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1  A Remembrance Piece in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by kjlutz on: August 27, 2014 07:38:44 PM
I made this to honour/remember my Dad to mark the 5th anniversary of his death in March.  Life got crazy and I didn't get it posted, but it kind of works out because another dear family member died today and this piece is suitable to honour him too. 

The cross featured in this work is one that my Dad picked up at an estate auction sale, and it was personally meaningful to him and his faith so I wanted to do something with it.  I then incorporated bits of bible verse and lyrics to some hymns.  It was a very good time of remembrance for me working on it.  I tried to add some texture using gesso, but I don't think I had the right medium to do it with. 

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2  My first "Real" Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by kjlutz on: August 27, 2014 07:26:53 PM
So I have done a few quilt-like projects but never a true pieced and quilted project. 
This had the added complication of a 3 year old who wanted her quilt right away.  So it was completed in less than a day. 

I kept it really simple and just divided up fat quarters.  My daughter picked the fabric (most specifically the backing and the scissors fabric).  It turned out pretty well for being such a rushed project.  I must say I am in love with the quilting foot on my machine and have learned a few lessons about quilt batting too.


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3  Kid's Digger Art in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by kjlutz on: August 27, 2014 07:20:45 PM
My Mom shared this idea  with me for my daughter to try, which I thought she would love doing as she normally loves painting with her feet.  She did not like getting her feet painted though so we opted for tracing instead. 

One of her friends is moving away this week so we made this for him.  I hope he will like it. 


She painted the canvas, and did the colouring on the paper.  I helped with the rest. 
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4  Fire Truck Smocked Dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by kjlutz on: June 01, 2014 04:09:31 PM
So I'm often not great about getting things done in a timely fashion, which is horrible when sewing for a child, but for once I succeeded.  Today was Touch A Truck (a local fundraiser when kids get to touch trucks...) and I finished this dress for my daughter at midnight last night.  She loves firetrucks and firefighters, and loved getting to wear this today. 

I made the size 3 which ended up being a bit big, but turned out well with the wrap back.  It was a pattern from an old Sew Beautiful magazine. 

This was my first time picture smocking and my gauge was off (my stitching were short), but all in all it turned out okay.

Here you can see the back.

I should add that for the first time ever, the bobbin was on my side, I finished sewing on the bias edging with the tiniest bit of red thread left....
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5  Obi Belt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kjlutz on: February 27, 2014 10:00:08 AM
I had been eyeing a red and black belt like this at a store, but decided the colours and fit weren't right for what I wanted so I made one up really quickly.  I used bias tape for the ties and used shirting fabric on one side and kona cotton on the other.  I am really happy with how it turned out. 

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6  Painted Space Scarf in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kjlutz on: February 27, 2014 09:57:25 AM
I have been inspired by all the space clothing around here and wanted to give it a try.  I bought a black scarf at the store where I volunteer and had such a great time painting it.  I loved doing this so much although i am still learning about using fabric medium so the consistency of the paint could have been a little better.  I also found it challenging to work cohesively along such a long service, so I think what I need to do is do it more often to practice.   

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7  Barbie Clothes in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by kjlutz on: February 27, 2014 09:49:52 AM
I have been meaning to make Barbie Clothes ever since my daughter discovered Barbies (I loved making Barbie clothes as a teen), and sadly have been doing more materials stockpiling than sewing, but here is one outfit I made.  It is made from a vintage pattern.

My only regret is that I didn't get my husband to take a picture of her back, the clothes were too big so I used sewing clips to fit them, she looked just like a modal at a shoot.
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8  Some recent pieces I've done in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by kjlutz on: February 27, 2014 09:46:46 AM
So I have recently started doing some mixed media pieces and I love doing it so much.  I am just starting out and trying things so i would love feedback

The one I made for my husband based on a quote that is important to him (the bird is from Calvin and Hobbes)

This one I made for my best friend for her 30th birthday.  The paperbag princess is cut out of felt I made.

And I made this one for my daughter (once upon a time my plan had been to do Calvin and Hobbes for her wall, it never happened, so I made something more suited to her current tastes)

And here it is on her wall
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9  Painted Gingham Scarf in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kjlutz on: February 27, 2014 08:15:26 AM
I hope this is the right place for this.  For the sunshine swap I made my partner a painted gingham scarf.  I used painters tape to mark it off.  I think it turned out pretty well and she liked it which is all that matters.

And here you can see the whole thing

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10  Re: Box of Sunshine Gallery (SO Feb 17) in The Swap Gallery by kjlutz on: February 10, 2014 07:23:15 PM
Yes they are chocolate gold coins, we had some left from Christmas at the store where I work. 

I received a spectacular package from Cherie.  Full of beautiful sunshiny things.  She wrapped everything up so nicely in yellow paper with lots of paper butterflies, it was wonderful to open.  There was a basket that she challenged me to decorate more, a little pincushion that will sit on my finger (such a great idea), a coin purse, a cuff, a little hanging, and the most beautiful stitch markers, and a really fun broach that I am going to pin to my winter coat to chase away the winter greys, and a beautifully packaged chocolate bar (and I hope I didn't forget anything).   

Here you can see the plaque, I love the quilled (I don't think I spelled that right) flowers. 

Here you can see the coin purse and cuff, both made from poptabs and so awesome.  I love them.

Thank you so much Cherie for being such a fantastic partner. 
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