Christmas crafting

I can now share my crafted Christmas projects. First, this rug.

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This went to my sister, Jenny, in our exchange. I could really only see it in her house so I was really glad it went to her. I had some trepidation about it because I really felt it was for her or maybe my sister Katie’s kids. I am looking forward to seeing this after it is washed a few times. Here is the back where you can see the stitching:

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This next project went to my sister, Katie. This is a book I made. I haven’t made a book for many years, but it turned out really well. She said she would use it for her little girl’s drawings.

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I make one of these denim lap quilts every year. This year I gave to my brother and sister-in-law. Hopefully, they will be able to sell it for their upcoming trip to China to adopt a second child.

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Here is the back. I love this wild horse fabric. My friend, Sandy, gave to me a couple years ago and I finally found the perfect project for it.

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christmas craft

Christmas crafting is in full swing for me. My most mysterious gift is this one:

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I have a great deal of denim (thanks, mom). I leave its end use a mystery. These squares are part of it.

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This is a quilt that I make every year.  The top is done.  This one turned out particularly well color wise, it really glows:

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Here is the back.  Sandy gave this fabric to me a while ago (thanks) and I finally found the project that fits it. It reminds me of my favorite U2 song: Who’s going to run your wild horse.

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Published in: on December 7, 2014 at 1:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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surprise for me!

I was out-of-town this weekend. I had a great time visiting my family and seeing my adorable nieces and nephews. In any case, I do not have anything to share with you of my own work. However, I was given a lovely gift, that I happened to have the perfect place between my design walls. I also already know what I will use it for.

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Thanks, Mom, Becky and Jenny. It was great to see you all!

Published in: on October 13, 2014 at 9:06 am  Leave a Comment  
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jean quilt update

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Here is an update on the jean quilt for S. It is coming together well, although S wants a little more dark, so I may still make some changes.

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rainbow of denim

I know I am a day late, but I was away. I was visiting my sister and got to see my little nephew get confirmed. It was great to see everyone and get to spend time with my family. My mom really surprised me when she brought out two large boxes of jeans that she had picked up at her church sale for five dollars. She picked them from a quilter who could no longer work with denim because her hands were bothering her. I am excited to start working with them!

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I love the gradations of pink she picked up. I am low on red and pink in general and have none in denim. I have an idea for these already. I also like all of the stripes.

In the group, I found two pairs that fit me:

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I plan to dye these and use them for shorts.

As soon as I saw these orange ones, I was knew they would make a great skirt. They are very large, so I can completely rework them.  The color is wonderful!

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Thanks, Mom. I love them all. I can’t wait to start working with them!

new denim quilt

I don’t know if it is the springish weather or just general laziness, but I am having a hard time with motivation this weekend.  I spent way too much time this weekend laying on the couch playing Fire Emblem.  I did spend a little time yesterday working on this new quilt:

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This is a quilt that I am jointly designing with Steve, which explains the unusual color choices that somehow work.  I am also getting more use out of my template set.  They have a way to go but I do like the way they look.  This will probably be a nearly bed size quilt with a polar fleece back.

Now, I return to Crimea with my little band of freedom fighters…

 

Published in: on March 16, 2014 at 8:33 am  Leave a Comment  
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2013/2014 Goal lists

A new year! A good time to look forward and back.  So this year’s goals:

2014’s Goals:

The first part is clothing construction:

  1. I plan to make some garments for myself this year one per season. I am going to leave this one loose, but I do still want to learn more about this year.
  2. I also have some pieced fabric that I want to make a garment out of possibly a robe.

The second part is UFOs.

  1. City chicken quilt.
  2. Angel quilt.
  3. crossstitch project
  4. grandma’s cathedral windows

The third part is mending:

  1. t-shirt quilt. This is in pieces but I plan to get it done soon.
  2. wedding ring quilt.  I have the fabric, I just have to get to it.

The fourth part is new projects:

  1. New girl quilt.  This is a new quilt that I need to make for a gift.
  2. New male quilt.  There is one person who doesn’t have a quilt made especially for him.  I have begun this one and pictures will follow soon.
  3. Steve’s denim quilt  When I made a denim quilt for our elephant exchange, I had Steve remove the pins while watching football and he fell in love with it.  Thus, football and quilting days begin today and we will jointly make a new quilt starting today!

I only have eleven, so I won’t be necessarily assigning one per month.  Although my goal for January is to mend number seven.  I have three others I want to work on right away: 3, 10, 11.  I may try to do one a month.

Now for the retrospective.

2013’s Goals:

The first part is clothing construction:

  1. I plan to make four garments for myself this year one per season. I made two successful garments this year:  a plaid skirt and a green dress.
  2. I also have some pieced fabric that I want to make a garment out of possibly a robe. I got out the fabric and the backing muslin, but that’s it.

The second part is UFOs.

  1. Ducky quilt. I want to get this one done by spring for sure, but I would love to get it done by February. Done in April.
  2. City chicken quilt. I made progress but still not finished.
  3. Country chicken quilt. I call this done.
  4. Angel quilt. No progress.
  5. crossstitch project a tiny bit of progress
  6. grandma’s cathedral windows no progress

The third part is mending:

  1. Fish quilt done 1/27/2013
  2. t-shirt quilt started, more to do.
  3. wedding ring quilt no progress
  4. my winter coat I just got a new coat which I guess counts as a finish.
  5. Patchwork quilt done
  6. green pants done 1/27/2013

Not great: 5 done, 6 with progress and one that kind of is a cop out.  Two of my big successes of the year didn’t even make the list: the anniversary quilt my siblings and I made in May and the landscape quilt I finished in November.  Oh well, a new year is starting.  I want this to just plot a course not hold me in.  I am excited to see what 2014 brings!

white elephant craft gifts

This is the last post of 2013 and the end of my first little book.  I will continue to post, but it will go to a second book – if the first one goes well. In any case, this was the first I could post these photos.  These are two of the three craft white elephant gifts I made for my extended family’s gift exchange.

I made this leader ender denim quilt.  I have made several of these: random squares with polar fleece back and no batt.  They are super warm and comfortable. I did add the triangles using my new templates.  I love the way the triangles look, however, I wouldn’t place them on the edge because somehow they make the edge a little wobbly.  I think I needed to trim the intersections of the triangles on the edge off.  In any case, it is warm and super comforting.

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The other quilt is pure Christmas: psychedelic and a little overwhelming.  It is exciting, chaotic and of course, being my quilt wonky.

I really love the way it worked out.  I used bells and bells on the tops of the trees, so it jingles when it is shaken. 

This quilt is unusual for me as well because I used pre-quilted fabric.  I have never done this before.  Mainly, because the pre-quilted fabric is often so poor quality.  I had about a yard of the dark blue pre-quilted fabric from my aunt.  It was one-sided and older, so the fabric while pretty, had a little polyester in it.  I picked up some more quilted fabric at JoAnne’s: the holly, white background fabric with green leaves and berries.  This was two-sided with different, but related motifs on each side.  It is a slightly better quality and feels like it is at least cotton on the top and bottom.  It was also 70 per cent off.  I only bought a half a yard which was barely enough to do the front of this quilt. I am regretting a little bit not buying more.  I loved how quickly this quilt went together because of the prequilted fabric.  The downside is that the finished quilt is pretty stiff. This is fine for this decorative piece but if I were making a bed quilt, I wouldn’t like that. 

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I will post again in 2014, so, my friends: may 2014 be a year full of joy and blessings for you!

Christmas crafting

Yes, it is truly Christmas.  I am Christmas crafting in earnest. I started this little quilt for one of Steve’s students who is has an American Girl.

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I finished this on Thanksgiving.  Yesterday we made a foray into the crazy world of post Thanksgiving JoAnne’s to pick up fabric. Seriously, we had number 45 and they were on 83 when we arrived.  In any case, we were able to get some beautiful fabric for the frame and back.

I also finished this top.  I am really happy with it:DSC04779

I love the triangles.  Now it just needs to be quilted.

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triangles and fabric postcards

So again the week, the day got away with me and I didn’t get much done this week. I did get these denim triangles pieced:

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It was fun to try out my new templates.  I am still learning about bias.  Also, if you try to attach more than four you need to have an odd one.  In other words, if you make sets that are an even number only they will not attach to each other.  So you need to make sets in even and odd numbers.

I will show you a cool project that I finished a couple weeks ago and never posted.  It was my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday so Steve and I decided to make her a fabric postcard.  I haven’t made one for a long time but she always loved them.

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She always signs her cards “you are loved” so we sent love back to her. Here is the back:

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We did actually mail this on her birthday so it was postmarked on her birthday.   I have to admit making this was really fun and only took me one morning.  If you decide to make a project like this, remember if you are mailing without a envelope you need to sew some paper onto your card.