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Thread: Two New Year's Resolutions

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    Super Member VickiM's Avatar
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    My resolutions are off to a good start! 1. Use up alot of my scraps! I have 15 years worth!!! :roll: 2. Drop those feed dogs and learn free motion. I have only stitched in the ditch till now. Also, teaching my 12 year old granddaughter to quilt (she's on her 3rd quilt and working on a 4th) and I need to get good at this to teach her. So, this is how I'm doing it...I've cut out and made kits I put in bags with it's pattern...I've cut out 60+ kits (all scrap quilts that will be anywhere from 40"x40" to 58"x78"--everyone of them have a different pattern and no two alike). I am a crafter and do only one-of-a-kind things. Grab one when I feel like it in-between keeping the craft booth things made up. Anyway, some will be donation quilts, some I will sell, and I might even keep a few...all will be practice for the free motion so I can get good. I have stencils I can trace with disappearing pen and use to follow. I use stencils that are really for painting projects...they work well. I will even trace from a simple coloring book, that works too. I also have a couple quilting stencils. I have found an actual stipple paper you use on the quilt and I also made a master copy of it on templar plastic, and can trace it out on tissue paper and attach to quilt...works well for this chicken-hearted quilter! :lol:
    I have done 3 D9P, which I will post below. I did them with 5" squares I cut from scrap stash...the backs I do with 10" squares to sorta coordinate with the front...you only need 1/2 as many squares. Sorry so long winded. Here goes trying to post, hope it works.
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    Here's more D9P...the above one I will sell. The following have been donated to Safe Child. My daughter in N.C. is in charge of Safe Child for her guild...so I send them up there to her. I don't belong to a guild as I am much too busy. I go to hers when I visit her a couple times a year.
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    Ok, last post for tonight...the 3rd D9P. The only repeat patterns are D9P, all others are different patterns and I will never get bored and will even learn new techniques...
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    Boy you've been busy! Good job.

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    Fantastic! Thank you for sharing your photos.

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    Looking good!!! I can't image cutting out 60 kits, although, maybe I should think about it since I'm sure they now take up a lot less room.LOL

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    Wow -- they're all great!! Keep up the good work!

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    WOW I am impressed ! When do you sleep ? :lol:
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    Yes, cutting up all those kits went from making a big dent in my scraps to a plastic storage bin...everything is torn up and the room is chaos...I am in the midst of year end inventory getting things ready for taxes and that will take most of the rest of the month. I hope to re-vamp what I now have as alot of empty spaces in the material closet...that will be a big job! I have hit a couple yard sales (with quilt shop materials) and have several bags sitting, just waiting to fill up those empty spaces...also, I was searching for backing materials for all those quilts. I don't buy much over 2 yds. normally. Took all of Dec. to cut those kits out. Made 10 so far (all quilted and done) and 1 top waiting. I will post somemore pics. Some I don't have pics of yet. Those will get posted when I do. I also did Bonnie's "Double Delight" mystery quilt last month. Right now, I am involved in doing some new things for the shows...inventory is quite low right now. Enjoy the pics.
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    The above first 2 quilts were donated to Safe Child. The third one was donated to Quilts on Wheels (for the wheel chair crowd--and yes, I donate to that group too). The first quilt here is a quilt that was made in Scrap Therapy class. I donated it to Safe Child. The last quilt I'm posting tonight is a 5" charm squares quilt that was just cut from my scrap pile and no 2 squares are the same. I made it entirely on the serger. Very fast and easy to do. Will probably do more of those in with all the ones already cut out as I have LOTS of 5" squares from scraps...none of any of those type quilts will have any of the same squares in them. Not BORING!
    Anyway, enjoy these too.
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    Oops! The last one is the scrap therapy quilt and the other 2 pics are the serger quilt.

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    Wow. I am overwhelmed. You have been so busy and the quilts are great.

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    wonderful job you have done.

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    WOW!!! I am exhausted just reading about everything you have gotten done!! Great job. I think it is wonderful that you donate so many of your quilts to worthy causes.

    My goal this year was to finish a quilt a month and so far/so good. I finished my URR for January and I have a Yellow Brick Road ready to quilt tomorrow. I already have my March quilt ready to go.

    I cannot imagine getting as much done as you do. I bow to your energy!!

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    You have been a busy little bee! I think you should be commended for all the Charity quilts you have made and donated. My hats off to you!!

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    Your quilts are beautiful. Boy have you been busy. That's a great Idea to make yourself kits with your scraps.

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    Thanks for the nice comments to all of you. The time from mid-Dec. till about now is always a fun time for me, cuz it's a time that I can do whatever I feel like and not cram for craftshows. I will have to slow down for a couple months now, as I have other things on my plate right now. I don't work anymore so I am in the craftroom most days.

    I have my 12 year old granddaughter over for a weekend about every 3 months...here are some pics for you. This is the very first thing she made. Small enough that I could teach her several different things. This took her a couple weekends to do. This is a foundation flip & sew that we made into a pillow. I made up the ruffle, showed her how to pin it on and she sewed up the pillow after making the front and back (Grandma did the embroidery), she stuffed it and hand sewed it shut. She was 10 1/2 at the time. She learned how to quilt in the ditch also on it. Her Auntie in N.C. gave her a quilt journal when she heard I was going to start teaching her, and everytime we have a sewing weekend she writes in it. I also made her a notebook that has a picture area, note area, and pattern area in it...she keeps that up too. I think she takes after grandma and auntie...her mom can hardly sew a button on (has no urge to learn to sew...she says, "why should I? I have you and you and you're teaching Kaelyn"). She & we were very proud of her.
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