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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Best mini quilt so far! on: March 30, 2009 07:35:49 PM
*sob*  I made this quilt for the Four Seasons Quilt Swap 5 and I don't want to send it!  

I have never tried anything that required so much precision, but somehow it worked out.  The requirements for this quilt were that it be monochromatic.  I could only use shades on one color plus some black and white.  It wasn't really hard and now I want to do one in every color!

Blogged at http://gwenshouse.wordpress.com/2009/03/30/cant-let-go.  
Inspiration here: http://greetingarts.typepad.com/greetingarts/2007/05/scrappy_cartwhe.html.
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Black and White Crib Quilt on: February 10, 2009 11:09:23 PM
Thanks everyone!  I found out tonight that the quilt sold for $110.  I had decided to be ok with $100 or more so it was a success!

One girl told me that her boyfriend saw it and said it made him totally want a baby. 
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Black and White Crib Quilt on: February 06, 2009 04:42:30 PM
My friend Christiana raises money for our local opera company.  I made this for her to put in tonight's fancy dinner and auction.

Details at http://gwenshouse.wordpress.com/2009/02/07/opera-quilt

***ETA*** The quilt sold for $110 at the auction!

14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Holiday Handmade gift disappointment :( on: November 29, 2008 06:36:25 PM
This thread it kind of sad, so here is a "reverse disappointment" story.

I have an "aunt" (read:uncle's trophy wife) who is younger than I am.  They have a lot of money and like really expensive things.  This aunt gives gifts such as a half-used bottle of lotion and Walgreens perfume gift samplers with the sale tag still attached.  One year after we opened gifts, she said in all seriousness "Next year let's not buy each other anything and just spend the money on ourselves."

Fortunately they like to read and I love to give books so it all works out. But one year I decided that this aunt must have something handmade because the year before I had made my uncle a hand-knit scarf (which he appreciated).  So with great trepidation, I bought some ribbon yarn and ladder yarn in gorgeous fall colors and made a simple garter stitch scarf with longish fringe.  When it was done I decided not to send it but my mom talked me into giving it anyway.  I put a note in it that said "This year YOU get the handmade scarf".

To my utter astonishment, the aunt absolutely loved the scarf and told everyone how nice it was for me to make her something.  And even better, she actually WROTE ME A THANK YOU NOTE!  To this day I am the only family member that has such a thing from her. Cheesy

15  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Quilted Jacket on: September 19, 2008 08:03:28 PM
oooooooh how beautiful!  Those colors are so rich.  This will really get you noticed.
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Mini dolphin quilt with bright batiks on: September 12, 2008 11:49:22 AM
Thanks y'all!  Yes the dolphin is a double layer applique and is blanket stitched.  You can see the pic better on Flickr right here:


The overall size is about 20" x 16".  I love batiks too and include them in my projects whenever possible.
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mini dolphin quilt with bright batiks on: August 08, 2008 02:28:24 PM
The Four Seasons Quilt Swap has been such fun!  I have done all four seasons and this is the last with a summer theme.  It is on it's way around the world to an Aussie quilter who made a winter quilt for me and enclosed a book of beautiful aboriginal applique patterns.  The dolphin is from the book and the batiks are from a jelly roll I found on sale at Hancock's.

It's winter where she is so maybe this quilt will warm things up a little .

18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Springtime Bag on: June 04, 2008 04:52:52 PM
Great job!  That skirt makes a great bag.
19  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Tropical Garden - Going Away Quilt Gift on: June 04, 2008 03:43:04 PM
It's beautiful!  What a wonderful gift.
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tote bag for the teacher on: May 17, 2008 08:50:06 AM
I love the whale fabric too as a tote as a skirt hell no lol. I mean stuffing my butt into a whale pattern fabric is to hysterical.

Hahaha!   Since I buy these clothes specifically for recycling I had never considered the implications of actually wearing whales on one's rear end.  You made my day.
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