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21  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Moonlit Garden - with pics of process on: July 02, 2011 08:16:29 PM
I made this quilt for a private swap with squire_inaria Smiley and thought I'd share a little bit of the process...

I started off with a batik tree sandwiched between two pieces of wash away stabilizer. I thread painted the batik so that it has plenty of texture to give it bark, using plain black and brown threads and following that up with a King Tut variegated thread. I then cut away the extra stabilizer and hand washed the tree to get rid of the rest of the stabilizer in the tree.

After marking the placement of the moon and tree, I started quilting the background. VanGogh's Starry, Starry Night provided inspiration for the swirling sky quilting.

I then thread painted/scribbled the elements to the quilted background and batting. Here you can see the quilting and where the elements were applied.

I attached a fringe on the bottom to give a 3D grass effect in the foreground, bound it and sent it off to it's new home.

I took a picture of it with the inspiration postcard before sending off:

C&C always welcomed Smiley
22  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Pockets at the beach: a mini art quilt on: July 02, 2011 08:03:25 PM
great job!
23  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: can't afford to have my quilt finished at the store, need help doing it at home on: July 02, 2011 01:05:39 PM
  Your backing should be really taut on the table (or whatever surface you use), and baste well.  When hand quilting, I can compensate for a little slack on the back, but machine quilting is less forgiving. 


I like to starch my backs as that seems to help them, too Smiley
24  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: I'm a Fan of Father's Day (Ties) on: July 02, 2011 05:11:28 AM
Using the ties was a brilliant move.  Precut Dresden plate pieces by just snipping off the excess length!  Nice arrangement and workmanship, and the quilting enhances rather than detracts.  I'll be adding this to my list of projects.

thanks Smiley

I cut the fan blades rather than using the tips of the ties. That made them consistent sizes/angles and I could use the tie in more than one block. You can use the cut off tips as prairie points, too, btw Wink I just didnt' have time to incorporate them in my design (I had a deadline).
25  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Fresh Cut Soap - YUM! on: June 30, 2011 05:27:10 AM
Looks beautiful! What did you use for the colorant?

I used FDC green 5

thanks for the compliment Smiley
26  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Fresh Cut Soap - YUM! on: June 29, 2011 05:56:59 PM
I've been itching to soap and have wanted to develop a harder bar as the Boybarian is trying out his growing muscles on my bars and they are becoming twisted lumps of sliminess - EEWW!

Yesterday I needed a break from the sewing dungeon, so I pulled out my soap supplies and made a batch of soap:

It is now freshly cut and sitting on my counter smelling so delightful! I am anxious to try it out to see if it will hold up the the Boybarian!

I swirled the soap, but it was at a fairly thick trace so the swirling isn't as finely detailed as I would have hoped for, but it is pretty Smiley and no one needs to know, right?

C&C welcome Smiley
27  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Family Quilt-ideas? on: June 29, 2011 09:09:33 AM
somehow you need to keep people from writing in the seam allowance or you might lose some of their wit and wisdom...
28  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: can't afford to have my quilt finished at the store, need help doing it at home on: June 29, 2011 09:08:07 AM
I like to use gloves with grip for machine quilting on my dsm (domestic sewing machine). You can get Machingers or buy gardening gloves with grip. Make sure they aren't long on your fingers as that tip can get caught up in your quilting (not a good thing!).

some good sites:

though I prefer to "puddle" or smoosh my quilts under the machine rather than roll them up...rolling them up is a pita

I love this quilter's stuff

this one is pretty good for straight line quilting Smiley

29  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / I'm a Fan of Father's Day (Ties) on: June 25, 2011 02:57:54 PM

I made this quilt from thrifted Men's Ties and Shirts. I also found a length of chambray at the thrift store, so it is thrifted but for thread and batting.

Close up of the blocks.

Working with ties is a whole different ballgame than working with new quilting cottons. They are cut on the bias and every fabric wants to do it's own thing...wrestling them into submission is an art all to itself!

Quilting detail

I quilted it mostly in the ditch, thinking this would empasize the pieces and not detract from the fabrics.

If you like this, consider voting for my quilt on the http://quiltinggallery.com/2011/06/24/vote-now-quilts-for-fathers-2/#comments...they are having a contest...with a Quilts for Fathers theme Smiley and I'd love to be a winner Wink

Thanks for looking (and C&C always accepted!)!
30  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Appliqued Tree quilt with 3D leaves on: June 10, 2011 01:03:08 PM
great job! The baby should appreciate the texture of the bark and the 3Dness of the leaves Smiley

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