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    QM, would love to see something new from you as you seem to have a knack for characters and this thread is all about creating new characters and their friends.

    Sure we can't tempt you to join in? Sounds like you are itching for a new project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by works4me View Post
    QM, would love to see something new from you as you seem to have a knack for characters and this thread is all about creating new characters and their friends.

    Sure we can't tempt you to join in? Sounds like you are itching for a new project.

    Lots of room here for folks to join us and develop some new characters and creations!
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    I am officiially caught up. September was supposed to just have fabric pulled last night. Well, here's September (Yosegi nikuzushi - simple pairs) Not only did I adapt the size from 9" finished to 12", but I adapted it from pairs as well. I have all 12 blocks figured out but may change one so I actually do the simple pairs as it is supposed to be. If I do it in pale spider fabric I may be able to use it as a label. Hmmm.
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    I'm pretty sure a few months will be done well ahead of time. I'm just having too much fun with this quilt.

    And, yes, my centres line up perfectly. Yippee!

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    The more I think about it, the more I'm sure I need to make the block "properly". So, I end up with this block as a spare for another project. Gee, what a pity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by works4me View Post
    The more I think about it, the more I'm sure I need to make the block "properly". So, I end up with this block as a spare for another project. Gee, what a pity.
    Terrible problem to have!

    And so, the Franky surroundings are starting to take place!
    You could always make lots ... and hten the leftovers could be turned into potholders or placemats ... to add to your household theme! Or what about quilts for the kitlets? They deserve their very own joys of comfort!
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    Franky is starting to feel crowded on the design wall.

    8 blocks are finished and one is cut and waiting for sewing. The 9th has striped fabric so I need to really concentrate when sewing it. Plus, it is the second block to have a half seam sewn, then pieces added, then the seam finished. The first was the one with the candy fabric in the centre and it turned out well.

    Rather than post all those photos, here is a link to my Flickr page. All the blocks are there.
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    And here is a photo of Franky framed in his burgundy with gold spiders/web fabric. Such a high class monster.
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    Works4me, I am up to my eyeballs with projects right now, including gift log cabin cabins, Wintu basketry motifs strip quilt, preparing crazy quilt blocks for later embroidery, a ton of UFOs and a ton of charity quilts for kids in out of home placement. I just went through the pages of this topic and am delighted with what everyone has done. I love designing quilts and have WAY more designed than I could possibly make in my lifetime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QM View Post
    I love designing quilts and have WAY more designed than I could possibly make in my lifetime.
    I know that feeling well. The list keeps growing.

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    It occured to me that I should post this central character. Carlos Santana now has this quilt I made on commission in 2007.

    The background was dyed by a friend of mine. The writing is several of Santana's songs and album titles. I can't draw worth beans, but I had fundoing this one.
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    ok folks i need some help. some time ago there was a pattern on here for a quilt using a fabric book ex. the night before christmas, cut up and used as the blocks for the centre. please help i have 2 different books that i wanted to make quilts for my grandchildren and i have spent about 4 hours searching and can't find it. so i am counting on your help. thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntersgrammie View Post
    ok folks i need some help. some time ago there was a pattern on here for a quilt using a fabric book ex. the night before christmas, cut up and used as the blocks for the centre. please help i have 2 different books that i wanted to make quilts for my grandchildren and i have spent about 4 hours searching and can't find it. so i am counting on your help. thanks
    I don't think it was on this thread ... if so, then it'd be on the previous pages, and you would just need to go back thru them all to find it.

    Perhaps try the search function at the top fo the page and try different combos of words?

    I'm not sure what you are looking for ... if it's how to assemble the blocks into a quilt ... cut the blocks apart and add sashings and cornerstones as you would a quilt that is made of blocks. They really can make nice quilts and I have a couple that I want to do ..... sometime!

    Not sure if this helps you any?
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    I have done that. I simply cut the book into individual pages, put them in order, sashed and bordered. On one, I put a spacer block at the beginning and end to make it come out even. Very quick, worked well.

    I also took 2 children's books I wrote for my firstborn, redid them in applique. The words for one were printed onto the background fabric and had it as a Christmas present for my second son's first son. I would share a photo but I can't find it today. I got a blue ribbon for it. At our quilt show, I noticed several parents and grandparents reading the story to their young ones.
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    Looking for something else and found two of my many
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    Ok, here's one from this year. When it gets into a quilt, the gold pan will have gold French knots.

    I think I may make a California Boy quilt some day. I meant to put it into a swap quilt of boys from around the country, but I could not find mine when the other ones were sent to me.
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    QuiltE, any updates on your little bo peep idea? I'd love to see it! I'm currently working on an applique sheep quilt of my own design as well, maybe it qualifies for this group too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzykittenbutt View Post
    QuiltE, any updates on your little bo peep idea? I'd love to see it! I'm currently working on an applique sheep quilt of my own design as well, maybe it qualifies for this group too?
    FuzzyKitty ... thanks for asking but sadly, no stitches have been sewn on Peep! Of course, yours should be here on this thread ... come on over and join us and we'd all love to share in your progress. Besides, Peep and her Sheep would like the company!

    I did find a fabric that I am planning to use for the backing and will work some of it into the front. It's an all over small floral print. Maybe for her dress? or perhaps for a patch or two of flowers somewhere. Plan to use it as the colour scheme of the assorted fabrics that will be used, in order to tie it in with the front! Have been looking for black corduroy or a washable velveteen for the sheep heads/legs and never expected it to be so hard to find.

    Also, keep debating whether to use regular cotton for the sheep? or minkee? I don't think I'll do freestyle sheep like you. My plans have always been to piecework them ... though seeing yours might inspire me to change my thoughts on this.

    So the display is the same in my sewing room and I enjoy the view for inspiration as I walk by. Sadly, I have been working out of town a lot and leaving again this tomorrow for another week. I hope life slows down and I can get some sewing done soon.

    So Welcome FuzzyKitty!! Hope to see yours coming more to life when I am back to home base again!
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    QM - You seem to do a lot of character quilts. Well done. This thread is for new projects so I hope you will design something new and sew along with us.

    Fuzzykittenbutt - more sheep would be wonderful. Might provide incentive for QuiltE to stay at home for an hour or two at a time and work on Miss Peep.

    Sorry huntersgramie - can't help you.

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    W4Me ... hahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!
    buttttttttt all this away, pays for the play time supplies!!!

    And besides ... when Peep loses her Sheep, we'd be able to find off playing with FuzzyKitty's sheep!!!!!!!!
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    :-) I don't know what happened, I clicked the button to receive updates on this thread, but didn't get any. Luckily I got suspicious and dropped by again, and lookie there, very warm welcome messages for me. :-) Thank you QuiltE and works4me!

    OK, I promise to move my sheep over to here. As soon as I'm finished with my two sheep's owl friend, I'll post an update and some progress pictures. For now, here are close ups of my two sheep:

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    I forgot to order orange thread and it's an all organic cotton baby quilt, so I had to special order it, which means I also have to wait...don't like waiting, lol...and my friend, whom the quilt is for, is now very very pregnant...not sure if the quilt will be finished by her delivery date *biting nails*

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    I love those sheep~!
    Life is Good!

    Visit my blog, closed the website:

    http://charlottescreationsanew.blogspot.com/

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    Fuzzykittenbutt - Adorable. There has obviously been a lot of thought put into the quilt. And they turned out great! Your friend and her soon-to-be new baby are extremely lucky.

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    aww...thanks guys. I'll keep you posted. :-)

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    Just finished the final Japanese sampler block to surround Franky.

    Need to square a couple blocks up, then choose placement, which will be hard.

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    quilte it does help but the problem being is knowing how much fabric i will require to start and finish the project. i am kinda particular about knowing these things thanks for the response though i do appreciate it.

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    Well, Franky is surrounded by colourful blocks.

    He's going to have to be patient again as I need to take a break from him until about mid-October. At least he has lots of company.

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