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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Sweet Little Mittens on: December 07, 2014 06:29:45 PM

This is a close up of one of the many pairs of mittens I have made this season.  I digitized the mitten but the snowflakes are from Emblibrary. 

Here you can see the pair of mittens connected by cording.

Then I got the notion to add the year and make some in pink. 
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Forget the Pickle. Find the Zombie! on: December 07, 2014 06:24:46 PM

Looking for the pickle ornament is so last century.  I figured it was time to search for the Zombie ornament!

Then look for the goofy Gingerbread man...

... and this poor guy who seems to be surprised about something.

You can just see some of the hedgies on the wacky tree in this picture.

All in all, I've made about 6 of each of these.  They are all designs from Urban Threads stitched out on felt but made like flat stanleys instead of stuffies.

Oh, and the star at the top of the tree... the face is Urban Threads but the stuffie is all mine.  Made out of fleece. 
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Microbrewery Grain Bag Messenger Bag on: August 30, 2014 06:51:22 PM

Members of my family run a couple microbreweries.  They sent me a box full of grain bags.  I am upcycling them into bags and things.  This is a prototype for a messenger bag. 

I need to mess with the proportions a bit but I do like how the round flap came out.  It currently doesn't have a closure.  Does it need one?  Magnetic? Button?  Velcro?  Suggestions please.

More pics on my blog.  http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/08/prototype.html 
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Scalloped Border Lunacy! on: June 26, 2014 07:17:31 PM

It is finished!  This was a charm pack stashed away and awaiting a project.  Once I stitched it together it wanted a scalloped border. 

That, of course meant figuring out some sort of quilting pattern to fill said scallops that wouldn't push me beyond my FMQ skills. 

It turned out better than I'd hoped.  I certainly learned a lot on this one.

5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Images are Easy THANK YOU on: June 16, 2014 03:57:13 PM
I don't recall posting this before but even it I did it bears repeating.  THANK YOU for making it possible to upload images directly in the post screen.  It is WONDERFUL. 
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Converging Butterflies on: June 16, 2014 03:55:04 PM
I know that technically this one isn't done but my part is and I have been dragging it around on my WIP lists for YEARS.  I'm ready to let it go.

It is all finished except for the binding and tying off the quilting threads.  My DH is going to do that.  He is the one who figured out this quilt and cut out all the pieces.  Then we stared at the design wall for a couple hours trying to figure out how to put them together. 

This is one of the earliest quilt tops I finished in my 'modern' most recent, latest period of quilting.  (We made quilts when the spuds were small but they were hurry up and git 'er done projects.  I wasn't working on technique.  Everything was tied and not quilted.)  After I finished this top, I had no idea how to quilt it.  I knew it needed more than stitch in the ditch. 

I finally figured out that I could use my embroidery machine to do the quilting.  Today I put the binding on.  It will soon me out of my hands and I am counting it as a finish since my part is finished!!!!

(Just figured out I started in 2010)

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I wanna be a brick wall - button down shirt on: June 12, 2014 08:20:28 PM

A while ago, Spud 3 said he wanted to be a brick wall for Halloween. It was the night before the party. I didn't have anything that even vaguely looked like bricks.  I put it on hold.  He found a fedora and a trench coat.  Not sure what he was but he was happy.

Spud 3 is know as the Kid in the Hawaiian shirts.  Has worn them almost exclusively since he was about 3.  Fortunately he has relatives who travel and always has a supply of authentic ones.  

What does that have to do with a brick wall?  Well, nothing much except for the fact that Hawaiian shirts are pretty easy to construct.  And, once I finally found some brick fabric... well, it was a done deal.  Sort of.  

Bricks are like plaid.  They look better if they match.  Kid didn't say he wanted to be a quake devastated wall.  

So the fabric languished.  Until my mom showed up.  She is a seamstress.  An amazingly talented woman.  She knows matching!  She placed the pattern pieces and cut them out so that the bricks lined up PERFECTLY!  Even the bricks on the sleeves line up.  It is a magical talent as far as I'm concerned.  

It took a bit more time for me to get up the nerve to attempt to put together the perfectly cut fabric.  I made it most of the way and then stalled out when I boofed the collar.  

A short while ago, I told the spud I was finally going to quilt his quilt.  He said "finish my shirt first".  So... ta da!  A brick wall Hawaiian shirt!  AND it fits.  AND get a load of how those bricks line up.  Thanks MOM!

Have to say this was easier than the ren faire costume for Spud 1 or the still to be figured out dragon sweatshirt for Spud 2.  They don't make it easy on me!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Alphabet Blues on: May 27, 2014 02:06:06 PM

I know I have this reputation for having terrible corners on my quilts.  It come from the many verses of "Corners Don't Meet and I Don't Care" that I have hummed around here.  And it is true that my corners are not perfect and I do cut off points.  It is also true that I don't let it bother me.  It is even true on occasion that I go all Liberated Quilter and don't even try to make my corners work out. 

But the real truth is that I am always working hard to improve my technique.  I truly believe that if you want your quilt to last it needs to have solid construction techniques.  And I truly believe that all of us can learn new and better ways to put our quilts together to make sure that our final products are the best they can be.  That doesn't mean they have to be perfect.  It doesn't mean our corners have to match.  It means we are always doing our best and trying to do better.  The rest of the saying "finish it up and move on, dearie" is "learn from this one and make the next one better". 

Having said that, would you get a load of the corners in the first picture!?!  How cool is that?  Amazingly more of the corners on this quilt match than don't.  I attribute that to the use of triangles. 

I never would have thought that triangles would be easy to stitch together.  I bought the ruler.  I can't use it to cut them out.  I can use it to trace the lines and then cut with scissors, which is what I did for all of the pieces on this quilt. Trying to use the ruler and rotary cutter almost defeated me.  Tracing and cutting with scissors... no biggie.

The amazing thing was how easy the triangles went together.  Much easier than HST or QST blocks.  Just line up the corners and sew.  Thanks to Mouse in my Pocket, I quickly learned to press the seams open and it was smooth sailing the rest of the way.  I do lower my stitch length a lot when I know I am going to iron the seams open.  I think it makes for a sturdier finished product. 

The final quilt measures 38 x 45 inches.  It is machine quilted with a walking foot following the seam lines.  The batting is cotton and the binding is hand stitched.

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bride Doll on: April 24, 2014 03:40:42 PM

Here is the doll I made for Linakins in the art doll swap.  It is a bride doll that is wearing a dress similar to the one she is going to wear in her wedding this year.  (Congrats! Lina!)

I'm posting  a wee bit early but my partner has received and I've got a busy couple days coming up. 

The story of my dollmaking adventures.  http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/04/doll-for-bride-to-be.html
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Miss Myrtle on: April 23, 2014 08:07:26 PM

This is Miss Myrtle.  She is a purple flower fairy.  She likes hanging out in trees.

And blending in to the Myrtle patch. 

She has two little friends.  Rose the Turtle and Wee blue bird. 

Unfortunately, I got my colors mixed up.  Miss Myrtle was supposed to be just about anything but purple.  However.  She is purple and purple she will stay.  Which means she will stay with me instead of going off to a new home.

Miss Myrtle is based on a design by Maureen Carlson.  She is about 5 inches high.  There are a few more pictures on my blog if you are interested.  http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/04/little-miss-myrtle-will-be-staying-for.html

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