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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Modern Monochromatic Quilt on: June 12, 2012 11:32:11 AM
Very nice! I've been wanting to do one with all the blacks/whites/grays I have on hand (for some reason I have a lot of them and never use them). I just wasn't sure how it'd come out but yours looks great!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Autism Awareness fundraising quilts on: June 12, 2012 05:10:10 AM
i got why you chose that pattern, so i don't think it's too obscure.  there is actually an autism puzzle fabric available online too.

i have two kids on the spectrum as well(and two other young children) and i am greatful that living in Canada means I don't pay out of pocket for treatment, but it also means less services and long wait lists, and sometimes being told flat out that there is not enough funding available to help anyone else.  I envy your ability to be so cheerful and positive about it.  i struggle everyday and feel like i am barely able to keep my head above the water.  I hope you raise alot of money with it for your little guy!

Oh I struggle too. It's been hard but I can't *not* do anything if that makes any sense at all? I have other things I'm sewing too that cost less, some key fobs with puzzle piece fabric and charms and zipper bags with that bright puzzle piece fabric as the liner and a silver puzzle pin on the outside. We have good insurance but we still owe 15-20% of total costs and the service dog is going to be a whopper of an expense. Its even just little things like my oldest has visual sensitivity and we go through sunglasses like crazy.

If you ever want to talk feel free to message me. Sometimes I feel very alone in what I feel is a constant battle.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Autism Awareness fundraising quilts on: June 11, 2012 05:35:38 AM
That's a cool pattern, thanks for sharing it! I chose this because it's called Autism *Spectrum* Disorder, I hope it's not to obscure now that I think about it, I already have 2 more tops sewn together...
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Autism Awareness fundraising quilts on: June 10, 2012 04:16:07 PM
Thanks! I forgot to add it is 55" by 40" wide so it's pretty big. Each strip is 3" wide after SA. The binding is kona cotton solid black which I think adds a really nice contrast. The stripwork is top stitched to pure and natural cotton batting in a meandering pattern on the machine, the black binding is handstitched to the soft n' comfy green backing (I really dislike sewing with the stuff but it makes such a cozy blanket) I chose not to do a backing that had the topstitching all the way through because our ASD kids can have some pretty severe skin sensitivities and those stitches can be really annoying! Having the SnC backing gives it a uniform texture free of seams. It also lends a little weight to it which ASD kids also like.

Each of the blankets are similar but just like our kids on the spectrum, the colors are just a little different. Each also will have a different color backing, the next is blue Smiley
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Autism Awareness quilts (ETA new pics) on: June 10, 2012 03:16:32 PM
I have two autistic boys (and three neuro-typical girls)  I think it's interesting that I created my first of these quilts (and at the time the only one) in April of 2009, just a few months after my youngest was born and almost 2 years before we started our Autism Journey. I love the spectrum in general, the flow of colors, the different emotions we can feel just by looking at colors.
Quilt 1

Quilt 2

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tardis Bag on: June 02, 2012 08:01:55 AM
so awesome!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / my very first keyfob! on: June 02, 2012 07:34:49 AM
I've been needing a new one and bought a kit that makes 10 on etsy. It was only a couple dollars more than buying a pre-made one so I think I got a good deal  Wink

I'm making one for hubby too with black webbing and Army chocolate chip camo. I'll post photos of that as soon as I figure out where my three year old hid the black webbing LOL

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Diaper bag/Satchel on: June 02, 2012 06:13:50 AM
Oh I love that cat's eye fabric! Awesome job!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lacing Cards -w/tutorial link on: July 14, 2010 09:28:17 AM
I made these lacing cards last night. It's about a twenty minute project from start to finish. I think my three year old daughter will really enjoy them. I want to do some in a theme like seasons, colors or just zoo animals etc.

I blogged the complete directions here http://solidityofrainbows.blogspot.com/2010/07/handmade-holidays-lacing-cards.html
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Something for the Ladies on: June 11, 2010 08:24:07 AM

I made these pads over the past few days. I'm still working on getting it just right though they're easy to sew together. I'll be making more over the next few days. I will have to wait to see how the soaker part works, I made the smaller liners (the blues) with just two layers of natural cotton batting. The tops on those are organic bamboo/cotton velour.

It was a PITA to sew so for the larger pads I opted for just regular flannel tops.

I'm liking the second option I tried with the pink pads, where the liner is a seperate entity from the "wings". These are "regular" sized and I used one layer of Zorb and one layer of natural batting. It's a little stiff and hard to fold up so I might make the wings larger on the next set. Though it may soften up with washing.

I didn't realize I color coded them, the small liners are blues and the regular size are pink. I'm going to go ahead and do this for the overnight size too which I think will make it easier to pick them out of the pile.
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