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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Ongoing Poppet and Punkin-Along on: July 06, 2013 10:38:57 AM
I made a Poppet !!!!

it is for my DD who is three. she is away at her dad's for summer visit. this is the first time she has been away so long on a visit. I needed to fill my now overflowing free time but the quilt I am working on is just not happening. so I was cruising Crafters for inspiration and found the poppet along.

four days later I finished skimming the 1313 pages and started on my poppet. I had the material and the freezer paper, what I didn't have was everything else...

Her eyes are from a teddy bear that by DSs had took apart. Her stuffing is also from that bear and a throw pillow that had a hole in it.

I didnt have anything to joint the limbs so I just sewed them on just at the top of the limbs. Her left ear is a little wonky and her head is a little tilted.

She still needs hair and cloths but over all this is the most fun thing I have made in a long time.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Ongoing Poppet and Punkin-Along on: July 05, 2013 05:49:02 PM
So how long does it take to skim through 1313 pages of the most awe inspiring post ever?

72 hours give or take a few.

I have never made a doll before but after seeing all the absolutely incredible poppets and punkins and cupcake dolls I have been convinced that I too can make one of these beauties.

I have the pattern, the freezer paper, the fabric, and the stuffing. So here goes. I will let ya'll know who it turns out.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Craig's list find on: July 01, 2013 11:36:31 AM
What a great find - the fabric looks really interesting.
Do you think the 'stars' are applicated on the white background? I hope you will show, what you do with it.

the flowers are all pieced. the blocks that were already pieced were in pretty bad shape. and had different dimentions. so I sewed them together and used an old sheet for a backing. I am using this as a lap warmer as I hand embroider my SIL baby quilt.

I haven't been able to go through the unfinished ones yet but hope to get to it once the baby rush is over with.

the large block quilt top has been washed and waiting for a backing. I am thinking of using a durable fabric such as a canvas and use it as a picnic/beach quilt.

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / wipe off marker making halos on fabric on: June 23, 2013 10:41:35 AM
I used a wipe off marker to create the design on the center block of a quilt that I am working on. I embroidered over the marker (it took almost two weeks to complete) I have gone through several times with water and q-tips and have "removed" the marker ink.

my issue is that once the fabric dries I am getting halos of ink around where the "wet" area. I seems that I am just moving the ink around the fabric.

any idea what else I could do?
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / How to Back, Quilt? on: June 14, 2013 03:21:30 PM
got this completed top in a Craigslist find. I am just not sure how to top it or quilt it.

it is made of a mixture of fabrics and is a little heavy.

do I add batting?

any suggestions?

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: First applique quilt * Pic heavy* on: June 10, 2013 03:28:10 PM
thanks everyone for the comments.

I gave the quilt to my brother and sister in law this weekend. they loved it. my SIL commented as I was leaving that they might just frame it or hang it in the babies room.

I think that was a little much but it made me feel like I was floating to have the such great feed back.

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Craig's list find on: June 10, 2013 02:14:31 PM
There was a 40 gallon drum of scraps for free on Craig's list. it was just down the road so I took a chance and picked it up. there is a lot of polyester (can you quilt polyester???)

the first thing of interest was this bag of crumpled up cotton peices. when I started to pull them out and iron them this is what I found ( only did a few there is still a whole bag stuffed with them)

there are whole blocks and partial blocks

then towards the bottom I found this:

this is huge. the blocks are around 10 or 12" squares all vintage fabrics. there are some beautiful prints, and some non cotton fabrics such as a brownish yellow velor (sp?) towards the middle and a stiff denim type fabric in one of the edge blocks. there is also a few pretty out there prints ( polyester again) that look to be from the 70's.

the woman that I got the fabric from said that her neighbor used to be a seamstress and had passed on last year. and that she received it from the estate but hadn't done anything with it.

I am thinking that I will finish the blocks and donate it to the wounded Warriors project.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilting Advice for Beginners on: June 07, 2013 06:10:58 PM

there are a ton of free sites all over the web. google what you are wanting to know. I am teaching myself to quilt right now and am always finding new inspiration on the web.

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First applique quilt * Pic heavy* on: June 06, 2013 04:55:27 PM
My baby brother is having a baby next month. they are doing their nursery in a jungle theme. I have had this fabric laying around for a while and thought that it just screamed jungle without actually being jungle print.

the pattern is quite simple. just four framed squares. I found some great free coloring pages online of Mommy and Baby animals. I used these to make my applique pattern.

I appliqued a T in the middle to personalize it.

here are a few pics what do yall think.

Daddy Lion with baby.

I think that the elephants are my favorite

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / teaching myself to Quilt ** Updated with pic of Finished Flower Quilt** on: May 30, 2013 07:53:49 PM
I come from a large family and this summer it will be growing again. at last count we will be welcoming 7 new bundles of joy into the ranks.

I am on a very tight budget so can't afford to buy ready made gifts for baby showers ect. I do however own a sewing machine and lots of fabric (from when I did have money).

So I decided that I could make quilts for all the new little ones in the family. The only problem, I didn't know the first thing about making a quilt. Well I know that you sewed cloth together in a pleasing pattern, but didn't know what to do from there. So I am teaching my self, with lots of help from tutorials and web searching.

Here are a few that I have made so Far.

this is the first one I made. It was supposed to be for my cousin's baby girl due in July but once my little one saw it she claimed it for herself.

this one was made for my nephews first birthday. I don't have a completed photo of this one, and the lighting doesn't show the colors very well. it is Primary colors. and my machine has stitches for letters and numbers so I added his name and birthdate. and used Primary yellow baby blanket binding. each block had a different quilting to it.

this is the one I am working on now. I need to press the seam on the boarder, but you get the idea. this is my first non square pattern. I only had to rip out the seam twice  Embarrassed

BTW: the blanket stealer is in this photo. I had to explain to her that this was for one of the new babies and not another mommy quilt for her. Grin

sorry for the long post but I am very excited with what I have done so far and wanted to share with everyone. Please let me know what you think.


Finished the Flower Quilt. What do you think? It really isn't that wonky, it is just how it is laying on the grass.

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