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1  Patriotic Rag Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Kimby. on: June 27, 2008 07:15:43 AM
Okay, I was a quilter possessed last week ...   Grin.  I wanted a quilt to picnic on for the 4th of July celebrations, but it needed to be quick to make, easy to wash and would wear well. Yep, another rag quilt ...

Still using up my stash of repurposed blue jeans. This quilt is 55"x55":

The stars are cut from the jeans, and patriotic fabric was sandwiched below. Basically, reverse applique. The batt was an old cream flannel sheet I had hanging around. The only fabric I purchased was the patriotic stuff ... everything else I had in my stash. So I guess you could say this quilt was made with 50% post-consumer waste  Grin.

The back of the quilt is patchwork, with the typical "x" through the solid blue blocks in front, and stars outlining the star blocks.

And an overall pic of the back:

As I'm posting this, I realize I didn't make a label! Guess I better work on that this weekend.
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2  Another Stenciled Rag Quilt ... Fantasy Creatures in Quilting: Completed Projects by Kimby. on: June 25, 2008 08:26:34 PM
Here is the first rag quilt I created using repurposed jeans and bleach stenciling. I had posted it on the Image Reproduction Forum earlier. It was made for my Make a Friend Swap partner who is nutso about mythological and fantasy beasts.

This quilt was the first I tried my hand at with bleach stenciling. Basically, I couldn't find fabric I really liked with neato beasties on it, so I decided to give stenciling a go. I believe I have found a new passion.  Grin Here is the overall pic:

Again, I searched out graphics for faeries and such, and found that the designs I could adapt/alter to stencils best were tattoo designs. There are 8 different creatures included on the quilt ... Unicorn, Phoenix, Gryffin, Gargoyle, Sea Serpent, Faerie, Mermaid, and Pegasus. Here is a close up of some of my fave stencils:

The alternate blocks were "Freedom Log Cabins" in a variety of batiks and a few prints. I LOVE batiks, especially the tropical colours. Freedom Log Cabin blocks are basically log cabins built out of a variety of strip widths, so they are not symetrical. This was a great use of the bins of 1", 1.5", 2" and 2.5" strips I have (when I finish a project, if I have less than a 1/2 yard of fabric left, I cut it into strips and stash it ... I have a TON of fabric strips! Anything less than 1" or an odd shape gets thrown in a garbage bag labled STRINGS ... I just can't throw away fabric!)

And the pic of the label:

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3  Dragon Stencil Rag Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Kimby. on: June 25, 2008 07:33:58 AM
I've been on a roll lately, playing around with different designs and fabric treatments. My current fetish seems to be stenciling using bleach.

This is one of two largish rag quilts I've made in the last two months using bleach on repurposed denim from old jeans I've had kicking around the studio. This quilt was made for a friend's son who is hot for dragons:

I designed the dragon stencils after tattoo designs I found on various sites. I had to alter each for ease of cutting and to my personal tastes. After I bleached each denim block, I hand-washed and air-dried them. Then using my EQ5 program, I found a star pattern I liked and foundation pieced those. Here is a close up of some of the blocks:

I decided to put a border around each block, to make it stand out a more (and also to tame the yellow-orange of the stars a bit). It seemed to help.

And, of course, a pic of the label I made, using Pigma pens and the handy-dandy light box:

This was a fun quilt, and I really enjoyed the bleach/stencil process. I can guarantee many more quilt projects (and jackets, tee shirts and pants!) are in my future using bleach!
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4  Re: Fantasy Rag Quilt w/bleach stencil blocks in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Kimby. on: May 19, 2008 03:34:51 PM
Here's a close up of the dragon/sea serpent:

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5  Fantasy Rag Quilt w/bleach stencil blocks in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Kimby. on: May 18, 2008 05:13:22 PM
For the 3rd and final package for the Make A Friend Swap, I sent my partner a rag quilt. But because I have been sooooo enamoured with stenciling lately, and I couldn't find and fantasy/mythical beast fabric I actually liked, I decided to use bleach gel pens (I LOVE THESE THINGS!!!!!) and stencil my own on recycled denim. The designs were mostly tattoo designs I found in various and sundry sites and adapted/altered for my own use (and ease of cutting):

Some of my favourite stencils (there are 8 different beasts in the quilt; unicorn, pegasus, gryffon, sea serpent, gargoyle, mermaid, faery and phoenix):

And a pic of the entire quilt:

My swap partner says she totally loves the thing. Now I have a TON of ideas using bleach pens ... gads, never enough time in the day (and the DH won't let me quit the day job, the rotten slave driver)!  I think I've sniffed too much bleach ...  Grin
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6  Re: Make-A-Friend Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Kimby. on: May 08, 2008 07:15:41 PM

FicklePegasus and I were kinda freakin' out because I'm leaving tomorrow morning for a cruise to Alaska, and we were afraid I wouldn't get my 3rd package on time. Well, just in the nick of time, it's here!

FP made me wonderful "filet crochet" greyhound placemats! These are so very cool! I've seen a lot of different crafts with greyhound themes, but never anything crochet'ed (is that a word?) The multicoloured blue is a bit hard to see the detail, but the cream really stands out.

For my "smalls", she included a bunch of pens from DW ... I work for the DMV in Nevada, and we are constantly running out of pens at our desks. Customers just pocket them and walk out the door. The technicians like to buy weird, wild pens that don't get taken. FP thought the huge red pen would probably stick around a little longer than run of the mill pens. And the ear plugs are for our trip ... my husband snores terribly, and she knows how I've been worried about going on vacation with him and being stuck in the same tiny room with him for 9 nights (we don't sleep in the same room anymore; sad, but true):

She also sent this really wonderful, cozy sweatshirt with Pluto embroidered on it for me, and a great, old school Mickey Mouse tee for hubby dear, but he grabbed those and packed 'em in our suitcases before I had a chance to take pics (and I was threatened with my life if I dug 'em out again!) Grin

Thank you sooooo much, FP! And thanks to our wonderful organizer (who probably didn't know what she was getting herself in to) and our co-organizers (who all deserve big, frosty margaritas for dealing with this madness!)
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7  Re: Make-A-Friend Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Kimby. on: April 02, 2008 07:29:50 PM
 Grin Grin Grin  I received my 2nd package today from FicklePegasus!   Grin Grin Grin

First off, action shot of me in my mondo cute scarf (damn, the thing is 15 feet long!), ear flap hat (DH cut the top of my head off in pix ... can't get good help nowadays), and my bubba butt Indy modeling his very own Disneyland collar (the dog wasn't cooperating, either!)

Much better pic of Bubba-Lump Indy in his new finery (He luuuuuvvvvs his pic taken):

Cool-a-rama necklace and keychain with Shrinky Dinks of my most very fave Calvin & Hobbes, and a pin of a shredding Mickey:

And my pocket dragon Blue from Swap #1 got some bling of his own ... a platform of sparkling blue crystals to perch upon (Blue's hanging with his peeps Monty the Canadian Moose and Wolfie the mascot of my alma mater UNR):

And Noreen and I seem to be experimenting with the same new craft ... decoupauge! She made this neato frame:

I am truly spoiled!
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8  Decoupouged File Box / Yukata Fabric in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Kimby. on: March 08, 2008 01:27:12 PM
For the Make A Friend Swap, I decided to decoupouge a wooden file box I found at Michael's for $3.99 with an assortment of Japanese yukata fabrics I have collected. I have never decoupouged anything in my life, not even in grade school. It was fun and I'm going to try it again!

I used the everyday Modge Podge to adhere the fabrics to the box. Then I used a layer of the sparkle Modge Podge. I wasn't too happy with the sparkle factor and tried to wipe it off (it doesn't come off, but my swap partner said she likes it sparkly, so no harm, no foul):


Here is an extreme close-up of some of the fabrics. Sorry for the glare; camera flash and sparkle Modge Podge do not mix. I used origami paper to separate the fabrics; sort of like leading on stained glass. I also found some koi stickers that I added:


I painted the inside of the box with acrylic paints. I tried to match the indigo colour of the yukata fabrics without very much success, but I did like the resulting shade of blue:


Here is a pic of the label I added to the bottom of the box, explaining the history of yukata for my swap partner. Only after I added the label did I realize I forgot to paint the bottom   Roll Eyes  :


I know you refrigerator-decoupouging masters out there could do better, but I think it turned out okay. I had some problems with air bubbles, esp. with the fabrics. I noticed bubbles after I finished with the label, but after it dried the air bubbles disappeared. Not so with the air bubbles in the fabric pieces. Any hints, tips, or tricks?
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9  Re: Make-A-Friend Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Kimby. on: March 07, 2008 08:54:31 PM
Yee Haw ... I got Loot!!

From the most awesome FicklePegasus, I got some cool stuff. Okay folks, be sure to keep from drooling on your keyboards ...   Wink

Overall pic of loot:

Neato cards from Suzy's Zoo, kitties, and sakura stationary:

Pens for writin' ... the jester pen was a favour made for her wedding reception (LOVE IT!) and Donald Duck is from her "place of employment":

Cool-a-mondo necklaces; crochet chains with crackled (baked?) marbles set in clay. Stickers from her "place of employment", and a Today Is My Birthday button I'll be sure to wear next year (or better yet, wear it now and really screw with people):

Pretty kitties ... FP made a neat scrap book and included some pics; I really dug the pics of her cats and the captions. That Lizard has some wicked green eyes! I also received some lavender bath salts ... working at the DMV, bath salts will really come in handy!:

And a sewing gal can never have too many pincushions, with fantabulous handcrafted pins (I tried to get closeups of the pins, but my poor camera just couldn't do it):

And my fave, my very own pocket dragon! He had a boo-boo with his wing so he came to his new home packing his own first aid kit:

Lastly, an action shot of my new Disney World pins, already on my work lanyard:

I also received 2 bookmarks, a notebook, a luggage tag, Disney postcards,keychain and fridge magnet, and some japanese chocolate candy that seems to be related to Pop Rocks (hmmmm ...). She wrapped stuff up in fabric (YIPPEE!). Gosh, I think I'm forgetting some stuff ... I opened the box and stuff came pouring out! Oh, also, my dragon was cushioned by little origami puffy stars in his very own fabric bag! Too cool, too very cool. I am truly blessed with a great swap partner!
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10  Quick Rag Quilt ... in Quilting: Completed Projects by Kimby. on: January 28, 2008 08:37:23 AM
The story about this quickie quilt ...

I work with another quilter who likes making baby quilts. Okay, fine. Our mutual friend Amy has been preggers for 7 months and the other quilter said MONTHS ago she was going to make a quilt. Okay, fine again. I have a personal policy that if this other quilter makes a baby quilt, I won't make one for the same pregger person. Our quilts get compared quite a bit at work and I don't want a lot of hard feelings.

So ONE WEEK before the baby shower (and two weeks prior to due date) I ask the other quilter, "So, did you finish Amy's quilt? Are you gonna bring it in so we can see it (we like show-n-tells at work) and she says, "No, I decided to buy her a present INSTEAD." Oh shitae! Amy is expecting a quilt ... she was told she was getting a quilt!

I didn't have any tops ready to try and beg a machine quilter to whip up (and cost me a fortune), and I don't machine quilt because it really strains my shoulders (because I do it wrong, I know), and I didn't have time to play around and attempt it anyway. So, rag quilt to the rescue!

Recycled denim, homespun, some fuzzy yellow minkie-like fab and a cute flannel w/stars. Because the denim is thick, I used a light blue flannel as a batt instead of quilt batting:

Close up of blocks ... easy-peasy Rail Fence and a Star Block. The minkie-stuff is reverse appliqued under the star cut outs. I then stitched about 1/4" along cut outs and snipped so the stars would rag, too.

The back of the quilt is patched, too. The flannel and minkie-stuff makes it very snuggly. You may be able to see the outline of the star stitching:

Label ... clip art from Microsoft, traced on lightbox with fabric pens:

Hopefully this experience will teach me to have some tops ready to go the next time I'm blindsided!

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