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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My Muppet Quilt is FINALLY complete!! (very picture heavy) on: December 13, 2009 09:32:48 AM
I LOVE that you made a square with Dr. Teeth! Great Job! Did you use patterns for the faces or free hand it?

thank you so much! i actually polled my friends to see who they thought would be the best 16th block. they had to vote between swedish chef, sam the eagle, or dr. teeth. teeth won, hands down.
on the ones i designed (rowlf, beaker, and teeth), i found pictures of them online, sized them to what i needed, created a b/w version in photoshop, and then printed them. from there, i traced and numbered until i got what i thought would be reasonable applique pieces to create the blocks. i did basically the same thing on this quilt http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=284396.msg3221310#msg3221310 by scanning in the fabric and sizing the figures i liked. not as difficult as you might think, and it got great results!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: from crap-room to craft-room!! (tons o' pics) on: July 24, 2009 08:26:54 AM
I like the exchange of closet doors for the curtain. And I have to ask: is that all of your thread? I saw that pegboard idea somewhere else and my grandma has one, too, but I just can't imagine all of my thread fitting on  one!

congrats on the baby and the craft room addition!

the pic doesn't show all of my serging thread (large cones), but the additional colors do fit with enough room to add 2 or so colors. as far as the regular spools though, yeah, that's it. since i mainly quilt on that machine, i usually just keep neutrals stocked well and only buy additional colors if i really need something in particular...but i suppose if you have a lot more, you could get 1 or 2 extras to hang alongside it.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: from blah to ahhhhhh sewing chair! on: July 01, 2009 07:38:05 PM
thanks for making me a "featured project!" i feel so special, especially since i know the caliber of talent that lurks around here daily.  Wink

thats such a wonderful chair!!
where do u find them?

apparently, they were a hot commodity at sears some time ago. my mother in law has one like it as well. her sister found this one for me at a second hand store. it still had the original sears tag on it! i don't know if they still make anything like it, but ebay or something like that might be a good place to check too.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: from crap-room to craft-room!! (tons o' pics) on: June 11, 2009 04:09:43 PM
I'm loving the room!
What did you do with your patterns?
I'm re-decking my craftroom (again), and I'm having trouble with buying more drawers, or boxes, and giving away my patterns would be like burning a family member!  What'd you do?
thanks! the boxes at the top of the bookshelves are my pattern boxes. they've just been painted and mod-podged. i originally had 3, but added 2 more during the redo. but, i actually did give away quite a bit of stuff. one of our community centers teaches sewing classes, so i donated several bags of fabric, notions, patterns, trims, etc. to them. they were really surprised and excited!

what table are you using for the cutting/sewing table? I love the set up you have!I need a good table set up for both ctting, sewing, and serging!
thank you, too!! it's from the "jonas" collection of ikea desks. the computer desk is exactly the same, just with the adjustable "L" table on the opposite side. my 2 rotary mats just happened to fit perfectly on top of the sewing one!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: from crap-room to craft-room!! (tons o' pics) on: June 11, 2009 05:49:55 AM
VERY NICE!  I have to ask though, is the pic that shows the sewing machine side and the computer side a morphed picture or are my eyes playing tricks on me? 

ha! sorry about your eyes. it's not you! i did a quick composite in photoshop since i couldn't get far enough back to get any kind of decent shot of that side of the room.

Did you invent the hanging racks with the scissors and cups, or is it something one might be able to find somewhere and purchase?
they are from ikea, as is most of the furniture.
if you search "bygel" you should be able to find the hooks, bars, and containers since they are all part of a system together.

i'm so glad you guys like the room. thanks!!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / from crap-room to craft-room!! (tons o' pics) on: June 10, 2009 08:36:46 PM
first, i must say, that this was completely and totally inspired by crafty intentions' room overhaul, which can be admired by clicking here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=258735.msg2894080#msg2894080

i borrowed many of her ideas and made them work in my small space. that being said:
here's a preview (so the picture that pops up is purty instead of the wretched before that you are about to see):


now brace yourself for the befores. i'm very embarrassed to be posting these because my house is usually not nearly this messy, but once i decided to redo the room, everything kind of went to hell in a handbasket. it really became a dumping ground. ugh...the closet has always been horrible though. i will admit to that one...anyway, here goes:
BEFORE:








yes, things did literally tumble out of the closet when i opened it:


now for the glorious AFTER:








i removed the closet doors and put up a curtain instead:




on the fabric shelves, i've got all my pattern boxes hanging out along with some room to grow:




and thanks to my wonderful hubby for hanging all of these things for me:


i also recovered my little sewing chair. if you'd like to see it's transformation, you can click here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=308774.0

i hope you enjoyed peeking at my new room. i am so dang happy with it. i can't wait to get to work!!
thanks for lookin'!!  Grin




7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / from blah to ahhhhhh sewing chair! on: June 10, 2009 08:17:56 PM
a few years ago, i put that i needed a new sewing chair on my christmas list, and my husband's aunt found this adorable sewing seat for me at a thrift store. i love the sturdiness of it, but i wasn't lovin' the coverin', so i finally got around to refinishing it while i redid my craft room! 
sneak peek:


before pictures:




it opens too:


and the AFTER!!






i'm very happy with the results! thanks for lookin'!  Smiley

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My Muppet Quilt is FINALLY complete!! (very picture heavy) on: May 28, 2009 08:27:16 PM
Wow!  This is wonderful!  It looks like a LOT of work.  Did you use a pattern or is this your own design?
I am super impressed!

thanks! it did take a while...
many of the character blocks came from a book called "quilting with the muppets" that a friend gave me for my birthday several years ago. beaker, rowlf, and dr. teeth are my own designs based off of some internet photos. the actual piecing design of the quilt i just sort of came up with. i wanted black around the blocks since the colors are so busy, i thought that might help to make them stand out apart from each other (maybe saving people's eyes from straining from all the brightness too!), but still be cohesive. i also wanted a green accent because it reminds me of kermit and i didn't want it to be just a boring black border!  Smiley
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My Muppet Quilt is FINALLY complete!! (very picture heavy) on: May 10, 2009 06:41:05 PM
I was thinking about doing a few furry blocks as wall hangings.  Is it hard to do?

thanks!

i found the fur to actually be more forgiving than most of the other fabrics on the quilt. you kind of pull it back while your stitching and when you're done, you just poof it back up again. since it hides your stitches, it's great! they don't have to be perfect like all the others that are visible! good luck with your project! i had great fun doing mine, i hope you have fun too!
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Tom Servo on: April 30, 2009 06:31:50 PM
omg. this is amazing! i am a huge mstie as well...this rocks!!
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