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1  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

2  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!

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Autumn "Log Cabin" Quilt on: September 16, 2007 03:11:42 PM
I'll start by saying that traditional patterns are sooooo not my thing.  Neither are neutral colors, when it comes to quilting.  Grin  But when a friend of mine got engaged last year, I started working on this as a wedding gift, and surprised myself by going with a very traditional pattern and very muted colors. 

It has by far taken me longer than any other quilt I've done (I've only done 2 others so it's not like I have much to compare to, anyway Tongue), and I finally gave it away a week ago.  I have no idea whether or not they liked it, because they're still on their honeymoon.  But my husband wanted to keep it, so I may end up making another. 

The border is chocolate brown corduroy, and the back is a light brown fleece.  It's very thick and cozy - perfect for some fall snuggling. Wink

My first time attempting a "photo" label:

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Contact Paper - Where to buy? on: June 07, 2007 01:23:25 PM
Title says it all.  I have a project in mind, and need white contact paper. But my brief google search yields zero results about what types of stores even sell the darn stuff.  Apparantly, Home Depot doesn't have it.  And the local craft store doesn't have it.  My brain can't think of anywhere else I could possibly find it.

I need it in roll form, I think?  And large enough to cover the surface of a desk.

Any ideas?  Real stores, please.  I don't buy things on the interweb. Smiley
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Quilted iPod Cozy on: March 05, 2007 07:00:07 AM
First of all, why don't we have an iPod case forum?  There's certainly enough of them!

Secondly, I got worried for my little iPod friend when it got a nice chip in the corner, and decided it was time to make a squishy case for it.  This ws kind of a practice run.  There are things I will change the next time around.  I also don't have a clue what to use to close it!



Open - shows off its wonkiness Sad :

The ever-necessary headphone hole (created suprisingly easily and tidily with a regular old hole punch for paper):

Any ideas for a closure or clasp device are appreciated.  I was thinking of using a snap, but that would require a shopping trip. 

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Tree of Life Wedding Guest Book Quilt (img heavy) on: February 22, 2007 05:34:37 PM
This is the second quilt I've dared to attempt.  My husband and I knew that we wanted something different than the typical "stash-it-away-never-to-be-seen-again" guest book that is traditionally  created at weddings.  And I had this grand idea in my head of a tree of some kind, as the wedding had a bit of a Tree of Life theme.  So I had a quilter friend dye some fabric for me, and I cut out these little leaves.  We left a bowl of them out at the wedding, and the guests signed them:

I had a vague plan in my head, and decided to just go with it.  About 15 different fat quarters of custom dyed fabric, and 5 months later, it's done!  What compelled me to hand quilt it, I have no idea.  You can't really see the quilting in the pic, but it's quilted so heavily that it's stiff, as it's meant to be a wall hanging.  There is a quilted grass pattern, and quilted swirlies in the sky.

Close-up of some of the signed leaves:

I had some remnants from my wedding dress left over, and as I made my husband's suit, I obviously had some fabric left in my stash, so I made a ying-yang style heart out of them, and added it:

Then I learned to embroider for the label.  It's not nearly as scary a task as I thought it'd be!

It was a project that was near and dear to my heart (for obvious reasons), but I'm SO SO SO glad it's finished, so I can move onto more sane, SIMPLE, and machine created pieces.  Grin
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First Quilt - Bright cheery little girl quilt on: January 27, 2007 06:20:10 AM
I'm lucky enough to have a mother-in-law who is an amazing quilter, and last year she decided to teach me how to quilt.  I jumped in with both feet, or however the expression goes, and decided to make a twin sized quilt right away.  I have to say, learning how to machine quilt on something so large was a PAIN! Smiley

I made this for my daughter's room when we were moving her to her "big girl" bed.  It's a flying geese pattern, made with pinks and greens (all of the ladies in our quilting group were pretty skeptical when I pulled out the fabric, initially).  I called the quilt "Brynn's Enchanted Garden" (my daughter's name).

On the bed (and a bonus shot of my son, who is still awaiting HIS first quilt:

Close up, with quilted pillow sham and the throw pillow I made to match:

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / 'Twas the Night Before Christmas... (img heavy) on: December 24, 2006 10:56:41 AM
....and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except for the Momma frantically trying to get all of the Christmas crafts done on time.  Grin

I finally got the puppet theatre quilt done for my daughter.  It's meant to hang in a doorway, and can be rolled up and stored away.  I thought It was a genius, original idea, but have since discovered that it actually already exists elsewhere.  Ah well, I'm not as creative as I thought!

Open curtains:

Close curtains:

Close-up of my crummy, frantic, rushed quilting:

I also got my son's car playquilt finished....in one night.  The background was meticulously pieced with curvy pieces that required me to pin the hell out of them.  I went slightly mad while working on it, and also dipped into the rum a little. Wink

The stockings were hung by the chimey with care.... (these were last year's project - quilted stockings, hand-quilted with a snowflake design that of course doesn't show well in my crummy photos - but I've never posted them, so what the heck).

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. Smiley
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Anyone know of a good embroidery tutorial? on: September 09, 2006 07:44:53 AM
I'm on the verge of starting a very complex "guest book" quilt.  The background of this is that we had guests at our wedding sign pre-cut fabric leaves, instead of signing a guest book.  I'll be sewing them onto a wallhanging of a tree, which I will then quilt.

And here's where the embroidery comes in:

I want to sew a little "plaque" on the bottom, with our names, the date of our wedding, and a phrase.  But....I have never embroidered letters, and it has been literally 20 years since I have done any kind of embroidery at all.  I attempted embroidered lettering on a past quilt, and failed miserably.

SO!  Does anybody happen to know of a good, free, online tutorial for embroidering letters?  Or heck, I'd even be willing to go out and pick up a good book, if anybody has any suggestions.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Need ideas for a homemade engagement party gift on: June 19, 2006 07:49:59 PM
Ok so I just read that engagement parties require gifts.  I never had one, so I didn't know!  My best friend is having her engagement party this weekend, and I'd like to get her a little something.  Problem being....I'm broke!  So I have 5 days to make her something wedding related.  Any ideas?  I have a ton of cardstock on hand.  I was thinking something like an organizational box (think recipe cards, but for each wedding guest as they RSVP.  Addresses can be kept on them, as well as gifts as they are received - with a checklist to remember to send out thank-you cards).  I've seen similar boring ones in invitation catalogues, but I know I could do something spiffy for her, and pop it into a fancy box.

Does this idea suck?  If so, does anyone have any other ideas?  Five days, tick-tick-tick.  I need to get started on this, now! Tongue
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