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231  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Two Tudor Tea Wallets (Say that five times fast!) on: June 29, 2009 06:52:59 PM
I am going home tomorrow to visit my family, whom I haven't seen in nearly a year.  I wanted to whip up a few gifts for people, and I thought my dad might like a tea wallet.  (He likes all sorts of pouches and bags, to hold items all neat and organized.)  I wanted to come up with something that could be tucked into his work bag, and not look at all girly.  So, I came up with two, that I think have a Tudor feel to them.  One incidentally matches a leather bound journal I also made for him today.  I can't decide if I should give him the "matching" one, or the other one to change it up a bit.  Here is the journal.
Votes? 

I used the same tutorial that I think just about everyone used to make these.  It can be found HERE.

Outside of both:


Inside of both, without tea:


Inside of "matching" diamond tiles one with tea:


Inside of lions & crowns one with tea:

232  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Leather Soft Bound Journal on: June 29, 2009 06:51:11 PM
Ages ago, for the Harry Potter Holiday Swap, I made a soft bound leather journal for my partner, based on something I saw on her wist.  (It's HERE)  At the time, I made two page blocks, mostly so I could practice some more.  I finally got around to finishing the other block, as a father's day present to take home to dad tomorrow.  The only thing I'm unhappy about is the button on it.  I like the color, but not the design.  I think I might swap it out for another button when I get home.

The pages are a soft grey blue, and the cover is made of black suede.
Whole journal, closed:


Cover unbuttoned:


Journal laying all the way open:


Side view, of stitching detail:
233  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / "Not Pink" Onesies & Onesie dress for baby girl on: June 27, 2009 02:58:37 PM
My baby brother and his wife are expecting their first little one in September, a girl they are going to name Arianna.  They live in my home state of NH, while I am far away in KY now, so I don't see them as often as I'd like.  Since I get to go home and see them next week, I whipped up some presents to bring home to them.  A few stenciled onesies, and a onesie dress.  I was inspired by phnxreign99's dresses for Eden , which led me to bellaluna's. onesie dress tutorial.  

Both Joe and his wife have decided that their baby is not to wear pink.  I'm therefore trying to make items that are feminine, without any hint of pink about them.  Hence the emerald green butterfly.  The paint is actually a luminescent fabric paint by Jaquard, that is deep blue, with gold mixed into it, so it come out this shimmering green.  


Detail of the butterfly:


Joe and his oddly hot wife both play a lot of World of Warcraft, so they needed a "Newbie" onesie.  This one I feel guilty of not doing enough to, since it's just fabric pen straight onto the onesie.  Oh well.


Neither of the parents know it yet, because they are not fans, but little Ari is definitely going to grow up to be a Gryffindor.  Hence, red, copper, and gold stars.


Joe and his wife don't know it yet, but I've decided to call little Arianna "Cupcake".  Hence, she gets a cupcake onesie.  I just free handed the cupcake, and cut it out of freezer paper.  Her frosting is blue, to again avoid pink, but still have a "cotton candy" quality to it.  The face is drawn on with fabric pen again.  


Finally I made one of bellaluna's dresses, out of fabric left over from the quilt I made Arianna.  Again, no pink, but definitely for a little girl.  


Now it seems all I want to do is make tiny clothes...  wait till Halloween, this baby is going to be tricked out!
234  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / May A Rainbow Be Certain to Follow Each Rain - Summer Quilt #2 on: June 26, 2009 09:35:54 AM
Let me preface this by saying that this summer I have to make 8 quilts.  Yes, 8.  I have 4 cousins and 3 very close friends, all getting married, and my brother and his wife are having their first baby.  Each of the cousins asked specifically for one of my quilts, then called my mother to further beg for one.  
The three close friends were my roommates in graduate school, two of whom are getting married this summer, and one of whom got married already, but life and circumstance kept me from getting to her present yet.  So, if I make quilts for the two that are getting married now, I can't not bring a gift to the one who is already married.  So, 8 it is.

This quilt is for my friend Dianna.  She requested that whatever I make her be blue, and only blue.  She's also had a lot of tragedies in her life, but I like to think of her kind new husband as her very own personal rainbow.  The pattern itself came from McCall's Quick Quilts (May 2008 issue), and was originally done with 16 different colors of fat quarters, but I liked my tighter color palette better.  The quilt front is 4 shades of blue, in 4 different blocks.  I decided it looks like raindrops landing in puddles, causing rings to form and bump into one another.  
I'm calling it:  May A Rainbow Be Certain to Follow Each Rain
The whole quilt:


A detail shot of the blocks:

(The bright turquoise fabric is actually parasols!)

The whole quilt hanging out on my porch swing:


It is quilted between the 16 blocks in a grid form.  I have since taught myself free motion quilting, and am contemplating going back and adding some spiral quilting into some of the squares to enhance the raindrop/puddle effect.  I also made her a small rainbow out of batiks that will be added to the back of the quilt, and embroidered with her & her husbands names and wedding date.  I'll be sure to add a picture of that as soon as I can.

You can see the rest of the summer's quilts here:
The Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes - Quilt #1
May Your Purse Always Hold a Coin or Two -  Quilt #3
Summer On the Cape -  Quilt #4
Butterfly Babies - Quilt #5
The Woods Are Lovely Dark and Deep - Quilt #6
235  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / The Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes - Summer Quilt #1 on: June 26, 2009 09:33:35 AM
Let me preface this by saying that this summer I have to make 8 quilts.  Yes, 8.  I have 4 cousins and 3 very close friends, all getting married, and my brother and his wife are having their first baby.  Each of the cousins asked specifically for one of my quilts, then called my mother to further beg for one.  
The three close friends were my roommates in graduate school, two of whom are getting married this summer, and one of whom got married already, but life and circumstance kept me from getting to her present yet.  So, if I make quilts for the two that are getting married now, I can't not bring a gift to the one who is already married.  So, 8 it is.  
To further the story, I am living down in KY, but have to go home to New England next week for two of the weddings, so obviously those two quilts need to be done first.  Well, I'll also see my brother then, so the baby quilt needs to be done before I leave too.  And friend wedding #1 is 4 days after I get back to KY, up in IL, so I really should have that one done before I go.  Plus the one for the wedding that already happened, since that roommate will be there too...  So we're up to 5.  Well, friend wedding #2 is a few weeks after that, so might as well finish off 6.  So here I am, having completed 6 of my 8 quilts in about a month.  Now, onto quilt #1.  

I like to name my quilts, both for what they look like, and for the person getting them.  This one is for Melissa, who really should have been a hippie during the 60's, and loves the Beatles.  Her favorite color is purple, and oddly enough, she's having an Art Deco style wedding.  The kaleidoscope fabric and the purple are obvious nods to her interests and electric blue was a popular color in design from the Art Deco period.
I'm calling it The Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes.  
The whole quilt:


It was quilted together with purple and blue ties at the center of the stars.  Her father recently passed after a very long battle with brain tumors, so the ties (instead of another form of quilting) are there to remind her that even when the 'ties that bind' are taken from us, you can still find them in the heavens.  
A detail shot of the blocks:


A shot of the finished quilt cozying up my porch swing:


Here are the rest of the summer's quilts:
May A Rainbow Be Certain to Follow Each Rain - Quilt #2
May Your Purse Always Hold a Coin or Two -  Quilt #3
Summer On the Cape -  Quilt #4
Butterfly Babies - Quilt #5
The Woods Are Lovely Dark and Deep - Quilt #6
236  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / May Your Purse Always Hold a Coin or Two - Summer Quilt #3 with updated pictures on: June 26, 2009 09:32:49 AM
Let me preface this by saying that this summer I have to make 8 quilts.  Yes, 8.  I have 4 cousins and 3 very close friends, all getting married, and my brother and his wife are having their first baby.  Each of the cousins asked specifically for one of my quilts, then called my mother to further beg for one.  
The three close friends were my roommates in graduate school, two of whom are getting married this summer, and one of whom got married already, but life and circumstance kept me from getting to her present yet.  So, if I make quilts for the two that are getting married now, I can't not bring a gift to the one who is already married.  So, 8 it is.

This quilt is for Becca and Bobby, who have been together for several years now.  I picked out the stacked coins pattern for them, and started making the quilt out of only scraps of yellow and gold fabrics.  I think I asked for sashing suggestions here on craftster at one point.  The mottled green seemed to lend itself nicely to the golds, so I decided to name it after part of my favorite Irish blessing:
May Your Purse Always Hold a Coin or Two


The whole thing, held up by loving husband:


a good shot color-wise of the quilt:


a good shot of the free motion quilting:


I think the green binding is a lot less jarring to look at...



You can find the rest of the summer's quilts here:
The Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes - Quilt #1
May A Rainbow Be Certain to Follow Each Rain - Quilt #2
Summer On the Cape -  Quilt #4
Butterfly Babies - Quilt #5
The Woods Are Lovely Dark and Deep - Quilt #6
237  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Summer On Cape Cod - Summer Quilt #4 on: June 26, 2009 09:32:40 AM
Let me preface this by saying that this summer I have to make 8 quilts.  Yes, 8.  I have 4 cousins and 3 very close friends, all getting married, and my brother and his wife are having their first baby.  Each of the cousins asked specifically for one of my quilts, then called my mother to further beg for one.  
The three close friends were my roommates in graduate school, two of whom are getting married this summer, and one of whom got married already, but life and circumstance kept me from getting to her present yet.  So, if I make quilts for the two that are getting married now, I can't not bring a gift to the one who is already married.  So, 8 it is.

This quilt is for my cousin Jessica, who lives on Cape Cod with her son, and long time boyfriend, Mac.  They eloped on Valentine's Day, but are holding a reception in July on the Cape.  Jessica works at a marina and her house has a distinctly nautical flair, so I went with a series of nautical fabrics called Mariner's Cove from M'liss Rae at Joanns.  The pattern was something I created after coming across a picture of something similar on the internet one day.  Though the picture I saw was less rigidly square than mine.

I'm calling it:
Summer on the Cape


The whole quilt:


A detail shot of the blocks:


Chilling on my porch swing:


And because they don't come across well in the pictures, here are some of the fabrics in the quilt:



You can find the rest of the summer's quilts here:
The Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes - Quilt #1
May A Rainbow Be Certain to Follow Each Rain - Quilt #2
May Your Purse Always Hold a Coin or Two -  Quilt #3
Butterfly Babies - Quilt #5
The Woods Are Lovely Dark and Deep - Quilt #6
238  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / The Woods Are Lovely Dark and Deep - Summer Quilt #6 on: June 26, 2009 09:17:34 AM
Let me preface this by saying that this summer I have to make 8 quilts.  Yes, 8.  I have 4 cousins and 3 very close friends, all getting married, and my brother and his wife are having their first baby.  Each of the cousins asked specifically for one of my quilts, then called my mother to further beg for one.  
The three close friends were my roommates in graduate school, two of whom are getting married this summer, and one of whom got married already, but life and circumstance kept me from getting to her present yet.  So, if I make quilts for the two that are getting married now, I can't not bring a gift to the one who is already married.  So, 8 it is.

This one is for my cousin Nicole.  We grew up together in a tiny village called Edilweiss in the White Mountains in New Hampshire.  We spent most of our time together playing in the woods, canoeing, fishing, building forts, and most often, crafting and quilting, at the age of 8.  Whenever I quilt I think of her, and of the woods around our homes.  I'm also reminded of her every time I hear Stopping By The Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost.  So, her quilt is:

The Woods Are Lovely Dark and Deep
The whole quilt:


Detail shot of the fabrics:


I just taught myself free motion quilting for quilt number 5, and loved it so much I used it here too.  Detail shot of the free motion quilting:


The quilt on my porch swing:


You can find the rest of the summer's quilts here:
The Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes - Quilt #1
May A Rainbow Be Certain to Follow Each Rain - Quilt #2
May Your Purse Always Hold a Coin or Two -  Quilt #3
Summer On the Cape -  Quilt #4
Butterfly Babies - Quilt #5
239  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Bead Soup Swap Gallery on: June 25, 2009 11:21:05 AM
Post pictures of your lovely beads here!

Participants:

1. jennieingram--->leopardstripes, AbbyRose, Ma Rut
2. Krafty_Karasu--->jennieingram, perlabella
3. xx_Kellybean--->AbbyRose, TracyInNH
4. laes43--->mixymo, katcal
5. AbbyRose--->mixymo, laes43
6. wx2dzug--->Ma Rut, xx_Kellybean
7. leopardstripes--->chibi neko, jennieingram
8. TracyInNH--->Krafty_Karasu, wx2dzug
9. Kerallyn--->chibi neko, esmecraftin
10. katcal--->esmecraftin, laes43
11. perlabella--->Krafty_Karasu, TracyInNH
12. esmecraftin--->katcal, Kerallyn
13. chibi neko (with assistance/donations from RondaS)--->leopardstripes, Kerallyn, jennieingram
14. Ma Rut--->wx2dzug, perlabella
15. mixymo--->xx_Kellybean, chibi neko


Green = Sent
Purple = Received & Posted
Blue = Received (but haven't POSTED yet)
Orange = Sending Late with Communication
Red = LATE, NO COMMUNICATION, CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY!
Strikeout = Feedback Given
GLOWING RED=NEGATIVE FEEDBACK



You can find our original thread here: Bead Soup Swap
240  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Butterfly Baby Quilt for my neice, Arianna - Summer Quilt #5 on: June 22, 2009 02:59:55 PM
Ok, let me start off by saying that I dislike pastels.  A lot.  So does my brother and so does his wife.  They are having a baby girl in September, and I've been trying to be inspired by something to come up with a baby quilt for them.  I have to make 8 quilts this summer, 7 wedding and 1 baby quilt.  6 of which have to be done before next Tuesday.  Today I finished Arianna's, which is quilt number 5.  Somehow, I ended up with a pastel baby quilt.  My brother specifically said NO PINK, and so I picked out blues and purples.  Somehow pink found it's way in!  I'm not sure where it came from.  I think it snuck in while I was sleeping or something.  The feature fabric is purple, yellow, and peach butterflys on a blue background.  It's so pretty and happy.  ::Sigh::  I'm not sure what to do.  

That all being said, I DO like the quilt itself.  I think it came out beautifully.  Especially since I (along with some help from 'Oh, Fransson!') taught myself free motion quilting this week, with no instructions as to how to do it on my machine, and without the proper foot.  The free motion quilting is pretty.  Certainly not perfect, but I doubt Arianna will mind.  I do fear however that Joe and his wife WILL mind that they have to carry around a pastel quilt.  So much so that I'm contemplating making them a few whole cloth quilts in the colors they did choose, which were greens, tans, and browns.  Or one out of the same butterfly fabric which also came in black, with emerald, teal, royal, and yellow butterflies.  Who knows.  The quilt pattern itself was also inspired by Oh, Fransson's Quilt-Along.  I altered the pattern to resize the blocks, and used less colors and prints.  You can find her amazing stuff here:  Oh, Fransson! Quilt-Along

Anyways, on to the pictures:    
The quilt top, quilted, but not bound yet.  (And yes, instead of batting I did use fleece with soccer balls on it.  It was on clearance at Wally World for $2 a yard.  You can't go wrong with that.)

The completed quilt, all bound, on my obliging porch swing.  The binding is pieced, and includes the pink, blue, and yellow of the blocks and sashing.

The back is the purple that appears in the front, with shimmering stars on it.  You can also see the free motion quilting better here, as well as the pieced binding.

Detail shot of the back, with baby Arianna's name.  It's embroidered using my computerized machine, then appliqued onto the back.  As is the butterfly, which was cut out of the feature fabric.  Again, you can see the free motion quilting here.  Not bad, for a very first attempt at it.  

I have 4 other quilts that I've finished this month that I need to take photos of.  I'm sure they'll be posted up here soon.  And as always, comments or constructive criticisms are always welcome.  

You can find the rest of the summer's quilts here:
The Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes - Quilt #1
May A Rainbow Be Certain to Follow Each Rain - Quilt #2
May Your Purse Always Hold a Coin or Two -  Quilt #3
Summer On the Cape -  Quilt #4
The Woods Are Lovely Dark and Deep - Quilt #6
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