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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Name that pattern! on: June 19, 2012 05:26:12 PM
That is called a rail fence pattern.  It should be pretty easy to find a pattern for this.  Lots of stuff came up when I Googled it.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Wedding tree - a w.i.p on: September 13, 2007 05:39:43 AM
Oh, I am so glad you like it! 

I was a little worried about sending it.  There are a few "oops" areas, and I was very tempted to start again.  However, my Hubby pretty much forbade it, so I had to send it as it was/is.   Tongue

My Sister-in-law has my sewing machine that I do all of my quilting with, so I had to use another one.  I am not thrilled with the results - I had to fiddle with the tension the entire time I was doing the quilting - and I NEVER did get it "right".  It was acceptable, just not up to my normal (self-imposed) standard. 

Congratulations again, Sweets! Grin

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: OMG ITS DONE!!!! Pineapple Quilt (extra-detailed) on: September 10, 2007 05:01:42 AM
The finished product is simply STUNNING!  Wow!   Grin

I can understand why your bf and mom think you should keep it.  It is a LOT of work to "simply" give away.  Your friend must be very special to inspire such a beautiful gift.

Oh, and I LOVE the idea of using the left-overs for yourself!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Wedding tree - a w.i.p on: September 09, 2007 09:31:25 AM
WHOO-HOO! IT IS FINISHED!  (But I will let Sweets4ever show it off herself.)

I will be sending it off to the newlyweds tomorrow.  I can't wait for them to see it.

Oh, I really hope you like it Sweets!  *I will be nervously awaiting a response....*
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Wedding tree - a w.i.p on: September 07, 2007 06:23:19 AM
The quilt for Sweets4ever is almost finished - I just need to bind it!
Here it is quilted.  And a close-up of Mr. Sweets initials.
I should be sending it off to the happy couple on MONDAY!  WHOO-HOO! 

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Wedding tree - a w.i.p on: August 26, 2007 07:32:35 AM
Do you have a lot of luck with fusing?  The handful of times I've tried to fuse pieces together, it doesn't hold for more than 2-3 minutes.  Any tips?

Do you cut the fabric after or before fusing?

I almost always use the paper-backed fusible web (like Wunder Under) so that I can apply it directly to the back of the fabric to be fused BEFORE I even cut the design out.  That ensures that there is adhesive evenly applied to the entire piece.  Also, I use the highest setting on my iron - although I am pretty sure that is NOT what the manufacturer directions suggest you do. Tongue  It is important to PRESS the pieces together with the iron - kind of using it as a heated weight.  Don't move it around like when taking wrinkles out of a shirt, but don't let it sit on the fabric for too long, either! 

I hope that answers your questions!  Now I have a question for all of you!   I have really made great progress on the tree for Sweets4ever, but I need some input from my fellow Craftsters.  Do you think I need to add more leaves to this?  If I am going to add more, I need to do it before I cut this "aura" layer out.  So, any input (in the next few hours) would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks!


7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Wedding tree - a w.i.p on: August 24, 2007 05:53:36 AM
More Progress! 
I can't believe how fast this is coming together!  I guess it may be because I did all the trial-and-error with the first one.
Here I have the puzzle of pieces all pinned down and ready to fuse to the background fabric. 

Now, it has been fused, and STITCHED, too!  See, I TOLD you it was going fast! 

A closer look...

Obviously, I still need to add the leaves.  I hope to do that today.  Ideally, I would have the tree ready to applique to the second background by the end of the weekend.  I'll let you know if that happens! 
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Wedding tree - a w.i.p on: August 21, 2007 06:07:10 PM
Here is a little peek at the tree quilt I am making for Sweets4ever...

Sorry, girly, but it isn't going to be done in time for your wedding Tongue...I ended up having to serve on a jury and I lost a little over a week of my life - So, I am a little behind Cry.  

I am hoping that I am able to get it finished quickly, though.  The hardest part is done....drawing out the pieces and marking everything!   Your tree should be on the first background tomorrow (at least with wonder-under!)  WHOO-HOO! Grin
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Dollar store centerpieces.... on: August 10, 2007 06:12:36 AM
Sorry everyone....I didn't mean to blow off your question about the roses.  I just didn't have time to answer right away, and then I lost this thread for awhile! 

I actually found the tutorial for the Coffee Filter Roses right here on Craftster!  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=134959.0  Surprise! Surprise!  Grin

To color them, we experimented with all sorts of things!  Many of them are watercolors - we used a large foam brush to apply the color, and then, after awhile, we discovered that if you dilute the paint in the rinse water, you can just dip the filters into that for a nice color!  We also used coffee (for the ivory).  Some were done with Kool-aid - a variety of water/kool-aid ratios were used - and we did NOT add the sugar!  We even tried RIT dye! 

It took a LONG time to make all the roses!  I toted those bad boys around with me EVERYWHERE I went!  I got a lot of funny looks, and many many questions, but you do what you gotta do to save some money, right?!

The roses are stuck into half of a Styrofoam ball.  The balls were hollowed out, too, because, even though you can't see them in the pictures, there are little twinkle lites poking through the flowers.  The battery packs fit into the base of the ball, and helped to weigh them down. 

Thanks for all the compliments!  They were fun to do, but they took a lot of time (some might say more time than they were worth!), and I am so happy that I don't EVER have to make them again!
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Starburst yarn set - couldn't wait 'til Friday to post! on: July 19, 2007 07:34:40 AM
Ohhhh! - They are so YUMMY!  Grin
The name PERFECTLY describes the colors, but I can see how after spinning several skeins you would be tired of looking at it! 

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