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    FuzzyKitty ... oh please do show us more! Absolutely Adorable!!!!

    HGrammie ... I understand! What I do is draw it all out on paper, along with my measurements. Then add it all up according to what my plans are, making sure I add in the 1/4" seams. Plus, I always buy extra fabric, as I usually change plans in midstream as I see something coming together. There are so many different ways that you could cut apart a book panel and re-join them, that we really can't predict what you would need. It'll be a fun project to do. I have one I need to get done for a baby gift too.

    W4Me ... wonderfully done! Colourful yet they all work together well.
    So much for the one year project!! I predict a pre-Christmas finish!
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    Welcome back QuiltE.

    Maybe an early 2013 finish. It all depends on the paper-pieced blocks. The bottom zig zag block has 5 different spider fabrics in it. Every single block surrounding Franky has at least one spider fabric.

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    works4me you have been so busy! Here I am I haven't even started and your getting close to the finish line. Great job! Franky is just too handsome
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    Thank you, brookemaire19. And Franky thanks you. After all, he is a courteous monster.

    Maybe Franky can be an inspiration for others to work on their new buddies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by works4me View Post
    Thank you, brookemaire19. And Franky thanks you. After all, he is a courteous monster.

    Maybe Franky can be an inspiration for others to work on their new buddies.
    Either that or he'll be torturing us to get to work!

    Thank you for the WElcome Back ... I think?
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    The Franky top will be finished before Halloween, most likely. I can hear you gloating QuiltE.

    After testing block placement I decided, with confirmation, that the additional paper-pieced blocks will detract from my main monster pal, Franky. So, surround Franky with colourful blocks and then decide on borders. Truth be told, as the blocks progressed Franky progressed into a more "fun" quilt than the pp monsters and horror movie fabric would support. So, Franky is fun all the way. With a name like Franky how could he be anything but?

    Speaking of block placement, I had help this afternoon. Seems like fabric blocks slide really well on hardwood floors. Good thing I had already photographed my final layout.
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    Oh so much fun! .... hope none of the blocks or strips suffered any from the workout!
    Did Dainty get in on the action?
    Or just look down her nose at the mischievous Sammi?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    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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    ​Now I just have to figure out where to go from here to make a finished item. ???
    I like this block!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Oh so much fun! .... hope none of the blocks or strips suffered any from the workout!
    Did Dainty get in on the action?
    Or just look down her nose at the mischievous Sammi?
    They were both frolicking through the blocks. Dainty just happened to get out of the immediate area before I showed up. Since no damage was done, Sammi wasn't worried, and neither was I. A lot of people would be horrified but I appreciate the playfulness of my kitties so, as long as no one and nothing is hurt, I find it quite amusing.

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    Dainty was just trying to make Sammi look bad!

    For all they cost us, our pet-families provide a lot of enjoyment.
    Oh how I miss mine!
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    Heyhey! I've now finished the top for the baby quilt I'm working on. Sorry for the bad quality of the pictures...it's already dark here and not much light in the apartment, so the colors don't show up how they really are. :-/ But here you go!

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    And here are some close-ups of the corners:

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    So now I just have to hand quilt it and my friend's due date is October 17th!

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    Your pictures are terrific ... and what a locely quilt you are making for your friend
    Well Done!!
    ........ now onwards to the quilting stage!
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    Fuzzykittenbutt - that makes me smile. What a wunderful quilt and I really like how the apples in the corners are partially/fully eaten. What a great touch.

    Lucky, lucky friend.

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    thanks quilte my biggest problem is making sure i have enough fabric before i start the project. i don't want to get started and find out i ran out before its done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntersgrammie View Post
    thanks quilte my biggest problem is making sure i have enough fabric before i start the project. i don't want to get started and find out i ran out before its done.
    As suggested before, draw it out on paper with your measurements and add up all the pieces to determine how much yardage you need.
    Remember to add on the 1/4" seam allowances ... and if the same fabric is for the borders and binding, add that in too.
    And as before too, buy some extra for the changes along the way, or for any miscalculations ... besides that's how we create a stash!!

    You CAN do it and make sure you have enough.
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    thanks i will show you the finished product when its done i am making 2 for my grandchildren for christmas so they will get done. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntersgrammie View Post
    thanks i will show you the finished product when its done i am making 2 for my grandchildren for christmas so they will get done. lol
    Good Luck!!
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    Kuseta, I have 3 godmothers I made from the Paper Panache patterns also. There were so much fun.
    Mine are just tacked to the wall in my sewing room. Yours gives me inspiration to finish them. Yours is very nice.
    I had hoped to make several and put all in a quilt. Just not enough time in the day.

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    After reading all the posts on this challenge I thought what a great idea and would love to give it a shot. My DH is a star trek fan I found this picture on pinterest today and thought that's it! So I am going to do a Spock quilt for him but it's a secret so I have to start planning and get a design going. This is the picture that gave me the inspiration. I'd like to do the star trek emblem around the centre I'm away for the next few days but I'll take my pencil and pad with me. Name:  Spock.jpg
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    I also like to make this types of beautiful quilt but I dont know how to make but now I try to make beautiful quilt. If you have more info about quilt then share with me.

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    I love the sheep so so cute for a baby.
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    Welcome QuiltAddiction and StenthPatric!

    Quilt Addiction ... Great idea. You've got your idea and with a few more googles, I'm sure you'll find some great Dr. Spock pics to spark the idea even more. Enjoy your time away and happy sketching!

    StenthPatric ... As you've noticed, these quilts are "one-of-a-kinds". The How To is basically take an idea or a picture and then just get creative. Some are spin-offs from other patterns. Some are self-developed paper pieced ideas. Some ... well, they just happen. So find something you'd like to create, and let the creative juices start flowing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dressmakergurl View Post
    Kuseta, I have 3 godmothers I made from the Paper Panache patterns also. There were so much fun.
    Mine are just tacked to the wall in my sewing room. Yours gives me inspiration to finish them. Yours is very nice.
    I had hoped to make several and put all in a quilt. Just not enough time in the day.
    Thanks. I don't really enjoy paper piecing and wasn't planning to make a godmother, even though I had printed a couple patterns. But I ended up taking the easiest sections of each pattern I had and combined them into Autumna. Now I'm trying to find the time to make a frog quilt with drunkard's path blocks. Hopefully soon.
    Tammy

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    Quiltaddiction - welcome. Lucky DH. The idea sounds great and I'm looking forward to seeing how you go forward with it.

    Stenthpatric - welcome. As quiltE said, decide on a character and then let your imagination run wild. There are all sorts of techniques to use. As I noted at the very beginning, I designed Franky on graph paper and then did him out of 1" squares. There's paper piecing, a regular piecing and applique etc. Hope you join us.

    kuseta - I hope you find time for your frog quilt. We'll be here when you do.

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    well, I haven't dropped out of this challenge. I actually do have a plan finally. As mentioned, I want to make myself a Doctor Who quilt. Not sure how big it's going to be yet but probably lap sized. I found good pics of a few of the monsters from the show and will probably hand embroider them since that will be easier than trying to create an applique (very detailed). I also found a great paper-pieced pattern for the main block (The Tardis - doctor's mode of travel). I've already bought the background fabric (darker fabric with lots of planets and stars).

    NOW....finding the time to work on it. I'll try to sketch a layout and get posted. But, I'm the type of quilter that starts from the center and works my way out and see what comes out. So what I sketch out might turn out totally different by the time I actually make it.

    Love how Franky is turning out - such creativity !!
    Life's More Fun with a Doxie !!
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