Sunday, July 02, 2006

Webpages

No quilting yesterday, but I did get the block of the month web page done for my guild. I drew the block in EQ, then put a few of them together in a sample wallhanging.

Anyone want to see the instructions and comment? We do have a lot of beginners in the guild, so I should try to spell things out more, maybe:

July 2006 BOM

I still haven't made MY block for our outgoing president yet, but when I do, I'll put a small picture of it up on the BOM page too.

For those of you who were asking, no, the can cover was not a pattern. I was drinking a diet coke while I was making it, so I kinda rolled the can on the fabric to measure how big it needed to be.

I've already thought of some changes I'd make if I were to make another one. I like the separating zipper, but a drawstring might be easier. I'd also like to put some more insulation in it. That one only has two layers of a fairly thick batting. I wonder if the kind of stuff you use for fabric bowls would insulate well? But actually, as cheap as you can buy those foam can covers, (or get them free at events)it might be fun to hide the sporting or beer logo with a quilted cover.

And no, Finn, I didn't have a pattern for my bowl either. *guilty grin*

What I did was take an exacto knife, carve the curved rim off one of those cheapy thin plastic 'serve-n-save' bowls you can buy in sets of 4, with lid. Then I made 6 evenly spaced slits down to the bottom circle on the bowl. In order to trace around it for my pattern, I DID have to smash the sections down pretty hard... lol

I might go to the dollar store and get a HUGE bowl next, to cut down. Then, on each two of my six sections, I could cut a different edge shape. I've seen some that look scalloped, some have slightly rounded points, some are flat on the top, like my first bowl... *thinking*

16 comments:

Gail said...

I'm impressed by your resourcefullness in making your can cover and fabric bowls without patterns.

joyce said...

What a creative way to make a pattern. Much better than doing a lot of Math. I makes me think I should try a bowl. I have been put off by not having a pattern but you have solved that problem for me. THanks.

quiltpixie said...

Very creative to develop the pattern as you go/with what's at hand. I havn'et made a fabric bowl, but know each time I make a fabric box I think of a new idea to make it different/better...

Linda_J said...

You do such a good job with your BOM and webpage stuff. I understood what you were talking about and think a beginner would as well with the diagram you made.

Very resourceful on making your own "patterns" too.

Norma said...

You are very clever - making these items with no pattern!

I love your pumpkin block. And what an excellent idea to do for your guild president. We often have a hard time getting someone to take that job on in our guild. We may have more volunteers if they knew they would get some quilt blocks out of it! *VBS* You may have given me an idea!

Passionate Quilter said...

Great job on your pumpkin quilt--I like the way you do your graphics. Do you add the word text via a Word program then? I wish I were better in doing the graphics part of designing--that's the only thing that gets me!

Judy said...

Excellant job with the block. Clear directions!

Just love anything halloween!

Hanne said...

Your quilt looks like a great beginner quilt. I have not looked at the directions, but by the look of what the other says I will say they are good too ;-)

cher said...

I really like the purse you made at retreat! very functional and yet artistic too.

Tazzie said...

Your pumpkins are wonderful! I really think I should get myself EQ. I have seen so many wonderful quilts designed with it!
Your bowl idea is so inventive, I never would have imagined you did it that way!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Finn said...

Jane,Jane,Jane...I'm sitting here chuckling...and totally "bowled over" by your creativity...LOL

Great way to go..I knew it didn't look like other fabric bowls I've seen..LOL..good reason! I think it was inspired. And I was already about 99% sure your can cover/carrier was an "original"...isn't it fun to have our brains produce that creative spark?? You get a gold star for sure!!! Hugs, Finn

Hanne said...

The instruction for the pumpkin block is Very Good !

Linda C. said...

Pumpkin quilt is adorable. I just love EQ, and have lots of fun with it, besides drafting lots of hand-outs for our Guild Retreat. One question, though. How do you calculate the connector corner dimension. I'm a digit head, and I always just cut my triangles, but had to create a hand-out for making a snowball block using that technique. Since I don't use that "short cut", I don't know where to begin to calculate the size of the connector square. To me, it's just easier to cut the triangle to the right dimension! Any advice for me?

Bonnie said...

Your BOM directions are great - so easy to follow.
Several years ago I took an EQ class and really enjoyed playing with quilt ideas. You have inspired me to do that again.
And how creative you are to make your own patterns for the bowl and can cover!

Mrs. Moody said...

Great job on the BOM pumpkin. I had to save it so that I could add it to what I want to do for my halloween decor. Thanks a lot! LOoking forward to seeing a lot more.

Dawn said...

I love your guild block! What a fun block and demo quilt picture!

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