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1  Re: My "Accidental Peacock" in Quilting: Completed Projects by JeanC on: March 11, 2010 04:08:22 PM
I love it!  Who was the teacher?

I know you can't post photos yet, so here's yours for you.

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2  Cosmos in Lavender and Green in Quilting: Completed Projects by JeanC on: January 27, 2010 09:23:15 AM
This project started as a class with George Siciliano (http://www.georgesiciliano.com).  George specializes in miniature quilts based on the twirling log cabin block but the block is only the beginning.  He has some really good techniques and tools for foundation piecing and a wonderful eye for color.

I set the class piece on point and added borders to bring it up to a nice size for a wall hanging.

The whole quilt:

Detail of one corner of the motif:

Don't let the tiny pieces scare you away from this project, I never handled anything smaller than 1/2 inch square.  George's technique has you sewing on a "reasonable" sized swatch then trimming it as you go to the final size. ;-)
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3  Eight Petals and a Pot and ... in Quilting: Completed Projects by JeanC on: January 27, 2010 09:05:11 AM
I haven't posted in a while, so it's time I put some of my recent work out there for comments.

This piece was based on a class I took with British quilt artist Jennie Rayment (http://jennierayment.com/) called Eight Petals and a Pot.

I added beads, beads and more beads (Jennie had suggested covering the center of the flower with a button).  The leaves and butterflies were done with a technique I learned in classes with Christine Fries-Ureel (www.loveabideth.com).

Overall, it was a lot of fun and I LOVE the result.  They don't show up that well in the photo, but the red blobs near and on the flower are ladybug beads.  I used a flower shaped bead for the center of the flower.  I'll try to get some detail pictures of the rest of the quilt next week and add them to the post.

This is the whole quilt:

This is the detail of the pot section showing one of the butterflies:
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4  Re: good "big boy" quilt pattern? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by JeanC on: July 28, 2008 07:13:10 PM
If you want something fun and different, I found this in a magazine.  It's paper pieced and pretty easy.  There are a few really small pieces around the wheels, but paper piecing makes them ok.  Once you get past that, the rest is all good. 

I'm just finishing up 2 of them for my niece's boys.  Choosing lots of wild and crazy fabrics was so much fun.

PM me if you want the pattern.

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5  Re: What to do with this in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by JeanC on: July 04, 2008 08:36:45 PM
I think the sashing is the best option too, I want to keep the design (and not do sashing inbetween each block) so I think I may go ahead and do a throw size with maybe six sets of four.

You could try sashing the blocks (or groups of 4) using cornerstones to tie them together.  I'd use the same brown print as the sashing in the pillow and either your light or one of the mid range fabrics for the cornerstones.

If you want to make it really pop, set the sashed blocks on point -- you'd be amazed how different they can look that way.  Just remember that turning the block diagonally REALLY changes the size of the quilt!

This is one I did last year.  The blocks were super simple and "nice" until I started laying them out with the sashing.  That's when the whole thing came alive.

Good luck.
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6  Re: Postage Stamp Quilt in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by JeanC on: May 29, 2008 03:37:14 PM
I am collecting squares, but am not going to start sewing them for a while because I think I want a more organized design.  Hopefully some of this helps.  Keep us updated on your progress! Smiley

Here's a design I used a few years ago to make a pair of postage stamp quilts.  This was a clipping sent to Quilter's Newsletter in 1974 of a challenge design published in 1865.


Here's a link to the finished quilts.  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=227591
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7  Finished baby quilt -- Spring's Awakening in Quilting: Completed Projects by JeanC on: April 20, 2008 06:50:05 PM
Just over 3 weeks ago I was notified about a baby shower for today (4/20).  After I finished panicing I got busy and picked a pattern.  I selected this quilt from Quilts With Style May/June 2007.  It was a stretch, but I finished it last night in time for the shower at Noon.

The flowers are paper pieced on a tumbling blocks background.  I used outline quilting to give the front and sides of the blocks and quilted a small snail on the top of each block.  The outside border is quilted with a butterfly motif.

Here are a couple pictures with the Mom-to-be.  I really love the way the colors came together.

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8  Re: Postage Due (I and II) in Quilting: Completed Projects by JeanC on: February 14, 2008 06:59:48 PM
Gorgeous! I am just getting back into the swing of quilting. I made one for my bf and it's fantastic and we use it everyday. I would love to try something more intricate like this one. You made a wonderful final product from the old paper ad, it's beautiful.  Smiley

Thank you.  Just to complete the set, here's the article that started it all..

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9  Postage Due (I and II) in Quilting: Completed Projects by JeanC on: February 14, 2008 02:58:49 PM
OK, these aren't my most recent projects, but they are my pride and joy. ;-}

This pattern was shown in Quilter's Newsletter June 1974 as a reader submitted clipping from an 1865 paper.

I fell in love with the design but quickly realized that 1974 methods (scissor cutting, paper templates, hand sewing) made it unrealistic to complete.  The layout is 72 squares  x 72 squares -- you do the math!  Now add in the extra pieces for 1/2 and 1/4 square triangles.......

Luckily, 2005 quilting techniques made it very possible.  This version was based on a 1-1/2 inch square grid. 

Of course, after I finally figured it out, I just had to do it again --- SMALLER.  This version is based on a 3/4 inch square grid.....  This one was shown at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in 2006.

If anybody wants to try it, I've got the construction documented.
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10  Re: quick, easy, stunning pattern? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by JeanC on: February 14, 2008 02:19:08 PM
I want to bless a friend of mine with some quilts for her kiddos.  I'm thinking baby/crib size.  my only thing is, she is SUPER SUPER creative and I can't give her just a bunch of fabric sewn together.  Does anyone have any recommendations for me?

One REALLY good source I've found is http://quilterscache.com  There are so many patterns there.

I did this pattern from their site last year (http://quilterscache.com/B/BestFriendsBlock.html).  You can have a lot of fun playing with colors and fabrics.  The background fabrics on mine were white and cream because we wanted to let people sign it as a get well card for a co-worker with cancer.  Most of the diamonds were batiks.

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