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241  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Lap Quilt Swap III: Fall Edition (USA and Canada) on: July 09, 2008 01:16:02 PM
Thanks for visiting my blog and for all the great comments, everyone!  I hope someone from this group wins at least one of the bags!    Wink

I've got all my fabric selected and can't wait to get started.  I am using a stack of Amy Butler fabrics that I had received as a gift, and I've supplemented them with some solids.  I just need to cut them all up and they'll be on their way shortly.

242  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Lap Quilt Swap III: Fall Edition (USA and Canada) on: July 08, 2008 01:51:56 PM
Hey all -- I posted a giveaway on my blog today.  I made four small drawstring bags that I'll be sending to some lucky winners.  Check it out if you're interested:  http://quiltdad.blogspot.com.


243  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Lap Quilt Swap III: Fall Edition (USA and Canada) GALLERY on: July 08, 2008 01:49:35 PM
OK, here's my first block of the swap.  It's for SewHelpMe.  Aren't her fabrics so great??

7.22:  My love of SewHelpMe's fabric + a block pattern I was dying to try + having enough scraps leftover and a coordinating solid = this bonus block for SewHelpMe!  (I asked first -- she said it was OK!)

I really like this block ... and these fabrics ... hmmm ... I might just have to make a whole quilt of it.  One day.

It's Box Quilt from Quilter's Cache.

7.26:  Two more blocks to share today!  The first is for glittergirl.  I was looking for a way to showcase the bras in her fabric and decided to make another Box Quilt block ... and, I added in some coordinating scraps of my own fabric.  glittergirl, if you don't like it with the additions, I am sure I have enough left over to make you another block.  Just let me know!

The second block is for BertaBerta.  I love her koi fabric and wanted to showcase it (which she wanted, too).  And her coordinating prints were perfect, so I just had to make this Chinese lantern block.  Berta, I hope you like it and don't think it's too cliche!

Pattern is from about.com.

1b1g1k2's hibiscus block is all cut and ready to be pieced.  I hope to get to it today ...

7.31:  OK, it took a few days to get it together, but here it is!  You can't tell by the picture, but her white-on-white fabric literally glows.  It is going to make a beautiful blanket.


8.2:  I finished up glittergirl's 2nd block today.  Here it is:

It's Mother's Dream from Quilter's Cache.

I'm hoping to get at least 2 more blocks done this weekend.  On deck: ritapizza, whoopdedoo_5, and Jenicat.  I don't know whose to tackle first!   Huh

8.3: Two more blocks to share today.  The first is for whoopdedoo_5:

And the second is for ritapizza:

This one is the Flying Dutchman Variation from Quilter's Cache.

8.11:  New blocks to share!  The first is for fishie:

The second is a wonky log cabin block for audrey1999.  This was my first time making one of these, and I used Jacquie's tutorial.  I enjoyed making it.  Audrey, I hope you like it!

The next two blocks are both for jenicat:

... and a bonus block ...

Finally (for today), a bonus block for whoopdedoo_5:

I just finished caroDIYnamite's block, but I need to wait for daylight to take a decent pic.  Hopefully I'll have that one up tomorrow.  And I REALLY like it.

8.12:  OK, here it is ... caroDIYnamite's block.  The colors are SO vivid ... I love them!

And another bonus block for Jenicat.  Jenicat, I hadn't used this particular red fabric before, and when I ironed this block, the red bled a little into the white.  It's a small spot that's not too noticeable (and will probably be even less so once quilted), but I'll totally understand if you don't want to use it.

8.14:  Here's my block for klum78.  I was going for the look of Christmas ornaments.  I hope you like it!

Aaaaaaaand, with that, I think I'm done with block making until after my surgery.  Unless I get inspired.  Which will probably happen.  So never mind!   Wink

9.1:  For Labor Day weekend, I labored on quilt squares!  It was a labor of love, though.

Here's my block for MissDisney:

I hope you like it, MissDisney!  I tried to go for very traditional, and I think the colors look great together.

Next up is 1b1g1k2's second square of the swap:

It's "Millennium Star" from the Once More Around the Block book that I just got (via eBay used books).  I have to say, I was not very happy with this block when I cut it ... but the more I worked on piecing it together, the more I fell in love with it.  I was nervous about working with the denim and suede,  but it worked out just fine.  This is true for ALL of the quilts in this swap,  but I really can't wait to see this one all together.

Here's my second block for ritapizza:

Another Millennium Star.  And here's a bonus block for rita:

Very simple, but I love how it came out!  I got this one off of crazymomquilts.blogspot.com.

Finally for tonight is Homerof2's block:

I got this pattern off of McCall's, but I didn't copy the name.

Next up ... FlashleyAshley!  I have both of her squares cut and laid out -- and I am very excited about them!  I hope to be able to piece them together tonight.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

9.3:  Here are FlashleyAshley's blocks.  Ashley, I hope you like them!

Here's the block for one of the groups:

And here's the one for the other:

Both are "Forget Me Nots" from the "Once More Around the Block" book.  SewHelpMe made one of these blocks for herself and I was inspired to try it out.  I kind of wish now that I had made this block for ritapizza because I think her fabrics would look great ... especially because she is laying out her quilt on point and I think this block would look fantastic on point.  So if any of you haven't made rita's block yet ...   Wink

And finally, a bonus block!

This is actually four 6" blocks all sewn together.  The pattern is Four Square from Quilter's Cache.

I think I am going to tackle angelbum's block next!

9.7:  Hello everyone!  I hope you're all having a great weekend.  I've finished angelbum's block, and here it is!:

I really wanted to make something more non-traditional for you, Sonja, but I made a couple of cutting errors which quickly began limiting what I could do.  I like how this turned out, though -- great colors! -- and I hope you like it, too.

I'm down to just 4 more blocks to go -- 2 for athenamat, and 2 for ajanderson.

9.13:  Two blocks to share today,  both for athenamat:

I hope you like them both!  Now, on to my final two blocks for ajanderson.

9.18:  And here they are ... my final two blocks of the swap.  Both are for ajanderson.

The Cross Stitch block, which seems to have become my "go-to" block for this swap.  I added in the solid green.  I think it looks cool.

Disclaimer: the 4 rows in this next block are not yet sewn together, but it's close enough to give you the idea.

Are they houses?  Rocketships?  Arrows?  You decide!  I made this block up myself.  It's a variation on the cross-stitch, but I decided to piece together 2" strips so that each block had 2 fabrics.  Then, I was going to make them all snowballs, but got halfway through and loved how it looked.  So I stopped.  I think a quilt made up only of these blocks would be super cool.

I can't believe I'm done with this swap!  It's been such a blast and I'm glad to have met all of you.  And my quilt is going to be stunning ... thanks to all of you!  I hope to be a part of LQS4 ...

PS. I aim to send the remainder of my blocks back to y'all tomorrow or Saturday.  I'll let you know ...
244  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Lap Quilt Swap III: Fall Edition (USA and Canada) on: July 07, 2008 06:42:06 PM
Woo-hoo!  Thanks for all the kind words, everyone.  Looks like I just made it for the last 2 spots.  I'm excited to get started!  I just don't know what fabrics to choose ...

Thanks for all of the math help with yardage requirements -- that will be a great help.

For those of you doing 2 or more groups ... are you making 1 lap-sized quilt from each group?  Or are you combining 2 of them to make a larger quilt?  I just don't know if I should select 2 TOTALLY different sets of fabric, or just one set and divide it among my two groups.

Did that question make ANY sense?   Grin

245  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Log Cabin Quilts for Twin Baby Boys on: July 07, 2008 01:33:05 PM
Wow, these quilts are SO GREAT!  I am a father of twin girls and I am thinking of making them quilts for Christmas.  This gives me some wonderful inspiration!
246  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Irish Themed Quilt on: July 07, 2008 01:30:23 PM
Wow, what a beautiful quilt!  The little (insignificant) mistakes are vastly overshadowed by the stunning effect of the whole thing.  My wife and I are of Irish descent as well and would have cherished a wedding gift as special and as thoughtful as this.  Bravo on a job well done!
247  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Zig Zag Baby Quilt on: July 07, 2008 01:26:59 PM
I hope that everyone loved the quilt!  I've been wanting to make one of these ever since I saw the tutorial on the Purl Bee.  Yours came out great!  Love the colors.
248  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Starting on my first quilt for a baby boy! on: July 07, 2008 01:18:13 PM
My inclination would be to stick with your original plan ... I don't think 3X5 is too large, and it will be more usable for a longer amount of time.  Most importantly, the pieces are already cut and pieced ... you've already done the hard part, so you might as well use them!  I agree with the previous poster that you may be surprised by how much is eaten up by your seam allowances.
249  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Great News To All Quilters!!!! on: July 07, 2008 01:10:55 PM
Wow, what a nice gesture ... both on your part, and the company's!  Thanks all around.  Heading over there to check it out.
250  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Picking fabrics/sizing ? on: July 07, 2008 01:09:09 PM
I think larger blocks is the best way to go for your first large-sized quilt.  I think you'd be OK with anything in the 10" - 16" range.  Get a good foundation of those blocks, and then work with sashing and borders to expand it out to your desired size (twin, in your case).  You've probably already heard of it, but there's a great website called "Quilter's Cache" with tons of free block patterns, organized by size.  Good luck!

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