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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Star Wars Quilt on: June 02, 2013 08:50:21 PM
A while ago (about a year ago, actually) i finally finished a quilt I had been working on for many months. My daughter's boyfriend loves star wars. I came across a great website by Andy Rash, who is an amazing illustrator, and he had pixellated the characters from star wars - http://andyrash.blogspot.com.au/2010/09/1200-star-wars.html.
so i decided this would be a fun quilt. Whew! I chose 10 characters and made up the blocks. On and between the blocks I embroidered various quotes from the movies. I don't have many good photos, but here are the ones I have:

top row:

middle row:

bottom row:

detail of Obiwan:

You can't really see in these pics, but I embroidered these quotes:
at the top of the quilt, in big lettering: A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY

Next to Chewy: hrraghrrahgh
coming out of Han's mouth: laugh it up, fuzzball!
Also, at the bottom of Han's block: I know
top of leia's block: I love you
bottom of Leia's block: why you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerfherder!
Luke: Never! I'll never turn to the dark side!
Darth: I find your lack of faith...disturbing
R2D2: these are not the droids you're looking for
C3PO: how rude
Obi Wan: use the force, Geoff
Yoda: Do or do not. There is no try.
I realise I don't even have any pics of it after it was quilted and bound.

I don't have many pics, and now my daughter has split up with her boyfriend, so I guess I won't get anymore Sad
anyway it was fun to make and I know how much he loved it. No regrets. Smiley Hope you like it!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / WIP - hexagon kaleidascope quilt on: October 03, 2011 04:32:16 PM
I am away from home for four months on a work project, which means that I have left my sewing machine at home. I attended a class at Material Obsession in Sydney, and the instructor suggested I do some hexagons, using the kaleidascope method. I got hooked! I have now made about 75 or 80 at last count. Here are some photos I took a while ago, showing them all put together:

and a few individual hexies:

I'm afraid a lot of the pics are blurry, from my iPhone camera. But I have had sooooo much fun with this! c & c always welcome!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Taxi Tote - a proud muvva on: July 17, 2011 11:00:02 PM
My daughter made her first ever project yesterday. She chose the fabric, the pattern, and did all the sewing. She decided to make the taxi tote from Anna Maria Horner's book 'Seams to Me'. She chose the fabrics from my stash, and coincidentally chose one of AMH's new fabric line. it is gorgeous fabric, which I only just bought last month. I love the outer, lining and binding fabrics she selected. Can you blame me if I'm proud as punch?

Front of the bag:

Inside lining with pocket:

side view:

The back:

the final pic shows the button loop. she hasn't sewn on the button closure yet.

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Aboriginal Fabric Quilt on: June 19, 2011 09:23:10 PM
Late last year, my older brother was diagnosed with cancer. I decided to make a quilt for him. He loves the Australian bush and animals, loves travelling and generally just loves the outdoors. I had a small stash of fat eighths my mom bought in Darwin so I decided to go with that as a theme. I bought some yardage of fabric with genuine aboriginal patterns.

then I sent out fabric swatches to family and close friends and asked everyone to trace around their hand and to embroider their name on it. I ended up with about 20 hands, which I appliqued around the border.

Well, I think the results are stunning. the fabrics are just so beautiful. My quilting is pretty awful, but it doesn't show up much as the quilt is very busy. It also restful and the colours are really rich.

I had selected some bright orange/yellow for the binding, as that is the colour of my brother's bedroom walls. However, it was just too bright, so I used the wrong side in the binding, and I think it worked.

I call it his 'loving hands' quilt. I hope the love and support of his family and friends will seep into his dreams at night when he sleeps under it.
here it is in sunshine and shade. the colours look very different due to my crappy camera

Some of the hands on one side.

One of his friends added an extra finger onto his hand. I didn't even notice until I was sewing it on and thought '...huh?'

Some detail

The backing

Sorry to be so pic heavy, but I wanted to show off the magnificent colours in this amazing fabric.

Hope he likes it. I'll be giving it to him next weekend.  Cheesy
ps sorry one hand is upside down. The photo edit will NOT work.

the colours in the first picture are most accurate. the background is a lovely grey/brown, not at all blue-ish in real life.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / scrabble cushion on: February 21, 2011 02:56:29 PM
I hope this is the best place to include this cushion. It contains a lot of embroidered letters, so I thought this would be okay. I made this cushion for my brother's birthday (a mere six months ago  Roll Eyes
I embroidered the letters and little tiny numbers to look like scrabble tiles. I laid out real tiles on a scrabble board to get the layout and colours right. I used quilter's 2 inch grid iron-on interfacing. all in all, it's pretty wonky and dodgy in places. (I like to think what I lack in technical skill I make up for in my lack of technical skill). About to send it to him.

The back is beautiful Kaffe Fasset fabric.

I put some piping on the envelope closure - just coz I love piping.
Here are a couple of shots of the process:

C and C welcome - there are many ways it could be a lot better... Tongue
thanx for looking!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Scotty dog cushion on: February 09, 2011 03:46:03 PM
I started another thread for a cushion I made for an Arsenal-mad friend who is leaving town. His partner is going too, of course. She is animal mad, and particularly loves Scotty dogs. She has three, and they are gorgeous. So I made her a cushion which sorta matches his, but with a scotty theme:

O, scotties within a scotty!

aaand the back - more scotties
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Arsenal FC fanatic's cushion on: February 06, 2011 03:24:47 PM
Hi,  a good friend and colleague is leaving soon. he is a mad Arsenal fan, so i made him a cushion with the Arsenal Shield. I embroidered 'Arsene Wegner's Red Army' on the bottom. He and his partner love scotties (and indeed all dogs and animals) so the backing is some doggy fabric. I love piping around cushions, so I made some from a black and white stripe. He loved it!

the back of the pillow:
Some detail of the shield
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Kitty Travel Wallet on: January 05, 2011 03:27:13 PM
My best friend had her 50th Birthday bash on 2 January. On Friday she is going overseas to Italy and Europe for 12 months. She will be travelling all around during that time. What to get her for a gift? I decided to make her a travel wallet, for holding her passport etc. Using a fantastic tutorial on Craftster https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=273186.0 I made one for her out of some cute fabric I have been hoarding forever.

This is the outside. I love the kittehs

Inside left has a boarding pass holder. Under that is the passport holder slot and a driver's licence slot.

On the right there is a change purse on top

Underneath the change purse are two credit card slots

In the middle there is a zippered pouch

We just had to put some English pounds, Scottish pounds, Euros, Mongolian Tugriks and Chinese dollars (?) in.
Under the zippered pouch is another slot for itinerary and other paperwork

Thank you so much, Stitch81, for this awesome tutorial! I could not have done it on my own.
I tried so hard to get it all exact, precise, completely even etc. I failed. Tongue it is quite wonky, but she did love it  Grin
This way, my friend will think of me all the time while she is travelling. Whether she curses me because the travel wallet is wonky and weak, or thank me because it works really well - only time can tell! Wink
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Lift-the-flap Peekaboo Quilt - finished. Pic obese! on: December 20, 2010 06:30:26 PM
Hi All,
I made a peekaboo quilt for a little two-year old girl for her birthday. I got the idea of a quilt with flaps and pictures underneath from a quilt in 'Quilt, Baby' by Linda Kopp, but I kinda took it to the extreme. There are 17 peekaboo flaps in this quilt. This is my first really modern style of quilt with sharp lines and so on. It was such fun to make, and much less headache than I anticipated. On to the pics. I made a large single bed quilt, then made a dolly quilt to match (but with no peekaboos). Here they are together:

Here are the various flaps (doesn't that sound rude!) Wink

the binding is strips of the orange fabrics used in the stripes. I love the grey spot fabric - Michael Miller I think. I love grey and orange together.

and here my lovely friend Jan is modelling the back of the doll's quilt Smiley Thanks Jan!!

Hope you like - the little girl loves it, crawls on it lifting the flaps and saying 'PEEKABOO!'
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Lift-the-flap Quilt on: October 25, 2010 06:16:57 PM
Sorry to be posting a wip in the completed projects topic, but I am too excited to wait - don't know when I will have a chance to finish this one, as I am really busy right now.

First, a bit of backstory. I got inspired by a quilt featured in the book Quilts Baby by Linda Kopp. so I decided to make a lift the flap quilt for my friend's daughter, who turns 2 in December. Sarah has two grandmothers who quilt and craft, so I have always been a bit intimidated to make anything for her - she has truckloads of gorgeous quilts, knitted clothes, bags etc. Anyhoo, I just decided to get stuck into it, and finished the centre quilt top over the weekend.

I hadn't planned to make is so long and thin, so will be adding wide side borders and narrow top and bottom borders in the gray and white dots. 
If you look closely you can see that some of the orange patches have little flaps on top. There are 17 flaps altogether, spread over the quilt top.

Here is one flap....

 When you lift the flap....

There is a picture! Cute Donkey!

What's under this one?


What about this one?


This one?

Humpty Dumpty!

Here are some of the others
Trucks (wouldn't want to be too gender stereotyping)

snoopy and woodstock

a circus elephant

okay, sorry for all the pics. I am really happy with how this quilt is coming together. My daughter says it is her favourite ever.  Hope you like it, and suggestions, comments and criticisms most welcome. Haven't fully decided on the backing and binding yet.

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