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341  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / What was placemats, now is bag :D on: January 18, 2009 11:35:46 AM
I saw these placemats and napkin at Fabricland and it was 50% off.  Total cost was $20.  The placemat backing was stiff enough to act as interfacing so that worked out well.

I used the "Jordy bag" pattern.  But I forgot the snap.  I get a little zoned sometimes.  :p  So I pleated the ends a bit to give more structure. 

342  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Ikea quilt on: January 15, 2009 07:26:36 PM
Love it!  I still can't imagine trying to machine quilt shapes like that.  I have a hard enough time with a grid!
343  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Apples & Pears Modern Baby Quilt (tons of pics!) on: January 10, 2009 05:05:54 PM
Love it!!
344  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: John Deere Baby Quilt and Star Baby Quilt (pics!) on: January 10, 2009 05:04:35 PM
I believe I had the 1/4 inch seam allowance drawn on the template but used a ruler to draw it on the fabric before I cut.

Can't wait to see your quilt!
345  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: John Deere Baby Quilt and Star Baby Quilt (pics!) on: January 10, 2009 01:46:07 PM
Heya keeperrox,

I enlarge the pattern so that a square was 12 inches.  That way the quilt was only 3 by 3 blocks plus a border to accommodate the extra points. 

As for the piecing, I followed the numbering system on the block.pdf file.  Think of it as two triangles and the middle strip.  That's the way we pieced it. 

i HIGHLY recommend cutting everything out and pinning it up on a wall (I just used a chunk of fabric hooked to my bookcase).  Its a must to see the whole pattern and figure out what colour stars go where - especially since the point of one star is on the adjacent block.  Then, just work block by block. 

Like this... (looking at the block pdf second page)

1) start with upper left, connect 1s to 2.  Then 2 to 3s.  Pin back on wall.
2) do bottom right, connect 1s to 2.  Then 2 to 3s.  Pin back on wall.
3) connect 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 across the middle. 
4) Connect above three pieces. 

Its an ambitious quilt.  Its only after looking back did we realize what a project that first quilt was!  Its by far the project I have the most pride in.

Good luck!  And please post your finished project!!! Smiley

PS - for cutting the pieces, I made templates out of plastic and we traced them on and cut them out.  You'll find you can line them up pretty good so that you can just a row and then cut them into pieces.  You may want to trace the seam allowances because the points can be difficult to line up. 

BE SURE to line up the seam allowances and not the fabric itself.

Let me know if you have any more questions.
346  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: More PSP knitting - Dissidia: Final Fantasy-themed on: January 07, 2009 10:37:36 PM
Wow beautiful!!
347  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Tubby, the knitted bathtub (Many silly pics) on: January 07, 2009 10:29:20 PM
OMG!!  bathtub is super cute!!
348  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Stacked Coins Quilt on: January 07, 2009 06:50:22 PM
I love the orange!! 
349  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: John Deere Baby Quilt and Star Baby Quilt (pics!) on: January 06, 2009 07:53:23 PM
Thanks all Smiley

If anyone is interested, here is the original pattern for the stars.  I loved the way that they're not symmetrical. 

For the baby quilt, I just enlarged the size of the squares and reduced the overall  size of the quilt.

350  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / John Deere Baby Quilt and Star Baby Quilt (pics!) on: January 06, 2009 03:03:57 PM
I was browsing this forum and thought I would share a couple of quilts a friend and I did this year. 

The first is the star quilt.  This was our first attempt at a real quilt for both of us.  We even had to research the binding before we did it.  The pattern was supposed to be paper piece but pfffftttt  we just pieced it Cheesy  Turned out great. 

The second quilt we did started a fabric hunt for a quilt for a male coworker.  He's a huge John Deere fan.  I called my friend from the states to ask "Do you think his wife has a sense of humour??  Cuz I"m looking at John Deere fabric!"

I thought it was going to be a tacky joke kind of quilt but it turned out quite nice! EVerything was John Deere even the backing.

Well, that was after we unstitched the table cloth from it.  :/  As we were machine quilting, it was getting tough and suddenly the machine stopped.  We thought it was just thick where the seam was.  Then we looked under the quilt to find taht the flannel pulled up the linen tablecloth and we had sewn a good 6 inches onto the quilt  Embarrassed  We laughed so hard.  And he has a great story to tell about his quilt.

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