this is Quilting Gemini- Vanessa!
I became friends with her on this yahoo group I'm part of with owners of voyager/ hinterberg machines and frames.
Vanessa has some GREAT tutorials on her blog.
( and I was JUST thinking about making these postcards the other day for a craft show I'm attending this weekend) AND I have a friend coming over today with her daughter to play and I taught her to quilt too so us mommiues are having a playdate as well :-)
this one I can't remember why or what inspired me to do this one, maybe just the fact that it's on point.
This black and white one was actually for a b/w swap I was part of and I just used the block I made to show a layout.
Here's another version
below is my block! do you see my "mistake" ? I kept them like this though.
Now I can't find a picture of the finished quilt I made with the blocks, but I ended up making a red sashing and it looked GREAT!! I will have to show that later
Okay, here I have another old layout, with EQ6 I bought a kaleidoscope CD and here I used one of them.
well guess what?!
I made it into a quilt!
here's a pic of the very first paper pieced kaleidoscope I made, I had never done anything paper pieced up until then.
below is a flower layout, which I have made into a TOP, it's sitting on my shelf with the paper still behind each block, what a pain to take that off! I don't have a border on it, and I changed the colors around and made it sort of scrappy
Now forget it I'm not making this layout anytime soon, but it's fun to look at.
and this one is another hard one
This is something different, same fabrics as that basket one above.... hmm
Ha, when pigs fly! I made this into a quilt as well.
I quilted little wings on the pigs because it made me think of WHEN PIGS FLY!
also the skinny pink border I quilted circles, so don't THROW PEARLS before SWINE.
a fun purple boxy layout
think this layout was from a magazine or someplace else, not my design
this layout is just fun and bright I made this into a quilt out of batiks that I really like and my husband did too, so I had to give it to him, okay so I have given him a quilt not TOO long ago.. LOL
the last few days I was looking at my old templates and books and found one of my favorite templates, SMART plate quilting by sharon sebrow...
I remember seing this book and tool somewhere and then found a website and had to call a quilt store in NY somewhere, when I called there it was the author that answered the phone, I was so excited!! we talked a little bit and I ordered my book and template and she even signed the pattern that came with the template!
This is not one of her layouts, just me playing in EQ but totally inspired by her
another kaleidoscope layout in pink and another below in blue
and yellow and blue ( I made these a while ago, I really like to play with the colors!)
here's a different variation with sashing strips
So here's a copy sort of, of this CUTE layout from the "Kaleidoscope the smart way" book
again I'm playing with the colors
These are some fabrics from fabric.com I think
a cute nursery print
fabrics from connectingthreads.com DID you know that you can download their fabric lines into EQ? easily I mean, they have links to the whole line on their website.
can't remember where this brown fabric is from
another connecting threads fabric line
Here's a picture of a REAL quilt I've made with this layout!!
I gave it to a girl from heartland hospice where i ONCE in a while donate a quilt to, anyways she was my trainer and she then became pregnant with a girl, so I made this quilt for her.
There were two girls/ ladies that I work with at hospice and now the second one is pregnant too!!
well..... can't say anymore
this is a frog quilt I made with the same layout.
the frog fabric I actually scanned and printed out a large frog and hand appliqued a frog in the corner, trapunto style sort of- don't think I added more batting under it, just didn't quilt over it.
I saw a small picture of some owls in a magazine and thought they would be fun to make.
I cut out 7 1/2" squares of the body fabric, then used my accuquilt circles die and cut out large circles for the wings- cut in half, the medium for the outer eye, the small for the white in the eye and for the iris I traced a BOBBIN ! and the beak was the small square from the mixed die that came with the machine I think it's 3" square, cut in half. I ironed on paper backed interfacing- the purple pack.
this was my prototype
then I ironed the wings and beak on first and did a small zig zag around- usually I don't like machine applique but this was actually fun, so I'm warming up to it, I made the width kind of small and the length I made longer than I think most people do, this way there's a small space inbetween and it doesn't bunch up so much when I do it.
then I ironed on the large eyes, they overlapped but I thought that was cute
I had first played with the way the eyes should look before ironing anything down
I zig zagged around eyes and eyeballs. Then trimmed the bottom corners to a rounded edge. the picture was all four rounded corners but I did these two bottom ones first and thought that looks CUTE!
The binding I machine did as well, this is for a craft show so I'm looking for speed!
the first set I just sewed on a straight line, here I did the same small zig zag around, I did the mistake of starting to sew on the binding on the front so then folding in over to the back I really had to pin everything to make sure it covered the sames.
I also added a little hanging tag. I used a charm square 5" and cut it in half, ironed each in half like a binding and then folded the edged into the fold and ironed again and sewed a straight line close to the edge down the side.
the first set had the eyes going the same way, here I changed it up a little, I think it's cute.
And BTW YES! that's little christmas trees on the eyes and a christmas gold and red background fabric! I mentioned earlier I'm going to a craft show at our old church- christmas in july!
we have this bare wall above the stairs and I decided to hang up a quilt, risking my life LOL reaching over.... well I got it pinned with push pins
my husband saw it and thought it really needed a hanging rod....
I also finished 6 portfolios for my "old" church's craft show at the end of the month, I have other little stuff and quilts of course, but my kids school had a craft show in the spring and these portfolios were selling like hotcakes!
here they are open, one is missing a writing pad and pencil, the writing pads are hard to track down but I found them at the drug store! not even walmart has them, but they have some cute mechanical pencils in different colors on the outside so I get a pack of those.
my weekend rule is that I won't work on customer quilts, then I recently moved a few things around in my craft room and moved my accuquilt that I got in january and felt guilty that I haven't used it in a while, so I took scraps and cut out a bunch.
I planned to make the four patch star from the mix and match set
I picked a 4 x 6 block layout and boy colors, so blue, green, black and white, and DARK colors where the blue is on the drawing.
I laid out the pieced on the design wall....
this is the whole top sewn together, it's big! very big for a baby... I think each block is 12", so that's 48 x 72" I had thought of a border from 3" squares but I don't think I will do that now, I don't know.
oh and there's some real UGLY fabrics in there too BTW, now they are USED!
so my awesome husband hung up the rod for a quilt, this was the only large quilt I had with a hanging sleeve on. the rod will be cut down and painted black with little "things" at the end to make it pretty.
so I moved the black and white and red quilt behind the computer desk, near my design wall.