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1  Re: ANOTHER Pin Cushion Swap Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by E.D. on: December 09, 2008 09:45:57 AM
As promised here are some pictures of the lovely pincushion from Loves2experiment. 

Did I mention that it is perfect.  Grin  I like that it has a nice flat bottom so when you stick pins in it, it can't get away (hmmm that sounds kind of cruel).  But what I mean is, I have a round little tomato and when I try to stick pins in it while sewing at lightning speeds it trys to roll away.  Not good.  This one won't  Smiley

Plus it has two sides here is the B side.

The first picture is truer to the real colors.

Thank you Loves2experiment!!
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2  Silent Auction Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by E.D. on: November 03, 2008 10:17:48 AM
My son's class is having a silent auction to raise money for their end of the year camping trip.  I decided to make a baby quilt for the auction.  This is the first time I've made a quilt to donate it was fun. Although the whole auction thing makes me kind of nervous.  Like what if no-one bids on the quilt?  Or what if it only raises $5.  Maybe I should bid on my own quilt  Wink 

Well without more chatter here's the quilt...

The whole quilt

A close up

And the back

I did a few things on this quilt I wouldn't normally do.  First I used a solid color for the back.  Usually I use a pattern.  I think I like the patterns better because they hide mistakes in quilting better  Wink  The second thing that I did that I don't normally do is that I made bias binding.  Usually I just cut the binding on the straight grain.  But with the roses it needed to be cut on the bias - I'm glad I did.  I tried a method where you create a the bias binding by cutting out a big square and then cut it diagonally and sew it back together in the shape of a parallelogram and then you trace the width of your binding strips and sew it into a tube.  Then you cut the tube out following the lines and ta-da you have one bias strip long enough to go around your whole quilt.  I thought it was a cool method.  Maybe this is the method everyone uses but it was the first time for me so I was impressed.
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3  Cupcakes Sand & Sea - lots of pics in Dessert by E.D. on: June 26, 2008 07:36:33 AM
Today is my son's last day of school.  A great excuse to make cupcakes.  I got up early to decorate - way too fun.  I saw the idea on Martha Stewart.  The graham cracker crumb sand tastes great with the vanilla buttercream.

Here they are already to go to school

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4  Pear Pincushion in Completed Projects by E.D. on: May 31, 2008 09:08:59 AM
I was inspired when I saw Heather's pincushion - it's just too cute for words!

I found a pattern online on the blog UK lass in US http://uklassinus.blogspot.com/2007/11/its-all-gone-pear-shaped.html

This was a fun project!

Here's one with my coffee for perspective..
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5  Re: Owl Tote for Teacher in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by E.D. on: May 29, 2008 11:53:23 AM
Steph Blue asked how I did the applique.

I used fusible web.  My machine wasn't too crazy about it because it made the needle sticky. I wanted to blanket stitch but I gave up after the thread snapped a couple times.  It worked fine when I straight stithched.  I learned afterwards that you can get fusible web that is thinner and works better. I'd like to try again. 

I've attached the picture I drew to make the owl.  I basically just traced each piece as in onto the fusible web - except for the white part of the eyes I made the eyes a bit bigger (follow the dotted line) so I could overlap them with the top the owl's head.

The picture is about as big as a normal sheet of paper.  I don't know how to make it so it prints out to the right size if you wanted to use it - maybe someone who's a bit more of a crafster/computer expert might know.

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6  Owl Tote for Teacher - Owl Pattern on Pg. 2 in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by E.D. on: May 28, 2008 08:23:31 AM
This year I am ahead of the game.  I thought up a teacher's gift before the last day of school.  Which was no easy feat - usually I stick to candy or chocolate but this year my son's teacher is a vegan so I wasn't sure I would be able to find vegan chocolate that tasted good in my town.

Since she loves animals I thought I would give her a rare and endangered calico owl.  The tote is small but can still hold a wallet, keys, phone, book and a large water bottle.  I figure if nothing else it would work as a lunch bag.

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7  Re: Bricks in Quilting: Completed Projects by E.D. on: April 24, 2008 01:41:25 PM
amazing! you did a great job on the freemotion quilting! i like the way that looks but am too scared to do it! did you do it on a regular machine and just drop your feed dogs? and how long did it take you?

I did do it on a regular machine and dropped the feed dogs.  I'm new to free motion but I made a few bibs and potholders and practiced on some scraps. But I do think the type of machine makes a difference my old machine would jam up every time I tried to do free motion but I just bought a new machine and the tension works really well and it doesn't jam up.   I just kept repeating to myself "slow hands" when the machine is racing along I tend to want to go fast too.  Here's a close-up of the stitches I made little hearts in the quilting...

I think it probably took 4 or 5 hours for me to quilt.  I've got a ways to go to get my stitches all nice and even but I am anxious to try again.
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8  Bricks in Quilting: Completed Projects by E.D. on: April 24, 2008 09:25:15 AM
I just finished this throw size quilt for my mom.  It was my first time doing free-motion on a quilt.  Scary but fun. I have been on a fabric strike so this used up more of my scraps (I promise my next post will be with some new fabric).  I even pieced the binding.  But I just had to buy the backing fabric it was too cute - it's kind of hard to see in the picture but it is classic Winnie-the-Pooh.

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9  Baby Coin Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by E.D. on: April 14, 2008 09:52:42 AM
This was  a fun one to make.  A great way to showcase scraps.

I found the idea here....


It was really a quick quilt.  It's a gift for a friend who is expecting I am going to package it up with the bib and ball I made to match.
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10  Bib and Ball in Quilting: Completed Projects by E.D. on: April 08, 2008 10:10:24 AM
I found a cool tutorial on how to make a ball on the Grand Revival Blog.  They look like little mini beach balls - great for scraps.


I am trying to learn to free motion quilt and everyone's advice is just to keep practicing.  I feel bad wasting my practice pieces but you can only use so many pot holders.  I found this great tutorial on making a quilted bib on Crazy Mom Quilt's blog.  It is the perfect thing to use the practice patches for.


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