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1  Re: Twin Sisters & Safari Baby Quilts in Quilting: Completed Projects by bookgrrl42 on: February 26, 2008 07:59:45 AM
These pics might help to explain the pinwheel layout. 

Here are the positive / negative "twin" blocks for these two fabrics.  Each block (except for the center one on the quilt) have a "twin" in reverse positive / negative fabrics.

To make the pinwheel - these were so fast and easy (they just look tricky) - you cut two fabric strips to sew together (each strip should be 2.5" wide x 26" long to make a 6" block).  Sew the two strips together on the long side to create a 4" x 26" long piece.  Then cut the longest side into four pieces that are 4" wide x 6.5" long that should resemble this (pretend it's not cut yet):

Using a straight ruler, cut the piece once from corner to corner diagonally. Be sure that the same fabric strip appears on the same side when cutting and that the diagonals are cut going the same direction on all four pieces (otherwise you won't be able to make pinwheels with the triangles).  See photo below:

The 8 triangles you just cut should produce the pieces to make both the positive and negative 6" blocks - you'll have two blocks as shown in the first picture when finished sewing.  All the left sided pieces (from the left side of cutting line) should form one block and all the right sided pieces (from right side of the cutting line) should form one block. Two completed blocks.

Assemble as shown:

Hope this was useful!
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2  Twin Sisters & Safari Baby Quilts in Quilting: Completed Projects by bookgrrl42 on: February 25, 2008 10:05:59 PM
Two quilts I finished awhile ago and have been meaning to post.  The first is based on the Twin Sisters Pattern shown by Eleanor Burns on Quilt in a Day.  It was machine pieced and quilted.  The first one I quilted on my machine.  I used micro-tachs to baste the quilt, and quilted the border using borders on a roll.  SO EASY.  The pattern was a sinch.  I finished the top in a day.  Machine quilting took some practice.  Each pinwheel is a positive  / negative "twin" to the reverse positive / negative pinwheel patch of same fabrics.  I love the idea. 

Front Twin Sisters Quilt

Back of Twin Sisters Quilt

The Safari quilt is one I made for my god daughter.  I saw the pattern in the Quilter's World magazine, I think it was called Zoology.  I'm not sure anymore - it was awhile ago.  I loved it and tried to recreate it, but I have a few corners that got cut off when I rewrote the pattern.  I like it anyway.  I machine pieced and hand quilted it.  I was so thrilled that the "fussy cut" borders worked out so well and didn't look warped or crooked.

Front of Safari Quilt

Close up of Front

Back of Safari Quilt

Close up of Back
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3  Polar Fleece Dog Jackets in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by bookgrrl42 on: February 25, 2008 09:38:43 PM
So our 17 year old "puppy" gets extremely chilly in the winter and will sit in his kennel shivering and shaking all day without something besides his fur to keep him warm in our cold Wisconsin winters.  Not to mention that the snow around here is about twice as tall as he is.  So, this winter I decided to make him two polar fleece jackets (so there's a clean one when he's getting a bath because he gets stinky faster with clothes on).  Not only does he like them, he will happily sit in his kennel on top of his heating pad wearing them and hibernate all winter. 

As an added benefit, he also has started to let us know again when he needs to go outside (before when he was nekkid and chilly he would just go in the house instead).  Can't say I totally blame him.  If I were 97 years old, nekkid, and crotchety I'd pee in the house too.  Smiley

I traced a pattern off an existing "dog shirt" and made this one out of double layered polar fleece. Since it didn't "give" like the shirt did, I added the zipper.  The zipper closes away from his head so I can zip it closed as he walks away.

White Polar Fleece Puppy Jacket

Side View

Blue Polar Fleece Puppy Jacket

Side View
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4  Double Sided Baby Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by bookgrrl42 on: February 25, 2008 08:48:24 PM
I've got four babies (thankfully not mine) all due on St. Paddy's day that I've been sewing for.  Here is the latest project I completed. It's a double sided (I'll never do that again with the same block pattern on both sides) baby quilt.  Whipped it together in about two weeks.  I love the fabrics, but the place where all the points meet (on both sides) made it a *&$#% to machine quilt.  I also tried bias tape binding which was challenging to say the least and after stitching down two sides of the quilt binding I ran out of the variegated thread I was using.  All at about 12am at night - fun, fun, fun. I literally KILLED my machine. It's dead. Oh, and not one but two basting tag guns.  So, I'm looking for an old Kenmore to rip parts out of now so I can get it up and running again.  Amazing it got done in time for the shower.  YEAH! 

Front Side

Back Side

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5  Quilted table runner and coasters in Quilting: Completed Projects by bookgrrl42 on: December 10, 2007 05:49:04 PM
Original design table runner w/matching coasters - all made with 6" squares of fabric.  I made it in fall fabrics for my mom who always hosts Thanksgiving dinner for our huge family.  It went together really fast.  Especially the coasters.  Machine quilted.  Done in about a day.  

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