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21  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Frenchie Log Cabin Pillows on: October 13, 2008 08:52:33 PM
Made these quilted pillows for my mother, a Francophile who resides in Virginia.  In addition to all things French, she loves early American fabric and furniture, ala Williamsburg, and blue and yellow are her favorite colors--especially together.  Tho my style is more modern and hers is more traditional, I wanted to create something to reflect both our aesthetics, and most importantly, something she would enjoy.  The pillows are machine-pieced and quilted, have down inserts and hidden zippers.  I think she was happy with her birthday present!

Pillow fronts, on her sofa:

Pillow backs:

22  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / pattern question on: October 01, 2008 02:05:08 PM
Although I have sewn a lot of home decor, I don't have a lot of experience with patterns and they kind of intimidate me.  I'm laying out my son's halloween costume and the instructions have me pinning the pattern to the RIGHT side of the fabric.  However, it says to transfer all markings to the WRONG side of the fabric.   Huh  How do I transfer the markings to the wrong side of the fabric?  Do I lay transfer paper underneath the fabric (against the wrong side) and use a wheel on the pattern (right) side?  Thanks for any help!
23  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / "Fuyu Persimmons" Art Quilt...a little bit country, AND A LITTLE BIT JAPANESE! on: September 15, 2008 08:59:07 PM
I've been wanting to do some art quilting and had the opportunity to create one as a gift.  I was inspired by Kumiko Sudo's book Kake-Jiku, a book about art quilts influenced by Japanese display scrolls, and decided to use her technique.  However, I didn't want to re-create something exactly from her book as I think much of the spirit in which it was written is about making personal kake-jikus that represent a time of year in a meaningful way to the individual.

With this in mind, I needed to make a kake-jiku art quilt for my stepmom who is sassy.  She has always supported my crafty ways and has really admired my quilts.  She is from southern Indiana where they celebrate the Persimmon Festival every September.  She LIVES for Persimmon Festival.  I think it's bigger than Christmas for her.  BTW, she also ADORES asian things and collects antique Chinese and Japanese ephemera.

Anyway, I was inspired to make her a quilt symbolizing autumn...HER autumn.  I was hoping the quilt would look more Japanese and was fretful that it was coming out a little too country.   Embarrassed  (This is where you reassure me and tell me no way in hog's hell does it look kountry!) Grin

Thanks for looking!

the back featuring my first handmade label:

24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / lamp shade kit? on: August 08, 2008 02:56:14 PM
Craftsters, I'm trying to find a lampshade kit online, and can only find a few more traditional (Victorian, etc) styles.  I REALLY want a drum shade (with no taper) for my fabulous aqua 50's lamp and wanted to cover it in some cool fabric to coordinate.  Anyone have a line on such a thing??
25  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Japanese Children Stroller Quilt on: July 26, 2008 09:18:40 PM
1. I'm using the Zooper stroller I picked out for my first child (my son) for my second child (my daughter).  Want to give the silver and black stroller a tiny bit of grrrl.

2.  I find this amazing Alexander Henry fabric ("Oasobi") featuring Japanese children playing and decide it's perfect for a stroller/lap blanket for my girl.

3.  Want to learn to free-motion quilt, but am too intimidated to initiate a larger, crib-sized and pieced quilt to my raw attempt at this skill.

Solution:  a small-scale, non-pieced "quilt."  Baby girl's quilt measures about 27.5" square (prior to washing).  ((Even though all the fabrics are excellent quality, after reading another Craftster post about bleeding, want to purchase some dye grabber cloths prior to its first wash due to strong colors/contrast.))  Can't wait to see all the crinkles and puckers after its wash!

Detail of backing and binding:

26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Cardigans - Sweet Pea and Ice Blue on: July 11, 2008 09:03:30 AM
Here are two cardigan sweaters I knitted for my son (who is now 3!).  Fortunately, they look cute on my new daughter!  Wink They are both knitted in a chunky cotton yarn that is really nice and soft.  (I'm sorry, I can't remember which one!)Huh

Both patterns are from Erika Knight's book Simple Knits for Cherished Babies.  This is the pea-green garter stitch cardigan:

This is the ice-blue stockinette v-neck cardigan:

I love making baby clothes--but the babies grow faster than I can make teeny clothes for them!!
27  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / sisters quilt show on: June 30, 2008 08:25:09 PM
anyone attending the sisters quilt show in central oregon on the 12th?  would love to meet some fellow craftsters!
28  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / remedial question re: bobbin running out mid-seam on: June 28, 2008 02:59:27 PM
hi, really a novice and have a basic question:

when the bobbin thread (invariably) runs out in the middle of a long seam, should i rip out and re-sew to make sure it is stable?  it is on a crib skirt that will be laundered at least occasionally.

thanks for your expertise!
29  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / spumoni modern on: June 28, 2008 02:46:34 PM
A quilt I just finished for my adorable 17-month old niece.  I had hoped to get it done for her birthday in February, but I was pregnant and couldn't before I had my daughter.  It feels good to have it finally completed!  I really enjoyed ramping up the colors for her and making one less "baby-ish."  It is about 45" square. 

It is the first quilt I have done with blocks; I was disappointed in my lack of accuracy and would love to get any pointers on making the blocks a consistent size AND joining rows of blocks evenly so when the rows are sewn together the blocks hook up.

Thanks for looking!

30  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Go Cart Quilt on: June 20, 2008 11:29:09 AM
A quilt--my second effort--for my son who loves anything that goes, and especially anything that goes FAST.  It is made with a vintage-looking soap box derby print that I found a while back and wanted to do something for him with.

It measures 32 x 28 and is machine-pieced and -quilted.  I experimented with some freehand embroidery to personalize it with his name and the year.

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