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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cat Pillows on: March 21, 2009 12:54:08 PM
As I have two very cute cats at home I'm all into cat accessories  Grin
So of course my couch wasn't spared either:

This one I made from a free Amy Butler pattern, though I made some changes to the face (added buttons and embroidery). I'll be giving it to my boyfriend's mum tomorrow (his dad is allergic to cats so she can't have a real one  Wink ):


This one is a pillow I made a while ago and it just looked so boring so today I added this little cat applique and I love it now. I think these little felt appliques might turn up on various fabric objects in my apartment in the future  Grin:

close-up of the kitty:


Hope you like them as well  Smiley
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Overlong neckwarmer on: March 10, 2009 12:30:50 PM
I went to buy fabric the other day and noticed they had a big box of yarn (or wool? I'm lacking technical terms in english...) for sale.
I found the prettiest chunky yarn with tiny turquoise thread in it that I just couldn't resist. It was only 1,50 Euro instead of 8,50 Euro per ball so I had to have it. Unfortunately there were only three balls left, not enough for a whole scarf.
So I thought I'd make a neckwarmer like I've seem them on this board.

I don't knit a lot and somehow I miscalculated...big time. It turned out too wide and too long. I still have a ball left and I'm not sure if I should have made it shorter or longer but less wide... it's kinda big for me now (I'm tiny though).

Here are some pictures:
close-up of the yarn with the button I thought would go well with it:


me wearing it:



another close-up:


Let me know what you think!
23  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilt top finished,can't decide how to quilt it or tie it or what batting, help! on: March 05, 2009 04:49:55 AM
I just finished a quilt top I've been working on for some time. Now i really can't decide what to do with it. When planning the quilt I had thought I was going to tie it, now I'm not so certain anymore.
I'd like to try quilting as well (I have neither quilted nor tied a quilt before so either one would be new to me), but then I don't now with what pattern...stitching in the ditch I think would look boring...maybe just large circles around where the corners meet? Or loops...or stripes? I just don't know, as I've never done it I have trouble imagining what it would look like when it's finished  Embarrassed
Plus I'd be hand quilting it, so it shouldn't be too complicated (I plan on finishing it by  the end of March).

The next question is the batting...I've some polyester batting but I don't like the feel of it...plus the quilt is supposed to have a vintage look to it (the fabrics are civil war reproprints) and I think cotton would be way more authentic. But cotton shrinks...would that look good on it or would the puffier polyester be better?

So...I'm just really really REALLY scared of ruining it!

I hope some more experienced quilter on this board can help me out and say what they think would look good!

Here's a picture of the top, finished except for the binding (the colours are much nicer in real life than in the picture):


I'd really appreciate your help!
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first bag, lots of pics on: March 02, 2009 11:26:16 PM
I just made my first "real" bag this weekend (I have made some pouches and a mini clutch before, but nothing this big). I'd love to know what you think of it!

It's completely hand-sewn (I don't own a sewing machine) and it's taken me nearly two days to finish it.
I did not use a pattern but based it loosely on the design of a leather bag which I bought at a factory sale in Italy last year.

I love how it turned out and I'm really proud of it  Grin 

empty:


with all of my stuff already in it:


the lining with a pocket (never done anything like that before, I'm so proud  Cheesy):


My cat Murphy inspecting it:


Close-up of the stitching (not perfect but for a first try I'm happy with it):


I'm still looking for a bigger button, the one I used seems a bit small, but that was the biggest I could find so far.

Hope you like it!

PS: Please overlook any spelling/grammar mistakes, english isn't my native language  Wink

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