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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Crazy Quilt Stocking! on: April 29, 2008 07:07:42 AM
I made this during the summer for a gift exchange at a female only family reunion.  The theme was socks and since I do not know how to knit (props to knitters!) and did not want to buy a pair of socks I decided to make a Christmas *sock*.  I have always admired crazy quilts and have planned on making one for a long time so I thought this would be a good opportunity to practice.  I did not have a pattern and just made it up as I went.  Crazy quilting is a lot harder than I thought!  This took me a long time to make and I like the way it turned out but I have not made one since and I did give it away.  Someday I'll make some for my family, after all my other *somedays* are taken care of!

I had left over crazy quilted fabric that I COULD not throw away so I made an ornament out of it.   On the stocking I listed all my great aunts names, the year of the reunion, and the theme of the gift exchange. 

Thanks for looking!

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / LOVE these Placemats--Easy! on: April 29, 2008 06:58:48 AM
I made these for Christmas a couple years ago for my SILs and MIL.  I made a total of 22 placemats and I was thankful that I started them in June, long before Christmas.  They are very easy to make and are quilted as you go.  I really like the color and fabric pattern of the bright red placemats.  The second set was made for my MIL.   I plan on making them either matching potholders or a table runner sometime.





Thanks for looking!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / LOVE this Apron! on: April 29, 2008 06:50:17 AM
Every year my Mom's family has the coolest family reunion.  It is only for females 18 and older and we stay in a cabin for 3 days and have fun.  One of the activities we have is a gift exchange where almost everyone makes something.  The theme this year was aprons.  I searched all over the internet until I found this great pattern and then found some fun fabric for it.  This is the most difficult thing I have sewn as of today.  I had to have my sewing terms definitions next to me since I have only used a pattern once before.  It took me 7 hours to make and was SO FUN to do.  The ribbing around the panels was the hard part for me but it turned out ok, just don't look too closely!  Smiley   It was hard for me to give it up once it was finished but the girl who received it LOVED it so much it made it all worth while.  Thanks for looking.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My First Needle Book on: April 29, 2008 06:31:20 AM
I have seen so many great needle books on Craftster and thought I would try to make one.  This needle book was a gift for my cousin and was quick and easy to make.  Next time I am going to make a cute cover with an embroidered design.  I'm even going to try to make a needle case like I've seen here.  What fun ideas on Craftster!  Thanks for your comments and for looking.

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My Little Book Cover on: April 28, 2008 02:10:01 PM
I've seen a lot of great book covers on Craftster and had to make my own.  My DH surprised me with a book that I have wanted forever so I decided it would be the perfect guinea pig for my very first book cover.


This is the front of my book cover.  I didn't have very much of this floral print fabric but I did use it all.  I had to add the ribbon to make the little piece of fabric fit.


This is the back.


This is the inside cover.  I plan on adding a tag to it someday.


This shows the blanket stitch on the edges.  I messed up a little on it but I think it looks ok.


Here it is folded out.  I have to find more of that flower fabric!

Thanks for looking and let me know what you think!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tutorial Pg 3: Kid's Purse, Crayon Roll & Doll Blanket (Lots Pics) on: March 27, 2008 04:04:20 PM
This is my FIRST post with my own subject!

My 2 year old DD was invited to her first birthday party.  I am so excited!   

The first picture shows the gifts wrapped.



I didn't want to risk duplicating a Princess themed birthday gift so I decided to make my own. I had enough fabric in my stash to make something really cute. My DD watched me the entire time as I was making this gift and has become attached to it. I have been explaining to her that she is giving it to Alexis for her birthday. We'll see how she reacts when she actually gives it to Alexis! I didn't want to buy more wrapping paper so I made my own out of fabric. The Happy 3rd Birthday label is stitched onto the lower backside of the wrapping paper.  With the birthday card put right on the blanket/wrapping paper, Alexis will always remember how old she was when she received the gift and who gave it to her.  A nice added touch IMO.




When you open the gift you see that the wrapping paper is really a doll blanket. I used the birthday invitation as a template to make the crown and then decorated it with button jewels. I really like the fabric that I used. I will have to buy more because I don't have enough to make these things for DD and I don't want to disappoint her (or me!) The size of the doll blanket is the size of a fat quarter. I cut the material into thirds and sewed the strips together. I appliqued the crown and monogrammed A onto the blanket with my sewing machine and then attached the buttons and pom-pom fringe.



Inside the doll blanket wrapping paper there is a crown-topped purse and a crayon roll. I found the pattern for the crayon roll here http://skiptomylou.wordpress.com/2007/04/25/on-a-roll/.
Thank you to Cindy at Skip to My Lou for the wonderful tutorial. It is very easy to make and you can use your scraps. I do plan on making these crayon rolls for my two little nieces (shhh) for Christmas. The crown-topped purse was my design (no pattern) and it was very easy to make. The sides of the purse have striped fabric, the bottom is the same dragonfly pattern as the pink but it's in purple, the handles are made from the same striped fabric as on the sides.



This is the backside of the purse. I thought about adding pockets or an applique of a princess but I don't have enough time. This is the cute crayon roll which holds 16 crayons. When I make one for DD and my nieces I am going to include a pocket to hold a small notebook.



The purse is held closed with a snap at the center crown point. Can I tell you how difficult it is to sew a snap and a large button on the same spot? I hope I secured the buttons well enough. The inside of the purse is lined with purple dragonfly fabric. The top of the crown is decorated with a flower design from my sewing machine. My machine was giving me grief as I was making this. I didn't know if it was going to give up the ghost before I finished this birthday gift. Somehow, I made it through. I had to unpick a lot of the flower stitches because the machine created loops under the fabric. How I loathe unpicking, especially little flower stitches. It's still not perfect, but finished is better than perfect.

Thanks for looking!  I would love to hear your comments.

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