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1  Dean Venture & Triana Orpheus (of the Venture Bros on Cartoon Network) in Halloween Costumes by vwbuggirlie on: November 03, 2009 08:12:27 AM
My husband made the mistake of mentioning to me that we should go as Dean Venture & Triana Orpheus for Halloween. Apparently, he wasn't serious...

For those that are unfamiliar with the Venture Bros cartoon and the characters, I included a picture of the two characters I found online.

I made Triana's tshirt from a kid's medium tshirt I picked up at Joann's. I used a freezer paper stencil and several coats of white paint to make the skull & crossbones for her shirt then trimmed the neck & sleeves.

I also made Dean's (a.k.a. my husband) "sweater" vest. I do not know how to knit or crochet so I made it with some flannel and bias binding I picked up at Joann's. I used one of his tshirts as a "pattern". I didn't take any in progress photos because I was not originally planning on entering the challenge.

The rest of the costumes used items we already had or borrowed from my dad. I picked up the tights & wig a couple weeks ago.

No one at the party we went to was familiar with the show so that was a letdown. Note to self for next year: dress as less obscure characters or become friends with more people that watch the show.
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2  Charity auction - how much for starting bid? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by vwbuggirlie on: September 11, 2009 09:51:55 AM
I am making a quilt for a silent auction on Tuesday for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I am trying to figure out how much to list as the starting bid.

The quilt will be approximately 45x55 when finished and is a pretty basic design. Of course, I am at work and the quilt is at home so I have no photos of the actual quilt but below is a quilt I made from the same design. The one I am auctioning is blues and greens with white sashing and a fun blue & green diamond fabric for the accent squares.

Suggestions for starting price? I don't want to scare anyone off starting it too high but I would like to get at least $50-75 (or more!) for it. Most of the other items in the auction will be gift certificates to local businesses and the auction is being held at a local Italian resturant/pizza place.

Thanks for your suggestions!

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3  Re: Wedding quilt for Piet and Kate in Quilting: Completed Projects by vwbuggirlie on: August 19, 2009 09:18:24 AM
Thanks for the great feedback everyone! It was hard to box it up and mail it off to the couple but I made it just for them. Plus we have our own I made a couple years ago that perfectly matches our living room decor  Tongue

I don't have any decent photos of our quilt since it lives with us (unlike all the other quilts I've made) but here are a couple with our cats. Those of you with pets know that they love to steal your quilts. Maggie (in the second photo) usually help supervise my sewing, by napping in the chair across from me.

The fabric I used for the back is actually an upolstry fabric I bought online at jcarolinecreative.com a couple years ago. I can't remember the name or manufacturer right now. It matches the colors of our living/dining room and kitchen and works with the pseudo-retro 50's vibe we like. But it was kind of a pain to quilt. I also made the throw pillows with it and we recovered our dining room chairs.
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4  Re: Super Mario Question Mark Block Ottoman! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by vwbuggirlie on: August 13, 2009 03:10:16 PM
Awesome! Every home needs one of these.

I think I might need to make oneter I finish the Super Mario Bros. quilt I am making for my hubby. I have 1 block done of the 25 or so blocks I have planned. This block is about 8" x 8.5" and each square/pixel is 1/2" (It was supposed to be a birthday gift but his birthday was last weekend and I have this and part of a 1-up mushroom done.)
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5  Wedding quilt for Piet and Kate in Quilting: Completed Projects by vwbuggirlie on: August 13, 2009 12:50:15 PM
Last summer, my husband opened up his big mouth and committed me to making a quilt for his cousin Piet and bride Kate. He's lucky I love him (and quilting so much). This is actually the 4th wedding quilt I've made with this pattern (Star Log Cabin from the Quilt in a Day series) and I think it's my favorite. My husband tried to convince me we should keep it.

For some reason, all the wedding quilts I've made have been shades of blue & green. I looked at their registry online and everything they registered for was light blue, light green and chocolate brown. I was apprehensive about adding chocolate brown to the blues & greens I already had in my stash since it was such a sharp contrast. I found the fabric I used for the star at Joann's (wish I bought more, I love it!) and I think it helped ease the transition.

I didn't have enough of any of the fabrics for the back so I pieced it together and really like it. It's almost like having 2 quilts in 1. I always take some of the fabric from the quilt to my "emboidery lady" Geri and get their names & wedding date (shown in the top left corner).

This is the quilt I made last summer for Piet's sister Inga and her husband Soren. When they received it from us a couple days before the wedding, my husband opened up his big mouth and said to Piet & Kate "just let us know what colors you want and Jennifer will make you one too." Thanks hon!
As you can see, it is also green & blue. They got married in a park overlooking the Mississippi and their invitations included maple leaves so the main green fabric has maple leaves.

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