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1  Re: 11 Quilts in 2011 Quilt Along in Craftalongs by korok on: May 20, 2011 04:04:48 PM
I finally finished my first quilt!  

I am so happy with it!  Now to start another!

A did a full post for it here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=380928.0
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2  Fit for a queen (my first large quilt) in Quilting: Completed Projects by korok on: May 20, 2011 04:01:50 PM
I finished my first quilt!  It is a queen size quilt, and I have only made mini art quilts before, so this was a bit more time consuming, and a lot heavier! 

I loved this quilt at Film in the Fridge http://www.filminthefridge.com/2010/03/15/postcards-from-the-park/ and decided to make my own pattern for it. I love the slight wonkiness of it! (plus then I didn't have to worry about straight lines or matching seams!)  I used Anna Maria Horner's Little Folks Voile and white.  I machine quilted it in somewhat straight lines horizontally.

I learned so much from this!  The joys of the walking foot, machine binding, and how much fun it is!  And now to plan another quilt...

Thanks for looking!
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3  Re: 11 Quilts in 2011 Quilt Along in Craftalongs by korok on: March 31, 2011 10:38:46 AM
My 'friend' just had to tell me that our local Hancock Fabrics had tables of $1,$2 and $3/yard fabric this week.  I had to just look.  And of course found a set of fabric I have been eying for months at $2.  So the stash just grew a bit.  But it all mostly fits the stash rules and I have a project waiting for the big pieces.  If you have a local Hancock Fabrics you might check it out... just sharing in case anyone needs inspiration. 

You have stash rules?  What are they? I have to admit that my stash rules are that if it fits in the house somewhere, it makes the cut!  I am a fabric hoarder.

Here's a partial look at my first full quilt top!

Inspired by Film in the Fridge's Postcards from the  park
I thought I'd make up my own block sizes and try it out.  Wonky blocks are so forgiving!

Now to do the rest.  I am thinking about just straight quilting it on the machine, or slightly slanty straight lines.  Any thoughts?  I have done free-motion quilting, but only on mini quilts, so I think I would like to skip it here.  And do I quilt just on the sashing areas, or over the colour blocks too?  Help!  I want to quilt it this weekend and start a new one soon! (oops - I originally typed that I want to quit it this weekend - I am actually not ready to quit it, but I can't wait to put it on my bed!)
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4  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by korok on: March 22, 2011 04:39:03 PM
I have a few completed items that fit the March challenge!

For my daughter, a toddler backpack, following vegbee's tutorial here: http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2009/10/toddler-backpack-pattern.html

here's mine, and it was a birthday present:

and I made her a skirt from an old t-shirt the other day, since she only wants to wear skirts and dresses and she doesn't have many...yet (adding more to my 50 list):

And for her birthday party, 2 re-usable buntings to decorate (springy, and for kids big and small to enjoy):

Yay for a few more things off my list!

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5  Re: 11 Quilts in 2011 Quilt Along in Craftalongs by korok on: March 05, 2011 04:50:11 PM
Great wonky log cabins!  Love the colours!

I'm having issues with the colours on my quilt.  This is on the design wall right now.  Full advice-seeking post with details here:

The quilt so far:

I guess the big thing is this is my first full size quilt, and I wanted to be wowed by the colours, and I'm not sure.  Maybe after a night's sleep...

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6  Not sure about the colours... opinions wanted! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by korok on: March 05, 2011 04:42:39 PM
I am not sure about my quilt.  I need some help/opinions.
I am not sure about the colours.  I love colour, and I am using Anna Maria Horner's little folks voiles.  I bought a bunch of fabrics I loved from the line, many greens and yellows, and reds and pinks.  I thought they looked good together, but now I'm not so sure.  I think it may be a bit too deep mustardy overall.  I have more fabric I can cut - should I cut more reds and pinks, and take out the mustardy colour?  Maybe I need to sleep on it?  Thoughts?  Please be honest! (right now it's just wonky rectangles sticking on their own to batting on the wall)

See the really deep mustardy colour near the top right corner (the block with white stripes down it)?  That's the one I'm not sure about.

I think it looks better on the computer than on the wall... 
Maybe the burnt orange wall colour isn't helping.  The quilt will go in a light green room.

I would appreciate any feedback you can give me!  Thanks!
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7  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by korok on: February 28, 2011 10:07:52 AM
I just checked and I missed the February challenge Sad
I'm posting anyway with some things I made this month!

I finished some mini art quilts for the dining room:

And finally made the 2010 family Christmas ornament (there are 4 of us now!  I had a boy in September!)

And a dress for my daughter:

She likes it a lot, despite what her face is saying here...

I hope to check in more often to scope out everyone's projects!
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8  Re: 11 Quilts in 2011 Quilt Along in Craftalongs by korok on: February 21, 2011 07:01:35 AM
I'm finally posting!  I started these in January, and just finished them last week or so.  Full post is here:

I am so happy they are done and up! 

The one on the left I made a year ago, and I just made the other two!  So happy to not look at a blank wall anymore when eating!

And now I am working on a quilt with my Anna Maria Horner little folks fabrics.  I hope to post a work in progress picture in the next week sometime.
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9  Trio of trees in Quilting: Completed Projects by korok on: February 21, 2011 06:58:24 AM
I made a mini quilt a year ago as part of the one for me, one for you swap, but wasn't sure where to hang it.  I decided on the large wall area that is visible from our dining table.  It's a large space, so I thought I should make 2 more to go with it, and a couple of weeks ago I finished them!

Trees and house are rough edge appliqued onto the background, buttons hand sewn, and flowers machine free-motion stitched.

It's hard to see, but I machine stitched with white thread for wispy clouds in the sky.

And all three together and up on the wall at last!

Thanks for looking!
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10  gnocchi - a bit of a recipe and some questions in Recipes and Cooking Tips by korok on: January 14, 2011 09:51:21 AM

I made some gnocchi today!  I based my "recipe" on my prior gnocchi making experiences with my mom, and some internet recipes.  Instead of using ricotta though, I thought I'd try cottage cheese - I often use it instead of ricotta in manicotti and lasagna, so why not?  It's cheaper too!

Here's my somewhat recipe:  (sorry it's not more precise)
2 containers of cottage cheese (total of 1 kg - approx. 1 pound?)
2 eggs
1/4 cup parmesean cheese - the cheap stuff, not the freshly grated stuff
at least 4 cups of flour, likely more (sorry for this approximate measurement)

Mix in a bowl, knead on a floured surface, adding more flour until not too sticky.  Cut off sections about the size of your fist.  Roll sections into a snake about 3/4 - 1 inch thick.  Cut into uniform pieces - mine were a bit longer than 1 inch.  For decoration I lightly pressed a fork onto the top (mostly to get my toddler involved).  My mom always makes a little finger press in them so they look like pillows.

After making a few, I boiled some up, put butter and salt on them and they tasted pretty good.  The internet recipes I looked at used the words "melt-in-your-mouth."  Mine didn't really melt... I've eaten bad gnocchi, and mine are decent, but how melty can gnocchi be?  It's pasta! 

So my questions:  Can gnocchi be "melt-in-your-mouth"?  Is it not possible with cottage cheese, only with ricotta cheese gnocchi?  Is it possible to add too much flour?  My dough was still a bit sticky - should I have added more flour?  Added water to the recipe? The taste was good, but now I'm hoping for the best texture possible!  Any advice?
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