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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My quest is completed- two I spy quilts finished on: August 11, 2009 10:47:40 AM
Done.  Finished.  Completed.  

Some of you may have read my post when I finished my son's quilt.  But, that was only half the project, now they are both completed.  Two twin size I spy quilts.    It was a long project.  One that when I started I really couldn't see me finishing, but in less than a year, I got it done.  Cutting was the longest part, and then I had to take big breaks from working on them for various reasons, but all in all I got them done in about 9 months.  I had never quilted anything before and I had never put a binding on anything.  There are a ton of mistakes, but I love them, the kids LOVE them and I'm pretty proud I actually finished.  Here is a quick run down of the facts.

Both quilts:
1728  2in. squares hand fussy cut Each quilt has 864 different 2 in squares.  No repeats in the same quilt.  If they put them side by side they can find matches...there are about 500 matches.
Machine pieced and quilted- 'as you go' style and in the ditch.
half of all the black sashing and the binding is sewn by hand.  One side machine stitched, one side hand stitched...it has to happen that way.
The kids picked the backing fabrics and since it is a 'quilt as you go' the quilt is actually two quilts in one.  Hope you enjoy.

this is one of my favorite blocks.  I drew the "I love you" hand.  

And in this block I drew a square of our dog 'sprite'.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Karate girl trophy on: June 20, 2009 10:41:26 PM
This is silly, but I thought funny so I had to post.  My daughter, 8 yrs. old, is very passionate about karate.  She just competed this Saturday and once again was awarded a first place trophy with a boy on the top.  The silly thing is, they have girls divisions, so they know there will be a girl winner and they never order girl trophies.  So we put a wig on hers.  I was so proud of her, she won 1st for forms and 1st in sparring.  Here is one of our GIRL trophies.  From far away they are cute, but up close they look like a dude with a wig on.Smiley


and the winner
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / I spy quilt on: June 03, 2009 10:04:24 AM
I am making two of these.  My son's is finished and my daughter's is almost there, but I couldn't wait to post pictures.
this is about 4x6'
Each of the 864 squares are different and fussy cut!
The quilt was put together using a quilt as you go method.
There are more mistakes than things I got right, but I love it anyway.  And more importantly so does my son.

My daughter's will be the same except with a pink back.
That is another 864 fussy cut squares...  Her's needs to be quilted and assembled, but the little squares are already cut and made into blocks.

close ups of some of the squares to ispy- we even have some hand painted one's in there like their birthdays.

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / quilled magnets. on: May 22, 2009 08:32:20 PM
I made these for a magnet swap.  The roses are folded paper roses made from about 4 mm wide strips.  The little pot is a real terracotta one cut in half.  I made the frame out of balsa wood.  The whole thing is 3 inches tall.

The roses were hit with just a touch of gold paint

This is a tree made of simple coils and also slightly aged with gold paint.  Also 3in tall.

I had fun making these...hope you enjoy!

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / quilled water lily on: May 10, 2009 05:43:55 PM
I had taken a picture of my mother's water garden last summer, so this year for mother's day I used that photo for inspiration when I needed to make her something.  The lily is quilled out of 3mm wide paper strips and the background is watercolor.  I have the quilling thing down pretty well, but I have never really learned how to paint.  I just grabbed my daughters crayola watercolor set and guessed.  I was happy with how it came out...so was she.  The first photo is it out of the frame b/c the glass was giving me a lot of grief.

this photo the glass shows a reflection of the actual pond.  The lilies aren't out this year yet:

this is the photo I used:

I would love to hear what you think!!
6  COOKING / Dessert / Jesus in/out of the tomb snacks on: April 12, 2009 10:27:27 AM
These are super simple, and kid friendly to make.  I made them for my son's preschool and everyone loved them...they aren't super sweet, you can actually taste the biscuit in there.

I'll start with the finished snack:

Now here is the deal:
You start with a marshmellow in the middle of a squished biscuit.  Then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar...not too much just a little.

Wrap up and seal in the marshmellow or Jesus if you will.  Put the seam side down and sprinkle just a bit more cinnamon to help out the brown color.

Bake according to biscuit directions.  I use the 10 in a can bisuits. 
the marshmellows leak out (Jesus leaving the tomb) and you are left with an empty tomb, and a yummy snack.
I tried to get a picture of the empty tomb.

Enjoy.  Feel free to ask any questions!

7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Inchie sunshine on: April 05, 2009 07:22:20 AM
This is my first project using inchies.  I had to make a present in about an hour, and this is what I came up with.

My father (yes I still at 32 make gifts for my parents) loves sunshines.  So I simply took our fingerprints and made suns out of them.  Simple and I think personal, which is the key.

8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / A quilt of many colors on: March 04, 2009 06:00:30 PM
I worked hard, but didn't get finished.
I'm sorry but this might be a 'story'.
A while back I decided that I wanted to make I spy quilts for my kids.  I wanted 2 inch squares made into 1 foot square blocks.....that's 36 squares per block.  Each quilt would have 24 blocks....that's 36x24=864 blocks per quilt....2 quilts =1728 squares.  Here's the kicker...I wanted them all to be different.  It didn't take long for me to figure out that they couldn't all be different.  So, I had to settle for each blanket not having 2 of the same squares.  Now, where to find 864 fabrics?
The good people of craftster donated, I bought scraps, friends, etc.   I cut fabric for almost 3 months...then this challenge came along and I thought I could piece together a top before the deadline, but I was wrong.  So, I didn't get the tops pieced together...I did get 24 blocks finished, half his and half hers...

All while I was sewing the song Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton came to mind A LOT.  (My parents like country music and when I was a kid this was ALWAYS on the radio).

Back through the years
I go wonderin once again
Back to the seasons of my youth
I recall a box of rags that someone gave us
And how my momma put the rags to use
There were rags of many colors
Every piece was small

And I didnt have a coat
And it was way down in the fall
Momma sewed the rags together
Sewin every piece with love

She made my coat of many colors
That I was so proud of
As she sewed, she told a story
From the bible, she had read
About a coat of many colors
Joseph wore and then she said
Perhaps this coat will bring you
Good luck and happiness
And I just couldnt wait to wear it
And momma blessed it with a kiss

My coat of many colors
That my momma made for me
Made only from rags
But I wore it so proudly
Although we had no money
I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me
So with patches on my britches
Holes in both my shoes
In my coat of many colors
I hurried off to school
Just to find the others laughing
And making fun of me
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me

And oh I couldnt understand it
For I felt I was rich
And I told them of the love
My momma sewed in every stitch

And I told em all the story
Momma told me while she sewed
And how my coat of many colors
Was worth more than all their clothes

But they didnt understand it
And I tried to make them see
That one is only poor
Only if they choose to be
Now I know we had no money
But I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me
Made just for me
The lyrics in teal are the ones that I felt really represented this project.
So here are the pictures. I probably shouldn't even be entered into the voting...or no one should vote for this b/c I didn't get finished, but I worked so hard I wanted to share.

Here is a sample of a block.  In each block there is one square that I drew...this one is the sign for I love you.


9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Melting is FUN! on: March 04, 2009 12:08:24 PM
So, I've melted down old crayons before and made new ones, but this time I used fun molds.  I'm going to a 2yo B-day party Saturday so I made her some crayons.

this one you can tell the faces are raised.

Here is what I did since my molds couldn't go in the oven.
Not safe by any means...so if you are going to do this at home...please be careful.  Tins get hot, flames start fires...you've been disclaimered.

Yummy, yummy pinks mixing.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / i spy madness-update FINISHED WITH ONE! on: February 19, 2009 05:40:17 PM
So, it has been so long since I started this and posted, I'll give a little update.
I have this problem that no project is ever too big.  My idea: twin size ispy quilts.
The hardest part was finding and fussy cutting all of the 1728 squares for the two quilts.  
I did a quilt as you go method for putting it all together, which also made it reversible.  My daughter's will be pink on the back.  I messed up more than I got things right, but I couldn't be more happy with the results.  For my daughter's quilt I have all of the front, batting and backing squares cut, I just have to quilt and assemble, but I couldn't wait to post pictures.  This is the biggest project I've ever done!

I'll post the finished picture at the top of this old post:  NO TWO SQUARES ARE THE SAME ON THIS QUILT!


Here are a few close ups of the squares to get an idea of the images.

Old post:
So, I had the crazy idea that I wanted to make each of my kids i spy quilts.  That in itself isn't crazy, but I decided I wanted 2 in squares, and no repeating pictures...and twin size.  I did decide that I would make big squares out of the little squares and border them to break it up a bit....so if my math is right that equals:  864 2 inch squares a quilt, 1728 squares total.  Yep, I'm crazy.
However...with lots of money spent on ebay buying up fabric, lots of nice people here sending me scraps with my swaps, and PATIENCE I got them cut.
oh, I also made a few with white fabric and fabric markers...special things I couldn't have found pictures of.

This is them sorted into baggies.
stacks of duplicates that one of each can go on each quilt
Stacks of singles to be divided between boy and girl.  
My favorite part was seeing them all organized.

Next was to sort them, per quilt.  Two shoe boxes did nicely.

Lay them out in 6x6 grid.

Two blocks sewn. So each block will be 1 sq. foot.

Now, here are my questions.  I'm a long time from needing answers...but...
1.  What color borders should I use?  Should I do all black, which is my gut.  Or blue for him and pink for her?
2.  What kind of quilting?  I haven't done any quilting, and I'll probably have someone do it.  My favorite 'look' is the stippling.  But would that distort the pictures too much?  Stitch in the ditch?  
3.  I'm trying to get all my seams to lay the same way, but I get random 'oops' ones, will this matter much?

Thanks for taking the time...please feel free to throw any suggestions you have my way.
Oh, and I've made 7 blocks so far.

I've now made 20 blocks.  Here are the ones that would fit on my dinning room table to give you an idea...and a close up.

The I love you hand sign in the middle is one of the ones I painted.
Also a delightful surprise has happened.  Now everyone in the family has become involved.  The kids love helping pick out which little squares will go in the next block and they even sit down and play I spy with just the blocks. My daughter and son have both asked to help sew.  My daughter is old enough to do it by herself (with just a little help) and my son just runs the pedal.   I hope they can hold on to some of these memories!  
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