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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / TDQ quilt for Mom ... pic heavy on: December 08, 2007 12:52:02 PM
I made this quilt for my Mom for XMas 05. I started on 01/01/2005 and finished on 11/15/2005 (starting a project on the first of the year makes it easy to track!). I love scrap quilts, and this one took up a lot of my neutrals and white-on-white fabrics ... but that doesn't mean I didn't buy more!  Wink

TDQ is the abbreviation for THE DAMN QUILT. It is king sized, hand applique and hand quilted. The bigger it got, the bigger pain in the butt it was. I even included TDQ on the label ... Mom didn't think it was funny.  Grin

Mom lives in Georgia, and I live in Nevada. We flew there for Xmas and I took two suitcases ... one for clothes, and one carry-on that had only this quilt in it (the quilt was so big that nothing else would fit in the suitcase with it). I didn't care if the airline lost my clothes, but the quilt was staying in the cabin with ME!

I had told my Mom I was not going to make her a quilt until she bought a "reasonable size bed" ... the woman is 5'0"; what does she need a massive bed for? So what did she do? Went out and bought another king size bed again. Everyone else in the family had bed quilts ... I was fighting a losing battle and finally bit the bullet and made her a quilt. First and LAST king size quilt I will ever make!

This is a pic of the applique pattern I adapted from a wall hanging I saw in McCall's Quilting. It's taped to my sliding glass door because I did not have a light box at the time (please note snow in backyard ... yipee!)

A pix of the finished block with stems, leaves and flower petals:

Finished top. I had to move the furniture out of the Front Room to lay it out. I took this pic sitting on the kitchen counter:

Detail of border applique:

Miss Mariah helping with the basting (she passed over the Rainbow Bridge that summer at age 15 and we miss her still):

Finished quilt on Mom's humungo bed:

Quilting detail applique block:

I quilted wreaths and flowers in the large, unappliqued spaces. The pics didn't turn out because I could get enough contrast.

12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Girly Skull Quilt w/Stencil on: November 11, 2007 10:54:04 AM
Just finished this rag quilt for a friend's 13YO sk8r daughter ...

I used recycled black denim (from DH's many discarded work jeans), a way cool batik I found in purples and pinks (sk8r chick's fave colours are black and purple), a neato cartoony-piratey black skul fabric and a lavender flannel for the back.

Things I learned from this project:

1.  When the denim rags in the washing machine, the fuzzy lintlets get stuck to the flannel back and doesn't look so hot. Using my sweater shaver to remove all the lint was a real life saver!

2.  Even tho I followed the directions of the fabric paint to the "t", the white still faded on the black denim. But that was okay, because I was going for a distressed, worn look anyway.

3.  I used Warm and Natural batting between each block. Because the denim is so heavy, next time I'll use only a flannel instead. Sewing two layers of denim and two layers of cotton fabric and flannel together was tough on the ole sewing machine.

This was a fun quilt to make. I really enjoyed the stencilling and have LOTS of plans to work in stencils for my next couple of quilts.

Let me know what you think! Cheesy
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Japanese Yukata/Furoshiki Quilt on: September 28, 2007 11:42:18 AM
This quilt is a commission job for a friend's daughter who is studying Japanese at Univ NV/Reno this fall (we're playing Las Vegas tomorrow ... hot, steaming DEATH to UNLV!! ... sorry  Grin). I just finished the binding last night. Since I'm still a newbie, images are at  

I have fallen in LUST with Japanese textiles in the last year, and have been collecting silk kimonos, obis and cotton yukatas. This is the first quilt I have made with my collection and it is 70"x70", machine pieced and hand quilted.

The center is a furoshiki ... a cloth used to wrap and carry food, gifts and clothing in Japan. The koi swimming up the waterfall symbolizes ambition and perserverence (there is a legend that any koi that can swim up the Dragon's Gate fall will be transformed into an immortal dragon), so I thought this design would be perfect for a young woman in her first year of university.

The blocks and binding surrounding the furoshiki are all from vintage yukatas I have taken apart. Some of the fabrics date back to the 60's. Yukatas are summer kimonos made of cotton, generally worn for summer celebrations, and also for bathing gowns.

The quilting is done using sashiko thread. Sashiko quilting is an all-over pattern usually on solid indigo fabric, and while I didn't use traditional sashiko quilting patterns, I did use the thread. Sashiko thread is a bit thick (sort of like #5 perl cotton), so my stitches are on the big side, but I like it. Because I wanted the quilting to stand out, I used navy Kona cotton for the back.

Even tho the blocks are simple, and the majority of the quilt is the furoshiki, I really like how it turned out. Sorry if some of the pics are a bit dull ... it's kinda overcast here today.
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Intro and to say Hey! on: September 16, 2007 10:38:22 AM
I just feel kinda funny posting without introducing myself, so here goes!

My name is Kim, and I'm a quiltaholic. I've been quilting for 15'ish years, lately branching out into using more ethnic fabrics and less "traditional" designs (or using traditional designs with untraditional fabrics!). I found this site while looking for purse patterns to use some of my kimono fabrics.

Some stuff I've done in the past include applique, machine and hand piecing, hand and machine quilting, and rag quilts. I really like hand quilting; it's so relaxing to sit in front of the TV and just quilt away. Especially during the winter if I'm working on a big quilt and get to stay all nice and cozy!

The most stupid thing I've done (recently) while quilting is tear my calf muscle while pin-basting a 70x70 quilt on the floor in my Front Room. You can see the quilt top that fought back at http://s215.photobucket.com/albums/cc101/Kimby1_album/.  I'm still in phys. therapy for it. At least I'm off the crutches finally. Who ever said quilting is not an extreme sport needs to talk to me ...!

I'm 40'teen (my son says I'm more a "teenager than a old lady"), have two boys 18 & 19YO, a confused-yet supportive husband who doesn't mind thread bits all over his work clothes, and a 12YO ex-racing greyhound that sleeps all day and night. I live in the alpine desert of Northern Nevada, about an hour's drive east of Reno and Lake Tahoe. I love snow skiing (so I am paying close attention to phy. therapy because ski season is fast approaching!), hiking (out for now), jet-skiing (ditto), and shopping (I can still do that, thank goodness!). I work for the State, so life ain't so bad. It would be better if I didn't have to work, but that damn mortgage won't pay itself, you know ...

The 19YO moved out, so I've now got a QUILTING STUDIO (insert maniacal laughter here) and don't have to share the space with ANYONE ... except the dog ... he's allowed. The 18YO is going into the Navy next month, so hubby will have his own room soon (and I won't have to listen to his griping anymore).

I've been stalking some of the discussions, and everyone here seems genuinely helpful and polite (what a breath of fresh air!). There's some great info here for everyone, newbie to expert. I'm really looking forward to meeting some of you.

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