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21  Nine-patch charity shop shirts quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by dink on: July 27, 2007 02:11:54 PM
This was my first attempt at sewing anything, and I didn't want to spend a lot of money in case I turned out to be bad at it -- so I bought a lot of cheap, blue, stripey shirts from Oxfam, the Hospice Shop, Save the Children, etc, and cut them into squares, and then sewed them altogether into one great big 109" square!

Although it was my first attempt at sewing anything, it wasn't the first quilt I ever completed.  Nine-patches turn out, for me, to be really uninspiring*, so I let this project drag on for a few years while other, more fun, quilts made the move from my head to completion.

Possibly this also had something to do with it being a quilt for me, rather than a gift for anyone.  Funny how we always put projects destined for our own use at the bottom of the list, isn't it?

Here it is, anyway:

I didn't manage to use up all the squares in the snazzy border, so last year, thinking "I must clear out some of this ridiculous stash", I used the remainder to make a pair of co-ordinating pillow-cases.  Here they are:

Hope you like them!   I have to say that, even though the quilt wasn't hugely fun to make or anything, it does turn out to be comforting, cosy and warm on winter evenings.  I don't know  how we coped without it.

*except for a stunning one -- colourful, with a really good blending of rainbow colours from the centre to the edges -- that I saw here, but I can't remember who made it now or what the topic was called. Sad
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22  I Spy Shooting Stars quilt for my godson in Quilting: Completed Projects by dink on: July 11, 2007 01:58:04 AM
What better way to celebrate your godson being 9 months old than to present him (well, I think his parents appreciated it more at the time) with a quilt that's much too big for his cot?

It's the Shooting Stars quilt block, with the cutting made easy because you just stick a small square in the corner of a larger square then sew along the small square's diagonal.  Then, if you're sane, you trim the seams and in a carefree manner consign all the tiny triangles to the bin.  Or if you're like me and you don't properly think these things through, you sew another line parallel to the first diagonal, cut between the lines, and end up with a pile of tiny bias squares which you then proceed to sew together into tiny windmills, because you didn't think about how much fabric the seam allowance would eat up.  Then you might decide to use the windmills in the border and spend ages trying to work out the maths because nothing is in proportion to anything else on the quilt.  It's not something I plan on doing again, anyway.

Also I made sure that each Shooting Star block used a different child-friendly fabric, so there'd be lots of things for him to find.  His mum tells me that his favourite rainy-day game (9 months later) is to sit on the quilt and play I Spy.  Hurrah!

Here's the whole quilt:

And here are a few blurry close-ups of the corners.  Click on the images to enlarge:


Hope you like it!
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23  Re: iPod Cozies in Knitting: Completed Projects by dink on: August 31, 2006 10:20:46 AM
I was given an iPod Nano for Christmas last year and, after spending January gazing in awe at all the beautiful creations on this thread, I picked up  my knitting needles.

It's made of leftover wool, worked in moss stitch.  Because the Nanos have such delicate screens, I sewed a sheet of clear plastic into the square hole over the screen.  I didn't want to have to keep taking it out of its cover, so I made a long thin hole in the bottom (which you can't really see) for the recharging thingy, and a smaller hole for the earphone socket.

It looked like utter rubbish before I added the pink blanket stitching around all the edges. Cheesy

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24  Labyrinth Quilts -- 2 quilts! in Quilting: Completed Projects by dink on: August 29, 2006 03:43:13 PM
Hello!  I've been lurking here for a while and I thought it was finally time I signed up and joined in.

So I started making quilts in 2003, using one of those tiny sewing machines they sell on the shopping channels.  It did not go well.  No quilts were completed.  I had nothing but a pile of wonky blue-and-white nine patches. Then, in 2004, I got a shiny, beautiful, brand-new, proper-sized sewing machine and the following was the result.

I made it, following my own design, as a wedding/house-warming gift for two friends who were really into labyrinths.  And I loved the labyrinth pattern so much that I used the design again last month to make another one -- again as a gift for a friend.

I saw a selection of 1930s reproduction fabrics and I knew they'd be perfect for this project.  I actually prefer this version of the pattern.  But I still have to work on my actual quilting skills.  It's straight lines all the way at the moment...

Both quilts are 90 inches by 90 inches, so they drape nicely over a double bed.  I hope you like them!
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