Friday, June 30

STashbuilders Round and Row Robins

These are finally finished and heading home today.

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This is Brenda's round robin, which I just put the final border onto. I spent all day yesterday working on putting this border on, which was cut and sewn several days ago. I managed to perfectly miter the first two corners without any problems at all, but the final corners did not work. I took them apart four times and kept trying again. Finally, I gave up.

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Here (above) you can see what I did instead. I cut the darned corners off (okay, that sounds easier than it was too, because I actually had to carefully pick apart every seam and they don't come apart that easily) and applied corners from the background fabric matching from the section that seemed to match the best. You can't tell easily, but the material fades from a nearly black to a light grey with little gold stars though it. I managed to mostly match the colors so that the background changes colors several times throughout the border.

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And this is Nancy's row robin. I added the top row, which isn't all that complicated but I thought was pretty neat and works well in this peice. I think it works well at any rate, but I suppose others may or may not disagree.

And that is the bulk of the quilty work for the month of June. I suppose it's time to begin the projects for July and August.


Monday, June 26

The Great Birthday Quilt Marathon

The great Birthday Quilt marathon has ended. I spent today -- all of today -- making this.

It only measures approximately 45 inches square, but considering that it began life today as a pile of 18 untrimmed happy blocks and some scraps, and ended the day as a finished, quilted and bound birthday present, I feel pretty good about it.

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The binding is a wild multicolored green that came from Hancock's 50% off section. I got two packs of it and it just made it all the way around with maybe 8 inches to spare.

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Close up. You get to see the machine blanket stitching on the aplique. I can't spell that word. At any rate, the quilting was done in about two hours, and I even made hubby get involved in that part. It was actually somewhat amusing to watch him terrified that the big machine was going to jump off and bite him. However that got boring very quickly, and so I chased him off and got on with it. There is no real rhyme or reason to the quilting, except that it's vaguely a heart-shaped vine pattern, and it fills the quilt. I thought about feathering the inner border, but that would have taken far too long and I really wanted to finish this today.

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The back. Some cool brown paisley I picked up today at Hancock's when I went in for the binding. It was off the $2 a yard table, and I bought it all. Thankfully, there was a bit left over. Darn, I wonder how that happened?

Friday, June 16

Book It!

I picked this up from Linda Minton's blog:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't search around and look for the coolest book you can find. Do what's actually next to you.

"Bodo begins shouting, below the stage at the left."
-- From "Always Coming Home," by Ursula K. LeGuin

Wednesday, June 7

Opinions Requested!

Okay, I need opinions. I made this peice of embellished fabric recently. Actually, this is half the peice. It started out a fat quarter, which shrank about an inch in each direction with all the sewing. It's also backed with warm and natural batting, which I hate for the big machine, but is fine for the DSM.
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This is the back of a purse I made with the embellished fabric. Not very exciting, but okay, as this is the back side. It's got a long strap for hanging over the shoulder, so really wouldn't be all that visible under normal circumstances.

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Okay. This is the front of the purse, with a peice of blue feather stuff tarting it up a bit. That's just pinned on there, not permanently attached. It may not stay, and that's the point of this posting. Should it stay or should it go? Scroll on a bit and see the next photo.
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This is the purse without the blue feathery stuff tarting it up. It's dull. It's not exciting, and despite the crazy stuff making the material really cool and fun, this just bores the dickens out of me. It's just gotta have something! But, is that something the blue stuff shown above or something else altogether? Comment here and tell me please!
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