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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilt for mom's 75th! (Now with lots more pictures in 2nd post) on: March 20, 2015 06:59:35 PM
Hi all!  I just tried to post and it didn't work, so not going to write a lot here.

Quilt is for mom's 75th birthday on April 8th - I had all the kids, kids-in-law and grandkids make a square for the quilt - we all wound up using Spoonflower.com, which was great! It was nice to be able to each make a block that reflected something of our personalities so that my mom can have a nice, family keepsake. Grin

Here is the top (Left are all the moms, then the younger kids, then the older kids and lastly the dads):

The back (I did a disappearing 9-patch for these blocks):

and a close up of the main back fabric:

Thanks for looking! Would love some comments/criticism!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Owl costume for the girly! (Now done with completed pics!!) on: October 11, 2014 03:15:03 PM
So my daughter wanted to be an owl this year - I am done with the body of the owl and have cut out the wing shapes - just need to feather-up the wings and make her a mask!

Here is the front:

And an over the wing glance:

And the back:

Previous in-progress shots:

Will post more when it's actually done, but couldn't wait to put something up!  Cheesy  
Now I just need to make/find yellow or orange leggings (you know - for the birdie legs), and she will be done!  

Next - Princess Buttercup's red riding dress for me!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / New Clothes for the Girly! on: September 10, 2014 02:34:58 PM
Hello!  I've been sewing quite a few things for my 9yo daughter, and wanted to post them here.  I posted the first skirt I made here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435505.0#axzz3CwyihmfB

And here are some others. 

Another Insa skirt:

And the fabrics she chose for the underskirt:

Imke top:

Another Imke top:

Dress made by extending Imke top:

And again, but with long sleeves:

Please ignore the mess and the fact that the floor needs a vacuuming!  Thanks for looking!!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Insa skirt from "Sewing Clothes Kids Love" on: September 04, 2014 05:27:32 AM
Messed up last post, so this will be quick - just the pics and maybe explanation later!

Edited to add:  Ok!  Got girly off to school and me to the office, so a quick description - this is a skirt that has an overskirt and an underskirt.  I used 4 different colors of piping in between the seams of the overskirt (both over and under skirts have 4 gores each), and put bias tape around the bottom to finish instead of a hem.  The underskirt is just simply sewn and hemmed, no embellishments. 

I really like how it came out!  Might just have to make her another, if I can find another good combination of fabrics to use!

Thanks for looking!
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / (Lots of) Zentangle pictures on: April 24, 2014 07:39:06 AM

This is my first post on this board - just recently got into the Zentangle line drawings and am having a lot of fun with it! (The Easter Bunny brought me a book and some supplies!)  Here are my first completed drawings, in the order in which I did them.

The first ones were on ATC's:

True Zentangle is supposed to be on a 3.5"x3.5" tile and include only black, white and gray, but . . . I like color!

Next I tried some 4"x4" cards:

And then a 6"x8" pad of paper:

Thanks for looking!  Would love to hear any thoughts you have!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Mini Book Jewelry thanks to My_RubySlippers! on: March 28, 2014 03:31:50 PM
Okay - so first I need to pay my respect to My_RubySlippers for her *awesome* tutorial on how to make these mini books for jewelry!  Here is the link to her fabuloso tutorial:


So - thanks SOOOO much, MRS!

I decided to make some mini book jewelry for teacher gifts this year (getting on the ball sooner rather than later this time!), and here is one set.  This teacher said that she likes classic fairy tales, so I made a bunch of fairy tale mini books and a necklace on which she can change out the book according to mood:

The necklace with one of the books (Thumbelina):

And under the cotton are the other books:

Another view of them:

And the clasp I attached so that she can switch out the books:

I am very excited!  I have some earrings made of "The BFG" and will be making earrings and necklaces of several other books!  Very exciting and not too terribly hard (though a bit finicky)!

Thanks for looking!
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Christmas gift for the in-laws (Pic heavy) on: December 15, 2013 10:27:44 AM
So - I have made lap quilts for my parents, and my hubby's mother and step-father, but never one for his father and step-mother.  The kids love going "beach camping" with them each summer, and they adore their grandfather's camper-cab that goes on the back of his pickup truck.  This year I decided to try to recreate in a quilt a picture of the two of them sitting atop the camper:

Original picture:

I photocopied it and enlarged it, and then took a sharpie and outlined the parts I would cut out to applique on:

Then started cutting out the pieces with double-sided fusible and putting them in place:

And so forth and so on:

I added fabrics to represent sand ('cuz they're at the beach), fishing ('cuz they do that there, too) and some rocks at the shore, as there is a rocky spot they like to go to that they call "crab island" that is only there at low tide and is basically some rocks near the shore that are uncovered at low tide.

This was my very first time doing free motion quilting!  It was harder than I anticipated, but I am happy with at least some of the quilting I did on it!

And here it is bound (used store-bought, as we need to get it in the mail soon):

And an obligatory shot of the back:

Thanks for looking!  It's not perfect, but I am overall pleased with the results!
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Owl Ornaments! on: November 13, 2013 05:24:36 AM
Okay - so not sure if these go here, but . . . .

My kids' school mascot is an owl, and so I thought that as part of their Christmas/Holiday gifts, we would make them little owl ornaments.  I found the tutorial here: http://juicy-bits.typepad.com/juicy_bits/2009/12/131-give-a-hoot-for-the-holidays.html

So - here is the owl family:

And each one individually:

And this last one my daughter made - about 98%!

Thanks for looking!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Owl fabric bowls on: October 03, 2012 07:09:35 PM
So I decided to get a head start on my holiday teacher gifts for this year:

The mascot for my kids' school is an owl:

From the side:

Here is the artwork I used for the bowls:

This is the same technique I used for my fabric leaf bowls seen here:


Thanks for looking!
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My daughter's first doll (that she made, that is . . .) on: June 22, 2012 07:42:05 PM
So my daughter (6yo) was bugging me to help her make a doll.  We finally downloaded a free pattern (I can try to find the site again if anyone is interested), and she cut out the pattern pieces, cut out the fabric, sewed it all together on the sewing machine (I helped a bit on the curves), turned the pieces right side out, stuffed them and sewed them together.  She then drew on the face and hand-stitched the hair on.  I helped her get started with the hand sewing, but overall, she did 95% of the work herself!  I am so proud of her!

Here is her doll - Betsy

And the proud momma with her dolly:

Thanks for looking!
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