattern for this project.
Great job! Now I need to get my bootie in gear and work on mine this weekend
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« Reply #113 on: March 19, 2010 10:15:17 AM »

I love the New Wave one!  Well, they're all cute, but I really like that pattern... and so I just googled it and found it on Oh, Fransson!  Here it is for anyone else who wants to steal it:  Oh, Fransson's New Wave Quilt

Oh thank you for doing that!!! I really should have done that.

I modified the pattern to make it closer to the size QFK requested. Obviously, I did 7 fabrics and each "wave" had 6 triangle thingies in it. My triangles were also only 6 wide by 8 tall (down from 9 in the pattern), and then I added about a 3 inch (I guess 2.5 after seams) border. It worked out really well, and didn't use very much fabric at all of each of the fabrics, which was excellent as I really didn't have very much of some of them.

The pattern really does work very well for this purpose. The finished quilt is only slightly bigger than the kit quilts they sent me. And it was fun to take a break from block sewing to make this one.
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« Reply #114 on: March 19, 2010 10:38:29 AM »

Jodi! Your quilts look amazing! So glad now I sent you those fabrics, you put them to absolute great use, and they look great together
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« Reply #115 on: March 19, 2010 01:03:35 PM »

Question for the team:

Do you think this would make a good quilt for this? I guess you'd have to zig zag all the edges of all the pieces, so as not to snag on IV's. But it sure would be a good way to use up all the bits of leftover brightly colored fabric I have, both from the kits they've sent me (always extras) and my own stash. Would it be more trouble than its worth? I'm looking for ways to stash bust that don't require large pieces of fabrics, as I really don't have many of those (well, that match anyway).
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« Reply #116 on: March 19, 2010 02:22:25 PM »

Question for the team:

Do you think this would make a good quilt for this? I guess you'd have to zig zag all the edges of all the pieces, so as not to snag on IV's. But it sure would be a good way to use up all the bits of leftover brightly colored fabric I have, both from the kits they've sent me (always extras) and my own stash. Would it be more trouble than its worth? I'm looking for ways to stash bust that don't require large pieces of fabrics, as I really don't have many of those (well, that match anyway).

That's really beautiful, but sadly I don't think they would be able to use it.  They do not allow rag quilts which have raw edges like that, due to possible snags, and kids with breathing problems.
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« Reply #117 on: March 20, 2010 10:15:36 AM »

Another question for the team: my mom gave me some fleece she wasn't going to use (all kid-themed) and it's just been taking us space under my couch. Do you think I could use this as a quilt back and skip the batting? Or should I just go with a "traditional" quilt, using cotton fabrics and battting.
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« Reply #118 on: March 20, 2010 10:24:24 AM »

You could always send a quick email to the website itself with the question about the fleece.They answered me within 24 hours when I wrote them.

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« Reply #119 on: March 20, 2010 10:30:02 AM »

Question for the team:

Do you think this would make a good quilt for this? I


I think it would make rough feeling quilt if you had to zigzag all those little bits together. And with tons of washing the raw edges under the zigzags would start to fray.

What if you cut your little scraps into the same width pieces and sewed them into long strips. Then pieced the strips together to make a funky random stripe-ish quilt. That would be faster - especially if you have a rotarty cutter and stack the fabrics -and not snag on anything. It would definitely be colorful and snuggly.
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