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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Perry the Paramecium - Stuffed Toy on: June 06, 2011 05:17:45 PM
My son asked me to make him a stuffed paramecium.  This was a fun project that he helped me with.  We used fleece for the body and cut out the shapes from felt.  Sew on the shapes, add some pom-pom trim and voila!

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Little House on the Prairie Mini Quilt on: March 15, 2011 04:49:28 PM
I love quilts with little houses on them.  I saw this pattern for a mini-quilt in an old quilting book and fell in love with it.  It is about 9 inches square and uses bits of fabric that are no more than 1 inch square for most of the pieces.  This is my first attempt at foundation piecing, and it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.  You just have to pay attention when you are sewing the fabric to the paper to make sure everything is facing the correct way.

I used a bunch of my scraps for this and was able to use unique fabrics for almost every piece.  There are a few repeats, but I tried to make each piece different if I could.

3  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Bartleby the Pumpkin on: September 30, 2010 06:28:16 PM
I made these cute little "Bartlebys" and had to share them.  I love how they turned out.  I painted the face and the mouth was stitched in black thread.  I made the witch hats out of muslin, painted them black, and then blasted them in the microwave for about 20 seconds so they would dry out nice and crumpled (NOTE:  if you microwave them for more than that, the muslin with get burned and the hat will fall apart and fill your house with a smell worse than burned popcorn Smiley ).  The spider web cheese cloth that dipped in instant coffee to give it a vintage look.  The spider was button from Jo-Ann's.  All in all this was a fun project to make, and pretty easy - check out the latest issue of Create and Decorate for the directions.




4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: My Newest Halloween Goodies on: September 30, 2010 06:21:06 PM
I love the vintage rattles.  They look great.  The little ornaments are supercute!  You need to get one of the crazy looking wire trees to hang them on.
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Halloween Bat Pencils on: September 30, 2010 06:16:46 PM
What a cute idea!  They look great.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rainbow Patchwork Apron on: August 21, 2010 02:53:00 PM
This is super cute and it looks great on you!  I think the idea of sewing together squares and backing them with a sheet is a great idea to create your own piece of quilted fabric.  I'll have to try that Smiley.  The color placement looks good, I see that you follow the colors of the rainbow from top to bottom. 
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pink Fig Pattern - Cuppy Cake Dress on: August 21, 2010 02:45:40 PM
Those colors are gorgeous together.  The rickrack sets the bodice off perfectly.  Where did you find such wide rickrack?  Or is it narrower widths stitched together?

I got the large rickrack at the local quilt store.  They might have it at Joann's.  It comes in all different colors.  There are tons of fun things you can do with it.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pink Fig Pattern - Cuppy Cake Dress on: August 15, 2010 06:37:57 AM
My mom saw the child's version of this dress and wanted me to make an adult size for her (she is very petite, less than 5' tall, so kid's clothes don't look too crazy on her!).  I used the Pink Fig pattern and just upsized the bodice to fit my mom.  We kept the skirt the same length and width - since it was gathered, it would fit the larger bodice without a problem.  I shirred the back with elastic, but if I make another adult size, I will just add in a zipper to make the bodice more fitted.  My mom loves it and wants me to make myself one so we can match Smiley.  I probably will make some other variant on this, full skirts are not my thing!

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Ladybug from Heather Bailey's Flutterby Pattern on: July 21, 2010 03:28:21 PM
I really like the ladybug.  I like butteflies and ladybugs.  With this pattern how many patterns are their?  I would like to see the butterfly!!! What are the measurements of the ladybug??

The pattern contains a ladybug, bumblebee, and butterfly.  The ladybug measures about 6 inches long and 4 inches wide.  The perfect size for little hands to play with and also good size for a pincushion.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ladybug from Heather Bailey's Flutterby Pattern on: July 19, 2010 10:06:53 AM
I recently purchased Heather Bailey's Flutterby pattern and made Max the ladybug for my son.  Since this is a toy he is going to play with, I left off the legs and antenna (he would have pulled them off anyway).  My son also said he didn't want any pins in his Smiley.



I think he turned out pretty cute, but I am working on another that I plan to use as a pincushion. 
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