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1  Re: Quilts for Kids Quilt-along (Charity for Kids) in Craftalongs by cjclark on: April 25, 2010 09:38:37 AM
Okay, here are my tops so far. These won't be quilted for a few more weeks, and as soon as they get quilted they will be boxed up and mailed off.
I started these on Friday morning and got a little addicted! I also went to an all day sew for my quilt guild on Saturday, so I was able to make one there.

"Royal Imagination" - my favorite, by far.

"Hot Guitars" - this was the original kit I was sent. Sorry for the lack of close-ups. My photographer was cranky!

"Fancy Firetrucks" - this used some old blocks I had that didn't turn out the way I wanted them for the original project. I was one short, so I used a leftover from the guitar quilt to fill in. The centers of the pieced blocks have a firetruck fabric in them.

"Bright Cats" - this is a crazy Laural Burch holiday fabric with cats on it. I don't think it's too noticeable that it's a Christmas fabric. I used to LOVE crazy bright stuff like this... now, not so much, so it felt good to use it up and move it out of my stash.

I have fabric to piece backs for two of them, and the kit obviously came with a back. I just need to figure out something for the back of the cats. I haven't decided if I'm going to fold the backing around to bind them or make binding. If I do traditional binding I'll also have to figure out what to use for that.

I'm going to look in my stash and see if I can come up with one or two more, but I'm running out of good focus fabrics at the moment. I usually keep an eye out on the clearance racks and buy cute kid fabrics for projects like this when they are $5/yard. That's where I got all the fabric for the first quilt. But, lately I haven't been buying much at all, so there isn't a whole lot to choose from.
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2  Re: Givers and Needers Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cjclark on: February 12, 2010 04:42:52 PM
Here are some photos of the fabrics and yarn I received from Perlabella the other day.

Group shot - loads of variety!

And my favorite, cute train flannel. Will make an awesome Project Linus blanket

Thanks Perlabella!
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3  Re: Frugal Living Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cjclark on: February 08, 2010 03:33:21 PM
I was busy opening it all and then taking pictures.  Grin Thank You Pixieval! I am currently surrounded by yarny goodness!

First - arm warmers like some on my wist. Wearing now... sooo comfy!

Next, also from my wist! A mug cozy, to keep my tea warmer longer. It fits perfectly on the normal sized mugs and also fits pretty well on the jumbo sized ones.

An apple cozy (or an orange!). Will be great to bring along a healthy, cheap snack when I am out and about.

A cozy for my tea kettle so I don't have to keep heating the water over and over all day. Fits well and I think it would make a nice little project bag too when I am making iced tea in the summer.

Washcloths! I love yarny washcloths! These would match my kitchen but I think I might just keep them in the bathroom for washing my face.

And if all that wasn't cool enough, I got a scrapghan! It is absolutely the perfect size for my lap. I think I will keep it in my office to keep me warm all day.

Thank you Pixieval! It's all awesome. I love it! And I am hopeless at making any of it myself, so it's even better! Thank you! Thank you!  Grin
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4  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 54 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cjclark on: January 29, 2010 07:29:40 AM
Glad you liked it Feast Your Eyes!

Here is what I got from MommytheMaid

charm squares for Project Linus blankets, some flannel fabric (it's super soft too) and some yarn for Rapunzel scarves. It's all great! Thanks MommytheMaid!
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5  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 54 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cjclark on: January 22, 2010 01:09:46 PM
I received from bablina58 today.

Yummy flannel for some Project Linus quilts. Yay!

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6  Re: Project Linus Blanket-Along 12 in 2010! in Craftalongs by cjclark on: January 20, 2010 11:23:58 AM
Here's the top - I need to go buy more batting and figure out what to put on the back before I can quilt it.

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7  Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? (updated lots of images) in Quilting: Completed Projects by cjclark on: January 02, 2010 02:12:11 PM
This quilt is for my new cousin, who was born in October. I will give her the quilt and the book of the same name (by Eric Carle). I thought it could grow with her well this way. :-) --Scroll down for photos of it finished off!

If you know the story, here is the teacher, which I did with a fusible applique method.

Here's the whole top, it's about 40 inches wide.

The animal blocks are in the same order that they are in the book..

Here's my teacher, compared to the teacher in the book.

I will probably just do some stitch in the ditch and outline quilting on this one, I'm not sure yet.

Here is some of the quilting

More quilting

The label - it says "Natalie, Natalie, What Do You See?" and then her name, my name, etc.

Entire completed quilt

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8  "Urban Amish" from Quiltology in Purple & Green in Quilting: Completed Projects by cjclark on: December 25, 2009 08:52:57 PM
I finished this quilt on Christmas Eve at about 6pm and gifted it this morning. I started on it the first week in December and sewed my tail off to get it put together and quilted. I guess deciding within a month of Christmas that I want to make a queen sized quilt isn't the brightest idea, but, the recipient LOVED it, so it was cool. Her bedroom is in purples and greens, hence the color choice.

It's actually meant for pattern to run vertical (imagine a quarter turn) but my holders weren't so thrilled to be holding (they had been napping on the couch!). It's 95x95.

This is the back, some fabrics from the front and some new ones.

A close-up of the fabrics on the front. This shows 12 of the 13 I used on the front. The last one is a lavender with white polka dots which is also the binding.

You can find the pattern at Quiltology online --> http://www.shopquiltology.com/urban-amish-pattern1.html

And I just want to add, I didn't quilt in all those wrinkles. I used a 100% cotton batting and it got all wrinkled up after it got washed. :-P
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9  Rapunzel Scarf in Completed Projects by cjclark on: December 23, 2009 02:24:07 PM
So, I didn't sew it, knit it, or crochet it so I guess it goes here? A 9 foot long Rapunzel scarf for a tall friend for Christmas. I used about 10 different yarns. I found packs of "funky fibers" on clearance at my local quilt shop - 8 9 foot lengths of funky yarns. So, I added a few I had around to make it a bit more bulky.

I used two strands of black yarn in each strand of the braid. I think if I did it again I would only use one so it wasn't quite so black.

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10  quick snuggly blanket for Christmas in Quilting: Completed Projects by cjclark on: December 23, 2009 02:13:25 PM
I way over bought on flannel to make PJ pants for my nephew. So I used the scraps paired with some fleece to make him a nice snuggly blanket for on the couch or whatever. It's just 10.5 inch squares of flannel on the front. I sewed front and back together and flipped them so it has no binding and then I quilted in the ditch just to hold it together. It's about 40 inches square.

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