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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Happy Sunshine Wedding Quilt on: July 24, 2008 04:13:33 AM
This is simply stunning!
What type of applique is that? Did you hand turn all of it? From the picture it looks like you did. I have only really tried fusbile applique, but the results are never like this.
This absolutely rocks!

I cheated a bit and used Steam A Seam 2 (a double sided fusible), but I have a bit of a bizarre and painful way of doing it.  Or maybe it's common, and nobody talks about it, haha.  I cut out the steam-a-seam in the shape I want, and then cut out the fabric a bit bigger than the shape.  Then I pull off the backing on one side of the steam-a-seam, paste the fabric down, and remove the backing on the opposite side of the steam-a-seam.  Then I go to work with my mini iron, turning the fabric towards the back and ironing it down over the other side of the steam-a-seam, burning my fingers in the process.  I don't necessarily think it's better than hand-turning.  I just don't know how to hand-turn very well!  I need more practice with applique because I'm a total noob at it.  I wouldn't even say using the steam-a-seem is a time saver.  It just helps me to control the fabric better when I'm working with super eensy teensy appliques. Smiley
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Happy Sunshine Wedding Quilt on: July 22, 2008 03:35:04 PM
There's a bit of a backstory to this one, I guess.  We were thrilled when a couple of our very musical friends announced they were getting married.  And even more thrilled, of course, when we were invited. Smiley  This particular couple has been attending our various cabin trips, where we spend the weekend tucked in the middle of the woods, sitting around the campfire playing music pretty much non-stop.  She is an amazing singer and guitarist.  He plays the guitar and sings as well.  But it's such a treat to watch them play together.  She sings and plays guitar, and he accompanies her on his djembe drum.

Long story short, since it was a "don't bother with gifts" sort of wedding (hah, yeah right!), without a registry, it seemed fitting to gift them with a simple quilt that showed them how squishy and wonderful they make people feel when they create music together.  It was kind of rushed, and certainly could have been better.  But meh, I gave it to them just the same.

No real pattern to speak of.  Just kind of winged it.  The sun is machine pieced.  The tree and couple are hand appliqued.  The details in the sky are hand embroidered, which is something I'd never really done before.

Close-up of music notes amongst happy little guitar strings

Super annoying-to-create applique of the couple sitting under a tree.  Him on his drum, her with a guitar.  Kind of hard to make out, I know. Sad  But it's very hard to applique something that teensy! Smiley

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Animal Quilt on: March 21, 2008 07:35:53 PM
Super cool, great job!  I love the fabric.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: how exactly do you insert the batting? on: March 02, 2008 06:11:42 AM
There are several different ways to put a quilt together.  The method I use is the one my mother-in-law taught me.

1) Sew the quilt top together.
2) Iron it and lay it flat - good side down - on the floor or a large table.
3) Pull out your batting, and roll it out on top of the quilt top, smoothing it out.
4) Now...this is where it might start to sound weird if you've never done it.  Pull the  batting back about half way, and spray basting spray (basically an arosol can of washable fabric glue - can be bought at fabric/quilting stores) onto the quilt top.  Smooth the batting back out, and repeat with the other half of the batting so that the entire piece is glued to the quilt top.
5) Dig out the fabric you're using for your backing.  Ensure it is ironed.  Lay it on top of the quilt batting, good side facing up, and smooth it out.
6) Again, pull out your basting spray, peel back one half of your backing, spray, and lay it back down.  Repeat with other half of backing.

Now you'll have your sandwich.  Quilt top, batting, and backing.  I usually flip over the quilt at this point so that the quilt top is facing up.  Then I trim the edges, measuring it as I go to make sure the quilt top is squared properly (so it doesn't look wonky).  The basting spray will hold it all together until you're done quilting.  And as I'm too lazy to actually baste by sewing it, this is my preferred method.

Now you quilt it.  By hand, machine, using trained monkeys.  Whatever you prefer.

Then comes the binding.  I tend to match the binding to my quilt top's border.  Some people use a binding that matches the backing, but I like my binding to blend in and be invisible.  I cut strips of fabric about 3" wide, and sew them all together so I have a giant long strip of fabric.  Again, I'm totally lazy, so I liberally use my machine for the binding.  I sew it to the front first, to create a nice clean edge.  Fold it over to the back, and then machine sew it on either usin a fancy stitch right in the middle of the binding, or a straight stitch carefully sewn along the edge.  Binding is hard to desribe without pictures, so I'll see if I can find a link.  There's usually a good tutorial in the back of every quilt magazine I've seen.

Heather Bailey has a decent binding tutorial:

And while I'm in linksville, here's one I had saved that outlines how to do the "pillowtop" method you were eluding to:
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Bento Box Baby Quilt on: January 26, 2008 04:39:53 PM
Love it!  Great color combo!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Red and white obsession on: January 26, 2008 03:57:01 PM
Very pretty quilts. Smiley
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: 4 year, 700 piece quilt pics finally! on: January 26, 2008 03:55:32 PM
That's a super quilt!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Happy little boy quilt - speed sewn and quilted in less than a week on: January 26, 2008 03:53:22 PM
Yep, this was a rush job, if there ever was one!  My son was getting his first bed for Christmas, and needed some bedding...FAST!  Since him and my daughter are sharing a room for the time being, I decided to do one to match the one I made when she moved into a "big girl" bed (which was my intro to quilting).  However, since hers is unarguably fairly girly, the colors were changed to suit his personality.  We went with a spaceship theme.  The back is done in a flannel spaceship fabric that I bought a ton of because I loved it so much. Smiley  I whipped it together in 6 days, machine quilting it in a mad fury the day before his bed arrived.

Sister quilt (or rather, brother quilt) to the one linked below!

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Invitation Opinions on: January 10, 2008 07:47:11 AM
Haha, I totally clicked on this because I thought "How cool and original!  A Pokemon themed wedding!"  I'm really sorry. Smiley  But like everyone else stated, as long as your invite list isn't comprised of mainly 10-15 year olds, you'd be correct in assuming that nobody else will recognize the Pokeball thing.

I like the thicker ribbon, personally.  It just looks more classy.  And a completely off-the-wall suggestion that you may want to try:  The invitation could also look smashing in black, with silver/red ribbon and silver/red circle.  This would also completely abolish the Pokelook.  Smiley
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Metro Blue Wall-hangings on: January 07, 2008 09:38:00 AM
Lovely.  I love that fabric.
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