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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / New Baby Quilt!! on: August 14, 2012 11:40:44 AM
I finished this baby quilt in less than a week for my receptionist.  Baby is due any day and her colors are pink and grey!  I pieced the front using Moda's Puttin' on the Ritz fabric, and then back with a fabric that I forget...to make it more or less reversible, then quilted diagonally.

She loves it :-)  (and I do too!)

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Hello Luscious! A springtime quilt... on: April 26, 2012 08:31:03 AM
I finished another quilt!  I used 4 Hello Luscious charm packs and the background fabric is also from that fabric line.

I had another design in mind, but this came to be by accident as I was shifting things around on my design wall, and I liked the meandering pattern the charm squares make, so I kept it!  This will be my new bed quilt (as modeled below), very Springy!!

I simply straight line quilted it across the quilt.  I plan on trying free-motion quilting for my next quilt (Swoon).

Thanks for looking!

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / New Split Decision quilt on: March 17, 2012 12:04:01 PM
This is my first queen sized quilt!  And it's all for me!  I made it using the leftover fabric from a quilt that I made for my sister (I over-estimated just a bit on the number of fat quarters I would need for that one), and added sashing, which I love!

I'm doing the 12 quilts in 2012 challenge, and this is #2!

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Another Split Decision quilt..I LOVE the colors!! on: January 06, 2012 10:47:46 AM
I saw AlwaysInspired's Split Decision quilt  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=400594.0 last week and just HAD to use the fat quarter bundle of Moda/Basic Grey - Origins fabric that I had stashed and waiting for the perfect project to show off the wonderful color palette.

This is my 3rd quilt, and the best yet!  I straight lined quilted it.  It took me 6 days, or about 25 hours.  I listed to the unabridged audiobook renditions of The Fellowship of the Ring and the almost the entire first half of The Two Towers before the last stitch went in.

This one is for my sister :-)  It measures 60x70 inches and is meant to be a 'couch quilt' for her when she moves to Seattle later this year.

The colors of this quilt are SO AWESOME...I can't stop looking at it.

The entire thing

Draped, with a kitty inspecting the backing.

Closer view of some quilting...another kitty is evaluating the comfort level

And the good news is... I have enough fabric left over to make myself one of these!!!

5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Second quilt ever! on: October 05, 2011 10:37:19 AM
I just finished this quilt..it's a pinwheel/ 16 patch quilt with ladybugs on it!  I made it for myself, for my couch, because my feet get cold and I wanted something non bed-sized to cuddle up with.  I'm very happy with it, and it is a huge improvement over my last quilt, which was a baby quilt (and a separate quilt top that I'm unsatisfied with that is sitting in my closet).  I stitched it in the ditch, as you would say and used my little sewing machine to do so.  I really need a walking foot!

Anyway, here it is.  I wish that the colors translated better...

It measures about 60 in x 60 in and took me 7 days from start to finish (which took up most of my free time after work and during lunch breaks!)
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / One Block Wonder quilt...in progress! on: September 03, 2011 10:10:16 PM
This is my first. quilt. ever!!!  I decided on Friday that I HAD to make one of these quilts after seeing the recent excellent and beautiful example!  I am in a rural area and really wanted to start this weekend (as in - can't wait for fabric or a book to be shipped), so I drove 50 minutes to JoAnns (all of the 'local'  fabric stores were closed when I was not at work Fri and Sat and were still 30 min away...) and picked out fabric, but could not find the One Block Wonder book...

So I made do with online examples and tutorials and we'll just have to see how it turns out!

Lessons learned thus far:
1. The 2 year old tabby (Fig) likes to chew on and attempt to swallow the loose threads from the fabric.  (I'm a veterinarian, and recognize the real danger of intestinal damage from thread, so I locked him away in a bedroom, from which his yowls of protest resonate throughout the house...)
2.  the triangle ruler which I bought without really paying attention is -not- in fact an equilateral triangle ruler (only ruined 2 triangle sections of one strip)
3.  so THAT's what a 'bias' means!
4. Whoa...this is gonna be a LOT of work!

Sept 2 - acquired, washed, dried fabric

Sept 3:
1. ripped fabric at repeats and ironed.
2. pinned and cut strips
3. cut 2 strips worth of triangles before my eyeballs started protesting (I had to do it the hard way - using a straight edge and the 60 degree angle line on my cutting surface)
4. fanned out a few of the hexagons for a little 'this is gonna be SO worth it'-ness.

Pictures are below.  I hope to keep updating this thread as I progress with the project.

The fabric with which I started:

A few of the hexagons fanned out:

Please feel more than free to offer any questions, comments, criticisms, suggestions, etc.  For all I know, this will turn out looking like a 2 year old did it...and then stuffed it in the toilet...

7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / First stained glass projects! on: April 09, 2010 04:30:19 PM
I'm taking a stained glass class.  We started with lead and here are the results of my first stained glass attempt (pattern was one used by the class).   We start a few sessions on foiling starting in May.  Stained glass is so rewarding!!  I'm currently working on my third piece (a different pattern...still tulips, but more intricate), but I ran out of lead...it's so frusterating that my class/the nearest glass shop is 55 minutes away and I just don't have time during the week to run and get more glass/ lead/ supplies!

Anyway...here's the pic!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / what color to paint kitchen??? (pics) on: December 30, 2007 02:49:12 PM
So I spent days....DAYS stripping wallpaper from my kitchen.  It was way too 60 year old woman for my taste....but that stuff was stuck to the walls like nothing else...let me tell ya.  So we spackled today ( guess the reason they were papered in the first place is because they have random plaster gouges and lumps and unevenness....sigh...)  and I hope to sand the walls today or tomorrow and then prime and then paint...woohoo!!

Anyhow, I really want to make the kitchen colorful but I just can't afford to change the linoleum or countertops at this time...unfortunately the countertops are a terrible green color...not even forest green...they're more teal than that...seemingly very early 90s but I think they're a lot older than that...  (the house was born in the 1930s, and I'd kind of like to move the kitchen a bit back to that era!  Hopes for the future include replacing countertops (maybe go tile?), adding backspash tile, etc.

I'm not very good at envisioning interior design....especially with those stupid countertops and matching linoleum in my way, but I just really don't like any of the colors that the flooring ties in...

Here are some pics

Anyway, does anyone have any ideas on colors that I could use now that might somehow go with the green countertops but won't limit me to the color palate of the flooring?

Sighh...I really have no idea

I have an overhead light with 5 bulbs, so the kitchen is pretty well lit, the appliances are white, sink is stainless steel and surrounding rooms are still white with wood flooring and darker wood doors and baseboards.
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Am I limited to mini-skeins with my drop spindle? on: September 21, 2007 05:16:46 AM
I love my drop spindle, I really do (althought I think that perhaps I need a heavier one to spin my chunky yarns), but it has nice looong spins on thinner ones. 

Anyway,  I usually make 2 ply yarns, I spin one single, then ball up the yarn when I feel the drop spindle is full, then spin another, then ball it up, then ply the two together, and then my spindle is REALLY full and hard to manage, yet I end up with only 50 yards (at most!) of finished yarn! 

You all have such beautiful (big) skeins, and I know that many are from wheels, but it seems that the drop spindlers are getting nice big skeins as well. 

Am I just wimpy when it comes to calling my spindle 'full'?  Do you have mini-skeins too and just spin a bunch if you're going to use the yarn on any specific project?  Or is there some secret skein-joining thing that I don't know about?

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / reconstructed belt buckle - polar bears! on: April 28, 2007 05:40:13 PM
A not-so-fun belt buckle was attached to a belt I got at a thrift store, so I decided to revamp it...

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