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1  TARDIS quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by ZumaGirl74 on: July 20, 2013 10:55:51 AM
I made myself a little TARDIS quilt-pillow.

I poured all of time & space into the heart of the TARDIS. 

It's bigger on the inside!
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2  Scrabble Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by ZumaGirl74 on: January 14, 2012 10:15:33 PM
Wandering around at a fabric sale a while back I found some cute red-letter fabric and decided to make a Scrabble inspired quilt.

I started out by sketching out the grid and piecing together each 5x5 block.  I embroidered a little star in the center square. The squares are 3"x3"

I wanted it to be a playable game/quilt so I cut out 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" felt squares and used iron on letters.  Word to the wise - synthetic felt melts, so I had to use a warm iron and a sheet of newspaper over the letters to avoid melting/sticking.

The packs of iron on letters don't really match the letter distribution in the game, so I just make sure I had duplicates of the vowels and some common letters.

Then I made a little bag to hold the letters.

Here's the finished quilt - finished size was about 60"x60":

And the back:

It was, as you might guess, a birthday present for a friend, but I kinda want to make one for me now!!

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3  Re: Halloween Jar Luminaries + tutorial link in Halloween Decor and Parties by ZumaGirl74 on: October 04, 2011 10:29:07 AM
This weekend I made a few of these.  Just wish I had more jars!!!  It was fun!

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4  Re: 2011 Costume-Along in Halloween Costumes by ZumaGirl74 on: October 01, 2011 08:25:48 PM
It's acrylic felt, and yeah, I'm pretty sure it's not going to stand up to machine washing.  I think I'm going to hand wash it all at least once before Halloween though, because it's a bit wrinkled from the bolt.

I managed to finish up the vest part too.  I messed up the grommets on one side, they said to cut a hole in the fabric before putting the grommet in, but I was afraid I'd cut the hole too big, so I just kinda poked the scissors in and made a tiny tear.  But that caused the fabric to stretch a bit and get a little wonky.  I think once I'm all dressed up it'll be fine though.

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5  A journal quilt about Japan in Quilting: Completed Projects by ZumaGirl74 on: March 26, 2011 09:25:08 PM
I've recently started doing 'journal quilts' - little 5"x7" quilts to explore a technique or express something I've been thinking about.  After watching endless footage of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan I was inspired to make a journal quilt about it.  Here it is:

I'd actually come up with a technique a few months ago of soaking (the darker blue) fabric in salt water, then drying it to give it kind of a whitish crust and a stiff texture... I think it works well in the layering.  Although it's a bit hard to see in the picture.
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6  Re: Looking for pattern ideas for a baby quilt... in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by ZumaGirl74 on: October 16, 2010 08:50:51 AM
Here's the other one I'm working on: 

The inner strip (theme fabric) is 4x8 finished and the border strips are 2x8 finished for a finished block of 8x8.  But naturally, you could use any size you like.
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7  Re: Looking for pattern ideas for a baby quilt... in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by ZumaGirl74 on: October 16, 2010 08:43:22 AM
I found a cool pattern when flipping through quilt books at the library.  I adapted it a bit, but it's just perfect for highlighting theme fabrics.  I'm making another one right now in a different theme.

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8  Ruby quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by ZumaGirl74 on: October 10, 2010 10:28:42 PM
This is my latest finished quilt.  I'd made this pattern before as a baby quilt for a friend.  I liked it so much I had to make it again for myself.  It's sofa sized, and I love love love it!

Here's the close up of the quilting.

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9  snips & snails & puppy dog tails in Quilting: Completed Projects by ZumaGirl74 on: August 30, 2010 09:58:29 AM
A few years ago I made the 'mistake' of creating the tradition of making a quilt for each of my friends who had a baby.  I like making baby quilts because they are generally quick & easy... but my friends are popping out babies left & right & it's hard to keep up!

This one I thought was cute, if not my best work.  The family has dogs, and the baby is a boy so it works.  What do you think?

the whole quilt:

a close up of the doggies:

the backing fabric - loved the paw prints!
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10  Onion Buns in Recipes and Cooking Tips by ZumaGirl74 on: June 19, 2010 08:16:26 AM
This week I made whole wheat Onion Buns!  I followed the general recipe for Sunset Bread's Onion Boards, but I use a real sauteed onion and mix it in after most of the flour

I use a two day process, mixed the ingredients the first day (lots and lots of time in the KitchenAide mixer, really worked up the gluten).  I put it in the fridge overnight, punched it down, reshaped it, and put it back in the bowl and literally left it on the counter while I went to work.  When I got home I shaped the buns (round and mushed flat), let them rest while I got dinner, then popped them in the oven. 

I love baking stones, this one isn't my favorite, but it still works great.  Oh, I topped them with an egg wash and some coarse salt.

Here they are all finished.  Absolutely yummy for sandwiches or as hamburger buns.  They're soft and chewy with a oniony-wheaty flavor.  Seriously, this is my new favorite bread!
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