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    Build a quilt around a central character you design

    Design a character and build a quilt around that character

    This is a fun challenge to get people to design a character and build a quilted item around it using other quilt blocks as well. The character can be based on real life or a cartoon or whatever tickles your fancy. Frosty the Snowman, a historical figure, the squirrel that steals peanuts in your backyard, the penguin at the zoo. I think you get the idea. I’m open to just about anything.

    Since we want your new friend to stand out so everyone can ooh and ahh it can be your center square or show up in multiple squares of your item. Since the idea is to stimulate and encourage your creative side, please, no fussy-cutting out of fabric pieces and no panels. That would be no fun and we wouldn’t be able to admire your wonderful work and imagination, would we?


    New projects or works-in-progress welcome.

    This will be an ongoing challenge so join us anytime and introduce us to your newest buddy.


    This challenge has been approved by PatriceJ.

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    I'll get the ball rolling.

    I am designing a Halloween block of the month for myself to be finished for Halloween 2013. My central character is Frankenstein done in 1" squares.

    I hope you will join me and Franky in Characterville.

    Here is my initial design:
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    I then turned it into an Excel spreadsheet:
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    And I am ahead of schedule because Franky is now on my design wall, all cut out using all Halloween spider web fabrics.
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Size:  473.3 KBThe Canada flag background pieces will be replaced with Halloween fabric. They were in place so that Franky can hang around with Monty the Mountie from the patriotic challenge but they really don't work.

    Franky was supposed to be my August 2012 block followed by one block every month until August 2013 which will give me a good amount of time before he goes on display for October 31, 2013. I have a strong feeling that my Frankenstein wall hanging will be done long before then, though.
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    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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    So Here's Mikey -
    ​Now I just have to figure out where to go from here to make a finished item. ???
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    Have an awesome day!

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    Jenniky - Mikey is fabulous. I can't wait to see how you finish him and how many other blocks you do.

    I'm taking a short break from Franky since he is a month ahead of schedule. He will be time consuming to sew as his head is 30 pieces by itself but I'm looking forward to it.

    Don't worry anyone who is thinking this is a monster character challenge. That's just how it has started. I'm sure there will be puppies and bunnies and all sorts of other calming, tame creatures to play with.

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    Wow! so creative.

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    How coolis that...wonderful

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    Nice blocks guys!! I am inspired to give this a try, now I just have to find a character I like. I think I will go the PP route as I am always on the lookout to challenge my PP skills. Thanks for the challenge, I am looking forward to trying it out.

    Rachel

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    Great to have you with us athenagwis. I can't wait to see what you come up with as your new buddy.

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    This sounds interesting, but I am working on the UFOs so may not have time till January to do this challenge. If I do, I think it would be fun to do a Peter Pan/Tinkerbell quilt. Those are my daughter's favorite characters. Otherwise would create a funky squirrel for the office. Will keep in mind. Great idea to challenge ourselves. Great job Jenniky love Mikey and Frankie is looking pretty stupendous.
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    They are both cute.

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    Seriously so excited about this!! Here is something I whipped up in Electric Quilt .... any guesses on what it is?

    Rachel
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    QuilterMomma - We'll be here. Looking forward to seeing some Neverland characters. Great idea. Maybe tease us with a few sketches before January?

    athenagwis - to me, that looks like #5 from Short Circuit. Now, he WAS a character. AM I right? Great choice.

    Looks like the creative juices are flowing. Way to go everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by works4me View Post
    athenagwis - to me, that looks like #5 from Short Circuit. Now, he WAS a character. AM I right? Great choice.
    Hehe he does look like that!! I loooooved those movies. Actually this is Wall-E. JenniKy inspired me to think Disney. Now I just have to get the right fabrics. trying to decide if I should stick with solids or use some patterns that almost read as solids.

    Cheers!
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    Here I am ..... up for air (from the salt mines!!!

    Looks like you ladies have been busy busy busy!

    Great challenge W4Me ... you must have known about some of my "I want to's .... ".

    You can count me in too!! ... BTW ... mine will NOT be a scary sort!

    W4Me ... Franky really has come into being. Yes, Oct 2013 ... we'll see! My $ is on 10/13!!!!

    Jenniky ... Good job, pulling out a PUP. You've got the basics done, now to decide what's next!

    AthenaGwis ... Looks like we have another EQ player in our midst. I know nothing about the program, though admire what many of you are doing with it. Fabrics? I don't know the "character", though to me it's calling for batiks ... and some steely metallic fabric for the greys. Does that fit the character mold?

    Everyone Else ... come on and join me and commit to doing this character challenge. Then start thinking of who/which character and post who it'll be. And even if you aren't going to work on it for awhile, the sketching and ideas can start building ... and start the project stash!

    Mine will not be a scary one, I'm more than certain.
    I have a few ideas in mind ... and will let you know my decision when the moment comes!

    Here's to some more fun fun fun!!!!!!
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    This sounds like a fun idea but also something I've never tried before and not sure how to do this but I think I will follow along to see what you inspiring folks are up to. Just maybe I'll get an idea and run with it.

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    not sure If I can do this or not, I normally can copy really well, but to create a critter on my own..... well that will be a challenge for sure! Not even sure where to start ideas at. So we will have to think about this one!
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    I think I can I think I can... Choo Choo Just remember the lil train that could.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by athenagwis View Post
    Seriously so excited about this!! Here is something I whipped up in Electric Quilt .... any guesses on what it is?

    Rachel
    Your character is great
    Have an awesome day!

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    Awe, those are too cute!
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

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    I'm going to give this a try. Not sure how soon I can get started but will put my thinking cap on.
    Life's More Fun with a Doxie !!
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    Woot Vickig626 Good to have you with us on the Challenge.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Jenniky ... Guess what? I have a sketch!!! .... and that's a HUGE accomplishment for me. Remember, I'm no artist!
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    Well share it ...come on... I bet its a great sketch
    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    Well share it ...come on... I bet its a great sketch
    I will I will ... just wanted to let you know I have progressed!
    I actually bought a FQ today as a potential fabric choice.
    It's in the dryer now (yes, I'm a pre-wash and abuse it all the h E double hockey sticks before sewing).
    So stay tuned ... and I'll show you later!
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    haha.. I will be sitting on pins and needles in anticipation Alright maybe not... I need them pins and needles for sewing...LOL
    Have an awesome day!

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