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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First Grandbabys Quilt on: July 19, 2018 06:10:33 AM
We became first time grandparents last week to the most adorable baby girl in the world  Grin

Her mommy loves elephants and told us the baby room would feature them regardless of the babys gender so I set to work.  Couldnt find any cute elephant fabric locally so I purchased a panel, cut out the elephant and worked with the colours on it.  I thought it wasnt baby enough but my hubby said it was modern baby and go for it, so I did.

Our DIL loved it.  I think our son is still getting used to being a daddy and didnt say much  Smiley   I used the same pattern that I made him a quilt with 10 years ago.  

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Pink and Animals on: October 10, 2017 08:29:08 PM
Two young couples in our church are having first babies, one in November and one in January.  The November couple are not sharing what they are having even though they know so, I decided I had to make a quilt for a girl and one for a boy before November, give them the appropriate one and then replace that one before January.

All the squares feature animals and these are some of my favourites:


3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A Donkey and a Tiger on: September 11, 2017 08:53:59 PM
We've lived in our house for almost 20 years and had the same neighbours on one side.  We've gotten to know their children and grandchildren over the years and their two granddaughters enjoy visiting to see my current quilt projects.

This summer, the youngest (11) got brave enough to ask if I would make her a donkey quilt.  A donkey. I thought Huh  Yup, that's her favourite animal and that's what she wanted.  She even went online and found the one she wanted but it was only a picture so, with some counting and figuring, I came up with a pattern and made it.  She LOVED it.

Then I offered to make her sister (13) a quilt and she said her favourite animal was a tiger.  I knew exactly where to find a pattern for that and headed to Quilt Art Designs.  She LOVED it too.

While I had no problem giving the donkey away, it was much harder to part with the tiger.

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Happy 150th Canada on: September 11, 2017 08:36:01 PM
For a swap with another group, I designed a Maple Leaf paper pieced pattern.  The recipient wanted something to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, said she liked abstract and unusual.  After sewing the leaf, I used a temporary adhesive to stick it to the background and then quilted the entire quilt.  I didn't applique the leaf so some of the edges are loose. 

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Mini Quilt Swap Gallery on: January 23, 2017 10:58:25 PM


Red = SENT

Homerof2 --- vkvhawk
cmarion3 --- kbrison
BigBangMomma --- RaraAvis
noelle --- craftylittlemonkey
SaralaAnne --- Artmomto5
Amazon_warrior --- Thimbles71
waterbaby --- Pioneer9
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Mini Quilt Swap ... send by Feb 11 on: January 08, 2017 09:38:02 PM
This is a Mini Quilt Swap, not an Art Quilt swap
there is a difference and I'd like people to understand that before signing up

A Mini Quilt has a pieced top, batting center and backing.  It's quilted together and bound around the edges.  It does not have embellishments.  Use applique sparingly if necessary




Swap name:  Mini Quilt Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Homerof2
Sign-up date range:  Jan 9-14 or until full
Date to send item by: Feb 11

Limited to a certain number of people? YES ... 12

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
 - Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
 - Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
 - Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
 - Is at least 18 years old: YES

 Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
 - Has been a member for at least one month: YES
 - Has posted at least 15 times: YES
 - Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
 - Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
 - Does not have any negative feedback: YES
 - Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
 - If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
 - If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of Swap

Your Mini Quilt must be no smaller than 12" x 12" and no larger than 24" x 24"   It does not have to be square but be sure all sides meet the requirements.

It must have a pieced top, a batting layer, be quilted and bound.  It must be able to hang on the wall so use a sleeve, corner pockets or other preferred method.  You must use 100% cotton fabric only.

The pattern choice is up to the creator but you must follow the colour suggestions from the recipient.    

Please post in the swap thread at least once a week during the swap so I know you're still active.


 Name of swap:  Mini Quilt Swap
 Craftster username:
 Email address:
 Your real name:
 Mailing address including the country and written as it needs to be on the package:

 Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
 Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

 What colours do you like?

 What colours don't you like?

 Are there any fabric designs you don't like (dots, flowers, food, etc.)?

 Are you a beginner, intermediate or advanced quilter?

 Do you have any allergies?
 Do you have pets or smoke in your house?

Is there anything else you'd like to tell your partner?

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Keepsake Ornaments from Mom's Jewelry on: January 03, 2017 10:28:47 PM
My mom passed away in July of 2016 and while I was helping dad go through her stuff, I discovered she had many Christmas themed pins.  I decided I would make each of her grandchildren a Keepsake Ornament using these pins.  Dad wanted one and then I decided myself and my brother should have one too.  I have not made mine yet because I ran out of time before Christmas.

This collage shows the front and back of each ornament, with the exception of the bottom middle and right, which are the ones for my own sons.  The top left is my dad's and it's quilted.  The next three are rag quilted and then three are in plastic balls.  

Everyone loved them and I know they will remember their wife/mom/grammie/nana every year they are hung.

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / T-shirt Quilt for Son 2 on: January 03, 2017 11:51:00 AM
I've been planning to make t-shirt quilts for both our sons for a number of years.  Son 2 moved across Canada a few years ago and when we decided to spend Christmas with him this year, I decided to make his quilt so I could deliver it rather than mail it.  I made this plan in October but it wasn't until December 12th that I actually started it ... who starts a quilt like this 10 days before they leave!!  Cheesy  One day before we flew east it was finished.

I had to use our garage to lay it out.  Based on one my mom had made me, I used as much of the front of each shirt that I could and sewed them to a flat sheet:
When that was finished, I laid the top over a heavy flannel sheet and tied the two together rather than sewing it.

He loved it, as did Son 1 - I told him his would be made this year and delivered (thankfully he lives close)
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mini Quilts made in 2016 on: September 25, 2016 09:02:39 PM
I've done 3 swaps this year outside Craftster for Mini Quilts.  In all of them, the creator chose the pattern based on themes and colours the recipient suggested.  None of them could be larger than 24" x 24".

                                       This swap was specifically for rainbow colours:

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Mini Quilt Swap on: September 25, 2016 08:41:55 PM
I've done several of these swaps outside Craftster and have enjoyed them so much.

The mini quilt can have any side as small as 12" but a maximum of 24".  The pattern would be makers choice but the recipient would provide colours they like and don't like for guidance.  It needs to be made from 100% cotton and designed to hang (it could have a sleeve or corner pockets.)

I think 1 month is enough time to make and send this size of quilt so that's what I'd expect.  I would like to do this before Christmas so was thinking to have signups from October 10-15 and a mailing deadline of November 17th.

Any interest or questions?
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