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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    haha.. I will be sitting on pins and needles in anticipation Alright maybe not... I need them pins and needles for sewing...LOL
    OUCH!!!!!!!!
    No you don't need them ... remember you are spray basting!
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    I guess this commits me ........ can you guess what it is?
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    I would like to join in as well. My character is Toby, a dog friend of mine.

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    Life is Good!

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    Well isn't Toby just the cutest little guy!!
    Please do tell us his story, CharlotteMarie?
    Did you just make him up now? or has he been a PUP waiting to be brought to the forefront?
    Any ideas as to how you are going to finish him off?
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    I guess this commits me ........ can you guess what it is?
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    Little Bo peep?? I love it!! I remember seeing in a book where someone made sheep out of log cabin squares and I just thought that was the neatest thing ever. I never actually tried it, but how neat would it be if you made Bo Peep as your central block and then log cabin sheep surrounding here?

    Cheers!
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    I would like to do this. Is copying a picture and doing applique an ok method. I would like to do Hello Kitty

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    I guess this commits me ........ can you guess what it is?
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    Little Bo Peep... That will be adorable
    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Well isn't Toby just the cutest little guy!!
    Please do tell us his story, CharlotteMarie?
    Did you just make him up now? or has he been a PUP waiting to be brought to the forefront?
    Any ideas as to how you are going to finish him off?

    Yes please do tell us his story... he looks quite loveable
    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOOMANYUFO'S View Post
    I would like to do this. Is copying a picture and doing applique an ok method. I would like to do Hello Kitty

    I don't think W4me put any restrictions on what method of quilting you use. Im sure applique method would be fine.
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    Yes, Little Bo Peep will have found her sheep!!

    They'll be in a meadow with flowers.
    (... though that was where Little Boy Blue found his wayward sheep.)
    First fabric auditioned though I'd prefer some colour in the flowers.

    And did you notice that Bo plans to keep those woolykins at home now?
    ... a picket fence to keep them contained!!

    Ever since I did my Christmas Shepherd and his Sheep, I've had this conversion in mind.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...t-t172511.html
    Now I have no excuse to not get at it!!!
    And I have an abundance of ideas coming forth ... so watch out as it changes.
    I won't be starting for awhile ... first I must find the perfect meadow fabric!

    Thanks W4Me ... I needed the nudge!!!


    TooManyUFOs ... of course, why not an applique? Most anything goes ... except a printed panel or a fussy cut design! The way I look at it, W4Me is nudging us to "make" our someone or something ... and for sure using a photo as a guideline to create an applique would be bang on! I'm re-creating a pattern I've used, which will be so much more fun than looking for LBP printed on fabric!
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    athenagwis - I never saw that movie but Wall-E is fabulous. Can't wait to see more progress.

    seasaw2mch - yes, follow along and join us when you can.

    QuiltingKrazy - I'm sure you'll come up with something. We are here to encourage you.

    vickig626 - looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

    QuiltE - Miss Peep is adorable. I was thinking along the lines of athenagwis, to have assorted sheep blocks surrounding the darling Bo-Peep.

    charlottemarie - Welcome. Toby is adorable. Will his other blocks include bones to eat and butterflies to chase?

    TOO MANYUFO's - sounds good. After all Franky isn't exactly my creation either. I took the character and made him my own by deciding to piece him together out of tiny little blocks. Taking a photo and converting it to an applique works for me.

    QuiltE - well said about the character. Tell me what your next wish you could find time for project is and I might just start a challenge for it, too.

    As I mentioned earlier, Franky is waiting for me for a while. I have some time as he wasn't even supposed to be started until August. Maybe, when I take a break from my glass etching I will sew a Franky head.

    Glad to see so many people giving their characters life. And it's a great variety. Everyone give yourselves a pat on the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by works4me View Post
    QuiltE - Miss Peep is adorable. I was thinking along the lines of athenagwis, to have assorted sheep blocks surrounding the darling Bo-Peep.

    charlottemarie - Welcome. Toby is adorable. Will his other blocks include bones to eat and butterflies to chase?

    QuiltE - well said about the character. Tell me what your next wish you could find time for project is and I might just start a challenge for it, too.

    As I mentioned earlier, Franky is waiting for me for a while. I have some time as he wasn't even supposed to be started until August. Maybe, when I take a break from my glass etching I will sew a Franky head.

    Glad to see so many people giving their characters life. And it's a great variety. Everyone give yourselves a pat on the back.

    <pat> <pat> <pat>

    W4Me ... thanks ... I have a feeling there'll be times when Bo will be hanging relentlessly on my design wall, as I wait for the next step, or like now, til I find the "right" fabric, etc. Then there'll be spurts of progress. I keep coming up with all kinds of oh that'd be great to includes ... ideas overfloweth!

    As for next project ... perhaps housework? office work? and all the things I leave behind for quilting?

    I think what I'm looking forward to here is that Miss Peep will be something totally fun and creative. I'm prepared to kind of go beyond what is really necessary, just for the fun and experience! Thanks for starting this,
    W4Me!


    CharlotteMarie ... I'll add to W4Me list .... a cat to torment, a mud puddle to play in!
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    you people are amazing, once i get the hang of sewing, lol, i have only been doing this for 9 months now i may get adventurous and attempt something like that. good for both of you they are great.

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    huntersgrammie - Glad you are checking us out. Maybe combine taking a class with this challenge and let a teacher guide you. Or buy a pattern for a character you like. Or look in a book or on the internet for free patterns for something with which you feel comfortable. My intent was mainly to have participants build a character and then have fun with additional blocks around it. Or try something with straight lines, to start. We are here to help and encourage. Franky could have been made a LOT simpler, with larger pieces so there weren't so many seams. I just chose to complicate him as I wanted Franky to be seamed, just like the original. The blocks around him are basically sampler blocks in Halloween fabrics.

    I hope you decide to join us.

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    oh i will be around. i have these kerchiefs that are southwest pattern and i am trying to figure out a way to fussy cut them using a template to go with it, to design a pattern for a quilt for our room in the trailer. we winter in arizona so i thought it would be a great idea. i am thinking of a cactus or kokopeli, i love him but he would be a stretch for a beginner. but i think you get my point. so give me some time i am sure i will come up with something bringing those elements together.

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    Fabulous. Take all the time you need.

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    How long is this challenge going to last? Mine will take a while. I think I am going to make Hello Kitty visit Downeast Maine. I would like to make at least a twin, but no larger than a double size quilt. I will make a large center block and smaller ones around. I have a lot of other projects started, so I don't know long it will take me to complete. I am getting the last of my quilt completed for the state quilt show. It needs to be delivered this saturday.

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    Good luck with the quilt show. I think the challenge lasts as long as people are working on and posting so could be a very long time. I know it will almost take me a full year to make mine. As Im going to design a PP pattern for each of Mikey's friends. Then I have to find the right fabric and Im a multi-tasker so I have to work on what ever is in tune with my creative juices.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    Good luck with the quilt show. I think the challenge lasts as long as people are working on and posting so could be a very long time. I know it will almost take me a full year to make mine. As Im going to design a PP pattern for each of Mikey's friends. Then I have to find the right fabric and Im a multi-tasker so I have to work on what ever is in tune with my creative juices.
    I could have written this!! I have quilts I have been puttering away on for years because I just work on them when the mood strikes me. I finally ordered the fabric for my Wall-E though. Now I just have to figure out the best way to print the pattern!!

    Rachel

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    And soooo ... another Canuck joins the fold!!! Yipppppeeeeeeee

    Welcome
    HuntersGrammie!!!!
    Don't let your newbie-ness intimidate you. You have the advantage of not knowing something might be hard ... just go for it!!! It's the best way to learn You've got some great ideas for your centre. What about doing it as an applique? You could do it the old fashioned way ... or the more modern way, where you stick it onto the fabric, and then machine stitch around. And to have the bandanas to work with ... and lots of fabrics out there that would work well for a southwestern theme.

    We'll all be here to help encourage you, nudge you ... and help you figure out how and what to do! Good Luck!


    TooManyUFOs ... ditto to what Jenniky said, this is going to be a thread that'll never end! And I'll be ensuring that as I too have lots of things on the go ... plus I want to make sure I find the fabric that I really want. And will be taking time in between to consider what other things to add to the design.


    AthenaGwis ... Yea for ordering your fabrics! Did you go with solids? or?


    Me? ... I too usually have more than one thing on the go ... and then depends on what I "feel like" doing as to what I work on. Sometimes I want something mindless to do, and then there's the times I'm up for detailed work, and then there's minis and and and ..............................


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    I decided to go with solids. I think it would be too busy to get all the right shades of grey in patterns. I like the simplicity of solids and I don't use them nearly enough!!

    Rachel

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    HuntersGrammie - I also welcome you. I lived in Arizona for many years and I love it and would go back in a heartbeat if all my children and grandchildren had not migrated to the Eastern part of the U.S. We lived in Mesa and then in Gilbert which was heaven as far as I was concerned. Im a Kokopelli fan myself and have this pattern waiting in the wings as a someday project.

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    Athenagwis - When you say solids does that include tone on tones.. I always wondered if like Gray on Gray was considered a solid. I suppose not..answering my own question but I find I treat tone on tones that way. I plan on using more solids as I continue to explore FMQ. LOL right now though I find I keep looking for prints to hide uneven stitch movements. Its interesting as my learning process continues. Each project scope seems to get bigger and bigger. For example at first I just focused on what color fabric would make the pattern I was trying to attempt look pleasing. Then I started being a little more careful about what fabric prints I chose because I started to understand a bit more about the dynamics of large and small prints and of course colors. The color value of the fabric so to speak. Now when choosing fabric I also think of the quilting design that will go on the fabric as Im selecting fabrics which was something I really never considered before. I have to be honest in my life I dont think I have ever held the fascination of learning and building on ideas then since I started learning to quilt.

    Have you solved the problem of how to print out your pattern yet? Im looking at purchasing a wide print printer. I ran into the same problem when I was wanting to print out the design for my Horse Block for the June Contest. I ended up redrawing pieces of my pattern on white gift wrapping tissue. Then I was able to PP the large block background that way. I then appliqued the Horse on top of the PP background. It worked out very well for me. Im very interested to know how you solve the large print PP.

    Have a wonderful day Ladies

    Jen
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    Jenniky ... What a great pattern you have there, waiting in the wings. Would you call it a subtle bargello? You have my attention on it and I like how they have the black in between the colours, and yet it still lets those little kokopelli guys pop out at you. And then I see a vision of other colour combos, with a different silhouette overtop!

    Printers ... I still only have a B+W laser. I keep saying I'm getting a colour inkjet, so that I can print labels, and print online patterns I find in more than greys! Large size printers can be costly and for most, I'm not sure it'd be worth the $ output for the ROI! ... what about just using Staples, Kinkos, etc. when you need a large page print out? Or the old fashioned way, of taping pages together?

    About the fabrics ... I think what you're talking about is TOT reads like a solid!
    There's also, small prints which I was always told were called "nothing prints" that have more than one colour, that read like a solid. A lot of people seem to refer to them and the TOTs as blenders.

    Reads like a solid ... the idea being that you step back, and you basically see a solid, yet with the different colours or tones in it you get some depth and movement that you don't get with the flatness of true solids.

    Some favourites that I've seen and used ... If you take a look at my FWS sashings/borders you can see Krystal by Michael Miller. There's umpteen different colours in that line. Another line that has several different designs are Fusions by Robert Kaufman, and within each of the designs are umpteen colours, and some with over a hundred choices! They're great possibilities, as there can be several tones/tints/shades of one colour, not just a take it or leave it, here's the one and only green! Fusions Mist are my PC borders and cornerstones.

    There's several Marbles around. Stonehenge have some good blender fabrics too. And another bunch within Stonehenge that I re one and in betweens, sometime all within a colour family eg. all beige/browns, or mixed, eg. blue/greens. They can be really effective and give such a different look. And oh, don't forget batiks for TOT/blenders that can provide wow-power amidst non-batiks.

    I've learned so much about these types of fabrics since I came to the QB and keep learning. Then there's "Colour" that keeps me stymied and mystified! I totally do not understand that part of sewing and how to make it all work together. I have a long long way to go.

    For it all, the more I learn, the more I want to learn and then I discover how much I don't know! So I learn some more. Then Repeat!!

    I know I have a long way to go. I am a true WIP!!!

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    QuiltE its amazing how you stimulate my thoughts and ideas. LOL Im like wow I didnt even think of putting other characters on top of this design. I was very drawn in by the black in between the bargello also. Now Im seeing silloettes of running horses or this would make a awesome background for a silloette of Jenniky and her horse. Hmm I probably could get her blown up larger at Kinko's like you suggested. Well I have a lot of learning to do before I attempt it. But this idea is definitely taking up a couple of pages in my Projects on the Back Burner list.

    I drew up Mikey's girlfriend last night. Im thinking her block is going to be applique because she is so curvy. I think Im going to draw up all the blocks Im planning before I actually make anymore squares.
    that way I can get the bigger picture of the block layouts, borders and sashings.
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    Oh yes ... horses running across that design would be perfect. And yes, Jenniky on her horse, for sure!!!!! You're ready for it ... it wouldn't be all that hard! I think the real trick would be the right fabrics to blend from one to the other so easily.

    So Mikey has a ghoulfriend ........ show us! And what else is in the plans?
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