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21  Quilt Top... what should I do next? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by Malbert on: October 30, 2008 03:19:13 PM
I just finished my first quilt top, but I am not sure what to do next.  Should I go ahead and put together the batting and backing or do you think I should try appliqu?  I have attached pictures because the print is a little busy already and I'd like some feedback on ideas.

Close up...

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22  Precious Moments Baby Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Malbert on: October 30, 2008 03:08:56 PM
I made this for my niece Aidan for Christmas.  Its really cute and snuggly.

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23  Tee Shirt Quilt Picnic Blanket in Quilting: Completed Projects by Malbert on: October 30, 2008 03:01:24 PM
Here is the other tee shirt quilt I made.  I have attached the tutorial by Threadbangers... it is amazing.  And it is o so useful!  It folds up into a nice neat little bookbag and you can even make a pillow out of the scraps.

The front of the pack where it ties together...

The back with the straps...

I made mine nice and big so it can fit a lot of friends.  You can use fronts, backs and fronts, mix it up and cut some tees at half size... the possibilities are endless.  Smiley


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24  Four fun canvases to jazz up my dorm room walls. in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Malbert on: October 29, 2008 10:36:39 PM
Well, over the summer my mom redecorated my room back at home while I was gone and permanently placed a good number of my photos and decor on my walls.  This is great, and the room looks wonderful, but a lot of the things were supposed to be coming back to school with me for my dorm room.  Therefore, I found myself, the week before I came back to college, painting up a storm to try to make fun little eye catching canvases to spruce up my walls that would no longer be covered from top to bottom.  Here are a few of my creations...

This is actually the type of thing I tend to doodle all over my notes in class, so I figured, why not try to make a real pretty one.

I actually messed up really bad on this one and ended up just painting the canvas black.  Then I realized that limited what I could do, and I came up with these little people.

This is a Shel Sliverstein poem about cardboard boxes that I thought was really cute.  My best friend and I have a running joke because we both picked majors we love that will probably make us very little money, so we committed to living as neighbors in our cardboard boxes in my parents' backyard.  Smiley

I really have been trying to learn sign language but my time is so stretched and there are so many other things I want to do too, but I really think its a beautiful language... hence this piece.

Thoughts are welcomed!
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25  A Twist on Traditional Knot Blankets in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Malbert on: October 29, 2008 12:19:13 PM
I know how popular knot blankets are because they are warm and pretty, make great gifts, and are easy to make.  Some of my hallmates wanted to make some and I joined in, but when I was torn between two amazingly cute prints, I decided to try something new.  So instead of buying 1 or 2 pieces of fleece, I bought 3!  I know, CRAZY.  That makes 6 yards!!! LOL.

Because 2 of them were very busy (one was penguins and the other had elephants and giraffes) I got a piece of plain white that would coordinate with both.  I laid all 3 pieces out with the white one in the middle and began like a normal knot blanket. 

I cut all the strips and when I tied them, I first knotted the penguin strips to the white middle strips, and then the white middle strips to the other animal strips.  I did this all the way around until I got to the top.  On the top I knotted each by itsself so it could be opened into 2 compartments. 

This allows for 2 really neat things:

1.  You can flip the blanket inside out any number of ways to change its look.  It can be really loud and bold with penguins on one side and elephants and giraffes on the other, or it can be more subdued with penguins on on side and the white piece on the other, or the elephants and giraffes and the white piece.

2.  You can actually get inside the blanket like a sleeping bag and be all bundled up in it.  It is quite amazing!

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26  Tee Shirt Quilts in Quilting: Completed Projects by Malbert on: October 29, 2008 10:29:06 AM
I found myself swimming in tee shirts... well maybe not swimming, but definitely tripping over and throwing across the room.  Smiley  So I decided to make a tee shirt as I have heard they are amazing, and now having seen so many others, mine is quite simple, but I love it.

I just cute out the squares from my shirts by tracing over a record cover (I used 28 shirts, four across and 7 down) and it covers my extra long twin bed in my dorm room really well.  Just straight stitch them together right sides facing each other and then once you have strips of shirts, straight strip them all together. 

For my backing I used fleece to make it really snuggly, laying the teeshirts right side down on the fleece and then stitching up most of it, flipping it right side out and then hand stitching up the bottom opening.  I then sewed little buttons on the fleece side where each corner of the tee shirt squares touched to keep the two layers together and help it keep its shape a little more.  I love it!

A few weeks later I made another one I will hopefully post in a bit, but its actually a picnic blanket book bag made from tee shirts that I found on Threadbangers. 

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