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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Two New Baby Quilts on: February 06, 2010 11:06:01 AM
Here are 2 baby quilts I recently finished:

This one went my nephew and his wife:
She picked a lavender crib set with butterflies.


Here's a closer view. I handstitched the bby's name onto it.


This one went to a friend:
Again, I stitched the baby's name.


I backed them with a soft furry fabric.
I'm so mad, the picture with the full view is missing!  Arg!

Oh well! Enjoy! C&C welcome.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / 3 quilts on: January 26, 2010 08:05:28 PM
Here are 3 quilts I have made recently.

The first was a citrus-y quilt I made with my daughter.  We did this last summer when she was 11.  I did most of the planning, cutting, actual quilting, and the binding, but she did all of the patchwork.  I picked it as a way to introduce her to sewing, really, as it was a lot of repetative sewing.  This one is almost twin size.



The second was a Thomas the Tank Engine Quilt for my great-nephew's 1st birthday.  It is slightly larger than a toddler bed size.




And finally this is a CARS quilt I made for my Grandson's 1st birthday.  This one is also toddler bed sized.





I love how they all turned out, and have a couple more I will posting later that I made for a couple of new babies...
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Which one is better? on: June 05, 2009 12:23:07 AM
Help!!!  I need input!

I made up these 2 quilt top designs on my computer.  They are virtually identical except on has white sashing and borders, and the other as black.  Both have pink binding.  I am partial to the white sashing and borders, but want to get some outside opinions before I sew it up.  The "fabrics" I made are meant to sort of represent the ones I am actally using, they're not pics of the actual fabrics.


The Black one:



The White one:



Thanks for your time!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby Shower Cake/Decoration on: May 08, 2009 12:48:08 AM
OK, I know this is technically food, but it was a major decoration at the baby shower, and the only one in her theme.  This is the cake I made for my future Daughter-in-law's baby shower.  Her Auntie had thrown the shower, and even though she was told the nursery theme was going to be RainForest/Jungle, she did her own thing and did it in blue & brown. Ya know, I LOVE blue with brown...I did my bedroom in blue & brown...but when a mom-to-be tells you her theme is such-and-such, you should respect that!  *gets off soapbox*  Anyways, this was the ONLY jungle-themed decoration at the whole party!!!!

THE CAKE!



The inspiration Piece:



Thanks for looking.


ETA:  I just noticed how you can only see one yellow spot on the giraffe's neck.  His neck goes over the side of the cake, and he does have more spots! HAHA!

Also just to answer to FAQ's I usually get about my cakes
1.  This is about the 50th cake I've made.
2.  It took about 4 hours (decoraing only)
3.  I freehanded the entire thing.
4.  It is just regular white frosting (a little shortening, a little milk, a little clear vanilla or almond extract, and a TON of powdered sugar)
5.  I use Wilton's paste food coloring.
Thanks!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Magnet Trick...and MORE!! on: May 04, 2009 11:34:43 PM
I just read a post by Blondgirl about picking up pins with a magnet and a plastic baggie.  Great idea, but I must have really strong magnets or really crappy baggies, because when ever I have tried this the magnet tries to pull the pins through the plastic and the bag tears.  So I was inspired to share my solution with you guys.  I switched to a big square of fabric, and it worked great.  I wouldn't have kept them in the baggie anyways, so it worked for me.   I also make use of one of those magnets on a telescoping wand.  I got a good, heavy-duty one from a car parts store (intended for mechanics) and its strong enough to pick up heavier objects like scissors and such.  I used some Gorilla Glue or E6000 to glue some metal washers onto my plastic tools, so that if I drop them, I can pick them up with it, too.  This has saved me so much time from having to stop in the middle of a project, move my chair, move the ironing board, move this, move that (see its painful just reading about it!) to crawl under the  table to get something.  Not to mention things that fall BEHIND stuff and are completely out of reach without moving furniture!   I also got one of those Gopher Grabbers, you know, the kind you see for elderly or handicapped people.  I don't know about you, but I have my chair on carpet and it does not roll well.  One of those plastic mats is not an option (long story), so these 2 tools have been a major time (and back) saver for me.  I don't just use them for things I dropped, either.  I have gotten really good with the grabber, and can open drawers with it and pick out what I need.  If I ever become handicapped (or elderly HAHA!) I'll already be a PRO!
6  UNITED STATES / Maine / Looking for Scrapbook/Craft buddies Near Fryeburg, Maine on: April 29, 2009 11:56:38 AM
I am trying to get a group started here in my home in Fryeburg.  I only just moved here a couple of months ago, and know NO ONE!!!!  I am into scrapbooking, but do not sell any lines.  Consultants are welcome, but I will not allow you to use my group as a captive audience.  Looking for people who sew, quilt, paint, stamp, as well as make cards and scrapbook.  Also, I really like taking pictures, but don't have any fancy equipment or anything.  Lemme know wha you guys think, and who would be available.

I am 33, have 1 child at home (11), and a pretty quiet life.  We would meet in my home (in Fryeburg) where I have plenty of tables, chairs, workspace, and parking, for 5-12 people.  Not to mention a view that will cure any creative blocks you might get!

Thanks~Michele
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / I wanted a pink laptop...(3 fat pix) on: April 27, 2009 12:04:11 AM
Ok, so all the pink laptops were really weak.  I guess pink=toy in the minds of manufacturers.  So what's a pink lovin' gal to do?  Enter: Spraypaint.

I was going to take my laptops cover off, but I did not want to risk messing up my built-in web cam, so I just very crefully taped it off.

The I sprayed a coat of white KILZ.  After that I put about 4 coats of a super high-gloss tulip pink.  1 coat of micro-fine silver glitter spray, and about 5 coats of clear.

I buffed the shine off my original cover to help the paint stick better, and I lightly sanded each paint layer before applying the next, this helps a LOT.

I am thinking about applying some super sparkly Swarovski crystal rhinestones to make an "M" on the front (For "Michele"), but not sure yet.  Its been done for about 2 weeks, so its good and dry now, but I think I'll let it cure a little longer before doing the stones.

Please ignore the chihuahua ear poking out of the blanket.  HAHA! you can't ignore it now!!! Grin


Here is a close-up:



And here is an extreme close-up:



This picture is terrible, but you can see the size of the glitter in it.

If you want better instructions, lemme know!  It was fun.  Its also pretty durable, this is the second one I've done and the 1st is over 3 years old.  It doesn't have a single chip and only minor scratches in the paint.


C + C + Q welcome!

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