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    Senior Member works4me's Avatar
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    Build a quilt around a central character you design

    Design a character and build a quilt around that character

    This is a fun challenge to get people to design a character and build a quilted item around it using other quilt blocks as well. The character can be based on real life or a cartoon or whatever tickles your fancy. Frosty the Snowman, a historical figure, the squirrel that steals peanuts in your backyard, the penguin at the zoo. I think you get the idea. I’m open to just about anything.

    Since we want your new friend to stand out so everyone can ooh and ahh it can be your center square or show up in multiple squares of your item. Since the idea is to stimulate and encourage your creative side, please, no fussy-cutting out of fabric pieces and no panels. That would be no fun and we wouldn’t be able to admire your wonderful work and imagination, would we?


    New projects or works-in-progress welcome.

    This will be an ongoing challenge so join us anytime and introduce us to your newest buddy.


    This challenge has been approved by PatriceJ.
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    Senior Member works4me's Avatar
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    I'll get the ball rolling.

    I am designing a Halloween block of the month for myself to be finished for Halloween 2013. My central character is Frankenstein done in 1" squares.

    I hope you will join me and Franky in Characterville.

    Here is my initial design:
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    I then turned it into an Excel spreadsheet:
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    And I am ahead of schedule because Franky is now on my design wall, all cut out using all Halloween spider web fabrics.
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Size:  473.3 KBThe Canada flag background pieces will be replaced with Halloween fabric. They were in place so that Franky can hang around with Monty the Mountie from the patriotic challenge but they really don't work.

    Franky was supposed to be my August 2012 block followed by one block every month until August 2013 which will give me a good amount of time before he goes on display for October 31, 2013. I have a strong feeling that my Frankenstein wall hanging will be done long before then, though.
    Last edited by works4me; 07-12-2012 at 09:29 AM.
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    Works4me - Frankie is darling. He does look a bit lonely so here is Mikey come to hang around with him Maybe they can mix up a potion to help Monty find his dark side.

    I started Mikey a couple of years ago. Here are pictures of his original drawing. I used the Model of Mikey from Monsters Inc. This was the first PP pattern that I every made. I think I redrew it about 15 or 20 times before I tried to make it in to sewable pieces also pictured. He turned out kinda of scruffy but I like him.. He is a monster after all. Shouldn't they look scruffy. LOL

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    So Here's Mikey -
    ​Now I just have to figure out where to go from here to make a finished item. ???
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    Jenniky - Mikey is fabulous. I can't wait to see how you finish him and how many other blocks you do.

    I'm taking a short break from Franky since he is a month ahead of schedule. He will be time consuming to sew as his head is 30 pieces by itself but I'm looking forward to it.

    Don't worry anyone who is thinking this is a monster character challenge. That's just how it has started. I'm sure there will be puppies and bunnies and all sorts of other calming, tame creatures to play with.
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    Wow! so creative.

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    How coolis that...wonderful

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    Nice blocks guys!! I am inspired to give this a try, now I just have to find a character I like. I think I will go the PP route as I am always on the lookout to challenge my PP skills. Thanks for the challenge, I am looking forward to trying it out.

    Rachel

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    Great to have you with us athenagwis. I can't wait to see what you come up with as your new buddy.
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    This sounds interesting, but I am working on the UFOs so may not have time till January to do this challenge. If I do, I think it would be fun to do a Peter Pan/Tinkerbell quilt. Those are my daughter's favorite characters. Otherwise would create a funky squirrel for the office. Will keep in mind. Great idea to challenge ourselves. Great job Jenniky love Mikey and Frankie is looking pretty stupendous.
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    They are both cute.

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