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11  Re: Log cabin in progress in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by penguinade on: April 18, 2009 12:40:32 PM
My camera is working again  Cheesy

I've got the first two blocks of the final round done . . . only 26 more to go!
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12  Log cabin in progress in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by penguinade on: March 08, 2009 01:13:52 AM
I've been working on a log cabin for the past 3 weeks, and I figured I'd post some pictures to tempt you all!

First, this is the most complete part of the quilt.  I've never used a quilt-as-you-go method, but hand working a log cabin calls for it, so I threw together the center squares to check whether there was anything I should be cautious of when piecing each block.  I'm sewing the edges of the finished backs by machine, and then "quilting" down the top edges so that it's more continuous with the pattern.  It seems to be a pretty sturdy seam so far.

(This image is the most accurate in terms of coloring of the blue pieces--there are some greens and purples in this picture that did not turn out very accurately, but it's a very blue quilt)

I'm doing an overall 8 x 8 barn raising pattern.  Since I have 24 blocks done, I have them laid out here in a 4 x 6 set.  I plan to attach the blocks "log cabin style", going around and around so that I don't have to worry about trying to sew down the middle of the quilt when it's in its full, mammoth proportions.  My original muslin (that I'm using for the backing) shrunk by about 2 yards (ugh terrible fabric these days . . .), and while I matched the color pretty well, the texture of some of the blocks will be slightly different, so I'm going to piece the rest of the blocks before continuing construction.

This picture shows a close-up of the prints of each fabric.  I selected 11 lights and 8 darks (I basically pulled every bolt that could possibly "go" from the calico and cotton section at Joann's . . .), and navy for the center square.  Each block uses 10 lights and 10 darks, so there's some repetition, but I've gotten pretty good at randomizing fabric choices by now.  I sliced up about 10 yards of the calicos into 1.5" wide strips x the fabric width before I came back to school (yes, I transported 2 gallon size ziplocs of fabric strips over the US-Canada border), and each set of strips lasts about 5 blocks, if that makes any sense ;-)

The last image is the back of one of the squares--it looks a lot less wonky in real life, promise!  I'm averaging about 5-6 stitches per inch, but I'm really working on getting that number up to 7, with more even stitches.  Each block takes about 40 minutes.  Each block is about 1 foot square, with the center square 2", and each strip about 1"

The only thing I'm not sure about at the moment is what color and width to bind it in.  Ideally I'd like to match the center square, but I don't know how easy that will be :-(

Hopefully the next update will have more of the construction done!
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13  Hello, we are giraffes! Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by penguinade on: February 28, 2009 03:54:48 PM
Hello, we are giraffes!  We have silly smirks

Here is a diagram of our lengthy giraffe proportions, at two squares per inch.  We make a pretty good size baby blanket, if you ask us (long enough to drag around but not trip any of the baby feeders)

Here is a picture of us before we were born (and sadly, before we had smirky smiles)

And a glamour shot of our long, long legs and necks.

Here are some silly stuffed giraffes that are confused by our shocking likeness!

1/2 meter of each spotted print was used for the giraffes, with 1 meter for the background--I have enough leftover for a whole 'nother quilt worth of giraffes.  Backed in a flowery green and bound with pre-made bias tape
Machine pieced for baby friendliness, but hand quilted.
Faces are hand embroidered--The contrast in colors is better in real life
Cutting and piecing took 1 hour each, then 40 minutes to quilt each giraffe.
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14  "Make my tat into a quilt for my b-day, plz" in Quilting: Completed Projects by penguinade on: February 26, 2009 02:06:29 PM
So my friend and I are sitting in (popular bakery chain), when she spies a quilt on the wall.  Being a month past her birthday, and not having received anything from me, she demanded that I copy the quilt on the wall of every (popular bakery chain), but in the spirit of her new tattoo.

It was a relatively simple pattern, so here's the results:

The large green square is almost a direct copy of her tattoo.  Everything else is based on it in some way or another.
**Please note that I am not the designer of the tattoo (it was designed by another friend).  Please do not use it for any purposes, in respect to the designer**

Three mini flowers, and a couple of macro-images of the flower bud, flower, and stem

A hummingbird enjoying the dragonflower

The entire quilt, hanging on her wall.  It measures about 4 feet by 6 feet.

The fabric is classic cotton (or whatever JoAnn's calls its lowest quality quilting cotton), in muted peach, pink, green, cream, blue, and dark blue.  The backing is an unbleached muslin.  The quilt is machine pieced, then the pictures were drawn with Fabricmate pens in grey and dark brown.  The borders of at least every other block or line are quilted, with some extra quilting around the shapes of some of the drawings.

Oh yeah . . . and she loved it  Cool

PM me if you would like to know the name of the bakery chain--I didn't want to take pictures of the original or name it publicly, but I'll gladly tell you the name if you'd like to use the original for inspiration.

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15  Re: DINOscarf (fair isle megascarf) in Knitting: Completed Projects by penguinade on: December 30, 2008 10:36:59 AM
Thanks for all the comments!  I found a close up for those who are having trouble finding the dinos  Wink

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16  DINOscarf (fair isle megascarf) in Knitting: Completed Projects by penguinade on: December 28, 2008 09:06:13 PM
I knit this puppy for boyfriend for the holidays--he's a classy guy who likes purple (I like  grey), dinosaurs, and happens to look good in a scarf.  Boyfriend and I at Rockefeller center:

The boyfriend alone, with the T-rex chasing the brontosaurus on the left-hand side.

The stats:

9" wide x 6 ft long, knit in the round on size 5 with Paton's Classic wool.  All the charts are my own, and except for the bottoms, the ends are mirror images.  There's 3/4" ribbing at the bottom to prevent curling.  It's super soft, and he loves it! Kiss
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17  One Fish Two Fish in Knitting: Completed Projects by penguinade on: December 06, 2008 05:55:49 PM
red fish . . . purple fish?

Soo I was on a fish kick for a while.  The background was a plain blue acrylic knit on size 10s, the rest of the pieces were free-knit out of scrap yarn.  The "seaweed" pieces were knit, then every other row of stitches was dropped to form the lace-like structure. 

The entire blanket was backed with navy flannel and tie quilted so that the ties were only seen from the back.  The blanket was donated to project linus.

edit:  dimensions are about 48"x60"
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18  Printed/quilted fish wall-hanging in Quilting: Completed Projects by penguinade on: December 03, 2008 02:37:13 PM

Mixed media quilting!

The fish are all printed from a hand-carved lino (there's two different linos--one large facing right and one small facing left).  The seaweed was free-painted.  These pieces were backed with batting and raw-edge hand quilted onto the back.  The back also has a few different painting/printing techniques.

Close-up of the fish:

(I don't really like the hand painted fish, but I like the printing of the fish to its right)

The whole wall-hanging was then hand quilted and a casing for a 3/4 inch dowel was formed at the top. 
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19  First two (posted) quilts in Quilting: Completed Projects by penguinade on: November 24, 2008 02:09:39 PM
So I usually lurk, but I'm avoiding doing work, so here are two quilts I made last year for weddings:

First, a queen size maple-leaf as modeled by my twin dorm bed:

with a closeup of the monogram:

This was my first queen-size, and it was a bit of a beast, but well worth it.  **If anyone can link me to the quilt designer's website, that would be great--I'm now 2 computers later, and I can't find it anymore, though I'd like to give credit**

Second is a wall-hanging (about 2x3 feet):

  (as modeled by my floor--the edges are straighter than they appear in the photo)

and a semi-closeup of the embroidery and applique:

I wish I had moved the lower embroidery up so it was off the edge a bit . . .
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