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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Testing out fabric... opinions wanted! on: May 04, 2009 12:00:04 AM
I have cut out all of my fabric for my friend's baby quilt but I am not too sure about one of my fabric choices.  So I wanted to post it here and get some opinions.  I laid out part of the pattern on my desk.

The first picture is truest in color but I found my papers distracting so I took another.  (I have to keep them labeled because I have aprox. 40 different sized pieces that all fit like a puzzle.)


With the paper on the back:


I don't really want to say which fabric I am unsure about.  That way I can get some unbiased opinions.  Thanks so much for taking the time to post an opinion!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sewing for the girl, by the girl- 1st outfit on: March 22, 2009 01:23:20 AM
     This is an outfit that was made by my daughter today.  I think it took us about 1 1/2 hours to make the whole thing.  This is the first time she has really made anything even close to wearable.  She started cutting out some fabric that I had given her, wanting to make a dress for her best friend.  So after cutting for a bit, I took a look at what she had so far.  It was way too short for a dress but it looked very close to a dolman sleeved top.  So I drew a line for her to cut out.  Then I let her run the pedal for the serger.  It was the first time that she had done it and she did a really great job.  With the leftover fabric, we created a circle skirt.  I drew another two lines and she cut them out.  Again I let her run the serger pedal.  Here is the finished project:





She was very proud of her outfit, and wore it all day.  (And to bed tonight.)  She decided to keep it and not pass it onto her friend.  It's a bit tight in the tummy, but I suppose that happens when nothing gets measured before cutting.  

And just for fun:


I think you can figure out why I passed the fabric onto her.  Wink  It came to me when my great Gran passed.  Oh, and she's 4.  
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Fast & Easy Valentines on: February 09, 2009 12:42:51 AM
My daughter needed 41(!) Valentines to hand out this year.  So I looked through a few catalogs and really liked those felt lollypop covers they had.  However I was not going to pay $1 per Valentine.  Plus I didn't want to make anything too labor intensive because I knew my daughter would get tired of them after about a dozen.  (I am sure you know how that goes.)  So we cut out 82 felt hearts (felt was from stash, woo-hoo!) and paired them up.  I sewed them together, leaving a tiny hole at the bottom and a larger one at the top. 

Here's what they looked like after chain piecing them all:

(Who knew they'd make such a cute garland...)

We wrote quick note using a sharpie and stuffed them with Tootsie Pops and here is the finished result:


All 41 of them:


Yes they are mismatched.  Smiley  My daughter likes them and we are done 3 days before having to bring them to school. 
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork Bucket on: January 29, 2009 09:32:44 PM
    I really needed a larger basket for the kitchen to replace the small one that was holding my son's sippy cups.  It was overflowing to the point of things falling out.  I couldn't find anything I liked at a price point I could afford.
   So I dug into my stash and busted out this tute:
http://foofanagle.wordpress.com/2007/06/26/bagsket-tutorial/

     I didn't follow the tute exactly.  Originally I made the 12 inch one but it was a lot bigger than I had anticipated.  So I ripped out out the seams and cut it down to the 8 inch size.  (sort of.  I mis-measured my top part and had to fudge it a bit lot.)   I made up my own handles to fit the amount of fabric I had on hand.  I also left out the bag part because I didn't really need it.  Since I wanted to use up stash &  I didn't have any pellon 70,  I used the lightweight interfacing I had on hand and some leftover quilt batting to help it stand up.  I free motion quilted the bottom and stitched in the ditch on the top.  My binding was leftover from another baby quilt so it's two different fabrics.  All in all I love how it turned out.  Smiley



 bottom:


inside:


all full up!:


Thanks for looking!
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Wintery Snowman Quilt on: January 20, 2009 10:59:10 PM
      I participated in the Lap Quilt Swap http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=254966.0 this Summer/Fall.  I was gifted a ton of gorgeous Christmas fabrics by an aunt who decided she was not going to use it.  So I sent out some lovely blue and white fabrics and received 11 lovely squares in return.  I made 2 of my own and then pieced this top. (I made the top middle and bottom left squares.)



I did a pieced back because my backing fabric was not wide enough plus I had an extra square.  Also I had been wanting to try one out, I had been seeing them and really liked the look. 



I was unsure about the white binding because I normally do a darker binding.  But I love how it turned out.  Thank you (!!!) to my swap partners:  athenamat, audrey1999, flashleyashley, 1boy1girl1kitty2, MissDisney, j_q_adams, Glittergirl94, ritapizza, SewHelpMe, Jenicat
I love everything you gals and guy made for me!


BTW- When I was quilting it I kept having major problems!  You can see it here:



Anyone know why this was happening?  I kept adjusting my tension but it would still freak out every once in awhile. 
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Vroom-Vroom - car themed baby quilt on: December 12, 2008 01:02:35 AM
    I made this for a close friend.  Her baby was born in Aug and I finished it a few weeks after he was born. 
  I used this block pattern to make the entire quilt top:
http://happythings.typepad.com/happythings/2007/05/scrap_strips_sq.html
(I love her blog, you should totally check it out!)
    When it was done I found it kinda plain so I appliqued a car in the corner.
    I actually had the whole thing pinned and ready to quilt about a week before he was due but could not decide how to quilt the thing.  I am usually just a free motion quilter but the layout of the quilt top just didn't "say" free motion to me.  So I thought and thought.  I finally decided to attempt quilting each panel in free motion, with a car shape also.  I drew out the car shapes with a disappearing marker and got to it.
   I then pieced the binding out of leftover fabric.  I love the different colors in the binding, I might do that again.  I gifted it to her and she seemed to like it.  Plus, I was over there a few weeks ago and had to run and get something from the baby's room.  The quilt was lying on the rocking chair in his room.  Smiley
  (Who knows, she could have done that just before I got there.  But at least she cared enough to make the effort. Wink )

  So here is the finished quilt:


Close-ups of the car stitching:



The car applique:


You can see the backing flannel fabric here:


And here is is after pinning but before quilting:


Thanks for looking!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Gone a bit applique happy... (ton of pics) on: December 12, 2008 12:10:53 AM
So I am finally getting around to posting some recent projects.  (Recent meaning in the last year or so.  Wink )  Most of these were for swaps.  My favorite was the owl.  It was based off my partners wist, but it was on an apron. 


an owl on an unintentionally tie-dyed onesie


A little blue pick-up truck


A dragon, it's a bit hard to see.


Reverse applique Sock Monkeys


a tree


VW style car


Handwritten with fabric markers then appliqued on


an "M" (duh!)
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / "Happiness on your wrist" - a rainbow button bracelet on: December 12, 2008 12:00:07 AM
I made this for a swap partner.  She loves buttons and rainbows, so...  I used some vintage buttons that were from my Grandmother's stash.  (My aunt found them when cleaning out her condo this summer and gifted them to me.)  The rest are from my stash.  Smiley





I really loved how it turned out.  It was pretty easy to make, now my daughter wants one in pink.  Smiley

And just for fun, a button bouquet I made her also...

19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Sparkly Cluster Earrings on: December 11, 2008 11:55:45 PM
I made a few pairs of pretty cluster earrings.  One I gifted to my close friend for her birthday and the others were for a swap.  I love how they turned out.  Smiley









I think the purple ones were my favorite.  I should have kept them...
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My GIANT beach/park bag on: October 26, 2008 09:42:21 AM
So I have two kids now.  When we were going to the park this summer I'd have to stuff all of our snacks and junk into a ugly Home Depot re-useable shopping bag.  If you have seen them you know what I am talking about, its ripstop fabric, bright orange with Home Depot silk screened in white on both sides.  But it was the best sized bag we owned.  After the 3rd trip to the park with the hideous bag, I decided to make my own.  I had seen a tutorial online about how to do gussets and I decided I wanted to try them out.  I dug these fabrics out of my stash and made this:


It turned out nice and big.  I think it's like 12x18 if I remember right.  I put 2 layers of flannel in the middle of the handles for some padding.  I figured when I fill it up it's going to be heavy.  Smiley


This was the first time I had used my magnetic snaps and I think it went well.  I actually think they might be too strong because I have to really pry them apart. 


The Ikea fabric was some I got in the fabric swap last Feb.  I only had a bit of that so yes, that is the selvage you see inside. 

Action shot (please excuse the mirror filth, ugh that's gross!):


I love the way it turned out!  My husband thinks it's way too bright but I do not care.  lol  I used it last month when we went camping and took a day trip to the beach.  It was perfectly sized for all of our junk.  Woo-hoo!
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