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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Scrappy Modern Spiderweb on: July 07, 2009 06:40:53 AM
I really like the colors.  And it looks like you've had some practice with the free-motion, as well Smiley 
Fantastic! Smiley
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Polaroids on: July 07, 2009 06:38:49 AM
I know it's already been said, but..."Those are so cute!" 
What a neat idea for mini-quilts Smiley
13  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Yeti - Needle felted - now with embeded pix on: October 16, 2008 07:22:49 PM
So amazing. How tall is it?
It's reminds me that I need to watch "Harry and the Hendersons" again sometime Smiley
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Gender Neutral Baby Quilt on: August 26, 2008 06:03:36 AM
Wow, look at all that tiny quilting work...awesome job!!
I love the colors, great choices  Smiley
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Swimming Horse (baby quilt or lap quilt) - repurposed fabrics on: August 26, 2008 05:59:09 AM
Made this one about a year or two ago, and just now dug it out to photograph and put a sleeve on the back.  Just thought I'd share with you all Smiley

I'm pretty sure I was inspired by the song "Swimming Horses" by Siouxsie & the Banshees...   Grin  It's about 30 inches square, a good size for a wee one to snuggle underneath.

The darkest brown on the horse is a "fake leather" fabric, and the hair is a coppery silk.  The rest is cotton, on which I used shibori techniques and Procion MX dyes. I used fleece for the back, and did some free-motion quilting in the water.

I also hand-stitched my name on the front using multi-colored thread, which was fun, but also very time-consuming. 
The way it did it:
(I hope this makes sense!) 
* BEFORE I quilted the three layers together, I decided I'd stitch this to show on the front of the quilt only, in the bottom corner.
* I signed my name in pen on a scrap of tracing paper, so I could flip it over and still see the words.
* I taped the paper in it's reversed form to the BACK of the quilt top.  Now I'm looking at my name, in mirror-image, on the backside of where I want it to be.
* Then using a needle and thread, I pierced the paper with backstitches, tracing my signature--still in reverse, but flipping occasionally to check that I've filled in everything.
* When you layer your quilt, the messier, underside of your signature will be on the inside of it, completely hidden.

Doing the signature this way, I didn't have to draw/write on the face of the quilt, but the signature still looks like my handwriting.  I can never get the machine to do free-motion with tiny words like that, and it never looks like I "wrote" it...I simply don't do cursive  Tongue

The binding...oh my gosh...I had NO idea how long it would take to hand-stitch that thing when I started it! I probably spent 4 hours stitching the binding to the back with minimum showage.  <--(In my vocabulary, I suppose that's a legitimate word today.)

On my blog, I posted a photo of the pencil sketch that I did for the horse:

This smaller size was manageable, and I'm thinking of doing one in a similar size for my niece Smiley
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Finished Baby Quilt from Last Minute Gifts on: August 04, 2008 08:44:22 AM
Seriously awesome!  Wink
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Yay Recycling! Dogfood/Birdfeed Bag purse, etc on: July 08, 2008 09:04:19 PM
I do like the Heat n Bond products...I actually use the "regular strength" sometimes on these bags to fuse the fabric lining insides to the plastic bag.  Most of the times the plastic will accept the fabric (unless it's a weird polyester blend.  Cottons are usually fine).

Oh yeah!---And I'm now putting cell-phone pockets on the inside!  It works great  Cheesy

(just added photos of 2 new bags that I finished this morning)
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Yay Recycling! Dogfood/Birdfeed Bag purse, etc on: July 06, 2008 08:56:13 PM
These are great!  I wonder if there's a way to cover them ...maybe inside fused plastic bags?  I'd like to make this but make it waterproof/resistant.

Well, both the outside and inside of these dogfood bags *are* water-proof already, but if you had a food bag that was more paper-based, then you'd probably want to add a clear plastic layer (to the outside at least). 

**Sactownsue: I'll have to look for the vinyl adhesive that you suggested (or maybe even clear contact paper?) ...I can think of a hundred different uses for something like that! 
19  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: When you feel dumb, let the whole world know on: July 04, 2008 09:04:39 AM
Thanks for making me smile! 
That is such a wonderful way to celebrate goldfish...pretty much ALL they do is eat and poop!  I love it!   Wink
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: how to paper piece a multiple-pieced pattern (image heavy!) on: July 03, 2008 07:43:41 PM
That is a great tutorial! 
I'm going to have to bookmark it so that I can go back and read it again...
when I'm not so sleepy.  I have to really *focus* when I'm learning stuff like this!

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