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161  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 12 ENTRIES / Re: Google-eye Tufted Warbler on: June 05, 2006 05:04:10 AM
This is fabulous!  I wish I could look at a vase and see something like this.  It's definitely Dr. Seuss-ish, but it also reminds me of those aliens from Sesame Street Wink

Yup, yup, yup, yup, yup. Uh-huh, uh-uh! 
162  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: lion softie RAWWW! on: June 04, 2006 04:40:46 AM
I LOVE this!!  What a great gift!
163  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / College Dorm Quilt on: June 03, 2006 07:28:16 PM
Here is an extra-long twin quilt for my brother-in-law, who will be attending Virginia Tech in the fall (Go Hokies!).  School Colors are orange and maroon.


As you can see, it consists of log cabin blocks set in a traditional barn raising pattern.  I cut 60 2" orange squares, and MANY 2" strips of the cream and maroon fabrics.  I then pieced the strips around the squares to make 60 10.5" blocks.


For those of you who don't know, the beds in college dorms are an unusual size: "extra-long". It's basically a twin bed with an extra 5" on the end. Since a standard quilt size for a twin bed is 65"x95", an extra-long twin quilt would need to be 65"x100".

Now, I don't know about you, but my quilts are never the recommended dimensions. I do try though to get them as close as possible. So, I figured that with 10.5" blocks I could set it in 10 rows with six blocks per row in order to end up with total dimensions of 63"x105".  

164  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: 100 Good Wishes Quilt top on: June 03, 2006 07:18:50 PM
You did a great job with all those different fabrics!

I always prefer diagonal quilting across squares like that.  There's just something visually appealing about bisecting the squares.
165  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Scrappy Crib Quilt on: June 03, 2006 07:09:33 PM
This is the third in my series of baby scrap quilts - just finished!  It uses a  lot of the same fabrics as the other rainbow quilt.

This is a pattern I altered from the book Save The Scraps: Great Quilts From Small Bits, by Gayle Bong.  My husband gave it to me for Christmas and he is so proud that he picked out such a great book all by himself!  This book does not have as many patterns as the one I mentioned above, but the ones it does have are all great and it's the book that got me to organize all those scraps in the first place.  There's a very helpful section in the front about different ways to organize all your scraps and use them up!!
166  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / How to Make Your Own Patterns??? on: June 01, 2006 07:49:05 PM
I have a feeling this has been asked before, but I did a search and couldn't find anything.

I've taken several books out of the library on making stuffed toys and they do a fine job of showing me how to make toys from a pattern, but don't suggest how you would go about making your own patterns.  I'm having a hard time trying to visualize something in 3D and then drawing the patterns in 2D.  Can anyone who makes their own patterns give suggestions, tips, etc??
167  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Little Stuffies, Bunny, Cat, Bear... on: May 30, 2006 05:15:22 AM
This is only my second stuffed creature ever, so it's not too bad (although not as good as I would have hoped!)

After several tries, I finally got the patterns to print at the right size - and the head still seems big to me!  Sewing the head on was the hardest part.  It came out pretty floppy, so I used some fabric glue to keep it in place a little better.

A lot more detail about the process can be read at my blog.
168  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Scrappy Crib Quilt on: May 29, 2006 09:57:21 AM
Do you have any more to show us?

I have one other finished quilt top that is waiting to be quilted and this one here I designed myself and finished back in March:

169  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Scrappy Crib Quilt on: May 29, 2006 06:35:26 AM
Back in January I ironed and sorted all my scraps in the hopes that I would actually use them all.  I never realized how many I had!!  I haven't even come close to making a dent in them, but I have made some nice scrap quilts in the process.


This pattern came from Quick and Easy Scrap Quilts - a great resource for scrap quilts.  I highly recommend.

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