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21  Finally finished my Queen-sized pinwheel quilt!! (pic heavy) in Quilting: Completed Projects by Padester on: March 21, 2010 10:04:09 AM
Hi!  So I'm not even sure when I started this, but it has been several months.  Probably not a full year . . . At any rate, here it is!!

Hanging from the back deck:

It's a little windy today, so it wouldn't quite lay flat, but you can see most of it!

Close up of part of it:

Close up to show the quilting:

The quilting is far from perfect, but I'm generally happy with it!  I quilted the whole thing by hand - not out of some sense that the traditional way is the way to go, but rather because my machine is not big enough to shove that much material through!

More of the quilting:

On the bed:

And another:

The left side, with the flames and skulls, is my dh's side.  Mine is the other  side with the prettier fabrics!   Wink

I am soooooo happy to be done with it!  (Now on to the next, right?! Cheesy)

Thanks for looking!
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22  Not sure if this belongs here . . . Reversible Napkins! in Quilting: Completed Projects by Padester on: February 21, 2010 03:39:22 PM
Well, I thought I would be green and thrifty, and use up some of the larger leftover pieces of fabric to make cloth napkins for the family. 

Here they are:

Cars and trucks for my son:

Dragonflies and bunnies for my daughter:

Chilis and bad-danna fabric for me and DH:

And lastly, blueprint reversing to stripes (not for anyone in particular):

And then a pic of them folded so that they show off both sides, which is one of the things I like about making them reversible!:

Thanks for looking!! Cheesy
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23  Slouch bag for SIL in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: February 11, 2010 03:21:39 PM
Okay - so here is my slouch bag for my SIL that I made from stripwork - I really like it and am tempted to keep it for myself . . .

The whole bag:

Close up of the fabrics used:

Lining (with wallet to weight it down some):

Butterflies in the pocket!!

Sorry for the blurriness of some of the photos - don't know why I couldn't get a clear shot of the interior. Huh

Thanks for looking!
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24  New Polka-Dotty Slouch Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: February 11, 2010 07:25:30 AM
So here is my newest creation - the Slouch Bag!

I got the pattern from youcanmakethis.com, and have wanted to try it for a while.  I am going to make one from stripwork for my SIL, but wanted to try it out first so I could work out the bugs.

Here is the inside with the happy, bright orange lining:

And the Zipper pocket - gotta have a zip pocket!!

Thanks for looking!  I'll post my SIL's bag when I get it done, too. Smiley
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25  Re: Three twirl skorts for my girly tomboy! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Padester on: February 09, 2010 04:46:51 PM
Okay - action shots!

She is such the little ham!

And . . .

I think they look a lot better on the child rather than on the hanger!
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26  Three twirl skorts for my girly tomboy! (Action shots response #5) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Padester on: February 09, 2010 04:56:34 AM
I bought the tutorial from Youcanmakethis.com - twirl skorts!

Butterflies over dragonflies!

For valentine's day coming up:

Ariel!  My dd picked out the fabrics for this on from my stash:

The shorts underneath are actually ruffled bloomers, so they look like another layer of skirt underneath.  Pretty, but still keeping my daughter from showing off her undies when she hangs upside-down from the monkey bars!

Thanks for looking! Grin
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27  Thought I'd share my teacher gifts this year . . . in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: December 13, 2009 07:11:13 PM
Since I found our water bottle carriers to be so useful (and cute!), I thought I'd make some for the kids' teachers this year.  I let them pick the outside fabric (the inside is all the same - a white on tan snowflake pattern - forgot to take a pic!), and then made strips of an off-white fabric that I let them draw on with fabric markers to personalize them a bit.

Here they are:

Slightly different angle:

And with one of the artists posing for posterity  Grin:

I put new water bottles in each, with a packet of one of those drink mixes made for water bottles, and wrapped them up.  Hope they like them!

Thanks for looking!  Any comments and/or critiques welcome!

Oh - and it's the same tute I used in my previous post about these - you can look it up - I can't remember the tute ATM . . .
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28  Re: New purse with fabric I designed in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: November 28, 2009 03:48:22 PM
Well, I looked into it - it's $18 per yard for quilter's cotton, $32 for the uphostery weight.  Pretty steep, but I ordered some to be made from a painting my son did in art class at school:

I just love how his painting came out, and using it with the mirrored repeat feature on spoonflower - it looks totally cool!  I really hope it comes out well.  I'll let people know once I get it back!

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29  Luigi (of Mario Brothers fame) and a camoflage jet airplane! in Halloween Costumes by Padester on: October 31, 2009 06:17:19 PM
So, after making these largely fleece costumes for my kids, it's 80 degrees(!) on Halloween night!  They wore slightly altered versions of these for actual trick-or-treating . . .


- I hadn't yet put another elastic thread on the right hand glove, so it's a bit floppy - I fixed it for Halloween!

Jet Airplane:

This is where you can see the cute boy wearing the costume (not that I'm biased or anything . . . )


Coming in for a landing:

You can really see in this pic the reflective tape I put on the back so that cars would be able to see him . . . turned out not to matter - we were out mostly when it was still light out!

Thanks for looking!!

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30  Re: Family water bottle holders in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: September 02, 2009 05:29:31 AM
Okay - here is the tute I used:

This is the one I made for my father:
I decided against the pockets on the current ones, as it adds a lot of work and not enough use for me to make it worthwhile.

And here is a link to LittleMe's variation, where I had gotten the pocket idea:

And HeartofMary is the one I was thinking about wiht the other variation:

Cool, eh?

And here are some pics of the D-ring construction:

I chose this one because you can see the pink stitiching.  You just sew both D-rings in like this, then thread them like this:

I hope the visuals help!!
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