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1  Quilts for Baby and Big Brother in Quilting: Completed Projects by amalgam on: April 14, 2013 05:42:27 PM
There's a couple I work with on a regular basis to take care of the kids in my church's nursery. They had their second child last month and I decided to make a quilt for the baby as a gift. Then, I figured I should make a quilt for the big brother (who's all of 1 1/2 years old), to be fair. Smiley

This is the quilt for the baby:

Here's the back:

It came out bigger than I was planning (about four feet square), but the parents had been looking for something they could use as a floor mat for the baby. Hooray for serendipity. Smiley

This one was for the big brother:

I did a self-binding of the backing fabric.

I'm pretty happy with how these came out and I was glad that they were happy to get them. Plus, these quilts were made completely from stash, so I'm slowly whittling down my fabric stash. Smiley

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2  Re: March Birthday Swap Discussion & Gallery in The Swap Gallery by amalgam on: April 10, 2013 06:26:48 PM
Silly me, I forgot to put my zip code in my address when I PM'ed lindy. Tongue But after getting that resolved, I'm happy to say that I have received my birthday package. Cheesy

I like the steampunk aesthetic, so lindy stitched up some gears for me. Steampunk diptych!

I'm always glad to get more fabric for my stash, so these two fat quarters are a welcome treat.

I didn't take a separate picture of it, but I also received a cupcake birthday card which you can see in the first picture. Thanks lindy! Cheesy
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3  Re: January 2013 OPS D&G in The Swap Gallery by amalgam on: February 17, 2013 03:46:06 PM
I have received such a cute little hoop from elyxandra:

It was inspired by a picture I had on my embroidery board. I can't wait to hang it up with the other hoops I've received. Cheesy
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4  Re: January 2013 OPS D&G in The Swap Gallery by amalgam on: February 14, 2013 07:18:54 PM
I received from texscrapper!

The fabric is so cute! I can't wait to start using them. Thanks texscrapper! Cheesy
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5  Re: 13 Quilt Projects in 2013 QuiltAlong in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by amalgam on: January 21, 2013 02:36:36 PM
I finished my Project Linus quilt!

I bought a jelly roll from Walmart and tried my hand at a jelly roll race. Smiley It was weird how the different fabric strips ended up, not really like other jelly roll races I've seen, but oh well. I used the back fabric to do a self binding. I actually cut all the jelly roll strips in half in order to make two quilts from one roll, but that one isn't finished yet. It's so nice to have a quilt on my list finished before the end of January.

1. Denim emergency quilt for car
2. Big Block Quilt for the couch
3. Favorite Things/Ocean quilt for Amber #1
4. Ben 10/Motorcity quilt for Amber #2
5. Ticker Tape Wall Quilt
6. Quilt-as-You-Go Quilt
7. Project Linus Quilt Finished Jan. 17, 2013
8. Arrietty Quilt
9. Skyrim Quilt for Bonnie
10. Plus Sign Quilt in solid colors
11. Bright Birch Trees Quilt
12. Fat Quarter Quilt
13. 100% Hand Pieced and Quilted Quilt

All the quilts I've seen through this thread look great. Keep up the good work everyone! Grin
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6  Re: 13 Quilt Projects in 2013 QuiltAlong in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by amalgam on: January 08, 2013 03:20:48 PM
Not on the list, but I just finished a UFO- a cat nap mat for some friends in California. It's essentially an over-sized placemat. Here's a picture of it:

The weird thing is this thing has the best mitered corners I've ever made. I might start using bias tape as binding more often if I'll get these kind of results.
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7  Two quilts for two pregnant co-workers in Quilting: Completed Projects by amalgam on: January 01, 2013 05:40:02 PM
I've already given these quilts to the now proud mothers, but I haven't been on Craftster lately. So here they are now. I got these done at the last minute for both of them, so please excuse my low-quality Iphone pictures. Tongue

The first co-worker was having a boy. I don't have a lot of boyish fabric, but found some random fat quarters and yardage that worked. I used the Fat Quarter Baby Quilt Tutorial from the Two Little Banshees blog.

The second co-worker was having a girl and was using a Care Bears (the 80s version) as the theme for the baby's room. I couldn't find any cotton fabric with the Care Bears and I didn't have time to wait for it to come in the mail. I lucked out and found some Care Bears flannel and used that as the backing. Then I just used some girly looking fabric and random scraps to make the quilt top.

I made these as a surprise for each of the mothers and they loved them. Smiley
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8  Re: 13 Quilt Projects in 2013 QuiltAlong in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by amalgam on: January 01, 2013 05:28:03 PM
The Arrietty quilt is for me. In the movie, Arrietty has a quilt (or maybe it's just a comforter) on her bed. It wasn't on screen very long, but when I saw it, I knew I wanted to replicate the pattern for my bed. Here's a picture of the quilt:

The Skyrim quilt is for an old college friend. She's a huge fan of the game (she has custom made Farkas and Vilkas dolls) and I thought a Skyrim quilt would be nice as a late Christmas/early birthday present.
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9  Polyester Fiberfil or High Loft Batting? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by amalgam on: September 29, 2012 05:27:36 PM
So, when I went to see The Secret World of Arrietty (cute movie, by the way), my eye immediately picked up on this:

Now I want to make a replica of this for my bed. I have decided to use the puff quilt method to make this. The only thing that I can't decide is if I should fiberfill (like what's used to make stuffed animals) or if using high loft batting would be better. I want to make sure this quilt stays puffy through years of wear and washing and I want the quilt to lookl like it's made of puffy squares and not squares filled with balls of stuffing like a biscuit quilt.

Thoughts? Ideas?
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10  Re: Ongoing Hoopla Round 5 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by amalgam on: April 26, 2012 09:52:56 PM
I'm glad you like it Averia.Smiley And speaking of receiving a hoop, I just opened my button tree hoop sent from faemystique.

I like the variety of buttons used, especially the big glittery one.

And isn't this back label just darling?Cheesy

Thank you faemystique!
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