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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Bird Watcher on: September 15, 2016 06:27:17 PM
Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted a project on Craftster, even though I've had many finishes.

A wall quilt designed by Amy Bradley from her Meet the Tweets pattern set.
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first quilt - yes, you're reading this correctly! on: July 08, 2015 10:48:48 PM
For those that know me, this is probably a confusing subject line as I've posted many quilts already.  But, really, truly, this is my first ever quilt.   Smiley

I was cleaning out above my bedroom closet a few months back and came across this sealed nicely in a dark plastic bag.  I knew what it was but hadn't looked at it for years nor had I taken photos of it finished.

I started this the beginning of 1999, when my cousin and his wife adopted a baby boy.  I had never quilted before but was a good seamstress.  I found a block pattern online, went to the local fabric store to pick out fabric (yikes!) and started sewing.  I knew before I had the top together it was never going to be given away.  I had spent $50 on material, which was huge for us at that time, and more hours than I care to remember.  After I had the top finished, my SIL suggested that I ask my MIL to hand quilt it, which became another reason it would stay with me.

When all was said and done, I tucked it away for the day I would have a grandchild (even though our sons were only 10 and 8 at the time.)  They are both married now but I'm still sort-of-patiently waiting for the day I get to use it.

13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Oh Canada on: June 28, 2015 08:10:50 PM
Just in time for Canada Day, July 1st, I finished a small wall quilt.  It was heavily inspired by a pattern I saw online but since I could not purchase it locally and it was smaller than I wanted, I made up my own.  This is 10 x 28.


My attraction to this idea was the red and white so I used just one maple leaf


We don't usually use stars to represent Canada but it was another way to use red and white material


a special star to represent crafting


and a heart just because I like hearts

14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Yellow, Green, Flowers and a White Pelican on: May 07, 2015 01:40:23 PM
I offered to make a wall quilt for my mom and asked for suggestions of colors and themes.  Thinking she would just tell me to make whatever I wanted, I was quite surprised when she came back with specifics.

She wanted me to use Green and Yellow, Flowers and a White Pelican.  She said her and Dad decided they should give me a challenge so got specific with the bird.

The measurements are 31" x 11" - strange dimensions but when you aren't working from a pattern, that's what happens.


Much thought went into this project, the most being how to fit a Pelican in.  I found a picture online of a pieced pelican and based my pattern on that.  Not wanting to applique the Pelican, I used the pot material and then cut it to shape.


I wasn't sure if she wanted flowers in the project or just on the material so I covered all my bases.  I had some large floral print fabric so cut these out and made them dimensional by not fully attaching them to the quilt.

15  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Black and White and Red Hearts on: March 31, 2015 07:16:26 AM
I've had a table runner similar to this on my 'to make' list for quite some time.  When I saw that my partner in the Geezer Swap had the same one pinned, I knew what I was making.  I now know that wasn't a smart idea as it was very hard to part with.  The creator of the runner this is based on is unknown to me, as it's just a photo, so I can't give credit where it's due.  This hanging is about 14" x 30".


and a couple close ups

16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / March's Little Quilt on: March 12, 2015 01:10:43 PM
Another month of Little Quilts finished.  I love bright colors and wanted to use lots for this one.  Most of the fabric, other than the center, is from my scrap bin.

You can't tell but each flower has a circle quilted in the middle, the center of the corner flowers is quilted and I stitched in the ditch around each dark section of the flying geese.

17  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 13 - FOUND on: March 03, 2015 06:59:58 PM
I am looking for 1 swap angel for the Embroidery Hoopla Round 13.  The theme is Animals or Birds.  There are no hoop size requirements and it can be embroidery or cross stitch.  The person you will be sending to lives in Canada.

Please PM me if you are interested.
18  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Black Tie Affair on: March 01, 2015 05:38:52 PM
This quilt pattern is from the January/February 2014 edition of Quiltmaker.  The quilting first caught my attention and then the colors.  The top was finished quite awhile ago but all the quilting intimidated me as I usually just stitch in the ditch.  Finally I decided to just do it and finished yesterday.

19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 13 GALLERY - Animals or Birds on: January 13, 2015 06:03:38 AM
Red = sent
Blue = received
Green = sent and received
Strike through = feedback given

pinkmichk  --- rockingbearranch
dfabbric  --- mialesca  ..........  DearBluebird swap angel for dfabbric
DaphadillyArt  ---  crazyda79
average_fan  ---  Zenersy
.:.Lola.:.---  smileyyogini
Jaywesome  ---  MommyTheMaid
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Downton Abbey on: January 10, 2015 08:46:15 PM
I have to laugh when I read my subject line - Downton Abbey - I know nothing about it except that it's a British television show.

I have a friend, though, that loves it and when I told her last March that I had seen Downton Abbey fabric, she joked that I should buy some and make her a quilt for her birthday.  I thought, why not!  I purchased it in April planning to have it done well before her December birthday.  Yup, that was the plan but it didn't happen.  So tomorrow I'll be giving her a late birthday present.  I never would have dreamed of making her something, let alone a quilt, but when she gave me that idea, I took the opportunity.

Disappearing 9 patch with a pieced border.


First, and probably last, time I've done a pieced quilt back.  It was hard to get it centered and if anyone were to measure, you'd discover I'm off by an inch.

The 9 fabrics I used from this line - what a hard decision to make.  This is no where close to my style so I tried to think of her house and what would go well in it.  She's very Victorian and has said many times she was born in the wrong era.


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