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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Native American Morning Star Quilt on: June 01, 2010 08:21:55 AM
Are you talking about the morning star quilt that looks like a lone star or a star of bethlehem? They are difficult- you can cut lots of diamonds quickly if you start with strips, but it's a pain to get all of those points to line up.

Maybe start with a dry run- a smaller star. Make a star that is two or three rows, and see how it goes. That way, you can work out the kinks on something that's a lot less overwhelming than one of the huge diamond stars with 5 or 7 rows. I think that they're beautiful quilts, but having done a smaller star, I know that I need to wait a little while longer to do a big lone star, unless I want to spend half my time ripping out seams and trying to get the points to line up.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Blue and White Kaleidoscope Quilt on: May 27, 2010 10:45:00 AM
Very pretty.  Does simplifying the quilt keep enough structure?  I have to lap quilt tops I need to finish off. 

I think so. It makes for a very soft, drapey quilt. I stayed within the specifications on the batting- it said on the bag how many inches you could leave between lines of stitching, and I kept my stitching significantly closer than it required. That said, I am going to tell my friend to hand wash it only when necessary, just in case. I figure that if it doesn't work out, I'll jut re-quilt it, but I had a lot of fun making it and got much better at hand-quilting.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Blue and White Kaleidoscope Quilt on: May 26, 2010 02:34:00 PM
It's lovely!
How do you manage to hand quilt something this size in less than a week?Huh Shocked

It's only lightly quilted- I did one large over-all pattern, which spreads out the lines and means fewer stitches. Also, I'm a college student temporarily home, so I can sit around and watch golden girls reruns and quilt all day long.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Blue and White Kaleidoscope Quilt on: May 26, 2010 10:29:52 AM
I finished this quilt last night, after starting it one week ago. I'd been daydreaming about it all through exams and started cutting pieces out the first day I got home! It's a kaleidoscope quilt block. I pieced the top together on my machine and then hand-quilted it (you can't see it in this photo, but I quilted a labyrinth onto it). It's bound with the backing fabric and is roughly 5 ft x 5 ft.

I'm pretty happy. My quilting isn't amazing, but it's my first time hand-quilting something so large. It's going to decorate my apartment for the summer, and I'm going to give it to a good friend of mine come fall. What do y'all think?
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: the back of my quilt on: May 26, 2010 10:29:21 AM
Maybe trim them to a uniform length and then see how you feel about it?
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hand Quilting! Can I haz? on: May 26, 2010 10:26:46 AM
Go for it! Just make sure you have a good thimble- I made my own out of an old leather glove and some paper stock. What matters is that you protect your fingers but retain the maneuverability you need.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Black n White Coin Stack on: May 26, 2010 10:23:34 AM
It is a lovely quilt! I really like the choice of red thread.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Kaleidescope quilt for baby on: May 02, 2010 07:18:27 PM
That's really great! I love the colors and bright pattern.

How difficult was it? I'm planning to make a kaleidoscope quilt for a friend, and would appreciate any input on how big of a project I'm getting into!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Ex boyfriend's birthday on: August 12, 2009 08:46:40 PM
This may say something about my past break-ups, but just because he is getting something for you does not mean that you have to follow suit. Hand-crafted gifts are the physical manifestation of time and devotion- if you don't feel like giving that to your ex, then don't. No biggie.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / a 'thanks for the summer residence' gift? on: May 18, 2008 07:17:22 PM

I'm going to be spending 2.5 months this summer with my boyfriend's family in Maine where I'll be working (I live in FL). I've met his family (mom, dad, and sister) once before and only for a few days. They're all really nice and chill, and also invited me to stay with them before they'd even met me. I'm driving up in two weeks and want to bring them something, but it has to be able to travel well.

I don't know all that much about them, but here goes:
-they're into sports (loyalties to Boston teams)
-his dad's a bit of a hippy
-his mom likes gardening, takes care of two little girls for a living
-sister is a sophomore in high school, plays field hockey, basketball, and tennis
-also, his mom is pre-diabetic, lactose intolerant, and has an allergy to wheat, so baking anything would be hard.

Ideas? Cost is not too prohibitive (I'm a college student, but it's two plus months and I don't think they'll let me pay rent or anything). I'm just at a loss for ideas. I can sew well, do general crafty stuff, cook, can make books and cards and three-dimensional paper 'sculptures', and could learn something new!
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