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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Cartoon Craziness Quilt on: January 12, 2016 03:32:59 PM
A few months ago, I transitioned my preschooler from his toddler bed to a full size bed. That meant that he needed a new quilt (he's had to make-do with a couple smaller ones while I worked).

I let him pick out the fabrics, and he chose his favorite characters/shows/movies - Paw Patrol, Doc McStuffins, Mickey, Sponge Bob, Staw Wars, Doctor Who, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Minions, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Cars. I chose the glittery stars and the grey sashing. The back of the quilt is fat quarters in mostly geometric or batik prints in blue/grey/black/white. I figured that his quilt would outlast his love of some of those cartoons.

Everything was stitched on my machine, and I'm thrilled that I was able to shove this massive blanket under the arm while quilting. (My son even chose the shooting star motif that I used.) It ended up being queen-sized, though I was going for over-sized full. Oops.

He was so happy to have it done (and so am I).



Back:


Before quilting:


Thanks for looking!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Nebula Jean Jacket on: August 31, 2015 07:51:29 PM
After painting a few t-shirts, I thought it might be fun to paint my old jean jacket. I even took the plunge and used my UV-reactive paints. So, this thing practically sparkles under blacklights. I actually started this project last year, but I ran out of white UV paint and had to re-order.

I gave it the usual treatment. Bleached away the color in a few areas and painted the dark areas with blue and purple. Blue and what was supposed to be turquoise (but ended up looking more green) on the edges of the bleached-out sections. White in the middle and then blown through a straw to make the stars. Any weird splatters get to become the brightest stars.






It's a little flashier than what I normally wear, but I love it.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Blue Butterfly Elf Doll on: July 07, 2015 10:39:07 AM
This poor doll has been sitting on a shelf in my sewing room for years, waiting for me to finally dress her. It took me long enough, but I stitched her dress on yesterday.

I had this really pretty, blue monarch butterfly print that matched her hair, so I cut out as many individual "wings" as I could. I used a flame to singe the edges and keep them from unraveling, then I pinned the little pieces onto the doll to make the dress. I just hand-stitched the edges down with some variegated thread, trying not to sew the dress to the doll. It went together very quickly, and was probably the easiest method for making a doll's dress that I've managed yet.  Grin







Thanks for looking!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Big Polar Bear from Sweatshirt on: February 05, 2015 08:47:18 AM
I still have had my cheerleading sweatshirt from high school. It's been slowly disintegrating, from being well-loved and often worn, for about 16 years. It finally got too holey to wear, even in private. But, I still didn't want to throw it away! Tongue That's why it got recycled into a giant teddy bear.

I came up with the pattern based on some I found on google images and one that I purchased. It took me a couple of tries to get the head gusset correct, and he still has a giant head. Undecided The stitching is in red - school colors. He's wearing some of my son's clothes that have been out-grown (size 18 month). His arms and legs are button-jointed, and his eyes are just big, black buttons.



5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Nebulae in UV-Reactive Acrylic Paint on: January 10, 2015 09:34:47 AM
I started painting nebulae on t-shirts, and bought this UV-reactive acrylic paint (wildfirefx.com) to that effect. However, after a fun night at a Wine and Canvas event, I wanted to try this on canvas.

They're both 10"x10".

Here's my first try (that's the original Enterprise):


Under blacklight:


Inspiration:


Here's the second one (still haven't decided if I'm adding a ship to this one):


Under blacklight:


Inspiration:


I just wish I could show you what they look like with 3-D glasses on!

Thanks for looking! Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Smiley
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Jaguar Doll from Teddy Bear Pattern on: August 13, 2014 06:53:35 AM
I picked up an old fashioned teddy bear pattern on Etsy, but the only faux fur I had in my stash was this short pile leopard print. Therefore, I added a tail and made a leopard. He's about 11 inches tall, partially hand-stitched, and has two buttons for his eyes. I stuffed him with wool. His arms and legs are button-jointed and his head is just stitched on. He even stands on his own if you arrange his tail just right.







Thanks for looking!

(here's the pattern.)
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Small Magellanic Cloud-Inspired Painted Tee on: July 22, 2014 12:10:37 PM
I've finally started painting again after a short spell of crafter's block. Yay!

The coloring of this shirt was inspired by this picture (second one) of the Small Magellanic Cloud. I can't help but be inspired when I look at photos like that. There's just so much out there! In the spirit of exploration, I'm so tempted to add a little Enterprise to every one of these painted shirts. Probably will on the next one.  Wink Speaking of the next one, I'm super excited to try some new media.  Grin




Thanks for looking!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Galaxy/Nebula Tee - w/Link to In-Process Photos on: October 25, 2013 04:55:25 AM
I recently did a personal swap with HowdySailor where I customized a t-shirt for her. Here is the link to the in-process photos and a pseudo-tutorial.


9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Galaxy/Nebula Tank Top {pic heavy} on: September 08, 2013 12:54:52 PM
I've been taking advantage of my son's naps to paint another shirt. I actually tried to match the colors to some Hubble photos of the Cygnus Loop Nebula and the youngest galaxy that's been seen, I Zwicky 18. I'm a nerd. Cheesy

It's all acrylic paint mixed with textile medium, diluted with water, sponged on. Those round cosmetics sponges are perfect. I blow paint through a straw to get all the stars, and a tiny brush to make the points.





Close ups:




Thanks for looking! Kiss
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Painted Nebula Tank Top on: August 24, 2013 07:23:14 AM
I'm currently in love with this particular kind of project! This is the second shirt that I've painted in the galaxy/nebula style. I was a little ballsier with this one...I bleached a lot more of the shirt and used way more colors than I was comfortable with. But, I think it turned out even better than my first. I'm already plotting my next shirt, which will be for a fellow Craftster member.

The original tank top was black, and I used white and many, many shades of blue, pink, and purple...even a little bit of yellow. The paint is acrylic, mixed with textile medium, and a bit of water. I used mostly sponges to paint the shirt. I used a brush to do the 'bright' stars. The tutorial I sort of follow is here.





Close-up of back:


Thanks for looking!
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