mellicious: pink manicure (quilt - zipper)
I said I would come back and talk about the backs of my quilts, so I might as well do that! Bear in mind that I haven't made a quilt in several years now so things may have changed, some, and/or I may have forgotten a thing or two. But I think the basic idea of it's still valid.

This first one is a more simple example of how I used to do the backs of my quilts. Even if you're doing the same fabric all over, you're going to have to put at least one seam in the back for most quilts, unless you buy special extra-wide quilt backing fabric. (That does exist but it's a bit pricey and the selection is relatively limited.) I just figure, given that, why not run a few seams and use up some scraps?

This was a quilt that KarenD and I did together. I know that fish fabric was hers, and the batik was a fabric we picked out online. I'm not sure any more which one of us contributed the other pieces. Basically, though, the idea is just that you just keep going until you get something big enough.Make a row that you know is wide enough, and then make another row, til it's big enough with several inches each way to spare. (Cutting it too close is a bad idea, here - if something comes out short you're really screwed.)
back of the fish quilt

Here's a more elaborate example (this is the back of the one that's in my icon). I had lots of little pieces left over - it's the "teeth" part of the zipper, see - and I just put them together in big strings, like so:
(I actually went and dug out the link from my old quilt blog because I knew I talked about this there. It's got more detail about the dimensions and stuff, and why I did it the way I did, but unless you're actually going to make a quilt you don't really need to know all that. That blog is unfortunately just a mass of dead links, mostly, so I really need to make some effort to pull the "good parts" out and catalog them somehow!)

Anyway, if you clicked over there, this is just a bigger version of that same picture. I worked the strips of small pieces between the bigger rows and this is what I ended up with for the back:
(A lot of it is things I didn't end up using on the front!)

Added: it occurs to me that people might want to see the front of the thing in a larger size than icon size, so here's that (with Rob's head peeking out at the top). Note that the binding is not whipped down here, but other than that, it's done.
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I've actually found a few more pictures of the back of things so I might have another entry about this eventually.

Holidailies - blue
mellicious: pink manicure (keyword-346)
I think maybe this picture is in Snyder - at least, this is what I remember it looking like, with the park across the street. (I guess that's where the prairie dogs were, too - at least I remember walking to it so it seems likely.)

Matching outfits
Added: Yay! Here's the picture, at least. I'm still not completely sure about the Snyder thing, other than the presence of the park - do I look 4-1/2 there? Paula would have been 3 so I guess this might be right... I have no memory whatsoever of that car but it might have been somebody else's, who knows? My mom's not around to fill me in on this kind of thing any more.

Huh, I googled and the flat bare park and the houses in the background of the picture here do look awfully similar. (Aw, poor prairie dogs. Also apparently the park was brand-new when we moved there.)

(Hmm, I was really going to put more than one picture here, but I can't tell if this is working so I'm just going to post it.)
Nope, that one didn't work - picture will be forthcoming as soon as I figure out what I'm doing!


Dec. 28th, 2013 11:17 pm
mellicious: pink manicure (Xmas - purple star)
I think I mentioned my large collection of quilt pictures, earlier this month, but I was nosing around in Picasa the other day, and downloaded some semi-random samples, so here you go:
(They're not really random: they're things that caught my eye as I skimmed past, meaning they're ones I especially like.)

My mom made this one - it's nothing fancy, but it's cute. (I took this picture several Christmases ago - this quilt belongs to my cousin, and it was draped over the back of her sofa at the time!)
Lots more... )

mellicious: pink manicure (Halloween lights)
I've been meaning to post this for two days.

living (and dining) room - Sunday

Dining and living rooms - Tuesday

The "after" picture was taken on Tuesday, but I can't say it's really improved substantially since then. We haven't had time to work on it a whole lot.


Jun. 24th, 2005 11:52 pm
mellicious: pink manicure (Las Vegas sign)
Bellagio fountains

TUS-Con 2 is this weekend, and even though I'm not really particularly upset that I couldn't go, it still made me nostalgic for TUS-Con 1, in Las Vegas a year ago, which was an awful lot of fun. I took a whole bunch of pictures of the fountains, and this is my favorite one. (The pictures are especially nice because you can't hear the Celine Dion song that they were blasting at you at the time.)

I keep getting e-mails from Expedia touting great 100th-anniversary specials to Las Vegas, and I am so, so tempted to get us tickets. But Rob would kill me. Besides, I spent almost $300 on my car today. (It wouldn't start, which turned out to have something to do with some kind of safety switch under the pedals, or something like that, so that was a very cheap fix. But I also got a C/V joint replaced while I was there - something I'd been putting off - and that was the expensive part.)

(More Las Vegas pictures here. Mostly of buildings and not of people, though, because I kept forgetting my camera at the times that the most people were around. Or turning unaccountably shy. One or the other. The back of Jette's and Debby's heads are in a few pictures, though. And maybe a sliver of Columbine here & there.)


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