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21  Re: Fill-a-Box 9 Supply Stash Buster Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by QuiltersBlock on: September 11, 2008 01:03:04 PM
There is so much great stuff being swapped!! I love the fabrics, but that clown thing scares the begeezus out of me!  Embarrassed

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I received today too, from TheSaphpireMoon!!

There was no way to get everything in one photo!


Loving the fabric doll! I may try to do that this afternoon, while tyke's asleep.

A very blurry pic, but hope you can see everything:



You'll not believe, but I definitely have plans for that clothesline cotton! I can use it for drawstring bags!! (Seriously, I am excited about it!) Also, a bunch of hangtags for altering! I'm doing a craft fair in a few weeks...these will definitely come in handy!




This one shows the great daisy fabric, spongebob, a tiny bit of the crazy log cabin-like fabric, and the hardrock tshirt! There's also a plain black shirt for reconning. Yay!!





One more picture: this is my tyke at my older dd's wedding. TheSapphireMoon made the headband!

Sorry it's so small....it's cropped from a family portrait.




Thanks TSM!! What a terrific box!

QB



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22  Fuzzy Monkey skirt and applique in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by QuiltersBlock on: September 11, 2008 06:13:12 AM
Finally started sewing fleece. Now I don't know why I waited so long!  Roll Eyes

The cheeky monkey came from England - so I've had it over a year. Weather's getting cooler here and I thought tyke could use a bum warmer.  Cheesy (yes, it's waaaayyyyyy too early for me)

Anyway. Super simple skirt: rectangle, serge up one seam, around the bottom, add the elastic. Ta Da! Added the applique to the very stained shirt and saved a great tee from the rag bag.



That's not a stick, it's a scepter...tyke is leading the Wild Things parade.  Cheesy

I also made a scarf -- yes, really, with thermal fabric on the other side, and a couple of cute hats. Loving the cheeky monkeys!

QB
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23  Re: A Week of Baby Onesies Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by QuiltersBlock on: September 03, 2008 12:09:53 PM
Loving the tye-die onesies, and that little guy is super cute!!

I received yesterday from barbolot. These shirts are soooooo amazing. Tyke loves them, and dh and I do too! Loving the math and chemistry themes -- and the execution is so *beautiful*!

First up, a stenciled dalek. We <3 The Doctor over here, and this is super cool!




An appliqued and hand embroidered robot! The "L" is tyke's initial.



Then chemistry goodness:

a beaker full of cherries (reverse applique and hand embroidery)



and



Happy H2O!! (machine applique)


I think this one is my favorite -- because tyke is the apple of my pi - er, apple of my eye! - and we lurve apple pi(e):



hand applique. What you can't see is the gorgeous hand embroiered blanket stitch around everything!

Plus, that picture just cracks me up!



barbolot, thank you *so* much!! We love the shirts, they really are amazing! You totally nailed our/her personality!

QB
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24  plain onesie gets a bike chic makeover in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by QuiltersBlock on: August 26, 2008 02:01:48 PM
Check it out! Look what adding sleeves can do for a plain onesie.



And a little scrap on the font to show off the red trike:



And since Owen's mom said I could, here's an action shot. (Isn't he the most adorable tyke?!)




I love the bike fabric (JoAnn's), and thought it would be cute for a little tyke. Sent it to my partner in the "A Week of Onesies" swap (the gallery is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=262918.0). You can see the other onesies I did, and more action pics of the adorable Owen.

This is what I did to add the sleeves:

Trace the sleeve piece of an appropriate sized pattern (I used an Ottobre shirt pattern). Since the onesies were 12month, I used a 74 pattern.

Carefully stitch/serge it to the inside, on the seam allowance, *at the shoulders*. This way, they are part of the onesie but separate from the original sleeve.

Then I serged the length of the sleeve after sewing it on to the onesie. Turned the hem and faux twin-needle stitched. (Someday I'll have a coverhem machine.)

Clear as mud?

Probably easier the second time around. We'll see, because I definitely want to do it again.

QB
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25  Pigs in Space Tote! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by QuiltersBlock on: August 25, 2008 08:40:16 AM
A new tote bag for tyke's first day back to Montessori. Last year I made a tote bag for each month. This year, well, I *really* like this fabric, so she may use this one for the fall, at least.

The corduroy is Sandra Boynton "pigs in space" -- okay, I don't know if that's the name of the print, but there are pigs on it, and they are in space. Just for fun, I have the cords running East/West, instead of North/South, so that I could utilize the selvedges -- the white. IKEA green hippo fabric for lining.







This thing is huge -- about 14" wide by 18" tall, plus handles and the gussets (making it about 2" deep). There's a package of disposable training pants, a gallon ziploc with a change of clothes, three diapers and a to-go packet of wipes in that bag, and it's not even close to being full!

I still need/want to move the handles. They're too far apart on each side, since I set them in from the edges instead of measuring between them. (insert eyeroll here) All in all it's a terribly cute bag and I'm very happy with it. Trying to move a little out of my comfort zone, as far as colors/styles. Normally wouldn't have used the bright green interior fabric with the deeper tones on the front, but the hippos tie it all together!

QB
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26  Anna top for Back to Montessori in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by QuiltersBlock on: August 25, 2008 08:26:11 AM
Back to Montessori! Today was tyke's first day back - she was a trooper. She's 2.5years. Last year she was crying every day. For a long time every day. Today, she's queen of the room. Seriously, she's the oldest in the toddler room, and there are only two other kids who were in that classroom last year.

She's wearing a size 98/104 Anna, cut to shirt length. It is just a little big. I really like making these as tops, instead of dresses. She seems to get a lot more wear from them.

This is made with the IKEA fabric we bought in Scotland, and some rescued fabric purchased from a thrift store sometime in the last year (I have six more yards of it!). The blue really sets off the red, and vice versa.

Anyway, you don't want to hear about that, you want to see the 'stuff'!

Here's handsome daddy and adorable tyke, arriving at the school:






Okay, so you can't actually *see* the IKEA fabric. It's there. Trust me. It's the back of the dress, and the applique on the front.

QB
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27  Re: A Week of Baby Onesies Swap (Sign Ups: CLOSED; Send Outs: 8/29) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by QuiltersBlock on: August 17, 2008 05:55:50 PM
I've had a lot of crafting time this weekend (thank you DH!), and am happy to say that there are three completed onesies (maybe four, currently trying to assess worthiness)!

Hoping not to jinx anything, but it looks like I may be able to post by Thursday!

Here's a little teaser, just for you barbolot:



QB
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28  from boring brown to charming in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by QuiltersBlock on: August 14, 2008 08:30:33 PM
I haven't posted in this forum in quite a while, but wanted to share my latest recon. This bag was fun to do! The American Eagle bag came from a local thrift store....excellent condition, but *boring* brown. Added the strip of Amy Butler "charmed" fabric, a little bit of bias tape, and ta-da!

Modeled by my lovely assistant, Edith:










What do you think?
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29  Re: kitschy postcard from my summer vacation in The Swap Gallery by QuiltersBlock on: August 11, 2008 07:14:06 AM
Finally got good scans of my tower o' postcards!

In no particular order (seriously, the backs may not even match the fronts!)

PlumCrafty





Glyndebourne, "a country house with its own opera festival"

and bonus "more kitschy" postcard from PlumCrafty:



Buckingham Palace! (BTDT,  Cheesy) Scan doesn't quite capture the 3-Dness of this card.




TAHITI Postcard!! from craftysunday, originally from Geoff Parker to Eugene (I love that you've used these.) Oh, and the Post Office didn't even post mark your new stamp!  Cheesy






Next, from Lizzle:


A vintage post card from the "Benjamin Franklin Hotel - Inn" in San Mateo, California



(BTW: RLS went to the same school as my hubby....granted, not at the same time!)

Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty postcard from myklia:




She says breakfast there is *huge*

more vintagey goodness from elvissatx:

the Town House Court motel in Hot Springs, Arkansas






Yay! Thank you all so much! Sorry it took so long to post.

My tyke is in love with the post cards....she likes to deliver them to me and dh so we can read them to her. She also helps us make up stories about the places!

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30  Kudos to cheytown! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by QuiltersBlock on: June 29, 2008 03:54:15 PM
Thank you cheytown, again, for the fab instructions!!

This is my latest. Usually I look for a man's shirt with a wide yoke, without the underneath pleat, but this time I used a woman's XL, zippered front shirt, linen/rayon blend fabric. The zipper didn't run from top to bottom, the shirt had a sort of "v" at the top and "^" at the bottom. I used them to my advantage. I also cut the yoke so it had a slight rise at the center, to avoid the necessity of a lace/pleat panel.

The dress could be worn either way (zipper front or back), but dh prefers the zipper in the back, so that's how it's shown here.

As modeled by my rather uncooperative tyke:



and as modeled by my somewhat more cooperative bed:


This shows the inside of the back.

A rolled hem looks cute:



And a close up of the buttons and zipper. You can also see my rather wonky contrast stitching.


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