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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: A brand new quilt set for our summer bed! on: April 29, 2010 05:10:11 PM
Haha. Its funny you should say that, because my husband decided yesterday when we were making the bed (making the bed is a far more enjoyable chore when you actually LIKE what the bed is dressed with) that he wanted to reverse the quilt. So we put it on upside down and had "the back" showing all day. I actually really like it too. Didn't design it to be reversible, but I guess it is. Smiley
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Quilts for Kids Quilt-along (Charity for Kids) on: April 27, 2010 10:00:52 PM
Oh.... my.... goodness.... that Royal Imagination quilt is just the cutest thing. All of your quilts look fantastic, but that one is just too adorable!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Quilts for Kids Quilt-along (Charity for Kids) on: April 27, 2010 09:57:58 PM
Hey yall!

Been a while since I checked in here, but I wanted to let you guys know about something I did recently that has worked out really really well.

Somebody in the frugal living swap suggested putting a post on craigslist saying something along the lines of that you would take people's unwanted fabric off of their hands. I did that, but I posted on there specifically that I was looking for kid friendly fabric and then posted a link to the quiltsforkids website, saying they could either donate the fabric to the charity for the tax write off, or donate the fabric to me (I'd come pick it up) and I would make quilts out of it and send them a picture and then send them off to the charity. I also posted the same thing on Fort Worth's "Freecycle" group, which they may or may not have in your town (its a yahoo groups thing that someone pointed me to).

I got a TON of responses. Everyone was saying what a great idea that was and I got about 4 or 5 emails from people saying they didn't have any fabric, but thought that I was doing such a nice thing and just wanted to encourage me. One lady in Dallas was so pleased to be able to off load her kid fabric that she mailed me a 12 pound box of it! lol And my husband gets to make the tour on Thursday to go pick up bags of fabric and scraps off of people's porches. I've got so much fabric I will be able to make quilts galore out of my stash now (which was getting thin, especially of kid-friendly fabric) to send to the charity.

MareMare posted all those nice links to quilt patterns, and a lot of them don't need very big pieces of fabric at all. I plan on trying out quite a few of them with all this nice new fabric I've gotten from people.

So hey! It takes, like, 2 minutes to write up a craigslist ad and put it on there. It worked out really well for me, so I thought I'd pass the idea along.
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living Swap 2: Return of the Cheap (SIGNUPS CLOSED, SENDOUTS 5/1) on: April 26, 2010 08:26:34 AM
Just checking in to say I should be sending a day or two early!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Baby Quilt for my cousin on: April 18, 2010 08:40:52 AM
Beautiful! How exciting that she's pregnant! Hopefully it was something she wanted. lol
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living Swap 2: Return of the Cheap (SIGNUPS CLOSED, SENDOUTS 5/1) on: April 17, 2010 07:50:39 AM
Checking in! This week is "swap" week, so i'm going to work on busting out everything i'm committed to for swaps and quilting bees and making things for my friends! this is a fantastic time for me to do it too, since I just finished a new queen size quilt for our bed plus the matching pillows, and I have yet to start the quilt for my sister who lives a couple states away. Since I haven't started it, I can't get sucked in to it yet! Right??? Smiley
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Garden Gnome Quilted Wall-Hanging (1st completed quilt!) on: April 15, 2010 08:32:49 PM
Adorable! Love it! And how wonderful that it matched your wall! It was a match made in fabric heaven! (which is where I would like to live all the time)  Grin
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A brand new quilt set for our summer bed! on: April 15, 2010 08:08:56 PM
Made this quilt from here because the hubby and I needed a new lighter summer quilt for our bed so we dont' have to turn down the AC so much at night. I picked the colors because I was inspired by a set of fabric that Elizabeth had put on her blog. Beautiful citrus and lime summer colors. She ended up using them for another quilt, but I took the idea and made a quilt based around one of my favorite Alexander Henry prints. You know, the one with lemons on it. I don't actually know the name of it, now that I think about it.


The quilt front:

The quilt back, designed by my husband!

Another shot of the back. My hubby is a great photographer.

I stipled the quilt, which was the first time I had done this on a quilt of this size. The quilt is just under king sized.

And a shot of the pillow cases I made for our throw pillows to match the new quilt. I made them off of this tutorial. I loved making them just as pillow cases because you can't tell from the front, but I didn't have to buy new pillow forms since I just slipped them over the pillows and left the old case on. And when I change out the quilts when winter comes, I can just slip them off and have the "old" pillows back! Score!

Comments and criticism much appreciated!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Quilts for Kids Quilt-along (Charity for Kids) on: April 15, 2010 07:57:09 PM
your first quilt and all those little hearts sewn (embroidered?) around the outside?! so cute!

Agreed!!! I don't have the patience to do something like that. You totally rock!
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living Swap 2: Return of the Cheap (SIGNUPS CLOSED, SENDOUTS 5/1) on: April 11, 2010 10:55:04 AM
I would never have thought that Craigslist thing would work, but now I'm tempted to try it. Smiley

I'm still brainstorming, as my partner left it wide open and I'm having trouble decided what to make. Plus I've been piecing and ironing and quilting like a mad woman and will have a finished almost-king-sized summer quilt for our bed by the end of the week. After that massive project is out of the way, we will have a cool blanket to sleep under for summer so we wont' have to run the air conditioning so much at night. That is definitely frugal.
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