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1  Daydreams Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by oppositeofwar on: November 06, 2008 07:01:22 AM

Yay, another quilt!

I made this one for my sister, for her birthday.  It is made from three Moda Daydreams charm packs (gotta love charm packs!), and a sheet for the back.  I used the Disappearing Nine Patch pattern, which I found last year from the Sew Mama Sew blog during their quilting month.  They had a very helpful tutorial, I must say. 

I did mostly straight lines for quilting, putting to use my walking foot for the first time.  That thing is great!  I really wanted to do free motion quilting, but the back is always all wonky when I do it.

It is 45" by 60", the perfect lap quilt. 

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2  Animal Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by oppositeofwar on: March 17, 2008 07:52:43 PM
Basically, Animal print fabric, batting, and some solid blue fabric.  I machine quilted around each animal and some of the bigger shapes. 

It's about 30" by 45".  I started it as a baby quilt, but now I want to keep it for me.  The machine quilting took a long time, but it was great practice, which is actually why I started it!  I wanted practice following lines that weren't straight...

You can see some of my wavering lines... the awesome thing is, you can't really tell unless you just look really closely. 

And the back:

You can kind of make out some of the animal shapes on the screen.  It's easier in person.
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3  Full Moon Forest - Charm Pack Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by oppositeofwar on: January 06, 2008 08:31:55 AM
This is my first quilt to actually complete.  I have started several quilt tops, but I'm a perfectionist and get frustrated and stop when I mess up.  I decided on this one that I was going to complete it no matter what, and that I was going to quilt it and bind it no matter how badly it turned out! 

Here it is, hanging from my curtain rod:

It's only a lap size quilt and not very heavy, but I can't imagine trying to quilt anything bigger!

The stitching isn't perfect, and I didn't get the squares all lined up perfectly, but I like it.  I think the person I gave it to liked it as well.  (I hope it doesn't damage a relationship by giving a quilt early on... I really don't want to scare my new girlfriend off...)

I used the Full Moon Forest charm pack because I loved the colors and prints, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money on fabric for a quilt that I wasn't sure I'd complete. 

I'm glad I finished it, and I think it turned out nicely -- now I'm not so scared to try another one!
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4  Re: Kitschy Kitchen Apron Swap Gallery (Send by 11/11/07) in The Swap Gallery by oppositeofwar on: November 11, 2007 04:15:54 PM
Wow, all the aprons look awesome!! 

I happily received my package from Diamunds, and it was fantastic. 

Chocolate!!!  It was so good, I had to hurry and take a picture before I ate it all.

An adorable and so creative recipe book.  I can't wait to try some of the recipes, of course while wearing my new apron...


It's reversable!!  How AWESOME! 

The rainbowy cute side:

It's so awkward trying to take pictures of yourself in the mirror...

The holiday side!:

Thanks, Diamunds!!  You rock!
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5  Re: Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by oppositeofwar on: October 05, 2007 07:39:21 PM
I bought it before I saw it when I read the post about it on The Purl Bee (http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2007/9/8/arriving-at-purl-any-minute-now-last-minute-patchwork-quilte.html)

The pictures are beautiful, and the projects are great.  I made the Puzzle Ball as a baby gift, and it was quite well received.  I want to make the rainbow spectrum quilt, but I think I'm going to stick to some smaller projects for now. 
It's well worth the money!!  Or to put on your Holiday Wish List!!

Puzzle Ball Picture:
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6  My Pear Pin Cushion in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by oppositeofwar on: June 05, 2007 07:52:36 PM
So, I was completely inspired by Heather Bailey's Pear Pin Cushion http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/heather_bailey/2006/08/out_the_door.html

I tried and tried to come up with the right pattern -- my first one resembled an onion bulb, my second attempt was more of a fat banana... finally, this:

And another view:

So, what do you think? Pretty close?  I'm going to try making a few more and see if I can make it a little better.  It was completely made from scraps out of my scrapbag.  

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7  Re: Exchange a book swap round 2: the gallery in The Swap Gallery by oppositeofwar on: March 26, 2007 07:16:46 PM
I came home from work today to find a lovely package from snowdog26 waiting for me.  Here it is:

She sent me Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, a beautiful journal, a bookmark, a candle, and a smaller little journal.

Here's a close-up of the awesome journal:

Thanks, snowdog26!!
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8  Apple & Pear Apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by oppositeofwar on: March 07, 2007 06:23:06 PM
I love making aprons!  Especially cute ones.  I whipped up this one today. 

The fabric is Apples & Pears by Alexander Henry, and the pink and yellow gingham were great finds in the remmant bin. 

I gave it to my mother as a Birthday gift.  I plan to make a matching quilted pot holder and possibly some matching embroidered dish towels.

Any thoughts?
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9  Amy Butler's In Stitches - Wide Leg Lounge Pants in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by oppositeofwar on: March 06, 2007 05:11:56 PM
I picked up In Stitches last fall, and love the projects in there!  I actually followed the pattern completely (normally I make slight changes here and there).  It was super easy!  I gave them to my girlfriend as a Valentines Day Gift.  I'm going to make a pair for myself as well.

The Front:

They have a drawstring, but it's hard to see.  I took the pictures at the last minute.

Detail of the bottoms:

And a sideview:

Excuse the mess and the tennis shoes!  She had to take me to the airport but didn't want to change out of her pants.
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10  Well Behaved Women Quote in Needlework: Completed Projects by oppositeofwar on: March 05, 2007 07:17:51 PM
I took up embroidery last summer when I discovered Sublime Stitching. This Sampler was actually the first thing I made because I wanted to practice, and this is one of my favorite quotes. I have it hanging over my bed now!

I freehanded the pink swirly border as I went. I wrote the letters on the fabric (just a solid fat quarter) with white chalk stuff, but I didn't follow them very well, hence the slight tilting and awkwardness. Tongue
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