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11  Sweet Charlotte Baby Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by ritapizza on: August 12, 2009 09:22:37 AM
This baby quilt I finished for my friend's first baby girl who was born in February this year. I sent it to her in Boston a while back but haven't posted about it here yet. It's soft and girly and sewn with love <3 Its made from a charm squares pack of Urban Chiks Sweet line and sashed with some yummy peach solid fabric. And the blue wavy binding turned this quilt from something I liked to something I LOVED!! And I embroidered some birds and her name on the quilt too for a special personal touch. I hope to visit my friend in Boston someday so I can see her little angel enjoy this quilt! Smiley

(Domokun I made for my bf is modeling the quilt~<3)

Here is the best picture I have of the full quilt before I sent it to little miss Charlotte, the adorable newborn recipient~

I love quilt because of the beautiful soft colors and the simplicity of the design with a couple of embroidered embellishments. The simple design let me focus on things like the free motion quilting of roses and leaves and add embroidered birds to add some whimsy and charm. When I quilt, I dont want any wrinkles in the quilt top which could come from my embroidery hoop so thats why I quilted this first then I embroidered the details afterwards since the quilt is already pretty and crinkly from the quilting. I think it worked out nicely because the birds fit in perfectly wtih the flow of the quilting without any distortion of the quilt top Smiley It's about 42" x 42". I talked a bit more about how special the quilt is here.

Some more detail shots~

Thanks for looking~! <3
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12  Re: Tiny House Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ritapizza on: February 24, 2009 12:52:41 PM
Yay! dazedllama~ I'm soooooo happy you like your Spirited Away bathhouse!!

Aaaaaaaaand I received your tiny house today! It's so darling and cute! I really love all the hand stitched details and the beautiful flowers and the roof of fabric leaves~~~~ She was inspired by my idea of a fairy house. Isn't it just perfect! I took pictures of it with a tiny bird I had on hand Smiley

Thank you soooooo much dazedllama!!!! You're so awesome!!

And here are some close up shots of my embroidery of dazedllama's bathhouse Smiley

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13  Re: T4-Tea Towels Go International in The Swap Gallery by ritapizza on: February 05, 2009 03:27:00 PM
My towel from the Craftster Tea Towel Tour round 4. It's finally home!! Thank you to all who stitched on my towel with so many beautiful fairytale maidens. I love it soooooo much!!

Left to right, Top to bottom::
antarcticraft, amyracinrose, melyssa_marie, cupcakeguru, randymacker07, ritapizza

Thank you so much, ladies!!
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14  Re: T4-Tea Towels Go International in The Swap Gallery by ritapizza on: December 16, 2008 03:56:46 PM
goodness, everyone's finished towels and Bee's apron look fantastic!

rectangel ~ beautiful cowgirl! her expression is so lovely and I love the stitching on her boots!
melyssa_marie ~ cool telescope! perfect for the science theme!
cupcakeguru ~ love your koi fish! it's beautiful and I can see why it's one of your faves!

amyracinrose's towel is on it's way home!
It was pretty full of awesome stitching already, so I added this angel and snowy village in two empty spaces in her towel.

Her towel is so Christmasy! You're gonna love it, Amy Rose!
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15  Re: Lap Quilts For All Swap- Round 4! CLOSED! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by ritapizza on: November 21, 2008 10:43:42 AM
Everyone's fabrics are so great! can't wait to make you all some blocks!

Because I can never make up my mind... I may be sending this set of fabrics instead... the solids are the same but the prints are different...

And I realized that "non-traditional" and "contemporary" may mean different things to different people. I just would love my group to be really creative, try different techniques, let the fabrics inspire you, add embroidery or applique or 3D elements (buttons, ribbon, rick rack...) but really anything would be great!
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16  Re: Lap Quilts For All Swap- Round 4! CLOSED! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by ritapizza on: November 19, 2008 03:33:41 PM
John, I wish I could have your eye for choosing fabrics! I love every set of fabrics you're sending out! the sets with blues in particular Smiley

Gordongirl, I love your selection too! I adore your pastel palette~

Yay! partners! I gotta catch up and sent out some fabric!

Here are the fabrics I'm sending. I'm sending everyone the 3 solids  on the right (Teal, seafoam, and gray. They're really pretty together. I love the teal especially, looks better in person Smiley) and a print from my leftovers from the last swap Cheesy

I would really love contemporary, non-traditional blocks made mostly from the solids with only a bit of the print.
I'll cut these up and send them out tomorrow! I'll get started on making some blocks for myself too.
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17  Re: Lap Quilts For All Swap: Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ritapizza on: November 13, 2008 12:02:48 PM
Group 2: Audrey's group ~ Status last updated on 1/22/09
sent fabrics torec'd fabricsrec'd fabrics fromsent block torec'd blockrec'd block from
southern flower11/25/0812/07/0812/02/081/17/091/26/09

A block for myself, no pattern~

For whoopdedoo_5 ~ Baton Rouge (hand stitched Smiley)

For Laural ~ Origami Crane

For Gordongirl ~ I'll add the name of the star later because I forgot it, but it's from the Sensational Papier pieced stars book

For KRB ~ pattern from Quilt It magazine

For klum78 ~ 8-pointed star using the big diamond template

For SandyBradley ~ Seaside Star sorry it's bigger than 12.5"

For southern flower ~ Atlantic jewel

For chinarockfishakm ~ Key west beauty

For glittergirl94 ~ South carolina star

For 1b1g1k2 ~ Delaware crosspatch

For Audrey1999 ~ my own design just for Audrey Smiley

For j_q_adams ~ three 6.5" blocks, free-pieced


Setting idea for my blocks~

Row 1: John, SandyB, John, Laural
Row 2: chinarockfishakm, John, me, whoopdedoo
Row 3: KRB, Audrey

Love all my blocks so far! Thank you!


It's done!!

Row 1: John, SandyB, John, Laural
Row 2: chinarockfishakm, John, me, whoopdedoo
Row 3: KRB, klum, Audrey, gordongirl
Row 4: me, glittergirl, 1boy1girl1kitty2

Thanks to everyone in my group for making these awesome blocks!!!
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18  Re: Lap Quilt Swap III: Fall Edition (USA and Canada) GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by ritapizza on: November 11, 2008 01:06:12 PM
I updated my setting idea for my blocks from this swap! Thank you all for such amazing beautiful blocks! You are all so talented and I'm so overjoyed to have made blocks for each other!

I still need to make one more block to replace the one that ajanderson didn't make/send.

I'm quilting each block individually and then stitching them together using the quilt as you go method and here's my progress as of last week~

I'm still trying to convince myself I'm not too busy to join round 4! I really want to because this last round was awesome!
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19  Re: Kawaii Apron Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by ritapizza on: November 11, 2008 10:58:30 AM
Finally received from demekah! I have bad luck receiving packages from overseas because this one came to me in a destroyed envelope wrapped badly in a plastic bag! Stop opening my packages, post office people! demekah sent me a very cute cupcake set with a cute half apron, pot holder and tote bag filled with cookies and stickers and cute little porcelain dutch shoes! Thanks so much!

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20  Re: T4-Tea Towels Go International in The Swap Gallery by ritapizza on: October 27, 2008 12:20:31 PM
Hi melyssa_marie, here's a picture of your tomato pincushion. It's really really cute! I couldn't tell you had difficulty with metallic floss cuz it turned out great! Here's a picture I took of it! Cheesy

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