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1  Re: 11 Quilts in 2011 Quilt Along in Craftalongs by BethieB on: March 04, 2011 11:18:02 PM
Hey guys!  I am so proud!!  I have a small lap quilt top to show off!  Sadly,  I also have the world's worst photography skills so I promise this thing is cuter in real life.





I just need something to cover my legs when we're sitting, and I hate carrying a big blanket around with me all the time.  I'm going to use a thin batting or maybe even a piece of material so it's not too puffy.  Not sure about a backing yet, and I still need to trim it down and even it up, but I was so excited to share! 

I don't know if you can tell but it's made up of 9 ten inch wonky log cabin blocks.  I am planning on getting better pictures of it, taken by someone else of course, when it's done.  I'm so excited I think I might finish it this weekend!
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2  Re: 11 Quilts in 2011 Quilt Along in Craftalongs by BethieB on: February 11, 2011 10:18:05 PM
I finally have some pictures to show of the yellow and gray/black quilt:


A little closer:






So, everything is just laid out right now, the only stuff that's actually sewn together are the log cabin-ish (because they aren't traditional log cabins) blocks.  Everything is laid out on that light gray background fabric but I am going to replace that with white to show the colors better. 

It's not big enough, so I'm going to add borders...around the center square and outside the big squares that are their own border. 

I am still not sure I love it but I think the white will help and at this point I'm committed so...I guess I'll learn to love it? lol!
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3  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by BethieB on: February 11, 2011 10:09:40 PM
Hey guys!  I finally have stuff to show, yay!  But be warned - the pictures are absolute junk.  It seems the only time I get time to take pictures it's dark and I don't have good indoor lighting for pictures...
First, my five minute arm warmer things:


made from a pair of knee high socks I got for $1 at Wal-Mart.  They were super easy - I tried them on, figured out where I wanted the hole for my thumb, cut off the feet and snipped a small hole where I'd marked the thumb placement.  Then I stitched around the hole on my machine using a zig zaggy stitch so it could stretch if it needed to.  I keep these in my purse and use them all the time for driving, typing, etc.  I wasn't sure how much I'd use fingerless gloves but I really like them!

Next is a jewelry display box I made for my daughter.  She has started collecting bracelets and necklaces, which led to a tangled pile of junk in the bottom of the bathroom drawer, so I came up with this.  It's made from a box that was part of the packaging of our Wii.  I spray painted it black, then glued scrapbook paper inside it with a contrasting band at the top and bottom.  The jewelery hangs from those little hooks you can get to put under your counter for mugs to hang on.  I had everything in my stash already so I was pretty stoked!






I have more to show but I keep forgetting what I've taken pics of and what I've forgotten, ha ha...anyway, that's two more for the count so yay!  Cheesy

Oh, before I forget...here's what I'm working on tonight:


A new huge quilt for my bed!
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4  Re: 11 Quilts in 2011 Quilt Along in Craftalongs by BethieB on: January 20, 2011 11:56:56 PM
Mommy - on my new one, you can't drop the feed dogs.  If I had realized that I probably wouldn't have bought that model...but, you can always cover them with your darning plate if you can't drop 'em, so I guess it's not *that* big of a deal, it just annoys me a little.

I am trying to decide on a pattern for my yellow and gray (black, at this point) quilt and am going back and forth between simple squares sashed with wide white, or paper piecing string blocks.  I love the way they both look so I am really torn!  Anyone wanna help me decide?

So, this is an example of the string blocks (for some reason I want to call them Crazy string, it feels like I am calling them the wrong thing?  Idk, I'm tired and sick, lol):


And just so you get an idea of what it would look like full sized, here's a picture of another one, it's green where mine will be yellow but you can get the idea:



But then, I really REALLY like this too:


I was thinking that to make it a little more interesting and a little more 'me' I'd add a small square of the opposite color in each of the blocks, varying the placement of it...and I would love to add some pieced birds as well, maybe three of them hidden around.

So, I don't know...I am really liking the simplicity of the simple squares but it feels almost too simple or something.  What do you guys think?
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5  You can never have enough rainbows, right? in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by BethieB on: January 07, 2011 12:40:48 PM
I LOVE rainbows.  I'm not sure why, but they just make me happy somehow whenever I see them!  And you can never have too much happiness, right?!

A few weeks ago I inherited a Dremel; I also succeeded in getting my hubby to show my how to work the scroll saw.  This is the first finished project from my new love of wood working!  (There is also a horse with a skinny neck, but he is just too...ugly...to be shared.  Sorry.  Grin)

A frontal view:


From the side:


You can stack it:




And, of course, you can knock it down and laugh like crazy:


You can even share it with the kids if you absolutely have to:




But my favorite thing to with it is stare at it happily on my messy bookshelf:


The orange is really a lot more orange in person, and I didn't notice the yellow paint on the bottom of the orange piece until just now when I was previewing this...but that's okay, I still love it!!  What do you guys think?
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6  Re: 11 Quilts in 2011 Quilt Along in Craftalongs by BethieB on: January 06, 2011 11:25:14 PM
Oh man...the last thing I need to do is join another craftalong of any kind, but this sounds amazingly perfect.  I'm gonna post my list and hope I make it...lol!

1) Memory quilts for the kids - Grace, Kylee, Amya, Chance, Travis and Ashley, Tina, Alan.  Yes, that's 7 quilts right there, and the last three need to be queen sized, if I can come up with enough fabric.  

2) A mini art quilt of some kind.  I've never made one and really want to.

3) Black, white and gray quilt for the living room, loosely based on this pattern:

4) Yellow and gray king sized quilt for my new bed - here's the color inspiration I'll be working toward, but so far my yellows are a tad brighter and there's a bit more black in my fabrics as well


5) Another rainbow quilt - the inspiration for this year's rainbow quilt came from right here on Craftster, I believe it's called the Rainbow Happy Quilt - found it! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=365153.msg4289591;topicseen#msg4289591

6) Checkerboard quilt for the living room (with actual checkerboard playing pieces, of course!)

That's..what...12?! quilts, and #2 and #3 need to be done asap, so I guess I'd better get moving!  Cheesy

7) Put the binding on Amya's original quilt

PS - have you guys ever stumbled across http://dontlooknow.typepad.com/?  She has got some of the most beautiful quilts and applique work ever...I drool over her quilts all the time!
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7  Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010 in Craftalongs by BethieB on: December 07, 2010 08:06:30 PM
Hey guys, here are some little tiny pictures you can click to see more detail! I don't think I need to tell you guys AGAIN but I will say it anyway: I am the world's worst photographer.  Consider this my apology!  


The cover, covered in scrapbook paper


The "A" and "B" pages

"C" and "D"

"G" and "H" (I somehow forgot E and F, I don't know why...ugh!)

"K" and "L"

"L" all alone



"M" and "N" is pretty empty still

"O" says Outdoors and "P" just says Put Them To Good Use so far.

"Q" has a queen ready to go on it but I didn't glue it in yet, "R" says "Read" and "restore your nest"



"S" is pretty close to being done as far as the collaging goes, and "T" is taking longer than I thought it would

"U" - (I swear I don't cost Under $5, lol!) I also have the Craftster Robot ready to go on this page, he says "Uncork the possibilities" so he fits here

This is "W"

I didn't take pictures of the rest of my pages because they are all pretty much empty, just painted backgrounds and some borders so far.

Also, I have a video done for this, explaining all the pages in a lot more detail, but it's 16 minutes long and Youtube only allows 15 minutes, so I have to figure out how to use the editing program to cut out a minute's worth of footage.  So far I have no idea what I'm doing so we shall see if that video ever makes it off my computer!

ETA: Okay, I got my video uploaded to a different site, not Youtube.  So ignore my Youtube references lol.  If you wanna watch it here's the link: http://s808.photobucket.com/albums/zz10/Elizabeth_burr/?action=view&current=DSCN5086.mp4
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8  Re: 50 Projects 2010 in Craftalongs by BethieB on: November 19, 2010 09:29:54 PM
Okay, here are a few more projects that I am finally getting post, yay!

Matching jewelery set - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=365154.0

Here's a quick picture in case you don't wanna go over there:\


Here's another one...http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=365155.0
And the picture...it's a car emblem thing that I made into an initial necklace.


So that's two more projects done...and I can show you another one, it doesn't have its own post here on Craftster because I'm not done with the room all the way, but I am done with part of it, the bright blue shelf in the corner:




The shelf was old and ugly so I redid it.  My daughter's room is Littlest Pet Shop inspired, hence the crazy bright colors...she picked it all out lol.  Oh, and just so you know, she does NOT normally dress this way, we were playing dress up!!

And this is another project I finished last week, but the picture is down right crappy.  I'm sorry about that.  It's a piece of art for my living room and it's made out of an Ikea frame and a bunch of scrapbook papers.  It looks much better in real life, I swear!





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9  Old car part thingy into an initial necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BethieB on: November 19, 2010 09:24:59 PM
Both my first name and my last start with a B.  When I went with my husband to the wrecking yard last weekend, I was wandering around being a little (okay, who am I kidding, kind of a LOT) bored when I saw an emblem on a car that had a really pretty cursive B in it.  (I'd tell you what the name of the car was, but we couldn't pronounce it...maybe Bizratti? I can't remember now...) Anyway, I found some other cool things - I wasn't bored after I started looking around, lol - and the wrecking yard guy only charged me $3 for all my little treasures.  I was pretty happy!  This is the only thing I've had time to work on so I thought I'd post it.  It took a while to scrape all the dried up glue and stuff off the back of the B, but it was worth it.  Wanna see?





And, a really junky one of me wearing it in my bathroom mirror, so not only is the flash going crazy but the B is also reversed, lol...but you can kind of see how long I made the necklace.  It's just one of those bead chains but I really love it.



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10  Simple but pretty necklace, bracelet and matching earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by BethieB on: November 19, 2010 09:13:08 PM
This is my first try at real jewelry.  For my first attempts, I really like how they turned out, and even my husband really likes them, which is saying something!  Anyway, on to the pictures...









As you can tell, I added a charm to the bracelet.  It's a spool of thread that I painted with glittery clear nail polish so it would sparkle.  I thought that was my favorite part, but the earrings are actually my favorite...I took apart a pair of old ones that I hated, so it was great to reuse some findings I already had and make them into something I really like!

And here's one more shot of me actually wearing the stuff...I hadn't added the charm yet but everything else is there!
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