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1  Peas and Carrots star quilts! in Quilting: Completed Projects by jilly on: March 27, 2009 06:03:33 AM
Some of you may remember me asking about making massive amounts of half-square triangles on the quilting questions board. Well, about a year later, I am finally finished my two quilts! They are twin size -- 60" X70" and machine stitched and quilted on my machine with my walking foot. The fabric is almost all Peas and Carrots by American Jane, except the cream solid and polka dots.  They were more work than I expected, but I'm pretty happy with the results (just don't look at the corners of the stars too closely).

First, the orangeish one made for my god daughter:

And the greenish one made for her sister:

When I was making the half-square triangles, I decided to cut the squares a 1/4 of an inch bigger (4") so I could cut them all down to the right size after I stitched them together and cut them. I'm glad I did that for accuracy's sake, but it caused a lot of extra work because then I had to trim them all to size. I don't know if I would do that again -- I might just try to be more careful with my piecing instead.

Thanks for looking!
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2  Recycled sweater bookworm keeps eating our pop up books in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by jilly on: April 29, 2008 09:00:05 PM
Made this guy with the "help"of my three year old. This is the last week of story time at the library for the year, and I wanted to make the librarian something to say thank you. My son suggested a quilt, but he thinks those babies appear like magic.
The full view

His face

oh no, he's getting away . . he's flexible, and comes out of the book

Basically, he was super easy to make. The wool is a thrifted sweater that I shrunk in the washer. I stitched the head and body together, then  my son stuffed a ball of polyfil in to make the head. Then I took a piece of craft wire, wrapped a scrap of fabric around it so it doesn't poke out, and my son put the "skelleton"in -- we stuffed it into the polyfil head, which makes him bendable. I put a small ball of polyfil in the end, cut him off and hand stitched him closed, and embroidered the face. The book was a pop up book my 15 month old destroyed (thrifted, fortunately, so only worth $1), which I hacked up so it looks like ts been chewed.

Now I'm wondering who else I can make one of these for . . .
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3  quick strippy quilt for my dad's 70th birthday in Quilting: Completed Projects by jilly on: February 07, 2008 06:46:52 PM
So, my dad is old, and I thought maybe it was time to make him an old guy present, so I made him this lap quilt.

I got the idea from several of the projects in "Last  Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts" and it was also sort of inspired by the iconic Denise Schmidt strippy quilt. I had been collecting fabrics in colours that reminded me of his ties and puffs (he loves silk puffs - I got my love of colour and fabric from him) and then I just went out and bought 2 m of the homespun that is in between the strips. It is more or less two 10" wide pieces of strip sets and 3 10" pieces of the homespun.

It was really quick and fun to make -- I made the top in about a week (I have a 1 yr old and a 3 yr old so thats about as fast as it gets around here) and the tied it while I was away on vacation and just finished binding it yesterday. I was in a hurry, and not following a pattern, so its not quite square, but I don't think my dad will mind. Okay, here's the pictures. Hope you like it. All comments / criticisms appreciated.

The top:

The back (yeah, I undestimated the amount of backing I needed, otherwise the colourful stuff would have gone in the middle)

My baby testing it out (can you tell he's a quilter's baby?)
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4  1930's art deccoish baby quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by jilly on: December 15, 2007 03:06:03 PM
This is my latest quilt. It is for my dear friend's baby. When we lived close together and before either of us had children we watched all the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies together. In commemoration of that funny phase in our lives I've made her baby a fantastic quilt in all 1930's repro fabric, with a big diamond a la art deco decor (she loves art deco). The main red print, and the navy blue print are both little sailors. This is a reference to my favorite Fred and Ginger movie, where Fred is in the navy. One of the main light fabrics is building blocks, in reference to her career as a kindergarten teacher. I love, love the finished quilt and I'm tempted to keep it, but I will be good and give it away.

Anyway, here's the pics:

The front:

The back (really soft, lovely flannel):

Close up of some of the fabrics:

And here it is all folded up and ready to go:

Hope you like it. All comments / criticisms welcome. Thanks for looking
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5  Robot 1-E, ready to launch in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by jilly on: October 25, 2007 02:30:59 PM
This is my first robot using this great pattern I just got from wee wonderfuls. It is a birthday present for my friend's son, but I already know I have to make one for each of my sons and I will probably make a few more, as well. It was super fun and easy, but a real stuffing - eater.

Hope he brings a smile to your face.
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6  frogs and turtles and dragonflies -- oh my! FINALLY finished my son's quilt! in Quilting: Completed Projects by jilly on: October 21, 2007 08:08:58 PM
My baby Aaron is now 9 months old, and I finally finished his quilt! This is what happens when four of your friends decide to have babies at the same time as you do: their quilts get finished and your own child's doesn't. But with winter on its way I thought it might be nice for him to be able to start snuggling with his own quilt instead of one of his brother's. Plus his cousin, who has the matching quilt I finished last spring was coming to visit, and I wanted to get a photo of the two quilts together, so I had to finish Aaron's while they were visiting.

It is flannel, and essentially quilted around the blocks and the pinwheels and corner squares. In real life it looks great because it helps the pinwheels to pop out a bit more. I'm really happy with the results, and I love the backing fabric, which is a baby blue with yellow, green and white polka dots. I don't know that I would do a double pinwheel block for a baby quilt again, though, because its not a super fast block and a half-square pinwheel would do the trick just as nicely, I think. If you look close, the pinwheels are really unevenly sized, but that is what happens when you sew blocks with a toddler, a newborn or a toddler and newborn sitting on your lap while you sew.

Anyway, enough of my chit chat. Here's the photos:

always good to know your quilt is cat tested:

this one's a bit blurry, but shows the backing fabric and quilting

here it is with the matching one for his cousing, Kaylee

and finally here is the little man himself testing it out

HOpe you like it. All comments/criticisms welcome
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7  Meet "Buttons", formerly my son's favorite velour shirt. in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by jilly on: September 11, 2007 08:57:23 PM
So, my son had this shirt. It was his dad's shirt. And then it was his shirt, and he loved it. He wore it constantly for 8 months and tried to pull it out of the laundry when it was dirty and put it back on again. He called it his kitty fur shirt. So of course, when it started to fall apart, I had to turn it into a little kitty, who he named buttons.

Here's the cat, with a 4 L (one gallon) milk jug for comparison:

And here's the little face I (badly) embroidered on the front:

Here's his first meeting with my son:

And here's the original shirt:

I used the tutorial on the patterns page to make it. My son really likes it.
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8  March Hare -- minus one leg in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by jilly on: July 11, 2007 03:09:57 PM
This is one of my first polymer clay projects. I'm a bit annoyed, because the Sculpey was supposed to be stretchy after I finished bakin it, and it had hardened a lot and when I tried to stretch it, the hare's leg fell off. I guess I need to get an oven thermometer.

Anyway, here it is.

 I was going to give him white kid gloves, but my boys kept waking up while I was working on it, and I tried making a tea cup but the clay was too soft. But since this is just my sample for a kids' camp, and the soft clay is better for them, its all good. It just means I'll have to make something else . . .

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9  slouchy, fugly courdoroy diaper bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jilly on: June 13, 2007 06:33:08 PM
For the last 2 1/2 years I've been using a backpack or a large, slouchy bag for carrying baby stuff because all the diaper bags I can afford are just so . . . ugly. So I made this.

I based the design on my favorite slouchy bag, but about 3 in. wider so it holds more stuff. The outside is a piece of courdoroy I've been wondering what to do with for a few years now, and the lining is quilting cotton. Its my first bag (but obviously not my first sewing project). I hope you like it.

The front

the back pocket with magnetic snap

the inside (which I had to tear apart and reconstruct, so its a bit messy)

and here it is fully loaded and ready to go

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