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51  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: memory quilt. (photo heavy) on: April 17, 2005 08:12:28 PM
I love it! I like the idea of sleeping under a quilt that's so personal. And it looks great too, like a pin board covered with keepsakes.
52  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Crayon baby quilt on: April 12, 2005 07:09:51 PM
I bought a set of pentel fabric crayons from my local art store. After you draw your picture you iron the fabric between absorbent paper, all the oil and a little of the surface colour come out into the paper then what you're left with won't rub off or wash out (hopefully!)
I ironed freezer paper on to the back of the fabric to make it easier to draw on. Freezer paper is a handy stuff, I bought it in a roll from a quilting store, it sticks to your fabric when you iron it but it peels of easily leaving no residue. I got it to do applique but in this case I used it to stop the fabric stretching around while you draw on it.
53  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Crayon baby quilt on: April 12, 2005 05:58:56 PM
I just finished this quilt for my bodycombat instructor who had a baby girl last month.
I started it last year. I passed plain cream fabric and fabric crayons around amongst her friends and family at the gym, they made some great squares! I alternated the crayon squares with plain coloured squares and backed the quilt with pale blue flannelette, which is nice and soft. I machine quilted in the ditch then hand quilted different shapes in all the plain coloured squares.
I was very pleased with how it turned out and I hope Mum and Baby get lots of use out of it.


This is a close up of one of my favourite crayon squares and my favourite quilted square.
54  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: New Scrap Quilt on the Block on: April 12, 2005 05:00:03 PM
What a beautiful quilt! Thanks for the inspiration Guen. I want to move on from making baby quilts to making full sized bed quilts and I'm a bit daunted by the whole thing. It's great to see others that are so successful!
55  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: "Vegas makes my head spin" quilt on: April 12, 2005 04:52:16 PM
Wow, your quilt is so striking! I love the pinwheels, they remind me of these spinning fireworks that I loved when I was a kid. They stand out perfectly against the patchwork background.

Lisascenic, I'd love to know more about the fabric store you mentioned as I'll soon be in San Francisco for a short visit and I hope to collect some fabrics.
56  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Hotter than Ell on: April 10, 2005 07:07:59 PM
Fantastic colours and a great piece of art!
Well done on the curved piecing, I've never tried that.
57  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Where do I get great fabrics on my travels? on: April 10, 2005 06:21:30 PM
Hi All,

I'm about to set off on a 7 week round the world trip and I want to collect some fabrics along the way. I'm hoping to make a quilt that reminds me of all the places I've been, maybe a trip around the world pattern.
Anyway, I was hoping that you craftsters of the world could let me know of some good places to look for fabric, scarves, sarongs, second hand clothes etc.
I am setting off from sunny Canberra in 2 weeks time, first stop Kuala Lumpur, then Istanbul, Rome, Siena, Pisa, Florence, Venice, Milan, Paris, Virginia Beach, New York, San Francisco to LA by car, Honolulu, then back home.

Your suggestions will be much appreciated  Smiley
58  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: New quilts inspired by craftster (and little sister's pregnancy) on: April 07, 2005 04:38:33 PM
Thanks for all the positive comments. Smiley
The consistent praise and encouragement that I see in the this forum are what impresses me most, as well as the wealth of creativity and talent and everyone's willingness to share ideas and advice.
I'm looking forward to posting my next quilt, I hope to finish it this weekend.
59  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / New quilts inspired by craftster (and little sister's pregnancy) on: April 05, 2005 10:53:57 PM
Hi All,
Last year I found out my sister was going to have a baby! So after about 5 years in the cupboard, my sewing machine was located and dusted off ready to start on some quilts.
I searched the internet for ideas and quilting how-tos and found craftster, I've been a lurker ever since.
I've finally decided to join up and post my own creations.

The baby boy is my nephew, the quilt is the first one I made for him and is my attempt at mock chenille. The quilt top is four layers of fabric sewn in parallel lines 1" appart then the top 3 layers are cut in between. They are meant to fray and go soft and fluffy. It didn't fray as much as I wanted but my sister loves the quilt and uses it all the time.
Sorry the picture doesn't show much of the quilt. Maybe next time I visit my sister I can take a full picture.

This is the second quilt I made. It's a bit girly, I didn't know he was going to be a boy! It has 30 hand appliqued hearts in 1930s style fabrics. Machine quilted in the ditch then hand quilted around the hearts.

I was on a roll just before christmas so I made this lap quilt for my nana.
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