When I finished my cupcake pouch/clutch/wristlet (whatever you want to call it) - it wouldn't "stand" by itself (unlike the picture in the magazine, mind you!!). So I enlisted the help of my two bears, Mr. Knightly and Fitzwilliam (aka "Billy Bear"). Neither the bears nor I could decide who best displayed the bag, so I let them both pitch in. Here is a group hug:
Here is Mr. Knightly with the front:
. . . and Billy with the back:. Billy's coloring goes better with the bag, but his dark features don't seem to photograph as well. . . . . . oh, here is the inside:. The pattern is from Better Homes and Gardens "Quilts and More" Spring 2011 edition. There are a couple of more bags in the magazine that I may have to try!
I fell in love with the kitties on this fabric. . . and I knew I had to make a quilt focussing on the kitties. Problem was, the kitties are SO small (less than an inch squared). So I got out my quilting encyclopedia/dictionary/albums (I have 3), and I went on a hunt for just the right block. I chose a block called "Farmer's Daughter" because I thought the kitties would look right at home in the middle...
This isn't the best picture, but the lighting is weird today. Here's a close up of one of the blocks:
Up close, you can tell that I cut off one of the points, and my quilting lines aren't straight, but I am only human.
P.S. I quilted this during the Super Bowl, and I got a blood stain on it when I pricked my finger. I immediately soaked it in water, and the red dot has disappeared. I am afraid the stain might come back, like milk stains are wont to do. Is there a tried and true way to get blood stains out of quilts that doesn't endanger the fabric?
I have been quilting for a long time, and I have several shoe boxes of scraps. I sold some of my scraps at a yard sale, and I turned some of them into a lap quilt for our den couch. Here is a picture of the whole quilt:
I used more scraps for the back:
and here is a picture of the quilt on the couch (the really old, we need to replace this thing couch):
I am really happy how it turned out. Plus, I used up a lot of scraps, and I helped dress up our worn out couch!!
This is the second quilt I've made my daughter. I started the first one when she was in pre-school, and I finished it at the end of 4th grade. Now that she's a young adult, I made her a new one, more fitting her age. This one only took me two years to finish, but she still says I took too long!!
My "Be Weird" t-shirt shrunk too much, so I turned it into a purse. I modified the buttercup pattern (no tucks) so it would fit the design, added a tricot interfacing to the back of the t-shirt, then sewed as normal. I had planned on keeping it, but my daughter pulled the "I would love that for my birthday" trick, so it is now hers.
I like to experiment when I quilt, so I make mostly wall hangings and table toppers. I finally broke down and made a queen size quilt. These suckers take a lot longer to make!!! I used mostly 1930's reproduction prints, 'tho I snuck in a modern day dragon in one of the squares.
My daughters old babysitter is having babies of her own, so I have been sewing up a few dresses for her little one. My two constraints were that I had to use fabric I already own, and no pink. This one is a "petal dress" by Sew Baby: ; and the back: . I used the 12 months size, so the baby won't be wearing if for awhile, so I also made one of Rae's Itty Bitty dresses out of old scraps from a border print. In this pic, the straps are not tied: ; Here is another shot with the shoulders done [I couldn't fit this dress on a hanger, so I had to put it on the not so nice floor, sorry!]:
These little bags are so addictive. I have made a ton of them. I use them to organize my glove box, hold cosmetics, take my lunch to work, sort phone and iPod chargers, you name it. Here are a few that I have made:
A close up of one (it's made from two bandanas):
What it looks like when partially open:
All the stuff it can hold:
A buried treasure one with a matching tissue holder:
The one I use for my lunch uses Tinkerbell fabric - it is really cute, but it needs a bath, so I didn't want to take a photograph when it wasn't all clean and pretty. . .