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1  Re: Pass the parcel *Aussie only* Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bananabanana on: August 28, 2011 02:03:01 AM
hi folks,
forgot to mention, I used a little white flower from the parcel on Nilmerg's cushion cover...here it is on the broccoli.
Thanks to whoever put that chain of daisies in.
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2  Re: Pass the parcel *Aussie only* Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bananabanana on: August 21, 2011 01:16:55 AM
Hi everyone,
The parcel is at its penultimate destination. Here's some of the goodies i took out.

This sweet potholder was in here, I have no idea how you got the colours to be reversed on the back but it is way cool. Thanks!

I am off to start shoving bits and pieces into the parcel for Nilmerg.
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3  Re: Pass the parcel *Aussie only* Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bananabanana on: July 07, 2011 02:46:01 AM
Here's the tree I graphed for the quilt. Just thought it would be a nice way to use up some of my green scraps. Since I am in the middle of a queen size quilt at the mo, it was nice to be able to finish something in a day!

And here's the quilt in its native habitat:

It's been very cold and frosty here in Canberra lately.
I am so glad you like it Sansa. It was fun to make.
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4  Re: Pass the parcel *Aussie only* Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bananabanana on: June 28, 2011 03:47:10 AM
Well, guess what hubby brought home with him tonight? A parcel for me! He was a bit sad that I didn't give him his usual cuddle and cheerful greeting because I was too busy ripping into it!

It was crammed full of lovely stuff. I decided to keep
some fabric

some buttons and doo-dads

one of the doo-dads is a crocheted flower, how beautiful!
and Melmakespretty made me a hexagon purse

isn't it great? I don't know how to make those yet. It came with a cute card. I think I might put my i-pod charger and phone charger in it when I go on a trip instead of shoving them in with my clothes.

There was also a cute Japanese embroidery book for inspiration.

check out the cute cake!

I have filled it back up but I really did have trouble squishing it all in. I think my crafted item was a leeetle on the heavy side. If Sansa gets a bill for excess weight in the parcel, please let me know and I'll stump up.

Thanks Y'all
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5  "Coconut Ice" snowball quilt from scraps in Quilting: Completed Projects by bananabanana on: January 08, 2011 05:54:39 PM
Fresh off the washing line: Coconut Ice

Machine pieced from leftover fabric. I made my DD clothes when she was little and had leftover girly colours in the stash to use. She is now 9 and not so into pink!

I bought the white on white fabric (3 metres!) I tried to recycle a sheet for the backing, but she insisted on specially bought fabric with puppies on it. She chose two different sorts, so it has a pieced backing.
She also talked me into buying a jelly roll to use for the binding, so it has a pieced binding. (I was planning to just use the plain pink) The batting is bamboo. It felt soooo gorgeous and silky.

To make the plain pink squares more interesting, I embroidered cute things on them. This was a collaborative effort, with my DD drawing some designs and giving ideas.
Here are a few of the 25 embroidered squares:

I did not really plan it, I just started in one corner and kept going until it was big enough for her bed. I had to go back twice to the shop for more white, I thought 1 metre would be enough at the start! Each row has a mixture of fabrics in it, but I did not bother to mix up the next row up, so there are blocks of the same colour. Adds to the scrappiness I think.

It is my second go at machine quilting. I bought a walking foot and a spool of variagated thread. I just did a grid pattern across the whole thing, with a circle around each embroidered square to make them stand out.
Please note: first go at mitred corners! very proud of myself!

I made a rainbow type thing in the first border. This was time consuming, so I chose to go back to a grid for the pink border.

Believe it or not, when I was taking this shot of her butterfly, a real butterfly flew over and landed on the binding!

Here's part of the label, it was the pinkest one I could find

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6  please recommend a quilting pattern for a quilt with embroidered squares in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by bananabanana on: December 19, 2010 06:56:46 PM
Hi there,
I have got my snowball quilt ready to quilt. I am machine quilting it. It is a single bed size quilt.
I would like to highlight the embroidered squares. I don't like the idea of quilting over the top of the embroidery.
I was thinking of diagonal lines (I am new to machine quilting) but when I get to the embroidered squares can I take a detour and go around the edge instead of straight through the square? I like this idea because then I won't have to mark the quilt top, I can just go from corner to corner.

The rabbit on the pink square is embroidered. There is one every ten or so squares.

Or should I try to quilt a wavy line that weaves through the squares?
Or maybe a fish scale type of design?
I am not keen on the idea of stippling it..too fiddly.
Any suggestions?
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7  1st go at machine quilting..baby play mat in Quilting: Completed Projects by bananabanana on: December 16, 2010 04:24:26 PM
This project is 99% stash made
I did go and buy the blue bias binding for the edge as I did not have enough of one colour to make 3.6m of binding, and did not want to piece it. The bias binding was 5cm wide.

The front was a lego mat in a former life. It is about a metre across.

I made the backing from bits and pieces.

I cobbled together 6 strips of leftover wadding.
Then I took a deep breath, dropped the feed dogs and machine quilted it.
I used hand-quilting thread because that's all I had.
I used all of my safety pins to hold it together.
First I went along the straight line in the middle. That was ok, so I did some wavy lines. Then I thought, "this is easy!" so I started going around the cats and whales etc. I think it turned out very nicely, and I am giving it to my friend at her baby shower this afternoon!
Mum helped me to sew on the binding because she has a walking foot, and it meant the binding did not have any nasty kinks in it.
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8  "City Fair" Snowball quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by bananabanana on: November 15, 2010 12:19:02 AM
Here's what started my snowball craze, it is a pattern called city fair, found here: http://cherryhousequilts.bigcartel.com/product/city-fair. When you squint, it looks like the city lights reflected by the rainy pavement. Or like bokeh.

I tried to make a cheap version, so I bought solids from Spotlight instead of the recommended Kona solids. I think it turned out ok! It is machine pieced. Progress shots:

Some tesselation inspiration.
(that's my tractor)

For the quilting, I was inspired by a few things: a level crossing sign from a trainset. The windows at the National Library of Australia http://www.nla.gov.au/pub/nlanews/2010/mar10/Leonard-Frenchs-Windows.pdf
An Australian artist named John Coburn. He designed the Blake prize logo:http://www.artshub.com.au/au/news-article/news/performing-arts/leonard-brown-wins-2010-blake-art-prize-182220

I traced around a jam tin and a coffee jar to make two circles, then used masking tape for the straight lines in a cross or x formation. These are randomly arrayed: some line up and others seem to oscillate in the manner of turning cogs. I knew I had no hope of replicating the intricate quilting on the pattern photo! The quilt is handquilted. I plan to hang it on the wall just as soon as I get that hanging sleeve done!
Here's the backIt was bought for a dress. But I changed my mind!
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9  pink and white embroidered snowball quilt top in Quilting: Completed Projects by bananabanana on: November 14, 2010 11:08:01 PM
I made this snowball quilt for DD to use up the scraps left over from her baby and little girl clothes. She's 9 now, so not much call for cute flowery cottons anymore. It is machine pieced.
Sorry about the night photos..I was so excited to get it finished! Will try to take some daytime ones later.

To make the plain pink squares more interesting I embroidered them. She helped choose the designs. Some examples:
I haven't done any embroidery for a long time, so I had to teach myself how to do it! It was quite addictive I found.
Now I am deciding whether to hand quilt it or teach myself how to machine quilt...I want scallops or interlocking circles.
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10  Re: Spoiled with celtic goodies in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by bananabanana on: October 04, 2010 12:27:07 AM
Hey that is awesome! It is a beautiful quilt and you must be thrilled.
I won a quilt in a raffle once (five years ago) and it changed my life. I now feel like one of those lucky people who win stuff instead of one of those people who never win anything!
Here's a pic of mine:

It was made by the ladies of the Bellingen CWA.
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