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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Gears of War quilt on: December 11, 2011 08:59:35 PM
This is so freaking awesome!!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Apples and Cheddar (first quilt!) on: November 10, 2011 07:09:34 PM
I did hand piece! I don't know if I'll do it again, but it definitely gave me a better feel for quilting. I'm one of those people for whom instructions don't really make sense as I read, but if I do something it'll make sense. Having made one quilt by hand from start to finish, I feel better able to get out the sewing machine and make another. Now when I read through a pattern it makes sense to me and I can follow it.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How can I create a design from a picture? on: November 09, 2011 08:25:08 PM
Dare to be Square Quilting by Boo Davis has a skull quilt pattern which you could do in the colors from the game and have a Gears of War inspired quilt. You could also do a small applique on a 12x12 square in the center and then do red and black skull prints for other blocks.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: ♣ ♥ ♦ Game Board Quilt ♦ ♣ ♥ on: November 09, 2011 08:13:01 PM
Speaking as someone who paints with acrylics, I have shirts I wore while painting 5 or so years ago that still are covered in paint. The paint no longer has that paint texture and has become part of the shirt, but that pigment isn't going anywhere. Thick caked on paint can crack and peel  in the dyer, but thinner will stay longer.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Apples and Cheddar (first quilt!) on: November 09, 2011 08:01:20 PM
My best friend just had her second baby and so I decided to make her a quilt to celebrate and keep this Fall Child warm. I bought a jelly roll of Aneela Hoey's Little Apples fabric and a fat quarter pack of oatmeal colored fabrics and started playing around. Ultimately, I decided that the combination of beige and the grey, aqua, red, and olive was too dour so I found some yellow plaid I had lying around and set it next to the Apples. Suddenly everything just popped and all the colors woke up.

The Front:

I hand pieced the whole thing! I thought it would be easy, because I embroider and I'm pretty solid with my needle skills. I didn't count on this being a completely different skill set and the fact that I can not, in fact, sew in a straight and level line. I ended up deciding to "birth" it and there's some minor wonkiness to the edges as I wiggle-waggled down the sides. My husband says it adds charm.

The Back:

I pieced the back using more of the plaid, some leftover rectangles from the front and the lightest of the oatmeals to break it up. I also did an embroidered quilt label pulling the squirrels and snails from the prints. I found them in A Rainbow of Stitches.

And here it is all tied up and ready to go to the baby! She turned out to be a healthy girl called Sylvie Beatrice so I tied it up with a pink ribbon for her. I started cutting and piecing around 10/1 and I finished up on Sunday 11/6. I definitely think I've been bitten by the quilting bug... I'm already planning my first machine quilt. Cheesy
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / layering batting on: November 02, 2011 05:45:13 PM
I'm making a quilt for a new baby in a cold climate. I have way, way more batting than I need for the thing and I was wondering about layering it. Is it harder to work with two layers of batting than one?

If you have children would you prefer to receive a warmer quilt for an Autumn baby?

I bought the Warm and Natural batting in the crib size, but the quilt is gonna end up being just about 35 inches square. (That was me forgetting about seam allowances)
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: A Trip to the Apothecary - Paper Pieced Quilt on: October 19, 2011 03:17:15 PM
This is beautiful! I love how much fun I can see in this quilt! The person that did the quilting was obviously inspired by your design and echoed the fabric's patterns in the bottles. Just so many nice details here!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Baby Fishie on: October 14, 2011 07:44:32 PM
Thanks, guys the mermaid was July's free pattern over at BadBird and the seahorse came from Hoop Love Vintage Transfers on Flickr.

I like to use water soluble stabilizer, so that I have less work to do. Smiley I put it on both sides of the onesie and smooth it out so that there are no wrinkles and then embroider to my heart's content. The nicest thing about the stuff is that it's completely clear and you can write or draw on it using a felt tip pen. All I had to do was print out my patterns and trace over them. So much simpler!

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Baby Fishie on: October 14, 2011 06:45:27 PM
So my cousin Stacey is having a baby and her shower is tomorrow. I took a week and embroidered her some onesies for the new baby. She is having a girl and when I asked my cousin's sister-in-law if there were any themes or colors that Stacey was into, she said that she was more a fan of blue, green, and purple and that the nursery was done in an under the sea theme with lots of creatures.

So I raided Corvus Tristus's cephelopods and a few Bad Bird freebies and these are what I came up with:

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: T-Shirt Quilt--But not what you're expecting! on: October 12, 2011 10:24:54 PM
I love this project! It's so pretty and fun! How was it to quilt over an old comforter? I have a hand me down king comforter that is plenty warm but also plenty ugly and I want to do something like this. Did you do the sandwich and binding or "birth" it? I just can't bear to part with something so functional but on the other hand is so not me.
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