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121  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cooking up a hot mess-help! on: March 22, 2009 01:54:24 PM
It took me a long time to figure the star out and there are 10 pieces total. The reason you can hardly see the seams is because the picture is so bad, I think. I have the template pieces somewhere, I will attempt to locate them and post a pic.

I have spent all day working on plain blue blocks with one square of star material in the middle as Cookn suggested, and already it looks a million times better!!!! I can't wait to get a nice sky blue for the sashing (I think white would look good too but I am too afraid of the dirt.) And I think the dark blue border will be great. So All of your suggestions have been put to use!

Thank you again, Quilt wizards Smiley
122  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cooking up a hot mess-help! on: March 21, 2009 09:25:19 PM
See, this is one reason Craftster is so amazing. I don't think I would have thought to try a different color for the sashing, I am definitely going to try a lighter shade of blue. I think the white would get too dirty and might never get clean again. I will also try interspersing something less busy. I'm glad to know others go through this, too!Thank you for your advice!
123  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Cooking up a hot mess-help! on: March 21, 2009 07:58:48 PM
OK, I think I am making something ugly and headache inducing and I need the truth. I am making a quilt to send to a member of the armed forces at some point in the distant future, so I decided to go with a star theme in red white and blue. I am new to quilting, and I was quite aware that this was not going to be a work of art like so many things I see here on craftster, but I figured I'd have a go at it. I enjoy teaching myself things and learning by trial and error (lots of errors!!!!) I saw a block I liked online and made a pattern for it, and have been happily sewing away. My plan was to have these blocks with a 2 inch blue sashing in between and stars at various key points, nothing amazing, but I thought it would be cheerful and colorful. I set them out on a piece the same color as the future sashing to have a look and it seems pretty hideous. Please pardon the quality of this photograph.

I think my big mistake was using the pattern I did, I guess with fabrics with such high contrast I should have gone for something simpler?
Should I start over? I really loved the blocks until I looked at them together. There is one with the blue on the outside that would need to be changed regardless.
Suggestions for a better pattern?

Thank you for all your help!
124  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Amy Butler Quilt!!! on: March 10, 2009 03:51:12 PM
Oh les, it's luverly! Your quilting looks so nice and the fabric choices are great. Jealous!
125  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Masculine quilting patterns? on: March 07, 2009 04:31:09 PM
Pardon me for saying so, but I think color choice may be more important than the pattern here. You could do almost any pattern if you used blues, greens and earth tones.
126  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: 3D flowers: leather collars on: March 01, 2009 09:34:13 AM
I love the flowers, they have great shape and dimension. Lovely! I do find myself wishing the necklace part was a little different, perhaps a different color, a different texture or a softer drape. I like how the flower is positioned on the side and that there are two strands suppoerting it, though. Good job! Have you done other kinds of flowers?
127  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: marbled fabric on: February 27, 2009 07:17:02 PM
Hey, I was looking at fabric (ok, drooling) and found this-I think this may be more what you were looking for. The colors are not right, but there are some beautiful purples and some green mixed with orange.

OH! I found another one with much better colors. http://www.marbled-arts.com/catalog.php?category=1
128  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Daydreaming Mermaid Quilt on: February 27, 2009 04:27:09 PM
Wow, that is utterly amazing. Love the shading, it's so beautifully done. Your work is very inspiring!
129  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Double layer of batting?? on: February 22, 2009 08:37:30 PM
Thank you so much for the advice, I think I will go with the one layer as you have suggested. Also glad you liked the Warm and Natural, that is what I was hoping to use.

Thanks again and I will let you know how it turns out someday in the distant future!
130  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Double layer of batting?? on: February 22, 2009 08:37:17 AM
Hi there, I am making a tied quilt that has to be 100% cotton throughout. I want it to be extra warm, would anyone recommend two layers of cotton batting? The cotton batting is so thin! If one were to use two layers of batting, should they be basted together before the layers are sandwiched as to prevent bunching and mayhem?

I appreciate your advice!
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