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January 31st, 2015

07:18 pm - Arggh arggh arggh I do not know how to quilt this
I finished piecing a dinosaur baby quilt (36" x 52") for a friend a few weeks ago, and I am at my wits' end regarding how to quilt it. I will be hand-quilting, using fairly thick thread and biggish stitches in a variety of colours, so I am not going be getting anywhere near the density of heirloom quilting, let alone machine quilting. I have been vaguely sketching flowers on the dinosaur to work with the flowers that turn up in some of the strips, and that might work. Though even then I'm not sure of that! The border sides will probably be a few curved lines that continue the lines of the piecing, the fabric is so busy I don't want to compete with it. Top and bottom of the border, no idea, though perhaps a few stars, not that the starry fabric is particularly easy to replicate with this sort of fabric. Leaves (I wimped out of doing proper plants, so it ended up looking like my standard seaweed, and everyone's called me on it, but oh well. A friend suggested calling it "The hidden city of the dinosaurs" to get around this accidental under-the-sea look) can probably be just outlining and a line of stitching down the centre. The real headache is the background. All that expanse of semi-plain fabric, and I do not know what to do with it. I tried sketching a few square spirals in a variety of sizes and it doesn't work. Echo quilting at a wider distance is doable but intensely boring, I want something interesting there. Any suggestions?

(I am exhausted and snappish and any well-meant comments about "I'm sure you'll think of something" might actually make me cry. Just mentioning.)

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January 2nd, 2015

01:19 pm - Cool!
Craftsy's free Block of the Month this year is with Jinny Beyer!
Go to Craftsy.com and search for BOM and it should come up.

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December 15th, 2014

06:17 pm - getting ready for Christmas
Here is the gift I made for my Secret Santa quilt club dinner: a quilted binder

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September 21st, 2014

11:04 am - Mini-quilt
My cat just loves the windowsill. Like a wide-screen TV it provides her with something to watch when I'm off to work and she gets to lie behind the curtain in a semi-secluded spot where she will not be bothered by humans when she wants to be alone. As the weather is turning colder and autumn is approaching the windowsill will cool down, and to shelter her just a little bit I wanted to make Doortje a mini-quilt so she can lie comfortably. (Her fur will provide the real warmth).

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Cross-posted to janestarz
Current Location: the Netherlands

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August 23rd, 2014

11:59 am - New Member, Introduction
This is my introduction, behind the cut.

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August 18th, 2014

10:06 pm - Five years in the making - the end of an era
Pulling myself together last week to finally put the binding on my mother's quilt has paid off! This project that moved house with me four times and was a work in progress for five years has finally been finished.

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*ding!* Project done.

If you wish to read the whole story with more step-by-step pictures, please visit my blog!
Current Location: The Netherlands

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August 15th, 2014

08:20 pm - Quilted Knitting Needle Pouch
While sorting through my knitting needles last week, I realised I wanted to have all my needles from the same brand. I had a few KnitPro circular needles where you can attach any cable length. The system is really cool and the needles a lovely colour. Better still, by adding just one new cable length, you can combine it with any kind of needle thickness. After picking up the KnitPro needle gauges I was missing, I realised I also needed a new way to store my knitting needles. To the quilting...err.. studio I go!

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Yay, needle pouch!

(Cross-posted to my own journal)
Current Location: the Netherlands

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August 11th, 2014

06:42 pm - Dinosaur quilt in progress
How's this looking for the plan?

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July 27th, 2014

04:50 pm - Dear Jane....
I have started on the Dear Jane quilt, after one of my fellow guild members finished hers after a few years, and my spending hours online looking at other people's blogs with them. I still need to square up the block a little and then put on the sashing that goes around the block. The next block with have the beige/cream/tan color and blue. Has anyone here tried to make the quilt? I hope to make one a week at least.

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July 22nd, 2014

03:30 pm - honeybee print for fibro_mommy

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