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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? (updated lots of images) 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

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / "Urban Amish" from Quiltology in Purple & Green 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
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Rapunzel Scarf 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.

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / quick snuggly blanket for Christmas 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.

5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / "Turning Twenty" in purples, with cowboys! on: December 02, 2009 09:23:01 AM
I decided during the second week of November that I wanted to make a quilt for my sister-in-law for Christmas. I knew the "Turning Twenty" pattern would go together quickly since several friends have made them. I spent about 20-25 hours on this quilt, including the machine quilting. The quilting is not perfect, as my machine really needs a tune-up but as a snuggle up on the couch quilt and not an heirloom or anything, I think it's good. So, some photos -

Here is the front (it was windy, hard to get it still.. it is about 75x88 I think.

Here is the back.. She's single so I thought she would appreciate the sexy cowboys. The fabris is "Wranglers" by Alexander Henry.

And finally, the label - I have a fabric with label designs pre-printed, I just fill in the info with a fine point fabric marker.

If you're looking for a quick and easy quilt, this one is a good option. It uses 20 fat quarters for the front. I had almost no purple in my stash, so I ended up buying all the fabric for the top, backing and binding, at my local quilt shops and it cost around $100 with some fabrics on sale and some at full price.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / 7 yr. old boy pajama pants pattern help on: December 01, 2009 03:27:54 PM
My nephew needs new pajama pants for Christmas. I thought it would be fun to make him some, especially since I can get enough on sale flannel to make three pair for the price of one pair at the store.

I normally quilt, so I'm not great at following traditional patterns, mainly because I'm not used to them and some of the terminology and little marks.

Because he lives an hour away I can't easily swipe a pair that fits and make a pattern, and most of his current ones are too small anyway.

So, can someone recommend a good pattern, or better yet, free tutorial, for making boys PJ pants? I saw the craftster PJ pant tutorial but, since I don't have any of his current ones, it won't work in this instance.

And finally, if you have any good boy flannel that you want to trade for some other fabric, I have a big stash of cottons I use for quilting and I'd love to see if we could work something out. I have a really tight budget this year, so trading is good. :-) He likes green, superheroes, nascar, sports, you know... boy stuff. :-)
7  Texas / Texas: North Central / local Quilt Guilds on: November 18, 2009 07:14:18 AM
Do any of you go to any of the local quilt guild meetings? I am a member of the McKinney quilt guild which meets on the third Tuesday of the month. I have considered going to the Dallas quilt guild meeting - I've heard it's huge! I know there is a guild in Frisco, but I'm not sure where else.

Just wondering if anyone goes to any of these. I would love to have someone to hang out with a quilt guild, especially if it was someone closer to my own age (30s) instead of my Mom's age (50s). The ladies in my local quilt guild are all very nice and wonderful but they are just all older than me.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / My to-do list just got SO long... yikes! on: October 09, 2008 08:53:11 PM
So, my husband and I share the "hobby" room in our house. It has all of his ham radio stuff in it, two huge Amish built oak bookcases (full), a big desk, my sewing table, the LoveSac, and boxes of things that need to go in the closet. I asked him tonight to help me get it organized cause I can't even think in there much less be creative (it's supposed to be my office too but it's too crammed). Long story short, we went through everything and I found SO many quilt projects I forgot I had. I could be sewing well into 2010 on this stuff! Here's my list of UFOs -

1. stack and whack quilt (twin) with back almost done - I've just asked my Mom if I send it all to her if she'll quilt it on her longarm...woo!
2. The camping quilt - denim and flannel, relatively new project, for our camper that I can sew patches on that we collect when we visit new places. Hoping to finish by Christmas to wrap up for DH.
2. Jacob's Ladder blocks - enough for a table runner with four square blocks left over to make at least four place mats, perfect match for our new dining room. All I need is some accent fabric.
3. Grey, red and yellow "mystery quilt" blocks that never got put together.
4. VW wallhanging...insanely bright fabric
5. Boxer shorts wallhanging - tiny little boxers all over
5. fabric and pattern for Valentine wallhanging
5. enough scraps of green minky and camo flannel to make a baby quilt (left from one I made before). Already cut into squares.
6. 3 flannel raggedy baby size quilts half done - rows made, but not joined together.
7. Eight (yes, eight) of the same Christmas wallhanging, each needs tree and buttons added, quilted, bound. I WILL finish at least one for Christmas 08!
8. Three squares of a crazy pattern called rick-rack pies.
9. An adventure quilt my Mom and I started when I was in high school (I've already had my 10 year reunion). Few blocks done.
10. "Friends" wallhanging top.
11. 2 crib sized crazy nine patch quilt tops.
12. one half quilted place mat.
13. wool felt and twill table runner - lots of hand sewing on that one to do
14. "chocolate quilt" block of the month. Few blocks done, all fabric is there
15. "batik mystique" block of the month, one block done, only have four blocks.
16. 10 Dear Jane blocks in batiks (and I lost the computer CD so I could make paper piecing patterns).
17. 10 4 inch swap blocks
18. "My favorite things" applique quilt, top done
19. "Fish Fandango" paper pieced, most of the blocks done
20. 3 scarves on the knitting needles
21. yarn for at least 6 dish cloths
22. wallhanging with embroidered center piece

That's all I can think of off the top of my head. There are other groups of fabric that have a theme (surfing, asian stuff) that haven't been made into anything yet.

My husband also needs a Christmas stocking before Christmas.

So due to the lovely economy, I am on a UFO and stash-busting mission! :-) I will not buy any new "projects" (except the stocking supplies) until June 2009 at least. I will purchase accent fabrics to finish a project (like the table runner and place mats) or backing and binding fabrics. Also batting so I can finish things.

Anyone want to join me? What UFOs (unfinished objects) are lurking in YOUR closet?
9  Texas / Texas: North Central / McKinney/Allen meetup? on: October 08, 2008 10:43:49 PM
I'm in McKinney. I knit a little (dish cloths, scarves, would love to learn socks), scrapbook and mostly quilt.

I work from home, have no kids, got married in June, almost 32, laid back, relaxed, etc. I'm kind of geeky, used to be an English teacher...

Just looking for some crafty people to hang out with in McKinney or Allen (though I can travel a bit just nicer if you're closer as if we get along we can hang out more if we click).

I've been in Texas for three years and McKinney for 6 months so I have yet to meet anyone I really clicked with (well ok, except my husband!) to hang out and craft with.

I need some buddies!

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