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1  Re: Ireland-Inspired Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by katiebread on: February 22, 2010 05:16:25 PM
Yay compliments!  Thanks ya'll!
The block on the back of the quilt is the name of the quilt, my name, the date, and where I live now.  Sorry I didn't explain that before.  My future mother-in-law of awesome also added that for me.
It is possible that I invented the term "window-shade quilting," or at least that Google has no idea what I'm talking about.  At any rate, I drew a quick MS Paint tutorial to show how I made the quilt.

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2  Ireland-Inspired Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by katiebread on: February 21, 2010 06:18:49 PM
This quilt took about a year of time, several cusses, trips to the fabric store to get more fabric, and lots of patience.  I worked on it mostly at my future mother-in-law's house, where she has an excellent quilting set-up and is very generous with her stash, her machine, her time, and her advice.

I was inspired by the gorgeous patchwork-esqe landscape of Ireland when seen from the air.  The patchwork didn't make it so much into the final design, but it does remind me of plowed fields.  

She finished this off for me (last 5-6 strips and the binding) and mailed it this week.  I died of happiness.  

I sewed the strips directly on to the batting and the backing, if that makes any sense.  I think it's called window-shade quilting.  That's why some of the fabrics only appear at one end of the quilt; I ran out of them after I had already sewed down a dozen or so strips. Wink  This is my third quilt, and the biggest one I've made yet!

Naturally, even though I took these with as much natural light as I could get, the flash vs. non-flash pictures came out very different.  The true colors are somewhere in-between, I think.

The back, so you can see how it's quilted in straight lines across.  In my head, the little white dots are grazing sheep.
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3  Re: 2010 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by katiebread on: February 21, 2010 05:43:20 PM
My future mother-in-law is an amazing human being and an amazing quilter.  She finished off a quilt for me and mailed it to me, and to say thank you I sent her a hat:

The card has a needle-felted flower with a safety pin on the back.  I have way too much sock weight-ish black yarn in my stash.  This is Gloss from Knitpicks, half-double crocheted with two strands held together and the brim improvised from Fabulous and Flirty Crochet.  The quilt was the polar-opposite of destashing and will be posted on the quilt thread momentarily. Wink
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4  Re: 2010 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by katiebread on: January 16, 2010 04:15:57 PM
Yay destashing!  I'm totally in!

I made this scarf for my aunt for Christmas.  The pattern is from Interweave Crochet's fall 2009 issue.  She was quite pleased with it.
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5  Re: DeStash-Along 2009 in Craftalongs by katiebread on: June 24, 2009 08:20:22 PM

I made about a dozen of these for my mom to send to church folks.  I love my new paper punch!

Two tiny crocheted critters from my stash showing off some more cards.  I needle-felted their faces.

Today's cards.  I really like the woven paper one.  I have a bunch of thin strips left over from cutting the cards out, so I'm glad I found a use for them!

Tomorrow's project is my quilt.  Come on, sewing machine.  You know you love me!
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6  Re: DeStash-Along 2009 in Craftalongs by katiebread on: June 17, 2009 12:39:56 PM

That is 14 greeting cards, 4 bracelets, and a necklace.  Everything is from my stash.  In true Craftster spirit, I think tacky glue is on every item except for the necklace.  The plastic cord I used for the bracelets is from this kit I got one Christmas and it wouldn't stay knotted tightly, so I put glue on the knots and hoped for the best.  I love tacky glue.  And buttons.  Wink
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7  I'M BACK! in Craftalongs by katiebread on: June 12, 2009 08:25:17 PM
Yay for finishing scarves!  Grin

Now that graduate school has loosened me from its stranglehold I've kicked into crafting gear.  Here's what I've been working on the past 2 weeks.

There were at least 8 more bookmarks, but I gave most of them to my fiancee.  I took the photos on the cards myself over the past few years and printed them out on plain white card stock.  The flowers on the cards are felted and have safety pins on the back.  I know the blue and white one is a little bit special.  Undecided  The only thing I purchased for these paper projects was a $2 roll of packing tape to "laminate" the bookmarks.  Next on the agenda: more cards (I'm addicted) and an amigurumi army.  I have already started a tiny turtle.  Props to gaudiknight for giving me a book of cute, easy little patterns!  I hope to be posting to this thread much more often this summer.  Smiley
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8  Re: DeStash-Along 2009 in Craftalongs by katiebread on: January 21, 2009 07:07:16 AM

gaudiknight is a genius bookbinder!  She provided everything but the pages, and helped with every step.  Thanks gaudiknight!  Grin

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9  Moss Garden...my second quilt! in Quilting: Completed Projects by katiebread on: June 10, 2008 03:29:54 PM
The story of this quilt is that I picked up a bunch of fat-quarters from Joanne's to practice lining up corners.  I could consistently get one side of the nine-patch lined up nicely, so I called that success. XD

This is the top before I fixed the parts that I didn't notice were wonky the first time around.  Oh quilting.  Grin

I had my own machine for this quilt, and I worked on the initial stages with a lot less supervision than my first quilt.  Therefore, I made more mistakes initially and learned how to work them out later in the process.  I will be much more careful cutting the fabric and piecing the blocks of my next quilt.  I like education when it yields pretty lap-quilts!  Cheesy
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10  Summer Picnic...my first quilt! in Quilting: Completed Projects by katiebread on: June 10, 2008 03:20:55 PM

I posted an in-progress picture of this quilt, but I thought I would post the finished product as well!  It is not quite twin-bed sized, but works fine as a summer blanket.  I called it "Summer Picnic" because the bright colors and the t-shirts reminded me of summer.

I didn't have enough of the striped fabric to do the entire backing, so Mrs. Robertson, my fiancee's mom and my quilting mentor, donated that pretty watercolor-like print from her stash. 

I learned a lot from this project.  Quilting has many more steps than I thought.  Also, I am abysmal at freehanded machine quilting.  Egads.  Something to work on  Wink
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