Left overs

Jan. 25th, 2013 04:52 pm
ktmae: (Default)
[personal profile] ktmae
Hi all,

I am new to the community.

I have a question...

As a beginner, I have bought threads that I wanted to quilt with and for one reason or another my machines didn't like them. I have in some cases almost entire spools of thread.

What do you do with it?
jelazakazone: (beaded crane)
[personal profile] jelazakazone

So, I'm thinking about what I could put on this background.  This quilt is for a woman who is a geologist, but she is also a dancer (same kind of dancing as me) and quilter (pretty basic traditional patchwork). I had originally been thinking of sticking lizards and dinosaurs from a print on here, but now I think that's really lame.  One possibility is an ammonite, like this one.  I had been thinking about a black squid
or maybe one like this, since the octopus was so popular. Any other ideas?

You can find my quilts in progress album here and my finished projects here.

background waiting for an image here )

ETA: I decided to go with a squidlike thing.  You can see a picture here.

mmegaera: (Default)
[personal profile] mmegaera
First, if this is not an appropriate place for this sort of thing, moderators, please feel free to delete it, but --

American Hero Quilts (http://www.americanheroquilts.com/), which is an organization that makes quilts for wounded veterans here in the U.S., is having a quilt top shortage. They're looking for twin-sized (63"x87" or thereabouts) quilt tops in red, white, and blue, or blocks in any size in those colors, to make into finished quilts to give to wounded veterans across the U.S.

The woman who runs this is a member of a local quilt organization that I also belong to. It's a worthy cause.

Thank you for your time and any help you can give.
teapot_rabbit: Black and white cartoon rabbit head with >_< face. (Default)
[personal profile] teapot_rabbit
Last time I posted here it was about the ridiculously bright, girly quilt that I gave to one of my guy friends. Well, he married my best friend, and they found out in spring that they were expecting a baby! I, of course, told them I was making a baby quilt, but since the baby wasn't due until December, I figured I had some time to finish the dorm-bed quilt I'm making for my brother.

Then my friend went into labor at 27 1/2 weeks, and they found out they were having twin girls. Cue me abandoning my other projects and frantically rifling through my fabric stash while my friend was stuck in the hospital as they tried to convince the babies to stay put until the all-important 28th week. I didn't get the quilts done by the time the babies were born (they weren't having any of this waiting around, they wanted out NOW!) but I got them done before the girls came home. And thanks to the wonders of modern medicine, my friend and her two lovely daughters are all doing great. The girls are the loudest babies in the NICU! ^_^

Two bright quilts for two feisty girls )
teapot_rabbit: Black and white cartoon rabbit head with >_< face. (Default)
[personal profile] teapot_rabbit
I finished this quilt last week, and it's now off at its new home, so I figured I'd share. This was originally intended to be a test-run for the disappearing nine patch pattern - I wanted something quick and fun, just to see how it went together, and I was going to donate it to Project Linus. One of my friends saw it in its half-completed state, and the rest, as they say, is history. All the photos should click through to much larger images. ^_^

PIRATES! I found the pirate fabric months ago, on clearance at JoAnn's. I stalk their red-tag fabric, hunting for interesting stuff (mostly flannels) for my quilting stash. Anyway, I bought several yards of the pirate fabric, and several more of the same print in a blue/green colorway. I figured it would appeal to a certain kind of teenage girl: the kind that likes pink AND skulls and crossbones. To keep the quilt from being overwhelmingly pink, I went with the pirate fabric as my focal print, with pink just for an accent. For reference, the pirate squares are 6 inches, finished.

More pictures under here... )

Edited to add the questionnaire thing:
1. How long have you been quilting? I've been sewing for about fourteen years now. I have been actively making quilts for maybe three.
2. Where are you located? San Francisco Bay Area, California.
3. What methods of quilting do you use? My quilts are all tied quilts. I use cotton embroidery floss, and I like to vary the colors to accent the design of the quilt.
4. What kind of sewing machine do you use? Husqvarna Viking 320! I love my machine.
5. What kind of fabrics do you like? (e.g. 40's repo, civil war, brights, solids, batiks) Depends entirely on the quilt. Batiks are a lot of fun, but I rarely buy all the fabric for a quilt at any one time.
6. What is your favorite quilting website (or websites!)? I don't have a favorite quilting website! I'm terribly old fashioned and mostly find patterns in books.
7. Where did you learn to quilt? I taught myself. Since I already knew how to sew, it was mostly a matter of finding books. My father taught me how to properly tie a quilt, though - something he learned from his grandmother way back when he was a hippy and decided to make a quilt.
8. Do you quilt mostly for yourself or for gifts? Almost entirely as gifts. I make quilts for people I like, and for charity. I have a quilt planned for myself, but I can't find the one last fabric I need...
9. Do you buy fabric as you see it, or for projects? A mix of both, but mostly as I see it. When I have an idea for a quilt, I will usually go through my stash and see what I have that fits. If I need more fabric, I'll go out and buy more to supplement what I have.
10. Do you have any interests we could add to the profile? Hmm. Well, I'm the maintainer of [community profile] vintage_stitches, though it's sadly empty at the moment. Does that count?
11. Any other things you want to share? I think I'm good. ^_^


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