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    Quote Originally Posted by kuseta View Post
    Here's what I got done last weekend for Jeremiah, my frog quilt. I've decided to surround him with more lily pads, using coordinating fabrics. So now I'm working on cutting lots of 1/4 circle pieces with my Crazy Curves templates. I really enjoy sewing the drunkard's path blocks, but I don't like cutting them out, even with templates and my rotary cutter.
    Jeremiah is looking right at home with the lily pads around him... He looks hungry though.. maybe a couple taunting dragonflies would help. LOL
    Have an awesome day!

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    My barns and owls are still in the planning stage. I have been sidetracked with making some baby quilts for my great grandson to be in April. Sono shows him well. Name picked out by mom and dad Gruner Owen . cute huh?
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    [QUOTE=Jenniky;5617901]Works4Me - It must have taken you years to collect all of your Halloween fabrics. Just wondering when you purchase fabric for your stash without an idea of what you are going to use it for .. do you have a set yardage that you buy?

    QuiltE - So How is Boo Peep.... oh wait.. not Halloween character.. LOL thats Lil Bo Peep doing? Has she rounded up any more of her sheep? Works4Me can you imagine a zombie Bo Peep rounding up skeleton sheep... . Sorry QuiltE had to tease ya!
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    I usually go for a fat quarter unless the fabric is screaming my name from across the room. Then, it's a half or full meter. If the fabric says backing to me, maybe 1 1/2 - 2 meters. I have been wrong, a lot, in my decision about fabric amount. Especially with my tone on tone cream spider fabric.

    Yes, I've been collecting for years. I've been collecting everything Halloween for years.

    Oh yes, zombie Bo Peep. Love it. Could even go zombie sheep. We'll convince QuiltE to do a Halloween quilt yet. I can feel her weakening under our spell.

    Jolo - keep planning. We'll be here. yes, cute name. Will this be your first great-grandchild?

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    Well Done, Kuseta!
    Somewhere on the web ... I saw free PP lilypads.
    Perhaps Leah Day?
    If they aren't the size you want, you could rescale them to fit.
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    No works4me, I have 4 others but this one is a granddaughter that I was blessed by living close and had a hand in getting to teach her a few things. lol. Like how to spoil a child and then sending her home to Mom and Dad. Ha. The others all live in Texas. I am going to get to see them over Thanksgiving Holiday. Thank You Lord.
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    [QUOTE=works4me;5653699]
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    Works4Me - It must have taken you years to collect all of your Halloween fabrics. Just wondering when you purchase fabric for your stash without an idea of what you are going to use it for .. do you have a set yardage that you buy?

    QuiltE - So How is Boo Peep.... oh wait.. not Halloween character.. LOL thats Lil Bo Peep doing? Has she rounded up any more of her sheep? Works4Me can you imagine a zombie Bo Peep rounding up skeleton sheep... . Sorry QuiltE had to tease ya!
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    I usually go for a fat quarter unless the fabric is screaming my name from across the room. Then, it's a half or full meter. If the fabric says backing to me, maybe 1 1/2 - 2 meters. I have been wrong, a lot, in my decision about fabric amount. Especially with my tone on tone cream spider fabric.

    Yes, I've been collecting for years. I've been collecting everything Halloween for years.

    Oh yes, zombie Bo Peep. Love it. Could even go zombie sheep. We'll convince QuiltE to do a Halloween quilt yet. I can feel her weakening under our spell.

    Jolo - keep planning. We'll be here. yes, cute name. Will this be your first great-grandchild?

    To keep y'all in the know ... there's a LOT of screaming around W4Me when it comes to fabric!
    I think we all have regrets on fabrics that we wish we had bought more.
    Right now for me ... it's Monty's border fabric.
    And THANKS to W4Me's screams int he background, I went back and got lots of the background O Canada (lyrics) fabric)!!

    As for Halloween ... don't you fret, it will happen! I'm thinking silhouettes, starting with that black witch on an orange fabric. Although it seems to me that I have more than enough OTHER projects on the go!! And all that's happening on the Peep front is a lot of boo-hoo'ing about lack of action. So yes, she truly will be a BOO-Peep!
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    Hi ya I'm still here. I have been working on mystery quilts and xmas presents but all with Spock running around in my head. I have decided that the best way for me to get the image I want is to applique him. I went shopping yesterday and found some plain blue for his shirt. I have black for his hair and I got a skin tone fabric which I'm thinking I will paint or something to get the light effects. Still thinking about a background for the central block he will be on. My daughter saw the picture I have drawn and so I have a co conspirator yesterday at the LQS she distracted him when he started asking to many questions about what is this fabric for?
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    Good for you, QuiltAddiction ... the plans are coming together, and you're getting your Spock Stash ready to work on once you have those Christmas goodies out of the way!! Maybe you could get your daughter to work on a character project too?
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    I'm teaching Samantha to sew because FINALLY she has shown an interest in quilting. Hooray! I even bought her a basic Janome machine to break her in so maybe I'll get her on the board yet
    Everyday is a good day for Quilting!

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    Talking

    Yes I am still watching and waiting too. I have a wood grain looking fabric,my trees,sky etc gathered. Nees something for feathers for the owls, am still waiting for a fabric to say Oh Im just right . lol Am almost ready to start. Only a little while to finish up the Christmas list. I also had a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, went to Texas to be with my dauthter and all her family. There were 4 generations including me,daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter.Yes got a picture too
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    Nice to see that projects are still on the go despite the holiday season fast approaching.

    I may be able to get back to Franky soon since all my craft fairs are over for the year.

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    I am finally working on this project! Have character charted into grid of squares. Decided which colors I'll use, (have most of fabric I'll need), and began cutting the first two rows. Will only need an additional FQ of Kona 'coal' (have ordered) and a FQ of very pale blue.

    This picture is more or less what I have in mind - only "Hugh" character will be larger (33" with 1.50 edges = 36") and have medium grey background, no white.

    Still haven't decided about border. Originally thought I'd make star blocks, but most I've seen use HST's and I hate those, so now I'm thinking maybe using outerspace fabric and applique stars onto that. I've never done applique and would like to try something new.
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    Tomorrow I must stop procrastinating.

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    Lots of progress in the character stashes!

    Beth33 ... Stars can be done with out HSTs. There's some pretty nice PP stars that you might want to consider.
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    Beth33, nice to see you have a plan. I really like the idea of outer space fabric. They make quite a variety. Applique or papaer pieced starts both work. Looking forward to seeing more pics.

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    Well, my 'coal' FQ arrived, but not quite happy - it would do in a pinch - but ordered another shade (charcoal this time) and I'll use whichever of the two shades I like best. In the mean time I'll continue to cut what fabric I have. I plan to give this to my trekkie brother, he wouldn't care about the colors that much.

    Decided to ask Santa for a Kona color card.

    I still don't have a digital camera but once Hugh's face looks a bit more like a face I'll take some scans.
    Tomorrow I must stop procrastinating.

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    Beth33 ... a colour card would sure be a bonus for online ordering. Many of the FWS and PC ladies scan their blocks to show on the threads and it works incredibly well. We'll look forward to seeing your progress!
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    Yes, Yes, Miss Peep has earned her name well ... and is boo-hooing in her corner as she watches this "character" take shape.
    Anyone recognize him??
    It'll be my offering for our "something you made" exchange at my "adopted" family's Christmas!

    Looking for any input of ideas you may have ... as not sure where it's heading next.
    Or what changes I will make.
    It seems to be missing punch and pop, so I welcome any suggestions you may have.

    Currently 21x41 ... goal is to keep him door size!
    And preference to keep it non-Christmas, so it can be out all winter-long.
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    Love Frosty, QuiltE. The finished product is great! Very wintery and uplifting.

    Me, I just finished a witch cross stitch so Franky is going to get some attention soon. He's been a very patient monster.
    If you want to see Endora's Home Cooking, she can be found here:
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    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!

    W4Me ... Endora looks perfect! The details are awesome and the backstitching enhances it all, so much! I only wish I could see her IRL, as I'm sure the online photo does not do her full justice. What size does she finish at? Now for the framing!!!

    Fr♥sty ... I started a thread with the finsihed Fr♥sty
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    Though, I guess I should have shown him finished here as well. I didn't go for a lot of extra work with him, as I wanted to keep him door size. Just made it, as you'll see! And also, did not want him to have a lot of competition with other things there!

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    Spent a little time with Franky yesterday. He is now a sandwich. I know what colour thread I want to use to quilt him so need to make sure I have it.

    After Franky I have to decide if I do a small project or go straight into my next character quilt which also works for the patriotic challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by works4me View Post
    Spent a little time with Franky yesterday. He is now a sandwich. I know what colour thread I want to use to quilt him so need to make sure I have it.

    After Franky I have to decide if I do a small project or go straight into my next character quilt which also works for the patriotic challenge.

    Yea for a Franky Sandwich!
    Can't wait to see him at the finale!!!!
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    Slow progress on Franky as I was still in cross stitching mode and then got the flu.

    But, the central Franky square is almost done. I have even done a decorative stitch to define the arms and legs. Just need to stitch his neck bolts then I can move on to the surrounding blocks.

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Size:  1.48 MBI made a couple of quilts a few years back when I was just starting to quilt, they are inspired by things my girls loved at the time, like flowers and dogs. Let me know what you ladies think.

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Size:  1.48 MBI thought I had posted this already. Anyway, I made a couple of quilts when I first started, these were designed with flowers and this little dog as they were things my girls loved at the time, the polka dots were my fabric of choice and I wanted something that they could use for a long time. Let me know what you think!

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    aww, your pink, black and white quilt is very cute! love the contrast and that it's all polka dots!

    and its a good thing that you ladies posted recently, because it reminded me that I forgot to update you on the sheep and owl baby quilt. I finished it on Sunday and it's now being enjoyed by my friend's baby! :-)

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    I posted more info on the hand-quilting etc in the picture section if you're interested.

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