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Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 16, 2011
10:52 AM

Post #8851080

We came from here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1223812/

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Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 16, 2011
10:55 AM

Post #8851086

To start a new thread...
Go to the Topic (Sewing & Quilting) main page.
Scroll down to "Starting a New Topic".
Name it. Put in the link to the Old page.
Submit it.
Put the new link in th eold thread.
That is all there is to it.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 16, 2011
10:59 AM

Post #8851091

You beat me to it Jean. I was just headed there to do that...Thank you...

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 16, 2011
1:58 PM

Post #8851354

Love that quilt! Did you make it?
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 16, 2011
3:14 PM

Post #8851453

I quilted it for a customer. It is an unusual pattern.

morknotmindy

morknotmindy
Oracle , AZ
(Zone 8b)

October 17, 2011
3:07 PM

Post #8853031

WOW!! That is beautiful!!
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

October 17, 2011
8:30 PM

Post #8853459

I hope y'all don't mind if I jump in with what I'm currently making . . .

I make these wall hangings w/pockets for people going on Disney cruises called Fish Extenders (there's a fish hook outside every cabin, and they hang these from the fish hooks . . . thus the name Fish Extenders . . . ).

This is one that is almost finished . . . I only need to add the eyelets, so that I can use buttons and ribbon for the people to hang from the hooks.

(sorry if you get a crick in your neck from turning sideways!)

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Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

October 17, 2011
8:35 PM

Post #8853468

Someone ordered this one to go on a cruise during the Halloween season, for his sons Make A Wish trip. I had considered going to the Disney store in town to get a gift card for his son to use on the ship, but I just couldn't get to that side of town. I thought about making a pillowcase, but didn't have enough of the Mickey Mouse material to make a whole pillowcase. But, then I realized that I had some red material to go with it . . . so half is Mickey Mouse material, the other half is red . . . it's almost like having 2 pillowcases . . .

Here is a pic of just the Mickey Mouse side . . . (sorry for the wrinkly bedspread)

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Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

October 17, 2011
8:37 PM

Post #8853475

Here is a pic with a corner turned up to show the red side . . .

And . . .well . . . that's what I've been making the past few days.

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Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 18, 2011
5:29 AM

Post #8853736

Very appropriate pillowcase for the cruise. I'm sure the boy will LOVE it.

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 18, 2011
7:17 AM

Post #8853874

Nice job Nicole! He will be so happy to have his own pillowcase.
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

October 18, 2011
8:17 AM

Post #8853945

Nice job Nicole and I, too, am sure they will be very much loved.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 18, 2011
9:32 AM

Post #8854035

That was really thoughtful Nichole. He will love it I'm sure...

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 18, 2011
1:14 PM

Post #8854247

TA-DA Oh this machine is going to be such fun. My very first creation, just to see if I could. It ran flawlessly. I need to learn the online program so I can see if there is a way to add original designs to the card. Machine is Brother SE350, program Is PED Basic.

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abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

October 18, 2011
1:28 PM

Post #8854254

Karen, I am so green...
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 18, 2011
1:30 PM

Post #8854258

Now, now Marion, when I am back in CB, you can come and play with me. I share all my lovely toys!
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

October 18, 2011
1:32 PM

Post #8854262

Oh thank you Mittsy.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 18, 2011
3:16 PM

Post #8854401

I am already hoping hubby wins the lotto so I can get a bigger better machine. Emblibrary posted a free pattern for a lovely rag tree skirt with embroidered panels on Facebook. Let me know if you would like a copy. Or at their site under Free Projects.

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gretagreenthumb
Wichita Falls, TX

October 19, 2011
8:39 PM

Post #8856527

I, too, am making a Star Quilt (Jan Krentz). Sure wish I could of gone to one of her classes. But you know, if you pour over the book long enough, you eventually get it. Hopefully!

Today I finally bit the bullet and decided to do the Y-seam. It worked. Not as hard as I had envisioned. Though I did become friends (again) with the seam ripper.

This is the middle star. Plans are for more diamond star shapes to surround this. But that is tomorrow's job.

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siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2011
9:44 PM

Post #8856589

Oh Greta I really like this. What is pattern? I'm making tree skirts for all my grands, this one would be great.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 20, 2011
3:35 AM

Post #8856679

Greta - very nice. And is that a thin red border around the star? If so, I am really impressed.
Y seams just take patience. The idea of stopping 1/4" before the end, and remembering to stop, is the "gotcha".
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2011
3:45 AM

Post #8856684

Karen, that is stunning. How is the very thin border accomplished?

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2011
4:26 AM

Post #8856712

How wonderful Greta!!! I love the fabrics you chose and that is really pretty. I am using the "Quick Star Quilts" book. I love her instructions because she doesn't leave anything out.
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

October 20, 2011
5:18 AM

Post #8856776

Beautiful Greta. Colors are very nice.
gretagreenthumb
Wichita Falls, TX

October 20, 2011
6:32 AM

Post #8856860

Thanks, thanks, thanks, and thanks for all the "kudos".

Pattern is the "Quick Broken Star" from Jan Krentz's Quick Star Quilts and Beyond.
(FYI -- I found this book and the Fussy Cut Diamond Ruler at ALIBRIS.com -- cheapest)

The thin red border is also in her book. Looks hard, but is really quite simple and smart.

I have one more material (stripe) to use as an accent. I'm excited about the colors. I plan to use this as a quilt curtain for my patio door. Still trying to decide what to line it with as I do not want it heavy.

I'll post more pictures as I go along.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2011
10:13 AM

Post #8857136

That is exactly the book I have. I must go look at the different patterns that are in there. I was only concerned with the pattern we were doing in class but now must go look at the others. Great job Greta...

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 20, 2011
10:44 AM

Post #8857167

That is beautiful! Can't imagine how you did that narrow strip!

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2011
11:49 AM

Post #8857216

Whee!! Multitasking, Embroidering designs on a quilt for coming great grandson JoJo due next month around Thanksgiving. AND at the same time writing a message here. LOL

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2011
2:30 PM

Post #8857343

Isn't it great Karen!!!! I'm so happy for you.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2011
3:10 PM

Post #8857386

Here's what i worked on today. cats for Pat

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2011
3:11 PM

Post #8857388

Blue Jays

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2011
3:12 PM

Post #8857389

Dinosaurs, two of four different

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2011
3:13 PM

Post #8857390

Mug Rug

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2011
3:14 PM

Post #8857394

Lavender Butterfly trio

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2011
3:15 PM

Post #8857395

next is a pr of Chickadees

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2011
3:16 PM

Post #8857399

Also a turtle and a cute frog

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2011
3:21 PM

Post #8857406

more snow ladies, Cardinals, and a very large design of a pr of Bluebirds. I can't find the picture, guess I'll have to retake it when I take a picture of the latest very large Cardinals with Magnolia blossoms. My neck and shoulders ache, too long at the machine, today.

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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2011
5:16 PM

Post #8857519

Love them Mittsy. Just wonderful designs...
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

October 20, 2011
5:49 PM

Post #8857554

Oh Mittsy, they are absolutely the cutest!!!! You have really been one busy lady.

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 20, 2011
7:30 PM

Post #8857668

Mittsy, those are so cute! All done by machine?

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

October 20, 2011
8:59 PM

Post #8857722

Ok, Mittsy, am I to make up both cardinals and then send one back to you? Your note said I needed to make & send two blocks and yet you sent me 2 cardinals and 1 snowflake. I have a wonderful fabric that is black & red check with bird and pinecone. On my way home from the hospital when we stopped for the prescriptions, I found a black & green pinecone print that will look GREAT with the red check and cardinal!!
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

October 20, 2011
9:37 PM

Post #8857750

Mittsy, Are you making all of these from your new machine. I am so envious. What a great machine and time saver too.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 21, 2011
3:50 AM

Post #8857836

Pat, No those are all for you. Two birds count as one swap block. They are pretty quick to do and don't require a lot of thread. Just use some white tone on tone and I can put the Cardinal in myself. Did you approve of the cats?

Thanks for the comments, II don't have a new machine. I'm using my Brother sewing/embroidery machine that is the Ultimate 2000 Disney. I bought used in 2001. I have really enjoyed this machine. It was made in Japan and I have really used it almost daily. I've dragged it back and forth from here to CB every year since I got it. Can't stand the zipper foot, but otherwise, just love it.

Mittsy

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

October 21, 2011
12:46 PM

Post #8858374

The CATS are adorable!!! THANKS!

I hope to have your blocks done this weekend. I REALLY nice the fabric combo I have been able to come up with and hope you do too!

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 21, 2011
2:14 PM

Post #8858481

The person who invents a quick, easy and safe way to remove machine embroidery stitches, will find them selves very wealthy. Just saying.

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

October 21, 2011
4:40 PM

Post #8858595

Karen, would a small pair of cuticle scissors work?
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 21, 2011
4:56 PM

Post #8858612

I use an ergonomic seam ripper that I bought at Walmart.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 21, 2011
5:33 PM

Post #8858648

I've used cuticle scissors, a seam ripper, tweezers, you name it...still had to replace 2 squares. ARG!

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

October 21, 2011
10:38 PM

Post #8858839

not sure where I read/saw this, but someone was promoting a small electric shaver, like the ones you use for personal use, to buzz off the threads???? They demonstrated using a row of satin stitch, looked like they were just shaving down the line! Not sure how long the blades would stay sharp, though...
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 23, 2011
7:57 AM

Post #8860114

Anyone heard from Stu recently?????
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

October 23, 2011
8:10 AM

Post #8860126

I saw on FB yesterday where one of the dogs took Best of Show--Damien I believe was the name. I just assumed he was very busy with that lately.
ladydragon5
Fostoria, OH
(Zone 5a)

October 23, 2011
8:28 AM

Post #8860143

Nicole, could you give me a pattern for the "Fish Extenders"? I was supposed to go on a cruise on the Disney Dream in January but cancelled due to the cancer and treatment. The friend i was going with is still going, just with her sister, not me. I'd love to make on for them to enjoy.

Here is what I made to make me feel better during the cancer surgery and recovery. I found these fabrics that had webs and spiders all in the same color fabric. I made the rag quilt and just love it!

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siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 23, 2011
8:34 AM

Post #8860146

Hi Jan, How are you doing? I think about you often. You moved south and I went north (for the time being).
Molly, our black golden, has calmed down a lot since you saw her being so crazy in that parking lot.
I suppose I should have sent this private but we all care and worry about each other.
Loving the spiders and web, so colorful.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

October 23, 2011
8:45 AM

Post #8860158

Jan, the spiders & webs are adorable!! I hope you are feeling better, I understand your desire to send the fish extenders, sounds like a GREAT idea!
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

October 23, 2011
8:55 AM

Post #8860178

So good to see you posting Janice. Been missing you on here so please drop in more often. Such a lovely idea for your friend.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 23, 2011
11:03 AM

Post #8860318

Love the quilt Janice. It is really cute. I keep saying one of these days I'm going tomake oa rag quilt but I must admit the clipping really intimidates me. I have bad arthritic hands and I can't see me doing that. Do those clipping scissors really work????

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

October 23, 2011
11:42 AM

Post #8860381

Barb, I just completed my 2nd rag quilt. I don't have the special scissors and it does take LOTS of time for sure! I had help with this 2nd one. My husband took pictures and I'll see if he feels up to downloading them later. I think we are both going to take a nap now!

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 23, 2011
1:21 PM

Post #8860452

Barb, those scissors are a life saver. There is still a lot of clipping to do, but the spring in them makes it easier to do.

Hey Janice. How are you doing? Are you all done with your treatments?
gretagreenthumb
Wichita Falls, TX

October 23, 2011
1:42 PM

Post #8860473

Wow, the spider quilt is so cute and bright. I love bright colors on a quilt.

The scissors for cutting rag quilts are a hand saver. I've done several rag quilts, 3 in one month last Christmas. The trick is to cut as you sew, don't wait untill it is all finished, your hand would fall off.

Now for the next step to my quilt. . . working on borders today.

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siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 23, 2011
2:34 PM

Post #8860531

Can't wait to see it finished Greta, I love your color combo.
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

October 23, 2011
2:52 PM

Post #8860544

Oh Jan, that is a beautiful quilt and I would feel very cozy hungered down in that. So sorry to hear about the cancer. Way too many of my friends and I are dealing with that. I wish you a speedy recovery and good reports in the up coming months. Are you going to have to go though Chemo now?
Many Blessings and many hugs to you.
Jan

barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 24, 2011
5:14 AM

Post #8861178

Love that quilt Janice !! and so Happy to see you post!!

Yours is very nict too...Greta

Barb, you could do it...just do a little at a time!!! sew a few blocks together for part of a row...clip where they join...sew some more...

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 24, 2011
5:33 AM

Post #8861208

Thanks for the encouragement Thunder!!! I have a few things lined up right now but I'm thinking this would make an excellent Jan/Feb project...Sure to keep me warm while I work.

SewSassee

SewSassee
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 24, 2011
6:57 AM

Post #8861318

Working on a boxy star quilt. This thing is coming along nicely.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 24, 2011
7:25 AM

Post #8861356

Barb - give those snipping scissors to Norm!!!!!
You can sew & he can clip...

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

October 24, 2011
8:25 AM

Post #8861438

VERY smart suggestion Jean!!!

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 24, 2011
12:00 PM

Post #8861745

That works for me too - great idea!!!! Now I need to go shopping for them!!

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

October 24, 2011
1:09 PM

Post #8861839

Now to get Norm to buy in! LOL from the sounds of it, he's an easy sell!

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 24, 2011
2:05 PM

Post #8861903

Norm says he can't get over how many people can figure him out and he doesn't even know them!!!!! But we all do - right ladies???? I'm sure if I asked, he would clip for me!!!!

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

October 24, 2011
2:21 PM

Post #8861920

You can tell him honestly that it is because You and others all speak so kindly of how helpful and good he is. Those of us who have met him all speak well of him. The rest of us just listen!

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 24, 2011
2:39 PM

Post #8861937

Barb, when you vet those clippers and start clipping, every so often they will seem like they are dragging, just take a soft rag, and give then a good wipe down. Some of the little threads will get in the joints, and once you wipe them, theynwill be good as new.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 24, 2011
3:31 PM

Post #8862004

Thanks LK. I get the feeling you all want me to try one of these. Maybe I'll try a baby quilt just to be able to say I made one!!! I'll check and see what I have for flannel in the morning. If I used a flannel top and bottom, can I put cotton in the middle or should I stick to three layers of flannel? Or just two layers??? Not too sure what to do!!!

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

October 24, 2011
4:04 PM

Post #8862043

You could start with just 2 layers of flannel... less work clipping that way, the only question would be if a 2-layer is heavy enough for your purposes!
gretagreenthumb
Wichita Falls, TX

October 24, 2011
4:19 PM

Post #8862062

You can put in the middle whatever you wish. I even put an old blanket cut up for the middle. Another I used an old worn-out flannel sheet -- didn't want that blanket too warm for that child, she is too warm blooded. And I've put batting in another. If you wanted it really lightweight, you could just use two layers of flannel and skip the middle.

Have fun!

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 24, 2011
4:38 PM

Post #8862081

I guess I need to go shopping for those scissors now!!! Maybe later this week. I did find some flannel and I'm playing with thicknesses...
Dogs_N_Petunias
Cleburne, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 24, 2011
6:19 PM

Post #8862252

Greta, I love that star quilt. Looks like I'll have to have that book. And here I've been saying I was going to start selling some of my books. LOL.

Siliolegma, congrats on your first embroidery. It is addictive.

mittsy, glad to see those birds. I think I have those designs and have forgotten about them. Hard to keep up with them all.

Glenna
Dogs_N_Petunias
Cleburne, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 24, 2011
6:31 PM

Post #8862266

I've been downloading the free machine embroidery cross stitch designs from Ellen Maurer-Stroh website http://www.cross-stitch-board.com/forum/cmps_index.php? I particularly like the embroidered children's books. They are really cute. Her website allows you to download only 4 or 5 designs each 24 hours, so it has taken me a while to get all the designs for the books. I have not decided which fabric I should put them on so they will stand up to repeated washing.

She also has the same in hand cross stitch free to download.
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

October 25, 2011
4:26 AM

Post #8862644

Janice I love the rag quilt perfect to cuddle with.
Barb are you starting with a baby rag quilt?
I made one with cotton on top and flannel on back no middle and perfect weight(not to heavy)

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 25, 2011
6:37 AM

Post #8862810

Barb, I was gonna say It does not have to be flannel. Cotton works well too!

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 25, 2011
7:35 AM

Post #8862918

Thank you ladies for the input. I'm thinking I'll start with an eight inch square with a layer of flannel and a layer of cotton. Should I wash fabrics first since they are different weights? Or for my first one , should I use both layers the same fabrics???

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 25, 2011
12:18 PM

Post #8863254

Wait till you have it made to wash, different weights does not matter.
Make sure when you wash and dry it to check your filters, as they will get a lot of threads in them. The more you wash, the better it fringes.
Dogs_N_Petunias
Cleburne, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 25, 2011
12:47 PM

Post #8863289

[quote="taters55"]Wait till you have it made to wash, different weights does not matter.
Make sure when you wash and dry it to check your filters, as they will get a lot of threads in them. The more you wash, the better it fringes.[/quote]

I would add: If you have one of the newer type washing machines, I'd go to the laundrymat because, as the repairman told me, the new water-saving machines have very little clearance around the automatic filters and stop up very easily. A few quarters at the laundrymat is sure cheaper than a service call, believe me !!! This is just one of many reasons why I wish I had gotten my old machine repaired instead of buying the new one 4 years ago.

I used DH's worn out bluejeans for this "rag Christmas vest" and lined with flannel.

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helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 25, 2011
12:52 PM

Post #8863298

I am picking up my jaw from the floor out of total adoration/admiration for your skills.

Make one of these rag buntings for your baby...would be quite out there.

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 25, 2011
1:34 PM

Post #8863341

Love that vest!
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

October 25, 2011
1:59 PM

Post #8863372

Wow love the vest and the snowmen. Too cute.
gretagreenthumb
Wichita Falls, TX

October 25, 2011
3:30 PM

Post #8863493

Cute! Cute! Cute! Boy, that would make a vest quick, just rag all the seams. Cool idea.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 26, 2011
3:30 AM

Post #8864070

Gotta check those bags destined for the thrift shop and take out all the denim. Love that vest. I just purchased an embroidery pattern that says a lot of my friends are flakes. I'd love one that says snowmen fall from heaven unassembled. Guess I'll have to design one for myself.

SewSassee

SewSassee
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 26, 2011
4:28 AM

Post #8864095

Ha ha... love both those sayings Mittsy. Never heard either of them before but they gave me a nice chuckle this morning. Of course I live in Florida so neither of those would make sense here but they were a great idea for my sister who lives up north. Thanks for the seed... (the implant of the idea).
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 26, 2011
6:36 AM

Post #8864238

Only thing I've been making is "my head hurt" by having so much to get done in too short a time frame. And "real work" sure has been getting in the way.
I still have QoV & Downey quilts to finish quilting by this Sat; quilting to do for paying customers; blocks to send to some here; QoVs that I still need to finish piecing (by 5 Nov); and then there are the Christmas gifts I need to get made.
So, if I'm not on here often, it's because I don't have nearly enough hours in my weeks!!!!

SewSassee

SewSassee
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 26, 2011
9:57 AM

Post #8864475

Wow, that sure is a ton of stuff to get done! I can see where it'd be easy to get wrapped up in several swaps. I stopped going to new ones for now because I have too many craft shows coming up and not enough work done. Once the holidays are over I will probably join a new one.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

October 26, 2011
7:10 PM

Post #8865195

I understand Bev! I need to get my blocks turned into QUILTS! Jean, you sound busy as always!

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 26, 2011
9:02 PM

Post #8865302

Maybe we need to have a denim charm swap. I saw a most wonderful denim rag quilt at the show. About a third of the squares had delicate flowers embroidered on them. The contrast was stunning.
I think it would work for a jacket or vest too so It wouldn't have to have a Christmas theme.

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

October 26, 2011
9:27 PM

Post #8865312

sounds interesting... would this be regular denim, like bluejean type, or a printed denim?

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

October 26, 2011
9:47 PM

Post #8865320

I have made over a dozen jean quilts, this is only my 2nd rag jean quilt. I generally pick a color theme and buy used jeans until I have enough in the chosen colors. I have appliqued two different ones with hearts. Wish I had pics to share.

FLStu

FLStu
Lowell, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 27, 2011
3:11 AM

Post #8865404

Here's a Q that I made from Civil war- feel and repro charms from a recent swap here. It's 99" x 90" and uses an embroidered Quilt motiff my SO put around the outter boarder using his industrial machine.

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FLStu

FLStu
Lowell, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 27, 2011
3:14 AM

Post #8865405

A closer look at the boarder with tone-on-tone motiff

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SewSassee

SewSassee
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 27, 2011
4:53 AM

Post #8865437

Very nice Stu

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 27, 2011
6:28 AM

Post #8865550

Great job Stu. Nice to see it finished.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 27, 2011
6:31 AM

Post #8865558

Glad to see you back, Stu. Hope that quilt keeps you warm.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

October 27, 2011
8:31 PM

Post #8866502

I'm happy you got it done... if only I'd get SOMETHING done!!! Nice job.

FLStu

FLStu
Lowell, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 28, 2011
3:13 AM

Post #8866611

LOL Pat... Know what you mean. I volunteered to do the prizes for our Nationals this year in Feb. A wall Q for Best of Opposite and Best of Winners and a lap for Best of Breed. I have two laps to back and bind and one to start for staff for Christmas gifts, pillow cases I promised for my niece and nephews... etc. And gosh darn if I have to fit work, eatting and sleeping into my day too.

Qwilter.. have been here, but for some reason, my computer and DG don't like to cooperate with each other for even simple posts unless it's really early AM. It's frustrating.

SewSassee

SewSassee
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 28, 2011
3:57 AM

Post #8866626

Yeah Stu why is it we actually have to eat and sleep? lol...
Dogs_N_Petunias
Cleburne, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 28, 2011
3:15 PM

Post #8867289

Love that civil war quilt, FLStu.

SewSassee

SewSassee
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 28, 2011
5:02 PM

Post #8867392

Spent the day cutting and ironing fat quarters and fat eighths. For some reason I just love to iron fabric, lol... of course as me to iron clothes and forget it! ha
JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

October 28, 2011
5:16 PM

Post #8867404

I am enjoying this thread- if I may, I want to show you a rag denim quilt that I made long ago before they were *in*- I had several textured and different denims from thrift shops.

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JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

October 28, 2011
5:17 PM

Post #8867405

Here's a closeup of the top of it-

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taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 28, 2011
5:52 PM

Post #8867439

That is very pretty. Thanks for sharing!

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 28, 2011
6:10 PM

Post #8867452

Welcome Jo, I hope you'll stay and play. This is a great forum with great people.
I love your selection, all those pretty patterns. I saw one at a quilt show and dang it, I didn't take a photo. It was plain denims but many shades of blue. What I loved was, about 1/2 of the squares had delicate flowers embroidered in them. The contrast was stunning. It was king size, the maker said she used 50 pairs of jeans.


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abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

October 28, 2011
6:35 PM

Post #8867474

Welcome Jo. Hope we see you around more and maybe join in with one of our fun swaps. Like the rag quilt very much. I haven't made one yet but after seeing so many ideas lately I might just have to try one very soon.
JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

October 28, 2011
7:58 PM

Post #8867584

Thanks for the welcomes- I have been busy with gardening forums all summer, but now that freeze has hit and I'm pretty much finished for the winter, I will be dusting off my 3 machines and doing some neglected sewing to pass the long winter away!

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

October 28, 2011
8:31 PM

Post #8867609

Welcome Jo! Hope to see you here often.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 29, 2011
3:53 AM

Post #8867708

I can't believe it is 29 Oct and we are to get snow today. The high of 42 is now & it will be 30 overnite. Already raining; already ice & snow in the western mts of MD.
Guess my machines & I will be spending the day together. Then I can sew binding on while watching TV this evening. A quilt to keep me warm.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 29, 2011
5:13 AM

Post #8867747

Welcome Jo, nice rag quilt, we've all got the bug to do one.
Dogs_N_Petunias
Cleburne, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 29, 2011
7:11 AM

Post #8867837

Jo, I love your denim rag quilt. When I made my rag Christmas vest I was wondering if it would work and was pleasantly surprised that the old denim frayed so nicely and the jeans can be almost totally worn out and still a lot of use. And the machine embroidery was very easy to do on it because it is so dense. After seeing your quilt, I think I'll stop by Goodwill or maybe some garage sales and see if I can find some cheap big old jeans.
JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

October 29, 2011
8:33 AM

Post #8867920

Our Value Village has a lot of BIG men's jeans-you can get a lot of squares from a size 44 waist pair !!! I have a tell stack of jean parts that I cut apart eons ago. I also save the pockets, belt loops, etc. Here's a little wall holder I made from pockets,loops and a half of a kitchen towel.

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abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

October 29, 2011
8:36 AM

Post #8867926

Wow! I really like that Jo. Think I will call my DIL and ask for my son's old worn out jeans.

barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 29, 2011
9:00 AM

Post #8867944

if you are looking for jeans, or jeans skirts...keep an eye on e-bay...not to long ago one of my nieces got a boat load of very large jeans, and some jeans skirts all in sizes 45 or higher!!! she bought a "lot". it worked out to about a dollar a pair !! they were all brand new, still with tags on them!! various blues, and some whites. she made some diaper bag, type bags. some very interesting plant hangers, and actually re-sold some of them...and she ended up getting free shipping!!!

I just cleaned out a few closets, and discovered that I have two, quite large plastic bins full of jeans, from my hubs, and my boys...all different sizes...two totes full of flannel shirts...four totes full of t-shirts...now if I could just find some more time!!!!

definitely want to make one of these.. http://www.equilters.com/library/jeans/jeans_gallbaros.html I am using a paint can cover, and have some circles cut out, but have a lonnnnngggg way to go !!!!

and thanks to Karen, and her fantastic directions..I will eventually get some t-shirt quilts done, I have started to take them apart, cutting along the seams, and cutting off the sleeves,and neck bands.

also want to make one of those quilts with the "pancakes" that Gloria showed us !!! the list goes on...!!

Welcome Jo, sure hope to see more of you !! love your quilt.

Jean, don't forget to take a break to eat!!! and maybe you will need some hot cocoa!!! YUCK snow already!!!

well I have to get my butt in gear and get ready for work...Hope Y'all have a great day...do a little stitchin for me!!! ^_^

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 29, 2011
9:09 AM

Post #8867949

Thunder, a circle rotary cutter makes this ever so much easier to cut out. A good coupon from JoAnn's makes it reasonable. (look on line at JoAnn's too, I got an awesome deal on an Ott light that way)

FLStu

FLStu
Lowell, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 29, 2011
10:59 AM

Post #8868093

Jo.. been geting denims for a rag at thrift shops too. Been going to the women's full sized section for long skirts as I want to try and stay with 10" or so blocks and yo can get a good many out of some of the skirts. Going to use jeans too and open the legs at one seam and leave the other intact, but if it's a good brand jean, sometimes the seam is so think that I've broken a couple of needles. Got a Denim needle that I'm going to try in the rag I'm getting set up to do.
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

October 29, 2011
11:45 AM

Post #8868139

Okay this is getting the best of me now. I am definitely going on a spree to find me some blue jeans at Goodwill, son's home, and any other place that has any--cheap that is.

Funny but my jeans don't seem to wear out, they just keep getting smaller. Dryer must be to hot! LOL
Thea1962
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

October 29, 2011
5:04 PM

Post #8868440

Hello everyone…wow you all have been pretty busy!!

Qwilter…that quilt at the start of the thread is just stunning!! Do you remember the name is the pattern?

Syrumani…those Disney wall hangings and pillow cases are just adorable!!

Greta…the Star quilt will be amazing once it is finished (it is already amazing now!!)…an heirloom for sure!!

Missy…you sure are having a lot of fun with your embroidery machine!! Those designs are just beautiful…but my favourite are the chickadees and the blue Jays and I think I saw somewhere else you also made Cardinals. Would you consider selling me some?

Jan so sorry to hear that you are battling Cancer…my T&P are with you and that ragquilt is just so adorable…love the spider/webs…never seen any flannel with patterns like this up here in Canada!!

Dogs_N_Petunias that vest is beautiful…you sure have a lot of Talent!!

Stu good to have you back and your quilt came out perfect!!! Will definitely keep that pattern in mind for my 5” charms. You are soooo lucky to have access to an industrial embroidery machine!!!

JoParrot thank you for sharing your Demin Rag quilt…one of these days I will make cave and make one too!!! They all look so comfy and warm.

I have been busy the last few weeks with gifts for my family in Germany.
This one is a Halloween doily

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Thea1962
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

October 29, 2011
5:06 PM

Post #8868443

A turkey applique Tea towel (Pattern and towel was a gift from Barb)

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Thea1962
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

October 29, 2011
5:08 PM

Post #8868448

Scarecrow applique Wall Hanging

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Thea1962
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

October 29, 2011
5:14 PM

Post #8868458

My favourite!! Pieced by Barb and gifted to me. I had the easy job of quilting and binding it. It is in memory of my DM who just loved Cardinals and Chickadees.

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Thea1962
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

October 29, 2011
5:19 PM

Post #8868465

And this table runner I just finished a few hours ago.
It is made by the tutorial Gloria gave here:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1220550/

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siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 29, 2011
6:10 PM

Post #8868532

Love it all Thea but I keep going back to the Halloween doily. Somehow the green bats just seem to make it pop.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 29, 2011
6:23 PM

Post #8868548

Thea - I din't make the quilt, just quilted it. Don't know what the pattern is.

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

October 29, 2011
6:45 PM

Post #8868573

LOVE what everyone is working on :)
One of these days I hope to graduate from rag quilts to something a little more intricate.

barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 29, 2011
10:20 PM

Post #8868711

Wow...just... WOW

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 30, 2011
5:25 AM

Post #8868839

Great job my friend. You have done well. I recognize a few fabrics in your last picture of the runner. That came out so pretty.. I miss you and wish you were closer...
Thea1962
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

October 30, 2011
6:06 AM

Post #8868870

Thank you all for the compliments!!

Barb...I wish I would have picked up more of the red and gold fabric (little bubbles) that I used in the runner from your LQS. It is such a nice fabric to work with and makes a great blender too. Miss you too...could you imagine the trouble we would get into if we lived close??!!lol

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 30, 2011
6:33 AM

Post #8868905

Thea, do you want more of that bubble fabric? I can go there on Wed before my appt.
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

October 30, 2011
7:04 AM

Post #8868946

Thea I just love the table runner. Adding to the long list of things to do.
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

October 30, 2011
8:05 AM

Post #8869042

Thea, that is so nice--I have some of the cranberry print you used and have found it so nice to work with. Not only is it nice for the color but the fabric is also very nice. Hummm, now do I have time to make me a runner before Christmas? Probably not, with having to go South again to visit my Mom--just can't sew at my sister's home.

Waiting for all to check in after that horrible snow that you have been receiving. Anyone heard from Jean and the rest of the group?
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 30, 2011
8:55 AM

Post #8869106

Marion - we got a dusting at best. It snowed for hours but nothing stuck. Barb said she has 20"!!!!! I never left the house yesterday. Today it is bright & sunny and feels much warmer than 44 (as the thermometer reads).
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

October 30, 2011
9:58 AM

Post #8869163

That is good news Jean. I read one of Barb's post and that must really be some storm. Hope all are okay.

In the low 70s here with some wind making it feel colder. Over all, it is pleasant outside but trying to stay inside today and get some much needed things finished.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 30, 2011
10:13 AM

Post #8869188

Here you go ladies!!!!
23" ON MY DECK!!!!!

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SewSassee

SewSassee
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 30, 2011
10:15 AM

Post #8869190

Thunder... LOVE that Jean Pattern that you posted the link to. Now I understand what you were talking about last night. I love, love, love it.

And oh Thea, those appliqué patterns are awesome! If any one would care to share links to or actual patterns on those I would love to make them or even Christmas ones. THANKS.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 30, 2011
10:42 AM

Post #8869226

Oh Barb, I showed my hubby and he said How's your roof? That looks like a wet snow.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 30, 2011
12:11 PM

Post #8869312

It WAS a wet snow Karen. Norm seems to think the roof is okay. The temps are supposed to get warmer during the week going up to almost 50*. The sun is out now and it is melting like crazy up there. It was just such a shock this early. I don't think it will last very long. Only problem is whatever melts on the roads this afternoon will freeze tonight and then you get trouble there. I don't know what it is about the first snow of the year, but here it seems to bring out all the craZy drivers...
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 30, 2011
12:12 PM

Post #8869313

No snow for us.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 30, 2011
12:15 PM

Post #8869319

Thank you Barb, for relaying the message to Judy. She got in touch with me and I responded by hitting reply rather than the usual way. Don't know why my email won't work to her. Kept saying invalid address and it wasn't.

FLStu

FLStu
Lowell, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 31, 2011
5:04 AM

Post #8870063

Thea. The pattern of the Q Qwitler openned with is called 'Shadow Box' By Mountainpeek. Many LQS and on-line shops have them, most either $8 or $9. I stopped by a LQS Saturday on my way to a conference and they were unfortunately out of it. An example of a shop:

http://www.stitchntimefabrics.com/shop/Patterns/Quilt-Patterns-/p/Shadow-Box--Mountainpeek-Creations-sku-801223459022.htm



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Thea1962
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

October 31, 2011
5:10 AM

Post #8870069

Bev I find a lot of my applique pattern from children's colouring books. Just print the page/motiv you like the size you want it...then trace all the different parts of the motiv...cut them out...and now you have your pattern templates.

Another place where I find pattern is here:
http://www.fatcatpatterns.com/

or this German website:
http://www.quilt-glueck.de/Freie_Muster/verschiedene_Motive/verschiedene_motive.html
(all the different cathegories are on the left hand side)

Hope that helps :)
Thea1962
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

October 31, 2011
5:18 AM

Post #8870079

Thank you so much Stu...I wrote it down and I will see if I can find the pattern around here. I love quilt pattern that have that little bit of "extra"...a twist...3D.

I bought myself the pattern "Labyrinth"...just love the bit of depth it gives to a quilt
http://webstore.quiltropolis.net/stores_app/Browse_Item_Details.asp?Shopper_id=66081031816106608&Store_id=529&page_id=23&Item_ID=1209

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 31, 2011
5:46 AM

Post #8870114

Thea, thanks for sharing those sites. I spent about 30 minutes going through them! Lots of nice patterns!
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

October 31, 2011
7:38 AM

Post #8870261

Just what I needed Thea, another site to addict me!!! I have the Labyrinth pattern also but now having a hard time deciding the colors I want to use--so many neat combinations.

Catbird423

Catbird423
Odenton, MD
(Zone 7b)

October 31, 2011
10:44 AM

Post #8870526

During our rain/snow on Saturday I decided to make another purse. This is the body of it.

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Catbird423

Catbird423
Odenton, MD
(Zone 7b)

October 31, 2011
10:44 AM

Post #8870528

And this is the inside, with my stuff in it.

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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 31, 2011
10:49 AM

Post #8870536

Love it Robin!!! Great job and the materials are wonderful!!! Was it difficult to work with the grommets????

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

October 31, 2011
10:50 AM

Post #8870537

I found this pdf that shows the Shadowbox top, and gives yardage/FQ measurements for it. Unfortunately, to get the instructions you have to buy the pattern, but looks simple enough to figure out as they are all straight cuts..

http://www.robertkaufman.com/quilting/quilts_patterns/shadowbox/

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

October 31, 2011
10:51 AM

Post #8870538

nice purse Robin!! love those purples!

Catbird423

Catbird423
Odenton, MD
(Zone 7b)

October 31, 2011
10:55 AM

Post #8870544

Barb, the grommets are very easy. They are made by Dritz and snap together. Are located with the drapery materials and supplies at Joanns. Alot easier then metal grommets.

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

October 31, 2011
11:04 AM

Post #8870553

Hi Thea!!!! My DIL picked that pattern out as a favorite from one of my catalogs.. I am making one similar to the Shadowbox for her instead, but let me know how Labyrinth works up... I may have to try one for her..
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

October 31, 2011
11:07 AM

Post #8870555

Robin great purse. The horses are so colorful. I have seen those grommets but never tried them.

jumper2

jumper2
Huron, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 1, 2011
8:53 AM

Post #8871785

love the horses!

barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 1, 2011
10:10 AM

Post #8871882

Very nice purse !! love the colors, and the horses (even tho I am not a horse person)

Bev, pancakes, made by Thea above, from Gloria's design...are different than the jean pattern I posted...you NEED to come spend a day and we could work on some together !!!

my latest creations, this is coconut.made from a pair of soldier boys pants, from when he was about 10, can't bring myself to cut up a pair of his "soldier" pants. I have many pairs of pants, and some shirts...and we sure can't wear them all !!! odd thing??? I pulled some out of my closet...and just could NOT cut them!!

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barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 1, 2011
10:17 AM

Post #8871892

and this is rocko, he is from some fleece I had on hand.

the Sailor wants one in blue digital camo !!! and my baby boy wants one in black and red !!! DH wants one with a pocket, that has name on it like on the uniforms. guess every one is gonna get a monkey for Christmas!!!

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taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 1, 2011
11:01 AM

Post #8871950

Thunder those are wonderful!

barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 1, 2011
11:40 AM

Post #8871995

thanks
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 1, 2011
11:51 AM

Post #8872012

Thunder - I LOVE thos guys!!!!! Their faces are adorable. Too bad I just donated a duffel bag 1/2 full of old BDU's to Goodwill.
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 1, 2011
12:00 PM

Post #8872020

Oh what precious monkeys--love their faces.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 1, 2011
1:06 PM

Post #8872120

What size are the monkeys? I have been searching for a certain monkey for many years and this one looks very close. One of my grandsons used to have bad nightmares, my daughter found this little white monkey with beige face, hands and feet. He was named George and my daughter told Nick that George would protect him at night and keep him safe. Nick never had another nightmare. Over the years Nick brought George to me for repairs of every sort until I don't think there was too much of the original George. The last straw was when they got a puppy and Bo got hold of George. George is still kept put away and Nick is now in his 20s. I would love to make another George to put away for when Nick has a child.
I found a tiny replica clip on George the year Nick graduated. He plays drum in a band and keeps the little George clipped to his drum set.
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

November 1, 2011
1:08 PM

Post #8872125

Thunder those monkeys are just too cute.

barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 1, 2011
1:24 PM

Post #8872143

in seated position...from butt to head about 10 1/2 '' and legs are about 7 1/2 '' pattern calls it a 17'' I think??

yup 17 '' here's where I got it... http://www.etsy.com/listing/61423345/monkey-plush-toy-pattern-pdf I had to search around the site, as when I clicked on the first pattern it showed it as sold, but when I searched I found one not sold.. it was a down-load pattern... as soon as payment clears, she will send you a link to down load. I thought it was a bit pricey, esp. for a down load, butt I am ever sew happy I decided to get it!!!

Karen, I had been looking for a monkey pattern for a while too, Linda K found this one !!! I searched e-bay, etsy, some other places too...asked for help on one of the threads...and viola !! LK found this one ^_^

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 1, 2011
1:37 PM

Post #8872156

Thank you Thunder, that one is bigger than George. He's only about 12" tall total.

barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 1, 2011
1:38 PM

Post #8872159

good monkeys are hard to find!!
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 1, 2011
1:40 PM

Post #8872160

...and so are good men! LOL

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 1, 2011
1:53 PM

Post #8872167

sometimes it's hard to separate the two, Miss M...LOL
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 1, 2011
1:55 PM

Post #8872173

Point for your side Kiz!!

barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 1, 2011
2:10 PM

Post #8872199

^_^

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 1, 2011
8:23 PM

Post #8872736

LOL

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 2, 2011
7:22 PM

Post #8873920

Well since this was my first attempt with my embroidery machine, it's not too bad. This is for my great grandson who is due around Thanksgiving. It definitely was fun but I can think of a thing or two I would do differently.



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Catbird423

Catbird423
Odenton, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 2, 2011
7:29 PM

Post #8873927

That is adorable! He will love that quilt, I can see him dragging it after him when he learns to walk. Just too cute!

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 2, 2011
7:30 PM

Post #8873928

WOW, so for a boy...

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 2, 2011
8:57 PM

Post #8874063

FYI.. for anyone interested in the Shadowbox pattern that Qwilter shows at the top of this thread, you can buy it as a pdf download, instead of waiting for snail mail.. Some of them are listed as 'deliverable by mail only', others are downloadable.

http://www.mountainpeekcreations.com/patterns.aspx

barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 2, 2011
9:53 PM

Post #8874125

it is AWESOME Karen !!!! sew the next one you do , will be done a bit different!!! glad you are enjoying the new machine :)

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 2, 2011
10:00 PM

Post #8874133

really cool karen!
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 3, 2011
2:08 AM

Post #8874216

I'm curious, what would you do differently?
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

November 3, 2011
2:30 AM

Post #8874237

Karen love the quilt. Good to see you are enjoying the new machine.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

November 3, 2011
6:01 AM

Post #8874371

I can see that with a sweet little boy tugging it after him as he toddles along. Great job Karen. And I'm curious too as to what you would do different.
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 3, 2011
7:01 AM

Post #8874467

Nice job Karen. Alas, I guess I won't be doing any afghans or quilts now as my DIL lost our expected little one about a week and a half ago. She is doing as well as can be expected but time will help some.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 3, 2011
7:37 AM

Post #8874514

Awww Marion, Hugs, I'm so very sorry. I remember the heartache of losing my first, you just never forget no matter how many you have.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 3, 2011
7:39 AM

Post #8874517

Marion, I'm sorry for your family's loss. Hugs to you.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 3, 2011
7:46 AM

Post #8874527

Mittsy, mainly, I'd start from scratch as this top was given to me. Also I had thought I would do the embroidery after it was together to help quilt the larger squares. The lady I bought the machine from advised against it. She said it wouldn't fit into the hoop with the batting and backing. I did echo quilting around the designs and I used the embroidery machine hoop to hold it and it fit in fine. Because it was a baby quilt it was easy to maneuver in the machine, that might not be the case with a bigger quilt.

BTW there is still about 7 1/2 yards of that bias binding left, could you use it on some of the little quilts you make? I know I will never use it and I just don't have the room these days to hang on to stuff.

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 3, 2011
8:09 AM

Post #8874555

Karen, that is beautiful! Such a great heirloom to pass on too him!

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 3, 2011
8:44 AM

Post #8874679

Aww thanks. I'm hoping the little guy gets here before we go down for Thanksgiving so I can put his name & date on it. I know what his name is supposed to be but one of my other granddaughters made a change after baby was born so not taking any chances.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 3, 2011
9:50 AM

Post #8874752

Marion so sorry - that is a heartache.

Karen I quilted several things with my older embroidery machine within the regular embroidery frame using an imported quilting pattern (not embroidery, just one sewing line) cotton batting and it was very difficult and time consuming as the hoop snapped open often.So your friends advice was good. The machine I have now has a quilting hoop where magnets clip the fabric in place.This works easier but still intricate.

FLStu

FLStu
Lowell, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 3, 2011
4:24 PM

Post #8875199

Marion... sorry to hear about your loss. It's never easy. Maybe a nice lap or rag Q for your DIL while she's on the mend? She should know that she is loved, as I'm sure you all are showing her.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 3, 2011
4:35 PM

Post #8875212

Helene I quilted with an echo line around each little figure using the hoop and had no problem with it. I did loosen the adjusting screw a bit first.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 3, 2011
5:40 PM

Post #8875318

yes , have to adjust according to the thickness... echo line is only one line sewing as to contra embroidery.

One thing I noticed: I'd be spitting out needles like a dragon spits fire, because I used "Metz" My Machine is Janome and their needles have some sort of a rubberized color co-ordinated top as to the use for the needles and these needles don't come loose at all on this very powerful machine. You know - embroidery - quick up and down constantly.
Yes you have to adjust the tension on your hoop according to the thicknesses you are working with. IT IS so much fun this trial and error. Did open your sewing horizon it seems and I am so glad .
For regular embroiderying I use spray on adhesive and medium stabilizer. but have not done too much on large scale. Have a couple of pats. that take hours and hours, imagine...Still fearfull of this. but the machine, she goes, just goes until color change..Happy for you to have this new toy.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 4, 2011
1:26 AM

Post #8875789

I've used the hoop to quilt a rose motif on a queen size quilt after it was layered but before it was squared and bound. No problem, it just took quite a long time. Those rubberized needles sound interesting. I've had needles pulled out when using very dense designs. I really like the heavy tear away stabilizer from Walmart. It's $1.47 a yard and is made by Pellon. The wrapper instructions are printed in green. I'll try to remember to get the sku number next time I'm in there getting groceries.

FLStu

FLStu
Lowell, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 4, 2011
4:07 AM

Post #8875829

I finally did find the Shadowbox pattern at a LQS that I went to on my day off Monday. They are one of the largest in FL and have a huge selection of half-off bolts on clearance. I also knew that they had bins of FQ for $1.75. I bought 16. I went specifically for that for plaids and striped FQ for a dorm Q I want to make my nephew if he decides to go away to college. I figure a dorm Q and a flannel rag Q for colder weather would be a nice graduation gift. He would be going to somewhere around PA or north NJ if he goes.

My SO came with me and found a half-priced bolt he thought would be good for a Civil War Q (he really liked the charm one I made). I thought they may have the Shadowbox pattern (I think they haved all patterns it seems) and they did. They had an example of it done in bright spring colors, but we both didn't like it. There was not enough contrast between the main fabric and the shadow and between the shadow and the background. I showed him Qwilter's example as well as the other site example that I think Kizmo put up. In those, the main fabric floats above it's shadow. Once he saw the difference, he really liked the pattern. I'm going to be using African fabrics that have a lot of browns, purples, golds, blues, etc. for the main, a dark brown, I think, for the shadows and ecru or light tan for the background.

One thing that my SO commented about was how expensive the regular fabric was. Many $10.95 - 12.95. That LQS seems always to be on the high side, but I usually buy only the half-priced. However, they sport a warehouse-sized store and is in a fairly high snowbird and monied area, so they must be selling. Since they are so large, they have most everything. I will occassionallygo to see what a line looks and feels like before I buy it on line, or look for something, find it, then buy on line. But they always get some $ from me in their clearance, so I don't think that I'm OK. At least, that's what I'm telling myself.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 4, 2011
5:03 AM

Post #8875858

Here in MD, $10.95 is almost impossible to find. I'm glad I'm so close to Amish country & the nice stores up there. And the LQS don't really have fabrics I like. They tend to only carry the most recent "trend".
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 4, 2011
5:42 AM

Post #8875888

I think overall quilting fabric have gone up in price--ouch!! I have noticed the prices on the emails I get from various shops.

Sounds like you had a fun, productive day Stu. Sure wish there were some quilting shops closer to me----but then I bet you had to drive an hour or so to get to this one. Right? I usually go Suzanne's Quilt Shop in Moultrie or The Suwannee River Quilt Shoppe in Trenton when I am up to driving for serious shopping. That hasn't happened lately as I see enough of I-10 and 75 as it is driving back and forth to my Mom.

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 4, 2011
8:25 AM

Post #8876121

Karen, you have a D-mail...
Morning everyone! I wish I had time to take a Quilt Fabric run up to our Amish country.. or PA for that matter! Would love to see some of those big fabric places! There's supposed to be a big one in Waynesville here in OH, it's on my list to find also.. I agree with Miss M, fabric prices have gone up for sure! I was looking thru one of those quilt mags from Australia... one of their pages stated a fabric for "only 22.95 a metre" ... LOL The LQS's I've been using here mostly sell theirs for 8.99 - 12.95, but the fabrics sure are nice! BBL

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

November 4, 2011
9:00 AM

Post #8876175

If you remember, we all commented about a year ago that cotton prices were rising and that it would eventually come down to us. My LQS held out as long as she could before she raised prices. It had to do with all the flooding of the midwest and all the cotton fields were ruined. Add into that the fact that all our cotton is exported to to the far east and then we have to pay for the cloth to come back. I wonder how many jobs we lost in that mess. The cotton growers made what money there was and the end users, meaning manufacturers and us pay the price. That's why all our clothes are now made overseas too...
ladydragon5
Fostoria, OH
(Zone 5a)

November 4, 2011
9:16 AM

Post #8876203

Kizmo, have you been to Shilo, OH to the Amish quilt store there? I was introduced by friends here and they have quite a selection. I went to their tent sale in late October and the things under the tent were $2.95 a yard. Good fabric, cotton, flannel and even some fleece and the prices were good too. Some of my quilt club gals are at a workshop north of Mansfield this weekend and are planning on visiting 10 shops in the Amish country. Can't wait to hear how they did.

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 4, 2011
11:19 AM

Post #8876341

Hi Janice! Glad to see you posting, hope you're doing better. Sending hugs...
No, I haven't been to Shilo, will have to look those up, they're further north than where we went. We have been to Lehman's (I love this place!!!), Kidron and Millersburg, and that area. It's about a couple hours drive from here, such beautiful country. OH MY!!! 10 Amish quilt shops... was a dream trip that would be!! I've been to Mansfield before, and we drove thru the Amish country around there, but didn't stop anywhere specific. The old boyfriend had family in Mansfield and we were just driving his mother up to visit for the weekend. At that time, I wasn't into quilting myself, it was probably a good thing... LOL
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

November 4, 2011
11:20 AM

Post #8876342

Just left Joann fabrics they have the warm and natural on sale for $7.99 plus I got an on-line coupon for 25% of that.
I to have seen the prices going up and makes things difficult. Save my money and pre-plan and go to amish country.
I have even stopped donating kids clothes that I can put into quilts. Blue jeans and 100% cotton tops. I just need to put something together.

barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 4, 2011
8:35 PM

Post #8877099

Stu, what is the name of the store???

^_^ HI Janice!! How are ya?? Hugs from here too.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 5, 2011
4:11 AM

Post #8877270

How about a new thread...

Come on over: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1228663/

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