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    No QuiltE, it won't really, I don't think. I'm in my cutesy spider phase so they will be big-eyed and fun, mostly.

    And yes, you are correct - the surrounding blocks are to be pieced not just blocks of fabric. Otherwise, what fun would that be? Remember that, everyone. It's in the rules.

    I plan to use my Japanese sampler book for the surrounding blocks so: Franky Goes to Japan. Yes, I generally have my quilts named long before they are finished. Now, if I could only find some time to sew.

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    Maybe you should add in some of the "ant" fabric from FLand?
    They did a good job of it and I've been very tempted .... but ants? ick!
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    I am planning on using a cross stitch pattern to make a grid like quilt. I wasn't really thinking about putting additional blocks around it or anything... maybe just a border to make it look like it is in a picture frame. I was looking at the Pellon's quilters Grid Fusible to use to make it easier to not put the squares in the wrong order. Has anyone used this before? Can someone tell me how thick this is? Is it considered a lightweight interfacing or more heavy? I am wanting to use this for a throw so I dont want it to make it too stiff. I can order it online, but wanted to try to make sure its not too stiff if I were to use it. I will have to find my picture I have for this and see if I can add it here.
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    Here is a picture of the character... surely you know who he is lol

    I'm still fiddling with it a little. Want to get some shadowing in there so that you can tell the wrinkles in the shirt and the separate shoes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    So sorry VickyG about your husband ... keep an idea book in your purse, and then you can sketch and make notes instead of trying to keep them in your mind! It'll be a good stress reliever for you too ... to feel like you are being constructive and creative. Here's to his being out of the hospital soon ....... and you and your friend taking off for a FART roadtrip!
    great idea. I'll have to try that. And thanks for the DH well wishes. He actually came home today so that's good. Even took my doxie Chip to pick "daddy" up. They both enjoyed seeing each other.
    Life's More Fun with a Doxie !!
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    brookemarie19 - adorable. He really needs to be surrounded by others. If you don't want to do surrounding blocks perhaps you might do some interesting corner squares. Didn't he have a butterfly landing on his hand in one sequence? Pieced butterfly corners. That works for me. I planned for the challenge to encompass the centre as well as surrounding area of the quilt to see how creative people can get with the entire thing. But I don't want to scare you off, just to get those creative juices flowing.

    I have no experience with the gridded fusible. I just have Franky in many small pieces on my design wall and will probably sew him together line by line. That means no chain piecing but also fewer chances for errors. He'd really be a monster if part of Franky's head was in the background or his suit coat instead.

    vickyg626 - so glad to hear hubby is home and there was a happy reunion. My wishes for a continued recovery, and a quick one, at home.

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    BrookMarie ... Now that's going to be a fun project to do! I know those counted cross stitch patterns are pretty small grids. So get out some graph paper and draw it out on there. Then start looking at HSTs and QSTs in different colours to help you get those folds in his clothes! And use your pencil crayons to help you colour in the different colours. Then start looking for your fabrics. Good idea that W4Me had about the butterflies!! Just start with the centre, and I bet you'll have LOTS more ideas for the rest, as you work on it. Now the question I have ... is there a significance of this wee man to your life, that you've done a cross stitch and now a quilt?

    Oh ... forgot ... you asked about the fusible grid ... check it out in your LQS. I haven't worked with it, but I saw some last week. It is very lightweight, not much different than a clothes dryer sheet. The one question I had, was how do you get them all sitting in place so that they don't shift as you iron them? I think I'd want to practice on something smaller to get the idea of how to work with it. That's just me though!

    VickyG ... That's good news that you have your DH home again. Much easier on you, than to have to do all the commuting and sitting! Maybe now, as he continues his recovery, you can have a chance to sit and sew a little! Remember, you need some "therapy" and me-time to help you continue to cope. Best wishes for continued improvement for your DH .... and that he is a good patient, and easy on you!
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    VickyG ... That's good news that you have your DH home again. Much easier on you, than to have to do all the commuting and sitting! Maybe now, as he continues his recovery, you can have a chance to sit and sew a little! Remember, you need some "therapy" and me-time to help you continue to cope. Best wishes for continued improvement for your DH .... and that he is a good patient, and easy on you! [/QUOTE]

    Thanks! Actually, DH wasn't suppose to come home till Friday. My next door neighbor (and quilting buddy) texted me yesterday that she wasn't watching her grandkids and wanted to go to Joann's to get some batting (on sale $7.99 / yard) and do lunch. I told her it sounded fun and that I needed "girl" time. On our way, DH calls and says he's coming home. So I just told him to order lunch and I'll pick him up in 2 hours. It actually worked out great because it took that long to get all the hospital paperwork done.

    So, yes, try to steal "me" time whenever I can.
    Life's More Fun with a Doxie !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vickig626 View Post
    VickyG ... That's good news that you have your DH home again. Much easier on you, than to have to do all the commuting and sitting! Maybe now, as he continues his recovery, you can have a chance to sit and sew a little! Remember, you need some "therapy" and me-time to help you continue to cope. Best wishes for continued improvement for your DH .... and that he is a good patient, and easy on you!
    attagirl!!!!
    Wasn't that the "best medicine" for you ... to do your mini FART first, and then pick up your DH! And especially when he really wasn't ready til later! No guilt!!

    Thanks! Actually, DH wasn't suppose to come home till Friday. My next door neighbor (and quilting buddy) texted me yesterday that she wasn't watching her grandkids and wanted to go to Joann's to get some batting (on sale $7.99 / yard) and do lunch. I told her it sounded fun and that I needed "girl" time. On our way, DH calls and says he's coming home. So I just told him to order lunch and I'll pick him up in 2 hours. It actually worked out great because it took that long to get all the hospital paperwork done.

    So, yes, try to steal "me" time whenever I can.[/QUOTE]
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    Yes, I am going to use it on the mario QAL first as that block is much smaller. It will be smaller than the original as well since she is cutting 1.5" squares for hers, but to make it easier I am going to do 1" so that it fits the grid perfectly. I just have to make sure to get enough to do Dopey as well since it is on sale right now. I am thinking about how to frame him with quilt blocks to fit better in this challenge. I think I might do some paper pieced letters to have his name on the quilt and maybe a couple of butterflies as well. Do we have any other suggestions?

    I have always loved dopey since I was very young... even have a 3 ft stuffed one that my youngest daughter loves to dance with. I am hoping she will like this blanket, but it will be a throw to watch tv with when its all said and done
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    Sounds wonderful brookemarie19. He was shown with a single stem flower/daisy as well.

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    I really like your idea and was thinking that if you do FMQ on it you could use the darker threads to got the details you want with out adding more block colors. Also someone mentioned the butterflies, that idea would be great do in the FMQ as well so you still keep the quilt like you wanted to, without the added blocks.

    Just an idea!

    Quote Originally Posted by brookemarie19 View Post
    Here is a picture of the character... surely you know who he is lol

    I'm still fiddling with it a little. Want to get some shadowing in there so that you can tell the wrinkles in the shirt and the separate shoes.

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    His name on there would be a great idea!
    Start watching on the web, in books, etc. and see if there's anything else that seems to fit. The butterflies already mentioned, the daisy ... and of course, he has "friends"!!!

    If you want larger squares .... the grid is 1", so you could use 2x2 squares on the grid, for 2" fabric squares that would finish as 1-1/2" ... not all that big. One inch squares are going to be pretty tiny as they'll finish at 1/2"!! Really depends on how big your grid is and how big you want Dopey to become!

    And too, keep in mind, you really don't need to use the fusible. I did this one just by putting it all up on my design wall, then stitched ...
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...r-t136789.html
    This way, you could actually use non 1" increments if you wanted ... eg. 2-1/2" unfinished.



    SeaSaw ... Welcome to the thread! Great idea to FMQ butterflies and/or perhaps the daisies that W4Me suggested. I think BrookMarie, was thinking of the extra blocks, as that was the intent of this challenge, to start with a central character and build a design of other features around it (i.e. taking it a step beyond borders). Hope you have your thinking cap on and will soon share with us, your plans for a project for this challenge!
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    Toby is a little old man dog. He loves to sit on the sofa and watch tv. He loves doggie bones and he loves his family. I was fortunate to get to babysit him while his mama went on a cruise. He adapted very well to my home and husband and was a total joy every time we kept him. He comes from my memory and I am very excited to make a quilt from my memories of him.
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    That is so cute! Is he a Texas Longhorn? Like him and his bluebonnets as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by charlottemarie View Post
    Toby is a little old man dog. He loves to sit on the sofa and watch tv. He loves doggie bones and he loves his family. I was fortunate to get to babysit him while his mama went on a cruise. He adapted very well to my home and husband and was a total joy every time we kept him. He comes from my memory and I am very excited to make a quilt from my memories of him.
    Cute story .. though I think Miss Mew in your avatar might expect a quilt dedicated to her as well!
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    I just love your design.
    Create something beautiful from scraps.

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    charlottemarie - what a wonderful tribute to a great dog. He obviously made a great impression on you in a short time.

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    you ladies are coming up with some nice characters. I am enjoying reading of all the ideas that are coming up. No time yet to do this, but still watching. show quilt months are coming up so I am busy with customer quilts and trying to get my 10 a month UFOs done still.
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    Glad we keep you coming back QuilterMomma and looking forward to your ideas when you have time to join us. We will be here for a long time.

    Franky is designed as a block of the month so isn't supposed to be finished until September of 2013. He is currently on hold due to some custom etched glass orders that have come in. But, he stares at me from my design wall every time I go into the sewing/computer room so I know he will not be forgotten.

    I, too, am enjoying the variety here.

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    W4Me ... Franky will probably stare you down with guilt, and then you'll sgive in and stitch him together! Just wait and see!!!!!
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    IDK QuiltE Im thinking W4mes' Frankie is a pretty understanding kind of monster. He is most likely just hangin around on the design wall overseeing the glass etching process. At least that is what Mikey and his girlfriend Celia are doing at the moment. They are overseeing my DP9. Im thinking Celias' block needs to be larger, Im still on the fence though with planning. I need to plan out the rest of the quilt squares and see which way Im going. Then I can take an afternoon and give Celia Fabric Life.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    IDK QuiltE Im thinking W4mes' Frankie is a pretty understanding kind of monster. He is most likely just hangin around on the design wall overseeing the glass etching process. At least that is what Mikey and his girlfriend Celia are doing at the moment. They are overseeing my DP9. Im thinking Celias' block needs to be larger, Im still on the fence though with planning. I need to plan out the rest of the quilt squares and see which way Im going. Then I can take an afternoon and give Celia Fabric Life.
    aaaaahhhh ... justification of delays!
    Yes indeed ... sometimes the break is good, as it gives you a better visual of what you want to do in the long run.

    That's what I'll say about Miss Peep ... ideas are flowing ... and I know it has to be on hold until I find the right meadow fabric! Being that it'll be the main background fabric, everything will take it's cue from there ... I'm hoping for a soft gentle meadow look, though if it's more vibrant, it would change everything. And too, there's so many shades/tones of green .... oh good excuse!!

    Once there, I visualize a lot of times where it'll just stick on the design wall, as I contemplate, what next? I am so not as creative as many of the rest of you ... so it'll be a time study!
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    LOL QuiltE How many shades/tones of green are you going to audition?? I think you under state your creativeness also. I have seen your work. Mikeys' girlfriend Ceila has made it on to fabric. The fabrics are pulled, the templates have been created and I have actually sewn one of her arms on the background. Its been a great day for me today. I tired but feeling very happy.
    Have an awesome day!

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    My challenge is not so much the colour ... but finding the "right" fabric!
    I want a meadow that has little flowers in it!!!!!!!!!
    ..... so far no luck, but I'm holding out and hoping that it'll jump into my arms and say Pick Me Pick Me!!!
    There's one store I haven't been to yet, that I am hoping will have it ... I need time, to get there ... and lots of time to go thru the possibilities.
    And right now, time is a precious commodity for me!
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