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11  Bridesmaids Quilts!! in Quilting: Completed Projects by LilFiney on: September 15, 2008 06:12:45 AM
I just got  married, a month ago today! Hooray! And last May, I was trying to figure out presents for my bridesmaids.  My mom, fiance and I had been working away on ALOT of DIY projects for wedding and I had just finished doing the calligraphy on all of the addresses and had mailed out the invites... and had nothing to do (at the time).

I was wandering around Joann's, when they were having one of their "Calico" Quilt sales (like 40% off a yard), and I thought, "Wow... Wouldn't it be cool if I could make a Quilt for each bridesmaid??"  So, having completed 3 quilts on my own, I decided that this task was definitely possible. (ha. ha.. ha.)

I  found a book (which was ALSO on sale, gotta love Joann's).. It was Eleanor Burn's "Quilt in a Day: Log Cabin".  I peaked through it, saw how "assembly line" the process was, and was sold.  I bought enough fabric for 5 different quilts, for a total of 35 DIFFERENT bolts of fabric riding around in my cart... (I experienced one RUDE cutting lady, but that's a different  post).  ANYWAYS... after a couple of weekends being chained to my sewing machine, numerous needles and tears of frustration... One trip to my grandma's where we spent the whole weekend tying the quilts... I finished them..  Grin  Which makes me VERY happy, cause I have a hard time finishing projects (looks at the three quilt tops stashed in a tote).

ANYWAYS! In ALL their glory!!



Each bridesmaid had a quilt that either matched a part of their house and/or their personality. 


This is the "Pink" quilt.  This bridesmaid is a beauty pageant runner-up and is OBSESSED with pink.. Thus, a pink one.  However, the girl sitting next to her is very traditional and has her living room done in earth tones.   Cheesy


I did extra long twins for the size, so they would fit the boyfriends too.  Andie (who is 5'11) LOVED the fact that she finally had a blanket that went over her head.


Yeah! It smells yummy!

Thanks for letting me share!  I am still tickled with myself that I was able to get this accomplished!! 

EDIT:  Overall cost for each quilt.. Around $70. Seriously.  I tracked this for my "budget".  I waited and WAITED for sales on batting, etc.  Bought bolts of nice fabric in the Clearance sections at different fabric stores for my backing.  Used thread that was on sale, etc.    $70 may seem like a lot of money for the gifts, but only 2 of the 5 lived within 300 Miles of the wedding... three of them lived out of state and had to either fly/drive 10+ hours just to get there.  (Everyone moved away when they graduated last summer)
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12  Re: Make-a-Friend Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LilFiney on: June 18, 2008 06:21:32 PM
Package Three:



The overall package.  Cuppiecakes83 made me a skirt, sent two of her favorite books, and a package of Reese's! yummy!!


Action shot of the skirt!!  It's super fun and a wrap skirt! 

Package TWO:

The package from Cuppiecakes came during our Honeymoon, so when we got to my parents, it was waiting there for me!!  Here are the goods!!

She sent me some yarn to make a Knight, along with some really sweet patterns!!  A dragon pattern, a knight, and of course, HARRY POTTER!! Woo HoO!!
Cuppiecakes also sent a DIY Kit on Book-Making.  Its really cool.  I am excited to try to make one for some candid wedding shots!!!  Very cool!

AND! TEASER!!  What I have been working on for Pack 3!


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So, when my package came weeks ago, I was super excited.  I had to work a double that day and I KNEW  that it was coming, cause of the DC, so when I got home at midnight or so after spraying for mosquitoes (makes a loud buzzing noise), there was my package from CuppieCakes waiting for me on the kitchen counter.  The Squees woke up the fiance who then had to come out and watch me rip into the goodies.


Big overview - everything is sitting on top of a beach towel that rolls up and goes inside an attached tote, so nothing blows away in the wind (which is a problem in ND, the wind).  The colors are really fun and it's packed away to go with on the honeymoon!


Some Mt. Saint Helens Ash, a little zipper pouch for tampons to ride along in my bags in, and the BEST! a garter for my wedding day!!  Grin


This album, her favorite movie (which I love too), a Washington State magnet, chocolate yummies, and a postcard of the Space Needle. 

So, I have to share a story about why i need a zipper pouch for my tampons.  I am one of those girls that just throws my tampons into my bags/totes/whatever.  One day in class, I had a bunch riding in my messenger bag, and it was one of those classes where we all  sit in a big circle and discuss current issues (it was a media communications class, and my teacher was big into "feelings" and not so much "communicating with media").  Anyways, I came in late, was digging into my bag and pulled out my notebook, and as I jerked it out of my bag, it hooked on a tampon and it FLEW OUT and Across the room into the middle of the circle...

I just about died.  So, I did what any clever little crafty fox would do, I made a comment about "poor guy, trying to make a run for freedom"... about half of the class laughed and the other half looked horrified...

Anyways, problem  solved now. No more jumping tampons.
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13  Re: Wes Anderson Swap Take 2: Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LilFiney on: April 19, 2008 07:08:37 AM
This is my wonderful package from Diy-or-Die!!


A great bag, that was made out of recycle t-shirts!  It has a Zissou symbol on it.  There is a homemade journal, that is made out of recycled tshirts and paper.  It has a GREAT embroidered patch on the front.  There is also a little dalmatian mouse that is stuffed with organic cat nip.  The bag and letter were sniffed and rolled around on a ton by my cat.  Grin


This is the back of the bag, with has the Jaguar shark and one of my favorites quotes from the movie.


The cat was interested in the mouse for a day or so... and then the puppy got her hands on it and its been chaos ever since. ha ha!

Thanks Diy-or-Die!!
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14  Re: Fleece Puppy Bed in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by LilFiney on: March 30, 2008 09:37:01 AM
First off, thanks so much for all the feedback!!  I was SO proud of how my little fleece bed made it to a Hot Post!! Grin

and now, it's the tut!!  i apologize if it's too simplified, but i wanted to make it very clear in case people have never made tied blankets before.

the concept is based on tied fleece blankets, so if you know how to do it, this will be super easy for you!

first off, the supplies

  • fleece (i used two different colors, which i bought from the remnant bin, bought around a yard EACH
  • scissors or a rotary cutter
  • ruler
  • safety pins
  • polyfill or some other sort of filling

the next thing i did was lay out the fabric one on top of the other, the sides i don't want showing facing IN, then i folded the fleece in half, so it would reduce the cutting time



i decided on how big to make this one, the first one i just sort of cut out an oval shape to make it larger, but this one i wanted to be a circle. i measured how far it was from the fold to the end, which was around 19 inches.  then i measured 19 inches from the bottom, pinned my tape measure to that spot, and preceded to spin the tape around like the hands on a clock, and put in a safety pin every once and awhile.... hopefully the pictures will help this make sense.  i did this to try to make a nice circle.


the center pin which i rotated around


the measurement out from the center pin


the final pin layout

i cut along the pins to help keep it in a circle shape, then i unfolded it.

pretty close, cept for the selvage

i put a safety pin the middle, to keep both pieces from slipping too much while i was cutting

then i determined how big i wanted my tags to be.  i made mine 4 inches long and 1.5 inches wide, i measured the first one, and then just free hand cut following the first cut around the circle.


the first cut


what it looks like around the entire circle, you can use either scissors and i have heard of people using rotary cutters and cutting mats

after its cut, then i begin to tie knots.. which is just a normal square knot.  i usually try to tie evenly (hope i explain this okay), i pick one color, ex. the yellow and I will tie that first, then tie the blue on top.  this keeps both sides of the tag even.

remember to keep these TIGHT so stuffing doesn't come out,
WARNING: don't pull TOO hard, sometimes the fleece will rip  Shocked

continue this around the entire circle, EXCEPT for the last 3 or so (about 5 inches)  it will begin to get all bunch and ugly looking.

in progress, notice the wrinkling...


all knotted, except for the last few

yeah! almost done!! :-)  now take your choice of filling, for me it was polyfill (the cheapest stuff, ha ha)  when I am stuffing, i rip apart the polyfill, trying to give it a bit more air.  stuff your bed however you want, i did some extra in this one, trying to give it some more loft!  when you are satisfied with your stuffing, just tie off the last three and WAH LAH! all done!

NOTE:  since the two pieces are the same size, i noticed that whatever piece is on top tends to have extra "wrinkles" in it.  if you don't want any wrinkles, maybe you can make the circle a few inches smaller?? but i am not sure on how to do that at all.  Tashi (my puppy) really likes the extra wrinkles, she "digs"  around in her bed and tries to hide her toys.. so up to you!



let me know if you have any questions!! and please post your beds if you make some! it will be really cool to see everybody's "babies" hanging out! :-)
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15  Fleece Puppy Bed with Tutorial in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by LilFiney on: March 29, 2008 05:18:10 PM
I was wandering through the stores, trying to find a good bed for our puppy...but I was having a hard time letting myself spend 15-some bucks on a bed... SO i went to Joann's and looked at McCall's patterns, and saw this.... BUT I didn't use the pattern, just stole the idea.





I bought the fleece in the remnant bin, spending a total of 5 bucks on that and another 2 dollars on polyfill... The puppy just LOVES it.  The best part is, she likes to chew on the "tags" on the sides, and then she grabs 'em and tries to pull her bed around. Smiley

If anyone is interested, I will put up a tut on how i did it.  It's not complicated at all!



First off, thanks so much for all the feedback!!  I was SO proud of how my little fleece bed made it to a Hot Post!! Grin

and now, it's the tut!!  i apologize if it's too simplified, but i wanted to make it very clear in case people have never made tied blankets before.

the concept is based on tied fleece blankets, so if you know how to do it, this will be super easy for you!

first off, the supplies

  • fleece (i used two different colors, which i bought from the remnant bin, bought around a yard EACH
  • scissors or a rotary cutter
  • ruler
  • safety pins
  • polyfill or some other sort of filling

the next thing i did was lay out the fabric one on top of the other, the sides i don't want showing facing IN, then i folded the fleece in half, so it would reduce the cutting time



i decided on how big to make this one, the first one i just sort of cut out an oval shape to make it larger, but this one i wanted to be a circle. i measured how far it was from the fold to the end, which was around 19 inches.  then i measured 19 inches from the bottom, pinned my tape measure to that spot, and preceded to spin the tape around like the hands on a clock, and put in a safety pin every once and awhile.... hopefully the pictures will help this make sense.  i did this to try to make a nice circle.


the center pin which i rotated around


the measurement out from the center pin


the final pin layout

i cut along the pins to help keep it in a circle shape, then i unfolded it.

pretty close, cept for the selvage

i put a safety pin the middle, to keep both pieces from slipping too much while i was cutting

then i determined how big i wanted my tags to be.  i made mine 4 inches long and 1.5 inches wide, i measured the first one, and then just free hand cut following the first cut around the circle.


the first cut


what it looks like around the entire circle, you can use either scissors and i have heard of people using rotary cutters and cutting mats

after its cut, then i begin to tie knots.. which is just a normal square knot.  i usually try to tie evenly (hope i explain this okay), i pick one color, ex. the yellow and I will tie that first, then tie the blue on top.  this keeps both sides of the tag even.

remember to keep these TIGHT so stuffing doesn't come out,
WARNING: don't pull TOO hard, sometimes the fleece will rip  Shocked

continue this around the entire circle, EXCEPT for the last 3 or so (about 5 inches)  it will begin to get all bunch and ugly looking.

in progress, notice the wrinkling...


all knotted, except for the last few

yeah! almost done!! :-)  now take your choice of filling, for me it was polyfill (the cheapest stuff, ha ha)  when I am stuffing, i rip apart the polyfill, trying to give it a bit more air.  stuff your bed however you want, i did some extra in this one, trying to give it some more loft!  when you are satisfied with your stuffing, just tie off the last three and WAH LAH! all done!

NOTE:  since the two pieces are the same size, i noticed that whatever piece is on top tends to have extra "wrinkles" in it.  if you don't want any wrinkles, maybe you can make the circle a few inches smaller?? but i am not sure on how to do that at all.  Tashi (my puppy) really likes the extra wrinkles, she "digs"  around in her bed and tries to hide her toys.. so up to you!



let me know if you have any questions!! and please post your beds if you make some! it will be really cool to see everybody's "babies" hanging out! :-)

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16  A Rag Quilt Disaster! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by LilFiney on: February 29, 2008 06:47:00 AM
I've been working on this flannel French Rose quilt for the last couple of weeks.  I finally got it all quilted and bound last night.  Was super excited and through it in the wash... and WAH LAH!! PROBLEMS!



Was thinking.. It's so pretty! when...



I think what I did wrong, was that my stitches were either to long, or they were too close to the end...

But now the question is, how can I fix it? It's already quilted, bound, AND washed..

I was thinking maybe trying to put a patch in.. Any ideas??
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17  Glass Bead Magnets - GREAT for small gifts! in Completed Projects by LilFiney on: January 27, 2008 06:11:38 PM
I found these on a DIY site a year or so ago, and after my friends wedding ended up with a bunch of those Glass Beads used for decorating in vases! So I decided to give it a try! 

I bought a 3/4 Inch Circular Punch from the Scrapbooking section and a packet of 3/4 inch magnets, and an epoxy glue.  Then I went through a bunch of magazines and punched out different pictures, and made my first set.

These pics are from a second set, for my Mom who is an avid gardener.  I used the new Microsoft Publisher and made a "little" page of 3/4" and googled different flowers, copy and pasted them into publisher and TA DA! Perfect for magnets!!  I used a heavier paper (or two layers of paper) so the magnet darkness didn't show through.  Always do the paper to magnet, then the glass on top, so you can squish the glass done on the glue to eliminate any air pockets.


The group of flower ones (sorry, bad focus job)


A lone one hanging out on the fridge!

I am making some cute little heart ones to give out with Valentines!  These are so inexpensive and people have been raving about them in my circle!

Happy Crafting!

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18  Star Quilt - After Hours of Try, Try Again :-) in Quilting: Completed Projects by LilFiney on: January 27, 2008 06:00:05 PM
Hey all!
    This is the first quilt that I completed all on my own!  After ripping seams and realigning, it is finally complete! Yeah!!  I used a pattern from a "easy quilting" book.


The overall shot...


A closeup of the block! I am so very proud of my corners! :-)


The back is my biggest complaint about this quilt.  I used flannel, which was hard to keep tight and not stretching when I was machine quilting the back.  Also had a very very hard time with the binding.  I under estimated how hard two layers of batting are to work with.  Definitely made things a wee bit more complicated when squeezing the rolls through my machine! Ha!

I give it a C+ Overall!  It's getting shipped out tomorrow to my best friend in Wyoming!  Hopefully, it will keep her warm and happy!
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