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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: The Great Wedding Quilt Caper on: October 18, 2011 06:38:44 PM
What a thoughtful gift!  I too would love to know what they thought.  Please share!

They really loved it! My sister said she hung it above her bed and it makes her smile every day Smiley

fantastic quilt ( I love how it turned out!) and even better story ( so did they love it too?)!
Ever thought about writing as a profession?
Thanks! Actually, I am a writer  Grin www.sarahgignac.com, if you're interested....
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: The Great Wedding Quilt Caper on: September 28, 2011 02:08:41 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone! It was a lot of fun to work on. Now I need to decide on my next project  Grin
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / The Great Wedding Quilt Caper on: September 19, 2011 07:39:59 AM
My sister Angie and her man Nathan finally got married! You may remember Angie and Nathan from our exciting adventures in Ecuador together a few years ago. They did the exotic travel thing, and then the "having a baby" thing, and then finally, Finally, they decided to go ahead and get married.

The proposal happened last fall, and around Christmas they announced the wedding would be "some time in the summer." By my calculations, that gave me 6 to 9 months to put together a bitchin' present.

Challenge accepted.

I had this idea. I'd recently gotten into quilting. And by that I mean that I made a very simple small blanket out of 8X8 inch squares that was all mangled because I didn't bother to learn how to finish it correctly (for those that don't know, attaching the front patchwork part of a quilt to the soft batting and the back is done in a really specific and finicky way, and if you don't do it properly the whole thing looks like junk). I was practically an expert. Who wouldn't want a wedding quilt?

I sent squares of a plain beige material to friends and family and asked them to decorate them in some meaningful way and return them by April. That was the hardest part: getting those squares back from people was an exercise in frustration that I imagine is on par with herding cats. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk7yqlTMvp8&feature=player_embedded

But finally, but late June (JUNE!) I had 30 squares back. Now it was my turn. Time to put them all together into a quilt. No problemo.

Putting them all in their perfect place

Front Assembled

Trying to attach it to the batting without mangling the whole thing

Final Product!

Needless to say, it was a little more work than I anticipated.

The hardest part turned out being keeping it a secret. I was worried that one of my co-conspirators would spill the quilty beans, but it was me who very nearly told Angie several times.

Angie: Whatcha doing?

Me: Working on your qu....I mean, nothing. I'm doing nothing.

This was also my excuse for doing nothing else over the summer. Finding yoga work, writing, updating my blog, getting a stockpile of knitted good going - all that was put on hold.

I'm happy to announce that despite all of the great opportunities to ruin the surprise, Angie and Nathan made it to their wedding day having no idea.

Now, back to my regular scheduled programming. What did I used to do in my free time?
4  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Ballerina needle holder on: October 15, 2009 06:39:25 AM
That is very cool! I need to make one.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Reanimated Ugly Skirt on: March 25, 2009 08:13:28 AM
I've ended up with too-skimpy skirts too, and used a t-shirt to make it longer. I like the look of the jeans at the top, very creative!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Patchwork duvet cover a la Amy Butler on: March 04, 2009 06:46:24 PM
That is really good! Can you make me one? I don't have patience!

Thanks! It was one of those "if I knew then what I know now, I would never have started it" kinds of things.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork duvet cover a la Amy Butler on: March 02, 2009 06:29:11 PM
My duvet cover used to be white...I think. It was all yellowy and ripped up. I got some money for christmas, so I thought I'd splurge and buy some nice material for a new duvet cover.

I used the patchwork duvet pattern in Amy Butler's Stitches. It was my first attempt at anything patchwork-quasi-quilty.

If you're thinking of using this pattern, beware! The material measurements are all weird in it. It calls for around 20 yards of fabric, and something like 13 different kinds. I ended up with way too much of some stuff, and not nearly as much as others. For the most part the instructions are pretty good, but the last few steps call for a lot of extra work that isn't needed. And she puts the opening/buttons at the top, which is just plain weird.

Oh, and the picture in the book is horrible, really blurry. So you don't get a good idea of what it will look like when finished.

Anyway, here are some picks of the looooong process.

First step, the foundation in pieces.
You can't really tell, but the material that looks white is really green and brown pin stripes.

And all together. I nearly stopped at this step as it doesn't look too bad. But I'd already bought the rest of the material:

Making these ovals took forever. They all have sew-in interfacing on the back.
At this stage I thought they looked really stupid, but my sister convinced me to keep going, and they do look much better when actually sewn on.

I've never sewn something so big before!

Done at last!

Close up of the ovals:

Thanks for looking! Feeback/ideas for improvements always welcome Smiley

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: I feel like I know her, but sometimes, my arms bend back (Twin Peaks Hoodie) on: March 02, 2009 06:11:47 PM
Love it, and envy your zipper abilities. Whenever I add a zipper to a tshirt hoodie it puckers and looks really lumpy.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: A bunch of Tank Tops!!!! *pic heavy* on: March 02, 2009 06:08:38 PM
Those are great! I'm going to have to try some. Thanks for the inspiration  Grin
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Hooded shirt and fur collared jacket in funky 70s colors on: November 25, 2008 09:41:15 PM
I can't see the pics Sad
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