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11  Bridal shower gift for a friend! in Needlework: Completed Projects by twisted5whispers on: June 13, 2012 11:37:29 AM
So I was already working on a wedding present for one of my friends (posted http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=409992.0) But I wanted to make her something for her bridal shower. I decided this about a week before the shower... I found the idea on here, forgive me for not being able to remember from whom. I found the pattern online, traced it on some fabric and went to work...

The tree outline is done in stem stitch.

The outline of the heart is done in split stitch which looks like little hearts, their intials are done in back stitch, as is the & symbol. I did my first french knots on this piece! So easyy!

I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a really pretty frame and put it in that and tada donee!

She loved it! And everyone at the shower wanted to know how I did it. I really enjoyed making it as well!  Grin

C&C pleasee
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12  Giant doily blanket pattern! in Crochet: Completed Projects by twisted5whispers on: June 13, 2012 11:30:42 AM
So on one of my many surf the random craft blogs I always seem to find online I stumbled upon... http://goodknits.com/blog/ And once I went to her shop I fell in love with her doily blankets she designed herself. Kept putting off and putting off buying the Lace Love pattern book. Finally bought it.! I have only started the "Anya" blanket but I am over half way done and my goodness I love it so far. It is such a quick crochet! I am making this one for one of my bridesmaids for her birthday! I hope she loves it as much as I do!

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13  Wedding present 6 months in the works! in Crochet: Completed Projects by twisted5whispers on: June 13, 2012 11:25:25 AM
I am so happy to finally have this finisheddd! I worked on it for 6 months(which is a longg time for me, of course it was a last minute crochet like a mad woman to actually finish!)

It is tunisian crochet. All the tss. All 1600 stitches! 2 passes per row and all... Bahh. I watched a lot of House MD, Dexter, and various other shows to pass the time while making this. And I still wish I had made it bigger.

The colors from my friend's wedding are white, navy blue, and a little sage green. So I wanted to make a blanket that had those three colors. Found tunisian crochet and decided to do that... Ended up deciding to make a checkered pattern. I made 5 panels of 40 rows for each color of white-blue-white-blue. Then sc those panels together. Then sc around the outside of all the panels and then did picot stitch to give it a pretty finish.

This is the blanket finished on my queen sized bed. You can kind of see the green lines where I sc the panels together.

This the best representation of the colors.

Close up of the border.

I am sooo happy it is finishedd! My friend opened it at the wedding she was so excitedd! She knew I was making her a blanket just didn't know any details. She loved it!  Grin

C&C pleasee!!
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14  Jumped on the crayon melting bandwagon! :) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by twisted5whispers on: February 25, 2012 07:53:41 PM
So we renewed out lease for another year at the apartment we are living in.... Bad part is another year I have to go without really being able to decorate. No painting, nails in walls kind of place. So I decided I was going to make this place home whether it wanted to be or not. I am a huge fan of color, and there was none... Horrible off white walls... yaa. So I decided to make some of the wonderful melted crayon art I have seen everywhere. The first one is colors to match my kitchen. Sort of......they are the colors I want my kitchen to be done in. Smiley

This one shows the shiney-ness from the silver crayons!

The second one is going in my bedroom. I would say that I planned this one out and had a good reason for choosing reds/pinks/orange but really when I sorted my 4 boxes of crayons all the reds looked the best together.

Same for this one. It is going in the living room. My fiance loves greens and blues so I decided to keep those colors together and I dedicate this one to him Smiley

Any c&c welcome!

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15  Zippered coin purse, boxed zippered bag and totes OH MY! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by twisted5whispers on: December 28, 2011 07:55:09 PM
I have been busy learning new things with my sewing machine!

I found this tutorial here http://www.craftpassion.com/2011/07/zip-itself-coin-purse-tutorial.html while looking for cute zippered pouches.... Mine didn't turn out right for some reason... Mine is more square than triangular...

Oh well! It is still cute! I will use it still! Cheesy If anyone else has made these do you have an tips for getting them to turn out right?? Also, did you hand sew or machine stitch it? I had to hand sew 95% of it...

Next I decided the Sharpies I bought at Staples the other day needed a nice case so they didn't lost in my craft room/bedroom... Used the tutorial here http://modernquiltlove.wordpress.com/2009/07/14/perfect-box-pouch-tutorial

I realllly love this fabric. It was on clearance at Joanne's and I bought 2 yards a few days ago and went back today and bought the rest of the bolt. Squeeeeeeee!!!

I should have used my iron on interfacing... The veryyyy thin kind I was using up was not quite thick enough to give this pouch the box shape I was looking for. It is also just a little too small for the Sharpies. I will be making another one to fix that. I think I will be adding tabs on the side to make it easier to open and close also....

I made a couple reusable grocery totes thanks to the post over here! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=400343.0

First time doing French Seams.... I love them! It gives the bags such a nice finished look!
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16  Christmas purse! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by twisted5whispers on: December 19, 2011 12:15:28 AM
Made this purse for my brother's gf a couple weekend ago with MAJOR help from my grandma. Went and spent the day out at her house helping her with things, and sewing this baby up!

I used a simplicity pattern, I'm sorry I don't remember the number, I gave the pattern to my grandma. If it wasn't for her I never would have been able to finish it!

Pattern called for pre-quilted fabric, but I couldn't find any in patterns/colors I liked. So I bought two fabrics I liked, and some interfacing. My grandma showed me how to line up and quilt everything together. Turned out pretty good I think!  Grin


Overall view of the bag. There are little pockets on the front and back. I really like how the polka dots look against the pattern!

Close up of the pocket.

View of the inside. You can sort of see the two pockets.. There were suppose to be 4 but I lost them in the mess of pattern pieces and didn't find them til my grandma and I were cleaning up. We had a good laugh about that! She promised not to tell my brother's gf if I wouldn't! LOL

C&C always welcome!
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17  Wristlet for my new camera! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by twisted5whispers on: December 18, 2011 11:55:23 PM
So... I am addicted to sewing I think! Got my new machine(not new, but new to me post about that in the sewing machine board). Anywho I just got a new camera this week also, and even though it has a hard case for it I wanted to make a bag for the case, charger, and cables. Well I looked at a bunch of online tuts for something to use. I ultimately found this on here http://ayumills.blogspot.com/2010/08/tutorial-patchwork-wristlet.html I don't have a cutting mat or rotary cutter yet, so I didn't want to tempt fate and try to make the actual patch work one she made. I just quilted my own fabric with some interfacing, I just free handed it. It looks kind of silly but it works. LOL

Anyways! On to some pictures!

This shows the overall design. And the strap. I've never done a zipper before and didn't know how to actually measure the fabric to allow for enough seam allowance. I broke my first needle!

I didn't add the pockets that were in the tute either. I just wanted a plain lining. This shows the inside with my camera case, charger and cable.

Better picture of the inside and how well it fits everything.

I am super proud of it! It's not even close to perfect... Oh well!  Grin

C&C WELCOME!  Smiley
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18  Singer 758 questions! Updated with issues!!!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by twisted5whispers on: December 17, 2011 09:21:43 AM

So I recently became the proud owner of a gently used Singer 758. I found it on craigslist, and the woman selling it gave it to me for free because she said there was something wrong with it, but didn't know what (she originally had it up there for $75) I took it too my local Singer sewing machine repair center, and the gentleman running the place said it had a bad motor, but other than needing that it was in good shape. I paid $140 for them to service it and replace it with a used motor. There is a 1 year warranty on the stitch quality and if the gears go in that time, I only have to pay for the gears no labor.

My question for my fellow craftsters... Did I get ripped off? I'm not a total newbie when it comes to sewing, I took home-ec in high school, and have spend many hours sewing with my grandma. It has all the original parts, manual, stitch wheels for different stitch patterns, I believe all the different feet and stitch plates(I believe that's what they are called) are there. It even came with the original cabinet. I just haven't put it back in there yet.

Have any of ya'll used a Singer 758? Is there any advice for me? I have yet to sit down and use it. I just picked it up today. And need to get some scrap fabric to practice on.

Thank you for any advice and comments!  Cheesy
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19  Baby Blanket! in Crochet: Completed Projects by twisted5whispers on: October 28, 2011 05:10:55 AM
So I started this baby blanket at the beginning of Sept I believe. I just finished it last night and boy am I glad to have it done! The baby shower is sunday and I cannot wait to give it to the mom! It is for my db's close friend who just got married and is having a baby at the end of the year. I originally posted on here to find the pattern for it, I saw a pillow at a few local fairs over the summer and I reallllly wanted to know what it was, I fell in love with the pattern that is for sure! Off to pictures!

In comparison with a cd... This shows the stitch detail on one side...

This shows the stitch detail on the other side...

This shows how different the sides are...

And this shows how on the one side it looks like ridges..

I am SOOO happy to have this done. It was a labor of love for me. I usually procrastinate and don't get things done on time... Well I managed to get it done 3 days before the shower! Yay!!

C&C welcome!  Grin

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20  Re: Looking for pattern for blanket! in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by twisted5whispers on: September 23, 2011 11:19:34 AM
Thank you fantasticmio! I will keep that in mind...

I want to thank you all for helping me find the pattern... This is what I have so far....

I am using simply soft yarn, I love that stuff!!!
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