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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Hello Betty Stacked Coin Quilts on: April 26, 2010 10:35:10 AM
I started these two quilts a little while back using two charm packs of Moda's Hello Betty fabric, and I finally got around to finishing both of them.

This one is the Older Sister quilt, made using the girlier fabrics in the line.  It's backed with a yellow and white polka dot fabric, and the binding is just a generic pink cotton.

The second quilt is the Little Brother.  It's a good deal smaller than the first one because I ended up leaving out all of the fabrics in the red colorway (I just couldn't get them to look right in there).

Here's a close-up of some of the fabrics (and of my first-ish attempt at free-motion).

I haven't decided yet if I should give these quilts to charity or hang on to them until my friends start having kids (EVERYONE is getting married this year, so it's only a matter of time until babies enter the picture...) - keeping them seems so selfish, but it's so hard to let go!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / zig-zag baby quilt on: November 09, 2009 07:16:17 AM
I finished this quilt a couple weeks ago, but just got around to taking pictures before I gave it away to Project Linus.  (I'm a little disappointed in the pictures, but it's obviously too late to take new ones.  Oh well.)  I was inspired by this quilt, but the images in that thread aren't loading now (bummer).

Finished dimensions were 36" by 48".
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Hop, Skip and Jump on: May 01, 2009 09:00:28 AM
I volunteered to make a couple of quilts for a local children's camp (the quilts are on the campers' beds when they arrive to make the place seem a little more colorful and comforting).  I've been working on them in my (limited) free time over the past couple months.

This one is Denyse Schmidt's Hop, Skip, and Jump.  It's only the third quilt I've ever made, and the first with a pattern (yes, I used the pattern).  If I ever make this quilt again, I'm definitely not going to go to the trouble to use the pattern, but I learned a lot by doing it this time, so I'm glad I made the effort.

I think I used seven different patterns and one solid, all in sort of an ocean-y blue color, alternating with just plain unbleached muslin.  The binding is just made from left over blue scraps.

Here's the front.  It looks so dull compared to real life.  I'll try to take a better picture if it ever stops raining here.

and the back (plus cat, of course...).  The stripes across the back are appliqued over the massive and embarrassing wrinkles that were the result of my first go at machine quilting (I promptly ordered a walking foot - best quilting purchase to date).  I'm really proud of that fix - you can't even tell that I screwed up when you look at it now!

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Bright Striped Batik Quilt on: May 01, 2009 08:58:40 AM
This is another quilt I made for the local children's camp.  It is just simple two inch stripes of really colorful batiks.  My fiance convinced me that it was worth the time and stress savings to pay the extra for one of those pre-cut bundles they sell in some stores, and I think he was right.  Final measurements of this one are about 4' by 6'.

For the back I just used a black bed sheet.  I machine quilted it with neon colored threads to match the front.  I thought it would look fun to have those colors on the black for the back, but it kind of reminds me of the 90's instead (the tacky parts, not the good parts).  The end users of this quilt will be 8 - 14 year old girls, though, and I think it should suit them all right.

The colors are so dull in the pictures compared to real life.  I'll try to take better pictures if the sun ever comes out again around here!
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