>Bubble Pink Quilt #1

>I call this the bubble gum pink quilt for the obvious reason; all the pink in the background. I made this top a few years ago. Heather showed a Grandmother’s Flower Garden in progress. This one is my Grandmother’s Flower Gardens in progress; I actually have a few in progress, using different size hexagons. This one uses 3/4 inch hexagons. The pink in the background actually comes from a feather down comforter my husband and I used when we taught nursery. It was the gathering place for all the kids to sit and sing while we waited for everyone to show up for class. We taught that class for a little over two years. When the comforter wore out it made sense to use it in something else, so now the 40-some kids we taught are remembered in this quilt. The quilt measures four and one half feet by nine feet. I know that is an odd measurement; I made it to fit on the back of a sofa and to get the most use out of the pink fabric. The scrapes from this quilt made a doll quilt that is currently being hand quilted. This quilt has yet to be set on a frame for quilting.

English paper piecing:
This is a group about people who like to hand piece using the English paper piecing method or any other type of foundation piecing.
English paper piecing/ foundation piecing. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

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>Part 6: Finished / For the time being

>I finished the rug, sort of. I left the end undone and not a tapered finish like I would have done normally. This is because as we wear out more jeans I can make the rug bigger. So, I think this will be a continuing rug for a few years but it will be able to be used while it is growing and in between growth spurts. Boy it sounds like a kid!
This took seven days from start to finish.
Dimensions 3 1/2 feet by 8 1/2 feet
Part 1: here
Part 2: here
Part 3: here
Part 4: here
Part 5:here
Part 6:this is it

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>Heart Swap

>If you remember, a while back I made two Russian needle punch hearts for a Valentine’s Day heart swap. I just got my two in the mail today.

The bright pink one to the left is from Donna Deen. The white one with pink embroidery is from Melissa, the person in charge of the swap. I wonder if the swap went straight across or if people didn’t get the person they swapped with. I never thought to ask. I wonder who got mine. The two hearts I got work together well. I don’t think I am going to do anything with them for awhile; I may end up in more swaps and get more hearts. If so, then I can make a small Holiday wall picture out of them.

>Part 5: Braids

>Well, I have braided every scrap of denim in the house, all that we had worn out, that is. This gives you an idea of the size of the rug and the look of it. If you look you can see a yellow size small womans glove in the top left of the photo for a size reference.I did all this last bit of braiding in the last two days. I hope to get the rug all stitched today and call it good. This is one of the fastest rugs I have made and trust me, my hands feel the burn from doing so much work with a fiber that doesn’t want to play nice. It is a little hard on the hands to braid, but the real hard part is stitching the braids together. Last night when I went to bed my hands had swollen some. They are ok right now and ready for more punishment. I have truly done a whiplash to my hands on this one.
Part 1 here
Part 2 here
Part 3 here
Part 4 here
Part 5 this is it
Part 6: here the end

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>Part 4: More reels

>So I emptied out the other box in the attic to discover it was mostly blue and one purple. Oh well it is what I have so it will work. I sewed them all up and made reels. Then I got to braiding. I braided 4 more rounds; roughly 8 inches have been added in width and length. Then late last night my husband said, “Oh I have some jeans you could use for this; they are in my closet.” Great! I could have used them the day before so the colors would be more random; that is life. I think it will still work well; I have a little bit left from Saturday left to braid. So, if I use those for two parts of the braid and the tan, light khaki and blue my husband had for the other part of the braid, maybe it will still blend in with the rest pretty well . If not, it is a scrappy rug by nature and it is totally being controlled by faith that it will work out well.
Part 1 here
Part 2 here
Part 3 here
Part 4 this is it
Part 5 here
Part 6: here the end

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>Part 3: 2 feet by 7 feet

>I have been working on the recycled rug a lot the last few days. I have used up all the denim I had made into reels. I have another box of old jeans that I had been storing in my attic ’till I figured out what to do with them, so now I will cut them up and add them to this rug. As of right now, the rug is two feet by seven feet. I hope to get it to four and half feet by nine and half feet. That will make a nice little rug for a kids room or play room.

I have been asked what does my needle look like and what size thread do I use. The blue sewing thread in the picture is to stitch the denim together.;linen six-ply cord white/cream is in the middle of the picture, and that is one of my needles. I have a larger one; I just can’t find it right now. The linen and big needle are used to stitch the braids to the rug.
needle thread cord

Part 1: here
Part 2: here
Part 3: this is it
Part 4: here
Part 5: here
Part 6: here the end

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>Update on Rug / WIP part 2

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I have been working on the rug the last few days. I have twelve rows braided and eight sewn to the rug. It is interesting to watch where the colors end up. All the strips had been tossed in a random pile and mixed up by three kids. Then they were grabbed at random by three little kids and handed to me to sew, making about twenty random wheels/reels to grab from as I braided. What is funny is that all the pink from one pair of jeans is pretty much ending up on one end and one side of the rug. I don’t mind; it’s just interesting. I think the rug is coming out nice.

The top photo shows the rug with the twelve rows around it after they have been braided and five of them stitched in place. The bottom one shows eight rows stitched in place.

The yellow glove in the photos is what I wear to keep my hands from getting cut up. It is hard to see in the photos, but if you look closely, you will see a five inch needle; that is what I am using to stitch the braids to the rug. Bottom photo, left side near glove, you can see it the best.

Dimensions of rug currently are one foot four inches wide by six feet four inches long. When all twelve rows are stitched to it, the measurement will be two feet wide by seven feet long.IMGP3193
Part 1 here
this is part 2
Part 3 here
Part 4: here
Part 5: here
Part 6: here the end

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