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11  Slaughter-House Five embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by astamour on: December 21, 2008 12:08:08 PM
Kurt Vonnegut is a favorite for both me and my brother.  I copied this illustration from Slaughter-House Five for a xmas/housewarming gift.



I am just starting to try embroidery.  I copied the stiches from a book, but I don't remember their names.  For most of it, I used two strands of floss.  The fabric is a recycled sheet.
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12  plain black shirt now with red lacing in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by astamour on: October 19, 2008 01:35:03 PM
I added d-rings and red ribbon to this shirt, but I am not sure it looks right.  I am planning on going over my hand stiches with the machine for strength.  I figured after I'm sick of it I can take the rings out and the shirt can return to its former self.  Now that I'm done, I'm not sure I should have done it in the first place.  
Warn me if I shouldn't wear it  Huh
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13  time travel through wallpaper in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by astamour on: October 19, 2008 01:17:12 PM
It has taken me a month to finish my bedroom.  I planned on removing two layers of wallpaper (yes, the previous owners just papered over paper) to paint.  It turned into a much bigger project becuase there were actually 5! layers of wallpaper.  The only good thing was that removing them all was like being in a time machine.  Here's the finished product, although the rom is not yet decorated:

Here's what it started out as:
Below that (yikes!)
Farther back:
And finally:

I'm very happy with the end product.   I painted a light gray and then a coat of darker gray with glaze and then streaked it with a whick broom.  I removed the varnish from the gross pine floor and stained it dark.  I did some research on painting over wallpaper, which should never happen.  But there is no way I could get past the aqua layer.  I ended up paiting it with oil-based primer (to seal out moisture) and then skim coating the whole walls.  It seems to be holding up.
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14  Re: Something Warm and Cozy in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by astamour on: October 05, 2008 01:03:25 PM
I agree that it would look better if it were more fitted.  I love the colors.  And I you really like it, you should wear it as is.  It doesn't sound like your BF is going to the concert with you, anyway.
If it were mine, I would snug the arms up like this.
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15  Ladybug print dress (Simplicity 3510) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by astamour on: July 19, 2008 12:28:24 PM
I made this dress for a friend's daughter in Finland.  She's 2 and wears a size 4.  So I made a 5 hoping she'd get more use out of it.  It fits, but is a lot longer than the pattern intends.  It's a tank bodice.  In the picture she has another shirt under it.


When I got to Finland, I found out that ladybugs are quite popular.  Her grandma's garden had these ladybug and hedgehogs rocks hidden all over.
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16  Re: Train Applique Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by astamour on: July 19, 2008 11:56:06 AM
Thanks you for all the nice comments, everyone.
Here are some answers to the questions you have asked:
I has the train idea in my head but couldn't find a pattern that I liked.  I wanted something simple like the "Sunbonnet Sue" applique that my great grandma used to make.  My BF drew the design for me based another quilt I found where one large train engine was constructed out of many quilt blocks.
I have posted the pattern here for those who were curious.  I'd love to see what you create with it!

The shaded areas are cut out.  Once I got going, I figured out I could zigzag stich through the smoke stack cut out as I outlined the engine - so I only had to pick up the needle once, for the window.  I added those directions to the pattern.
Each block is a different material, some of them are scraps from items I've made for other family members, most of them are from fat quarters or remanants that I collected.  I tried to use things that a 5 yo would enjoy, but that weren't too childish, so the quilt would hold its appeal longer.
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17  Train Applique Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by astamour on: July 16, 2008 03:12:03 PM
This is my first quilt that was not simply 4 inch squares sewn together.  It is for my nephew who loved trains when I started it.  It took a lot longer than I thought it would and now he prefers robots.  Apparently 5 year old boys change their minds a lot.  I'm sure he will still like it.

A detail of my favorite block:


The whole thing.  It's almost the size of a full bed.
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18  A post for Grandma Martha in Quilting: Completed Projects by astamour on: May 14, 2008 02:37:03 PM
I'd like to share a few quilts made by my grandma.  She brought them 400 miles to give to me this weekend. 
This one is for my nephew with a "cars" movie print":

And a detail as requested:

A smily face quilt with hand-dyed batik:


Here's a close up of hand embroidered squares, each showing a different states flag.  She dated this quilt 1990-2006.  The whole quilt is pictured in my photo hosting.

Another hand embroidered quilt (both are also hand quilted).  This one is all official state flowers. 

This one is my favorite.  It is machine pieced and machine quilted.  2 inch squares all out of scraps! 
Here's a detail:

Thanks for looking!
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19  Pit Bull in Stained Glass in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by astamour on: November 11, 2007 08:55:41 AM
My first post and first stained glass project:
I traced a photo of my dog and outlined facial features to create this portrait.
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