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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Love Beads Quilt on: October 11, 2009 09:07:25 PM
This is the love beads quilt from the Modern Quilt Workshop book.  Its a birthday present for my sister, and I love the look, but this really challenged my ability!  Took me ages longer than it should have, but I'm really happy with it now that its done. 

The front of the quilt, the circles are from Tula Pink's Neptune line

The back of the quilt, you can kind of see my free motion quilting

and detail of one of the beads

Thanks for looking!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Very Hungry Catepillar Quilt on: August 20, 2009 03:51:31 AM
I got the fabric including the panel from www.fabric.com
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Very Hungry Catepillar Quilt on: August 18, 2009 02:50:04 AM
This is a quilt that I made for my cousins baby, from a panel and the coordinating fabric.  I love this book, and the fabric is fantastic.  Using a panel is such an easy way to make a quilt, and my cousin loved it

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Love Beads Version 2.0 on: May 19, 2009 01:22:56 AM
Beautiful!  I've got this quilt on my to do list, and this makes me want to get cracking on it!  I don't think you need any more rows, looks great as is
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What kind of batting do you use for a baby quilt? on: May 15, 2009 12:32:30 AM
For a baby quilt, particularly one that a baby may sleep with, it is important to use natural fibres (cotton, bamboo, wool) rather than polyester.  Polyester doesn't breathe and isn't  good for babies as they can get sweaty and that can mean its difficult for them to regulate their temperature.  When babies are a bit older and if the quilt is more likely to be dragged round and played with, polyester is a great option cos it washes really well. 

I hear you on the expensive cotton batting!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Nest charm square quilt on: May 09, 2009 10:59:49 PM
This is a very simple quilt made from one and a bit charm packs of Nest by Tula Pink for Moda.  I really like this fabric, especially framed by the white, which I think sets it off nicely.  I tossed up doing a pieced border, but decided that which would be nicer, and I'm glad I went with the white.  The back is plain white also.  There are a couple of squares that blend a bit too much into the white, but otherwise I quite like it.  This is to be gifted to a friend for her house warming.

here is a close up of my favourite charm square, and my (slowly improving) free motion quilting.  The photo is a little bit blurry sorry for that

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Red/Orange Quilt on: May 09, 2009 02:36:08 AM
Its lovely!  I like the colours and the quilting looks really good!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: To Sash or Not to Sash? on: April 27, 2009 12:50:53 AM
I think your blocks look great the way they are!  I use sashing a lot in my quilts, but I think it might take away from your blocks in this case

Good luck, looking forward to seeing the finished quilt!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My first KitschyCoo jacket on: April 20, 2009 01:46:07 AM
I bought the asymmetric reversible jacket pattern from Kitschycoo.  I loved this pattern!  It was so easy, and had handy hints is useful places, as well as lots of colour photos.  I made the 18M/2T version, and the only thing I found that didn't make sense on the pattern was the fabric requirements.  It said two yards of the shell fabric and the lining fabric, but I had a metre of both (I'm in NZ and we work in metric), and there was more than enough.  I made it in a cute canvas type fabric with adorable mushrooms, and a blue cotton with weird splodges on it.  I made this with a boy in mind, who will be about 18 months round christmas (handy!) but I'm a bit worried that it looks a bit girly.

Anyway, to the photos!

from the blue side you can see it still needs another button, I have to pick up another button covering kit from the store, but I wanted to post this!

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Backing a yo yo quilt on: April 16, 2009 03:14:45 PM

I think if you have the patience to do a yo-yo quilt, then all power to you!  I've never made one, but I do agree that backing it would probably be preferable.  There is an impressive yoyo quilt here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=191012.0, and maybe you could PM that craftster member and ask them about backing?

I think if I was going to try and back a yoyo quilt, I would maybe try and hand stich each yoyo to the backing with a few small hand stitches through the centre.  Any kind of machine stitching could ruin the puff of the yoyos which would be sad.  And if the yoyos are all attached to each other then you don't need the stitches to the backing to be structural, just enough to hold the backing on. 

All the best, would love to see pictures when you're done!
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