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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / HELP! Chalk wont come out of quilt on: February 14, 2013 01:25:19 PM
I made a quilt a couple of months ago and did a large amount of free motion quilting on it.  I've used chalk before with no problems, but this time it wont seem to come out...at all.  I used this product... http://www.joann.com/chalk-cartridge-set/xprd357399/

which I should have read the reviews in before I used it!  Now I have these terrible yellow lines that I CANNOT get out.  Here is what I have tried.. tide stain remover pen, clorox stain removing pen, mr. clean magic eraser, magic wand stain remover, tide to go stain remover, hydrogen peroxide (always seems to fix stuff, not this time), and I have goo gone, but I have not used this yet because I've heard it can sometimes stain fabrics more. 

I'm going crazy here.  If anyone has any magical solutions for getting this out I would really appreciate it!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / IMAGE HEAVY! my first string quilt and whole cloth quilt! on: June 12, 2011 03:02:11 PM
So this past spring quarter at my school I took an art quilt class.  I always LOVED quilting, I just never did a lot of it because 1) I never had the time with school and 2) i was very intimidated.  So this class was the perfect opertunity for me to really get more involved in quilting and develop my approach, I guess you could say, toward quilting.  This class was by far the best class I had ever taken.  So many different variations to the projects and you could really see each student's style in each project. 

I just wanted to post 2 of the quilts I made in the class. We ended up making 4 total - the first being a 20in x 20in whole cloth quilt - completely hand stitched, the second was either log cabin or string quilt, third was 9 patch, and 4 was the final.

This is the first one..which was my whole cloth quilt.  I also experimented a little bit with trapunto which is where you stuff certain sections of the quilt.  I really like the effect you get with it, but I will definitely experiment more with different types of materials to stuff it with because you really get a wide variety of textures depending on what you use. I used a white 100% cotton yarn to stuff sections of the middle, but it really didn't show up visually or texturally.  I also stuff the circles around the large circle, but i stuffed those with a light blue roving yarn which showed up a lot better. 

Anyway! Here it is!

and here is a close up

I had so much fun doing this! I really love hand quilting the pieces.  You really do get a different experience while you're doing it and also afterwords knowing how much time and care you put into each stitch.  You spend a lot more time with the quilt in your hands and I really like that a lot.

Ok! Here is my next quilt which was my final.  I really fell in love with string quilting, so I decided to do that for my final.  I am really inspired by trains and railroads....I don't know why I just really like the environment that surrounds trains and the history behind trains.  So this quilt was based off of the views you'd see while looking out a boxcar.  Mostly thinking about the nature and the day to night theme.  Smiley

Ok! sorrry for having so many pictures!! This was my second attempt at free motion...which i'm still trying to get the hang of.  I just decided to try not to stress over the perfection of it and try to get used to the overall movement of the fabric with the speed etc. 

Anyway! Those are my quilts, I'm really excited about them and all I want to do is make another one! I can't wait!  I really hope you enjoyed them! Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / carrying yarn with stripes on: March 28, 2011 11:52:27 AM
Ok, so I am knitting a scarf in garter stitch.  Every 2-3 rows I am switching back and forth between the two colors i'm using.  Is there a way to carrying the yarns without having the "carried" yarn on the side of the work?

I hope this is clear! Thanks!!!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / help! joining yarns for stripe on: February 27, 2011 02:24:39 PM
Ok, so I'm having trouble understand what this pattern is asking and what exactly I do. 

I'm making a striped tiger and i'm working on the head right now...the pattern reads as followed..

(I just purled one row on the first ball (of two) of color A.)

Next it says Join on B and second ball of A and work in st st in stripe, carrying yarn loosely up sides of work.

so basically, how do I "join B and second ball of A"

After all of that is says using A, k1, (m1, k1) to end

So, I just need to know how to do I join two balls of yarn to my knitting?
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crocheting a letter in a hat?? on: December 19, 2010 08:19:56 PM
Hey there!
Well, my problem is i'm crocheting a hat for my brother in single crochets, but he wants the letter T incorporated somewhere on the front.  I'm having the hardest time getting this figured out without it looking awkward or just bad.  I've read about using cross stitch, but I just don't know how good it will look.  I was wondering if anyone new of a method that would work for this in the round.  

Thanks so much!!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Seahorse Pillow! on: September 08, 2010 08:24:09 AM
This is a pillow I made from some fabric I had printed and embellished for a class.  I carved a seahorse out and then did a repeat print on the fabric and added some embroidery to fill in some space!

Please let me know what you think!

Here is a close up of the detail...

And here's one from the side so you can see some of the back fabric color..

C&C welcome!!!
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby Quilt on: September 06, 2010 12:48:23 PM
This is a quilt i made for a swap!  It's really only my second completely finished quilt.  It has some flaws, but i'm overall really happy with it!  I quilted it using a decorative leaf stitch which i just love!

The backing is a cute light blue bubble printed fabric.

Please let me know what you think! Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hand pieced pillow on: August 02, 2010 08:23:45 PM
So, this was the project my class used to learn how to hand piece.  We all designed our own designs and made pillows out of them.  Because this was my first time piecing or anything close to quilting, I didn't really do it right the first...oh...3 TIMES!! I accidently started sewing the pieces from the center instead of block by block! EK! Well, anyway, I had to take it apart too many times, and it's really far from perfect because the fabric started to fray, but I love the fabric and I love this pillow! Please let me know what you think!

A lot of my inspiration for the pillow came from the Blue Ridge Mountains.  I wanted it to be loosely based off of some pictures I took when I camped there. Such a beautiful place Smiley

You can see a lot of the mistakes, but overall i'm still please with it.  I'd really like to re-do it with the same fabrics, but on a machine...and ith more patience and time! Smiley
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My first yarns! on: August 02, 2010 08:12:04 PM
These are my first yarns! I spun them on a drop spindle. 

This was so much fun!
Please let me know what you think Smiley
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Flower drawings! & Ron Paul painting on: August 02, 2010 08:09:06 PM
Here are some of my flower drawings! I really love details and lines.  Any constructive criticism is welcome! I'm still learning a lot

I did an india ink wash on this one. 

This was for a color theory class I had.  We had to paint a portrait using tints, tones and shades.  We used acrylic gauche.  I've never really painted before, so this is my first real experience with anything other than the cheap water color paints you have in high school!

The background was very frustrating! I had a lot of trouble matching the paint color. 

Please let me know what you think! Smiley
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