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1  Re: how should I quilt this, using only a regular short arm sewing machine in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by aspenwall on: August 07, 2014 04:53:19 AM
I think I'd out line all the blocks but maybe do an extra square inside the bigger squares, maybe 2 or so inches in from the 1st.

EDIT: Sorry, I forgot to mention that I'm not totally sure how well that would work on a machine quilted quilt. Through I imagine it would be no different than any other pattern.
Here's one of mine where I did that in the large blocks with hand quilting (sorry it's a little hard to see):
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2  Tiny gift bag pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by aspenwall on: December 09, 2013 09:28:30 AM
I made these tiny little bags for candy and other Christmas treats so that I can put them in a stocking or basket and keep everything looking neat. I ended up putting Hershey kisses in one of them. There is elastic in the opening so that everything doesn't just fall out.



I think this is a pretty easy project so hopefully some beginners out there can enjoy it and put it to use this holiday season.

I cut one square of fabric into a 9 x 4.25 rectangle and one small piece of elastic to 6.5 inches. I serged the edges so that I wouldnt have to line these bags, I wanted them to be a quick, easy project.

I folded the rectangle in half, right sides together, with the folded end at the bottom of the bag.

I sewed the sides using about a quarter inch seam allowance. You should have something resembling a small flat bag.

Now you need to make this bag stand up on its own, so holding it upside down youre going to push down the middle so that the two ends of the bottom stand up, like in this picture:


It should look like this:


Now fold those two pointy ends together like this:

and draw a little line at the one inch mark like so on one side:

and flip the bag over and draw a line on the other side. Fold these two corners apart and sew them each, individually. It should look like this:


Fold over the top a half inch or so and sew around the top leaving a small space big enough for a safety pin to get through.


Secure a safety pin to your elastic toward the end of the elastic, but not too close because the pin can fray the elastic. Feed the elastic through the half inch or so you just sewed.


You should have two elastic ends coming through the small space you made big enough for the safety pin. You need to sew these two ends together. I dont worry too much about whether the two ends are flat or whatever. You can machine or hand sew the elastic, just make sure its secure. I dont recommend tying a knot, that hasnt worked for me, ever.


Pull the elastic, which should now be in one piece and sew up the tiny safety pin sized hole and turn it right side out.
TADA, insert candy or peppers

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3  Soft Kitty Toys, no bits can be torn off and eaten! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by aspenwall on: November 23, 2013 09:35:51 PM
I made these toys because I have a cat who is totally insane. He eats feathers, eyes, feet, tails, tags off of every toy we've gotten him. So what these are basically, is a shape (in this case, a fish) sewn together and filled with stuffing and a smattering of catnip. I also did a mouse one, but that was a little more trial and error.

Heres how to do it!


Fold a piece of 5x16 fabric right sides together and draw your pattern on it. I free handed this fish because I couldn't seem to find what I needed online, for free but there is a lot out there. 

Cut out your fish pieces leaving about a inch around the whole thing for your seam allowance.


Sew along the lines you drew, making sure to leave the tail part open.


Now, turn in inside out and add stuffing and catnip! It should be looking like a cat toy now.

To close up the toy I folded the end of the tail inside itself and machine sewed a straight line from the top of the tail to the bottom. Though, there really isnt a top and a bottom.



My boyfriend got a great shot of the cat going bananas.


I think I'm going to try a person next, like a gingerbread man or something.
I hope someone finds this useful. This is a great beginner project!
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4  Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2009 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by aspenwall on: February 05, 2009 05:42:27 AM
I am working on the Anemone Lady from Barbara Hammett's Art Nouveau.  I can't seem to find a picture of the finished work anywhere but here is what I got so far.  I started this on New Years Day!


A few years ago I completed another design from this book and it took me about two years, so I am shocked at how fast this one is moving!
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5  Re: i <3 to sew r2 gallery in The Swap Gallery by aspenwall on: August 11, 2008 06:19:56 PM
You'll never guess what was waiting for me when I got home!!!!  Give up? Okay, well I'll tell you.  It was a package from Caffinated Crafter!

I read the sweet card she sent and was greeted by Puffer (the Puffin, duh) he's looking up in this picture so that's not his best shot but he's very cute.
I was actually pretty desperate for buttons so I'll get use out of this whole bag.  I got lots and lots of cording (to make piping) and some summer-inspired stickers.  The stickers are great, I live in the Pacific Northwest now but I moved here from Florida a few years ago and I really miss the looooong summers sometimes. 
I saw the adorable cupcake but didn't notice till later that it was a pin-cushion!  Action shot!!!

Here is the perfect present, an Amy Butler pattern!!!  I love the fabric too.

And last but not least, (bob barker voice) look at this fabulous apron.  It's very me.
I tried to get my bf to take an action shot but he said, "Why are you moving around?  Stand still!" so a semi-action shot it is.  It makes me feel like a cake!

I had a blast in this swap.  I love all the stuff I got and I hope caffinated Crafter likes her stuff too. I was able to get it out right on the cut-off day.
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6  Re: July 2008 Mostly Fat Quarter Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by aspenwall on: July 30, 2008 06:42:11 AM
I got my package from Winstongang last night!
There was a really cute card in it that I forgot to take a picture of!
Here is a scrap pack and these are some of my favorites, of course I love the polka-dots...

And here are the others

I loooooove the green polka dots.  I've got the perfect purse planned where this is going to be the lining.
Thanks Winstongang!!
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7  Re: 5INCH FABRIC CHARM SWAP in The Swap Gallery by aspenwall on: July 22, 2008 09:48:24 AM
Here are my recent squares:
Got these from jennyleigh:

and these from Craftydiane:


and these ones from creativegenes:

Thanks ladies!
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8  Re: 5INCH FABRIC CHARM SWAP in The Swap Gallery by aspenwall on: July 15, 2008 03:52:15 PM
I got this from imafundork today

and this from onegroovyday
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9  Re: 5INCH FABRIC CHARM SWAP in The Swap Gallery by aspenwall on: July 15, 2008 03:31:48 PM
From colofuldayz:

and from purpleone:
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10  Twenty First Purse (Blue/Brown) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by aspenwall on: July 14, 2008 12:11:52 PM
I made my first purses back in 2002 and they were...eh.  So I put it down for a while but I've been practicing over the last year.  I made one in April that I am currently using and of course it's not quite as attractive and photogenic after months of wear but here is one I just completed.  My twenty-first!  I got this fabric on sale at JoAnns, it was $4 a yard and the lining is some turquoise cotton I got at the local quilt shop.  Inside is no particular interfacing (I can't remember...it was just laying around) and some warm and natural.  The only real issue I had was that I didn't get the innards quite the right size so I had to do some last minute trimming when it was already half-way sewed to the outside.  If that even makes any sense.

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