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21  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Brown Retro Modern Asian-inspired Quilt on: August 21, 2006 08:13:15 PM
I'm a quiltin' fool these days, trying to catch up with quilts I've wanted to do for gifts for weddings that have passed.

This one is for a couple that got married September 2005. This was my first full-size quilt. In right under the deadline!

The pattern is Turning Twenty Again by Tricia Cribbs. Totally easy to put together! I say this sincerely.. this was my first pattern and it was a breeze.

Always sign your work! I embroidered a little lobster guy, since they got married on Cape Cod (and bride is from there)

Lookit that mess! Here is the quilt top just finished.

My other quilts:

Big Giant Multicolor Quilt:

Black Green Turquoise Birdie Quilt:

Retro Modern Quilt:
My second grownup quilt: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=29574.0

MY CRAFT STREAM on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hambox/sets/72157594153145700/
22  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Could you call this a quilt ? Warning- lots of pics ! on: August 15, 2006 09:34:48 AM
Love that little mushroom. Is it part of the print, or did you applique that? The whole look is so sweet.
23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Hand made gifts were the hit of the baby shower on: July 25, 2006 11:32:02 PM
Awesome! Wonderful gifts! And love the goob-recognition story. I had thumb tendonitis earlier this year and was not allowed to craft at all, so I had to be like everybody else and give shower gifts like bottle sterilizers. ZZzzzzz. Handmade gifts are priceless, and they make the party!
24  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Quick n Easy fleece/flannel unisex modern-retro baby blanket Blue/Green on: July 25, 2006 11:20:55 PM
There's a baby boom a-happening amongst my friends and family, so I don't have a whole lotta time/money to spend on gifts, what with all the showers!

So: A yard-plus of fleece; a yard-plus of flannel (dig the mod pattern from Joann's); wash/dry 'em (a must -- there will be some shrinkage), pin 'em (wrong sides together, remember), sew it: self-bind with double hems for sturdiness. Find the toe in the below picture!

The recipients are one of of the few couples I know keeping the gender of their baby a secret from themselves. I loved getting away from BLUE/TRUCKS and PINK/BALLERINAS and working with the sage green fleece.

Yeah, so the flannel's background is blue, but it's a nice dark teal and, with the green, doesn't come across as too manly. Isn't my living room carpeting just lovely?

I spent 15 bucks on the material, and about 2 hours pinning/sewing.
I *do* need a little practice with sewing fleece, which has a little stretch. I'm used to quilt fabric, so I have a little to learn.

Here are some other of my crafts on my flickr photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hambox/sets/72157594153145700/

Oh, and do what this lady did, she's got the tute down pat!
25  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Big Giant Multicolor Quilt on: July 22, 2006 02:24:20 PM
just looked at your flickr...where do you get all those fabulous fabrics?!!?!

Thanks for the input! And thanks for admiring my stash.. wow, my fabrics (probably like all squirrelly gatherer types) come from all sources, and go way back in time. Alot of dogged thrifting/fleamarketing yielded quite a few, I've also cut up some dresses.. Cotton napkins scored at the thrift stores are always great to get a few squares from. There's also an amazing store in Carpinteria (the town next door to Ventura, my town) that has really great fabrics (and helpful quilters too)

Also, http://www.reprodepot.com is my favorite online store when I'm needing some extra pow!
26  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Big Giant Multicolor Quilt on: July 21, 2006 10:12:18 AM
Well, it only took 14 months (thanks, tendonitis of the thumb!) but finally a quilt finished for my friends that got married in May 2005. You can see it on my flickr set (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hambox/196850441/in/set-72157594153145700/ and work your way backwards), which has a lot more photos and better shots of the details, or check out some pictures below:

It's 75" x 93" -- for a tall couple. I did not plan this quilt hardly at all.. I had a good grasp of the couple's aesthetic ideas and just let that guide me.

I wanted it to turn out great.. I was making it for a bigwig in the  Church of Craft (http://www.churchofcraft.org)!

I used free-motion quilting to create these little drawings. Free-motion quilting is hard, hard. I didn't plan the pics before I started "drawing" them on the quilt. A big risk. I cannot imagine free-motion quilting a whole quilt. I would leave that to the pros.

This is split stitch embroidery.. the only stitch I know. I did plan out the embroidered bits more than anything else in the project. I put a little message, some hearts, the date, etc.

Whew, this was fun. I'm sooo ready to work with a completely different color palette. And next time, I'm actually gonna follow a pattern!

Here are the craftster links for my other quilts:
My first grownup quilt: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=64013.msg606435#msg606435
My second grownup quilt: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=29574.0
27  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: First quilt! on: July 21, 2006 08:30:08 AM
Love it, and the backing fabric is gorgeous. That is one sophisticated first quilt. I had to laugh when you said "such immediate results" quilting has.. I just finished a quilt that took 14 months! Congratulations, and keep up the great work. Am looking forward to seeing what the next project will be.
28  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My labor of love, my trial and (mostly) error... on: July 11, 2006 09:27:32 AM
I love love the colors in this.. so fresh and untraditional and non-pastel! Inspires me to take a hard look at my stash and see new ways of colors/patterns going together...
29  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: quilting for kids - a shriner's hospital donation project - images on: July 07, 2006 12:18:41 AM
I had to hit "This Rocks.."

What a project! The quilts look incredible, and what an amazing, amazing donation to the hospital. Think of all the use and love the blankies will get.

I'm totally inspired.. thanks for sharing. Becky
30  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: the prettiest quilt i've made! on: July 05, 2006 10:43:18 PM
I'm in love with your quilt too! So fresh and pretty. What kind of quilting pattern on there? Is that a zig zag pattern?
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