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41  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / starry night. with dragonfly on: April 04, 2011 07:26:08 AM
aka. 'sorry van gogh'.


i made this for the mini art quilt swap 4 that is currently going on.  (link to the gallery http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=376317.0 ) partner megstar had on her list of inspiration themes, starry nights/celestial and dragonflies.

i got this idea to replicate (steal) the starry night basic lay out and instead of churches and villages i would make swamps and  bulrushes and a dragonfly. i used a faux suede for the bulrushes, and the dragon fly is silk duponi covered in tulle and lined with seed beads... oh how i have newfound respect for beaders...the wings are only attached via the body for some extra dimension. some of the stars have beads sewn on for extra glittery-ness and some embroidery was done to emphasis the circle-y effect from the original painting.

as it was coming together hubby took a look.  i asked if we could...  bump it up a notch?  combining his electronics hobby and my quilting hobby.

there is this awesome product that allowed me to sew on the led lights (conductive thread rules) and the arduino is programmed to randomly twinkle the 5 lights in the stars/moon. as well as shut off after 5 minutes to conserve battery life.

i loved making this art quilt (my first) and i loved being able to craft with my man. already there are plans underway for the next collaborative project. Smiley
42  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / its either insane or awesome on: February 28, 2011 11:54:57 AM
i havent decided which. Smiley
 let me start by saying i have never made clothes. ever. not even in grade 7 home ec when i was supposed to.

so in preparation for a personal swap i decided to bust out a little girl version of something i will try to make full sized later. unfortunately i dont have a little girl to measure or model.  Wink



but i do have my bots stuffed rabbit.
now imagine a  3 year old twirling on a nice summery day

here it is without the rabbit... i think it will be huge on the wee one i made it for.  her momma makes tiny kids. but shell grow.



and i learned some stuff along the way... like take more time when pinning and wait for the promised tutorial before barging away...

so... insane... or awesome?
43  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / 1992. on: January 23, 2011 07:56:11 AM
nirvana, doc martens, drinking beer underage and sneaking kisses from boys with long hair.

ah, 1992...  rock concerts and part time jobs and driving around all night.

all of these 30 stars have different names. some still here, some passed on.  some still in my life, some bitterly missed. this one was a real labour of love.





all fabric is flannel, batted with a thin but heavy polar fleece (which gives it a great drapey feel) and i used a pieced binding.
44  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / can you see the difference? on: January 18, 2011 05:28:30 AM
i donated these to my local community living curling bonspeil this past weekend. the organizers said they sold twice as many raffle tickets this year compared to last when it was just for a bottle of baileys. by far my new go to quilt for charity donations... you can get two tops for the work of one.  Wink


45  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / tis the season. on: January 08, 2011 11:59:50 AM
for donation quilts.

in january i have 2 major events that i fundraise for.  and i donate quilts as well.

one is the alzheimer society soups on' fundraiser.  i donate 2 baby quilts.  one boy, one girl in honour of my grandparents.  one of whom lived with the disease and the other who took care of her.


this year i was swamped at xmas with commissions and had to keep these simple.  they are both flannel and the boy features the cutest dragon print and the girl has bugs.
46  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / a master of disguise.... on: December 31, 2010 08:01:11 AM
by day.a mild mannered embroidery.

but at night. it is his time to shine




( i will update as i get a better night shot.  i am learning lots about my camera and the useful ness of a tripod)
47  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Modern Family is the funniest show on TV right now. on: November 19, 2010 05:32:29 AM
This quote from the Hallowe'en episode cracks me up.  Partly because it's true for me. and mostly because he second it was out of Cam's mouth my hubby grabbed a pen and wrote it down. "so you can stitch that up for the hoop wall right?"



it's simple. but this type of counted stitch isn't for me.  i like the look but it was HARD!   I added the fabric for some colour splash on my hoop wall.
48  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Charlie Harper inspired on: November 18, 2010 06:12:19 AM
ok, more like copied than inspired... Wink

for the current round of the Hoopla swap I made this for my partner tlh878. She has some Harper prints wisted and i wanted to try using chalk pastels so this was created.


the chalk pastels (which i learned about in the first round of the hoopla swap) worked amazingly well. especially for colour blending.


all in all i am quite proud of this little birdie.
49  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Plants VS Zombies. on: November 01, 2010 05:59:26 AM
so. our family has a small obsession with plants vs zombies.
on my mac, on the ipod and most recently on hubby's xbox. ( you can play cooperative or vs... that's awesome)
so this year. our main pumpkin had to be inspired by our favourite game. this was all free hand. and really really hard to photograph.
i hope you enjoy.



all lit up.

flash on

zombie detail

a group shot with my hubby and son's creations!
50  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / why make one when you can make two? on: August 27, 2010 12:51:28 PM
So. i was looking for a bag of a certain size. and simpleness.(both in style and ease of making) so i turned myself to the trusty internets and found this pattern/tutorial.
http://www.helenheath.com/sewing-patterns

and created these.



and i love them, the black and white fabric i have been hoarding forever, and the greenish one has glow in the dark splootches.
i will probably end up making a zillion of these in every colour and combination imaginable... they were a quick easy sew. and i am a bit amazed every day at how much stuff i can cram in... Cheesy
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