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    my weekend so far

    Besides a bunch of basic cleaning up and organizing (so *that's* where that went to! ) I did actually get some sewing done.

    First up-meet HENrietta Pincushion. She was an Art Fabric Studio kit-directions and beads, not fabric. She turned out a lot bigger than I expected, so I may experiment with scaling her down a bit. In the meantime, the starch on her beak and tail is still drying. She'll stay with me awhile, and then will likely move on to my aunt's house with Santa.

    Today's project was a quilt kit I bought this summer. My dad's Walmart was in the process of clearing space for their soon-to-be-arriving cutting tables, so everything was being clearanced. It's ugly, but for $10, it was good practice. This kit is called Teal City Random, but I'm calling Amazingly Eighties... I had a jacket a lot like this when I was 17 or so. The back and binding will be white with black/grey/teal paint splatters on it.

    This is my very first ever quilt (we're not talking about the disastrous attempt at a baby quilt 20 years ago), and I'm actually scheduled to take a My First Quilt class this week. Nothing like jumping in at the deep end! It went together pretty quick and easy, but it's clear my cutting technique needs some work. All of the points that are supposed to match, do, so that's progress.

    And, because I was bored and tired of cleaning, I sat down with one of the batting sandwiches I use to set foot pressure and tension, put the hopper foot on, and tried FMQ. The result was not entirely bad for a rank beginner, but clearly, I need a LOT of practice. Still, I didn't have any issues, beyond not having a plan about where I was going to sew next. Is there such thing as practice patterns for FMQ? Having a pattern to follow, instead of making it up as I go along, would probably help while I get the hang of it.
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    cute. love that chicken
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    I, too, love that chicken. I may need to find a pattern for HENrietta.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnie View Post
    I, too, love that chicken. I may need to find a pattern for HENrietta.
    HENrietta came from Three Sisters Fabric (threesistersfabric.com) and she's called a 'flying chicken tool caddy'.
    -Karen
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    I love the chicken. It would look great with my other chicks!! Might have to try that one. I also love the teal.
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    Henrietta is just adorable and your quilt is so pretty! Great work!

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    Henrietta is fabulous. The quilt is not bad. Donate it to a local shelter or church or even a hospital. And, have an absolute blast at your quilt class.
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    the chicken is so cute and i like the quilt nice colors good job
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    I love that chicken!! I have chickens in my kitchen and they are beginning to spill over into my family room. Going to have to make room for more. I think I will get that pattern. Thanks for sharing and yours are just adorable. The quilt is nice to and I love the teal colors.

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    Nice work!


    My newest Grandson, Caleb Austin, was born May 29th. I am now Grandma to 4 precious babies. I am so blessed!!!!

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    Cool Fabulous Projects!

    Henrietta is so adorable; you did a great job! What are you talking about ugly....I love the fabrics for this quilt! It looks great! Have fun with your quilt class and looking forward to seeing more of your amazing quilts and projects. Thanks for sharing.
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    I think the hen is cute and you did an excellent job for a beginner on the teal quilt.

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    The teal, black and white quilt is lovely. You did a very nice job. Henrietta is really cute. My mom has chickens in her kitchen decor.

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    I like the quilt
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    Cute Henrietta. I love the teal quilt, I have that same kit - you got me to pulling it out and hope to get it done tonight.

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    HENrietta is adorable just love her interesting feet what are they made of? Most of all like the black/blue/white quilt with the two jean legs hanging from its bottom LOL Just had to say that. Keep working on your projects they are great.

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    How cute Henrietta is!! and I really like the second quilt with those cool colors!!
    will quilt 4EVER

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    Love those colors together. Great job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingJaguar View Post
    HENrietta is adorable just love her interesting feet what are they made of?
    Frosted amber glass beads, strung together. I may restring them; I think I missed a step that would have made more of a 'foot', and not just all toes.

    Ok, the quilt top is growing on me. The teal/black/grey combo wouldn't have been my first choice, but the prints are SO 80's it makes me laugh. I'll take it to class with me on Wednesday, and then probably back it next weekend.
    -Karen
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    Henrietta the pincushion is very cute - and looks functional, too.
    Liked the black and yellow fabrics you used on "her"

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    Fabulous!!!
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    Henrietta is darling. I have to get that pattern.
    Life is a journey...

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    Henrietta is a heartbreaker. Her feet are very cute. Those saddlebags caught my eye (look wonderful on her, but not so attractive on humans). No more hunting for the thimble with that pretty hen around. Thanks for brightening the day with your pretty hen.

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    love the chicken

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