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21  bugs bugs bugs in Quilting: Completed Projects by kmb007 on: April 26, 2010 03:37:29 PM
So it's been a busy couple weeks.  I finished the Kaleidescope last week and over the weekend I finished the bug quilt.  It's from an Ikea bed spread cover my mother bought my daughter for a kids bed, but she never used it b/c she went from her crib to a full size bed.  I fussy cut the bugs and squared them with brights and then sashed them with a cream.  Once the top was done I didn't have anyone to give it to, until I got an email from a friend who's daughter is having her first communion this weekend.  Voila, instant recipient.  I love this quilt and I am glad it will have a good home.  My daughter felt she needed another quilt.  I think I've made her 4 or 5.  I'm kind of addicted to the whole fabric stash and quilting for no reason!

Anyway, here it is.  Comment always welcome!

The front:

The back:

Close up of bugs
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22  Re: Dinosaur Birthday Cake in Dessert by kmb007 on: April 23, 2010 06:48:40 AM
I love this!  My daughter's daycare was "studying" dinosaur's all week and when I saw your post I had to make it for them.

I used box cake, of which I'll never do again, tastes aweful.  But they eat dirt, so really no biggy for them.  I used left over rolled buttercream and had purple and green melties and chocolate chips at home.

thanks for the inspiration!
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23  Kaleidescope quilt for baby in Quilting: Completed Projects by kmb007 on: April 22, 2010 06:58:09 PM
A very good friend decided after years of swearing she wasn't having kids to having one this summer.  Can't wait.  The newest addition to their family, previously just cats (Selma and Patty) arrives in July.  So I wanted to make them a very special baby quilt.  I saw this quilt pattern at my local quilt shop and fell in love.  I was going to make the kaleidescope for myself but when I heard the wonderful news I made changes.  I also found the backing fabric at Joann's when I was visiting Florida over March Break and had to have it for the quilt.  So here it is.  It's bigger than a baby quilt so it will grow with him.

Comment are always welcome!

The front:

The back:

Close up of the back fabric b/c it rocks!!! and was my inspiration for the colours on the front
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24  Crazy purple and orange lap quilt - updated with finished pics in Quilting: Completed Projects by kmb007 on: April 13, 2010 02:48:21 PM
My cousin's wife just turned 40 so I thought what better than a quilt. I was making a quilt for my bed when the purple and orange didn't work so I took them out of my quilt and tossed them on the floor in a pile.  The two worked so well together that a new quilt was inspired.  They were simple blocks but that was boring and I saw a crazy nine patch here posted but only had 6 fabrics.  So a little creativity and voila, this is what came together.  I found a great orange backing but didn't end up taking a pic of the final product.  Here is just the quilt top.

Hope you like it and comments are always welcome.

I finally got some pics of the finished quilt
the back

the front
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25  Daughter's 2nd bday! in Dessert by kmb007 on: February 13, 2010 06:49:37 PM
My daughter turned two so I made her cake.  I had orginally wanted to do something simple but the more I played the more fun I had.  So this is white cake with lemon curd, covered in lemon rolled butter cream icing and decorated with coloured buttercream icing.  Then I added cookies on sticks and had one for each kid at the party.  Was a big success.

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26  first attempt with rolled buttercream in Dessert by kmb007 on: February 03, 2010 06:27:30 PM
I was at a friend's kid's bday party and they had had a cake made that looked like fondant.  But what it was was rolled buttercream.  So I had to give it a go.  It's nice to work with in that it doesn't harded quickly like fondant but it's a bit greasier.  I didn't like the taste when it was just using shortening, so I did what buttercream is made of and used half butter, much much better in the flavour department.  It takes colour really well and because it kneads so nicely, it incorporates easily too.  the other trick was that when it warms up it's harder to pick up and place on the cake, but here is my first attempt.  The cake underneath is also a first, a gluten free pound cake.  I'm making my best friends wedding cake and she needs her layer gluten free.  So tomorrow I'm taking it into work to find out how it tastes.  wish me luck.

so here it is, comments always welcome and if you know of a really good gluten free cake recipe, please pass it along.

the pics not so great b/c it's with my cell phone camera (my husband has both our camera's with him in vegas)

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27  Harietta the hippo in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by kmb007 on: January 27, 2010 07:05:12 AM
I was going to make her and give her away for a little girls bday last week, but my girls and I fell in love, so she's staying at our house!  I used Amy Butler Love fabric.

She's just too cute!

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28  Labour of Love - Double Wedding Ring Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by kmb007 on: January 05, 2010 02:14:03 PM
So if someone told me a year ago that Id be giving my best friend for her upcoming wedding a hand made double wedding ring quilt, Id have called them crazy.  But now its that year later and I just finished a queen/king size of said quilt.  I say queen/king because its in between those two sizes.  It was here on Craftster that I saw this pattern and thought that it was really cool, not realizing its probably one of the hardest patterns out there.  Reading on about it, found that it was a traditional gift for weddings, so I bought an acrylic template pattern and stared at it for about a month.  I even attempted to make a ring with scraps to see if I could sew on a curved line, disaster.  You see, a year ago Id never made a quilt of any kind.  I mean I knew how to sew but not quilt.  Ive made about 10 quilts now, but fairly easy in comparison.

Finally in August of 2009 I went and bought the Mark Lipinski line Califon black and white and again stared at the pattern.  I tried again with scraps before I cut up this beautiful fabric and realized my machines seam was off.  Once it was fixed, it worked.  There was my AHA moment. In September I made my first ring and then my second and then by the end of November I had a 6 by 7 ring double wedding ring quilt top.  I added two borders and then made the quilt back.  Theres a quilt store here in Ottawa (www.quiltypleasures.ca) where you can rent a long arm quilter (much fun!).  I thought Id try just outlining each ring but when that looked like crap, I pulled it all out and started to just free motion and have some fun.  I added hearts and stars and even put my name into the border.  After blowing a fuse on the machine and a weeks break in between, it took about 3ish hours in total to finish.  This past weekend I cut and sewed on the binding.  When finished, I gotta tell you that I was a little misty and then my husband was like, are you sure you want to give it away?   Yes, yes I am!  So here it is, 4 months (not continuously) of labour and love and voila!

All Comments welcome! Thanks for looking!
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29  Mother/Daughter bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kmb007 on: December 03, 2009 01:42:49 PM
My cousin asked me to make her the Jenna Lou Mabel Messenger bag and with the amount of fabric she sent, I decided to make her daughter a matching Ella Handbag.  I can't wait to see them toting them around.  Her daughter is 5 years old.  Two xmas prezzies done!

I loved the little handbag, so I made these for all the little girls in my life, here are just three of them

fabric/flannel - for the 7 year old

summer/winter fleece - 3 year old

my favourite fleece - 3 year old

C&C welcome, enjoy!
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30  messenger bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kmb007 on: November 11, 2009 05:21:39 AM
So it's that time of year again and time to make gifts, so here's gift number one.  i used  kategirl's turtorial https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=182493.0.  I'm not a sewer by trade so it took a bit and I added another zipper pouch on the front.

The outer material is the same material that sportsac's are made of, but just plain black.

c & c welcome

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