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1  "Modern Miss" in Quilting: Completed Projects by jnicodemus on: March 11, 2016 03:46:35 PM
I saw this quilt in a Fon's and Porter's Love of Quilting (July/August 2014) and just had to make it.  It was an easy one, but I did have some trouble with the pinwheel in the middle - it didn't come out the right size so I had to take it apart and resew with smaller seam allowances.  I love how it looks; just need a baby girl to give it to!

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2  Mikko's memorial quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by jnicodemus on: March 04, 2016 08:05:23 AM
Finished up this memorial quilt a couple of weeks ago.  It's a tribute to my neighbor's Finnish husband, and made from his work shirts.  The design is from a quilt book, and the quilting is a kind of basket weave following the medium size fabrics in each block.  It is by far the biggest thing I've quilted on my machine so I'm happy with how it turned out.
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3  Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by jnicodemus on: February 04, 2016 04:44:59 AM
I'm so excited about this year quilt challenge!  I'm Jen, and I've spent the past two year's of this challenge finishing off UFOs.  I've finally got caught up enough to start some new things!

Quilts I want to make this year:
1) an eye-spy Christmas quilt

2) a modern star quilt I saw in a magazine

3) a scrappy strip quilt

4) start a hanky/doily quilt

5) finish a memorial quilt for a friend

6) finish the "I dont need a class for that" quilt

7) finish a teddy bear quilt
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4  Summer Quilting Project (pic heavy) New pic at bottom in Quilting: Completed Projects by jnicodemus on: September 06, 2015 02:34:11 PM
My husband finally graduated from college this year and I wanted to thank a bunch of people who helped him along the way.  It was also a great way for me to learn some new things: paper piecing, applique, using clear thread.  I feel like one of my weaknesses with quilting is just picking the right colors.  I started using the "Chip It" feature on www.shermanwilliams.com to help decide colors; I also invested in some colored pencils and graph paper to help sketch out ideas (really helped with figuring out quilting designs).  Most of the fabric came from my stash - though I did spend about $10 for some colors that I needed.  The rectangles are about 18x12, and the squares about about 15x15.

"Tree of Knowledge" This was the first quilt I made for one of his internship supervisors.  It was inspired from a quilt on www.stitcherydickorydock.com.  I quilted in the words: hope, patience, knowledge, teacher.

"The long and winding road"  This quilt is for his occupational therapist.  Without her help during the last two years, he definitely wouldn't have passed.  The colors are based on Monet's Waterlillies; quilting is my attempt to show flight/movement of the geese.

"In Our Darkest Hour"  This quilt is for the disabilities office director who gave us a second chance after my husband failed out of grad school.  

This quilt was a desperate attempt at a 'tunnel like' quilt.  after finishing it I found the one below, and made that.  I think I saw one on www.diaryofaquilter.com.

"Light at the End of the Tunnel"  This quilt is for the internship coordinator who finally got it right: got my husband connected with experienced staff who have worked with lots of students and knew how to teach.  Found the inspiration quilt at http://squiltz.blogspot.com/  

"On the Right Path"  This quilt is for his other internship instructor.  The first thing she told him was that he wasn't going to fail - it took the weight of the world off our shoulders.  The colors are based on a photo of a tiger lily.

I have two more quilts to finish, but I've been unfocused for most of the summer (I think I finished all of these between April 15th and July 1st).  It's also been a way for me to really let this experience go and look forward to good things to come.

Thanks for looking!

Here's the second to last quilt.  It took forever to figure out what to make and what colors to use, but I love how it turned out.  This mini-quilt is for my husband's advisor/professor.  She's the kind of person that is in charge of a million things at once and does them all with perfection; I imagine that she compartmentalizes things a lot, like a sampler quilt.  My husband's not quite the same; he's got a lot in his head, but it tends to swirl around in there. (Did I mention he has a closed head injury?)  This one is titled "I've got something on my mind".

One more quilt to go!  It's going to be a mood quilt.
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5  A Mother's Day Gift in Quilting: Completed Projects by jnicodemus on: May 12, 2015 11:14:22 AM
I was inspired by another project I saw on here and made a couple of these for mother's day.

Thanks for looking!
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6  Wren's and Friends Hexagon Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by jnicodemus on: March 27, 2015 01:23:46 PM
Here's another recent finish!  The material was donated to our quilt group and I was able to use every square of the layer cake without have to buy additional material.  It was also fun doing the hexagon pattern - thank god for youtube!

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7  YMCA Sports T-shirt quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by jnicodemus on: March 27, 2015 01:21:10 PM

Nothing fancy here, but it's finished!  I love crossing things off my to-do list!  This one's a demo for a t-shirt quilt class I'm going to teach at our local YMCA.

Thanks for looking!
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8  Red & White Irish Chain in Quilting: Completed Projects by jnicodemus on: February 28, 2015 06:35:56 PM
I love this quilt!  I saw a similar quilt in one of my mom's quilting books years ago and I've always wanted to make one.  I found the perfect backing fabric for it, too: mainly light blue with red and white flowers.  I machine quilted it in straight lines along the red squares and used a stencil to do the hearts in red.  Some of the hearts are a little wonky and I was going to fix them, but then I washed the quilt and the red bled a little and now I'm ok with the hearts being a little off.  Thanks for looking!

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9  From the ashes... in Quilting: Completed Projects by jnicodemus on: February 08, 2015 07:58:46 PM
My Aunt's house was hit by fire a few years ago (2008 I think) and there was only a corner of the basement that was spared where this fabric was stored.  My mom saved a box from the trash, and I stole them from her.  This is the second quilt I've made from the scraps - the first is a bigger WIP from 2010 that I hope to finish this year.  Anyway, one done...

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10  Re: 15 Quilt Projects in 2015 in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by jnicodemus on: January 10, 2015 04:09:11 AM
Excited for another year of finishing projects!

1) Finish ugly baby quilt #3

2) Finish quilting the 'I don't need to take a class to make that" quilt

3) Finish tying/binding T-shirt quilt "numbers"

4) Finish quilting Hexie Quilt

5) Finish quilting scrappy baby quilt

6) Finish red/white Irish chain

7) Finish Grandma's "Michigan" Block of the Month quilt

8 ) Nicole's Memory Quilt

Below is a series of mini quilts for my husbands therapists, professors, and internship educators.  He's been in school full-time for 7 years to become an Occupational Therapist.  He was actually dismissed from the program after failing two internships, but was given a third (and then 4th - you have to pass two) opportunity and will graduate on April 17th.

9) Erin's mini quilt: "The Long and Winding Road"
10) Jim's mini quilt: TBD
11) Dr. Lamb's mini quilt: "I've got something on my mind"
12) Andrea's mini quilt: "The Light at the End of the Tunnel"
13) Randall's mini quilt: "In Our Darkest Hour"
14) Kathy's mini quilt: "Tree of Knowledge"

15) Amy's mini quilt: "On the Right Track"
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