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61  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / 2 more rag quilts. on: February 19, 2010 04:15:24 PM
I decided to make the children I was giving gifts to for x-mas some rag quilts. I thought it would be easy and simple but boy was I wrong! Each quilt cost about $60 and was over 20 hours of work a piece. I finished one early and didn't start the other 2 until the beginning of Dec. I ended up having my bf cut the cloth while I was working and I would put them together, sew, and clip the edges and it was hell the last night before we left for the holidays. I ended up sewing 16-20 hours straight, without a break. I made my bf get me water so I wouldn't have to get up and ended up clipping the edges in the car! So after over $200 and 60 hours of work here they are.
#1 The Dinosaur I made for my bf's nephew. He's only a few months old right now.

#2 The Turtle I made for my 16 year old sister.

Note the nasty pink and black zebra/thumb print, it's right up her alley.
#3 The Caterpillar I made for my bf's neice who is 3. This is more rectangular and should fit on her bed and match her room.


close up of the face.

Here's the zig-zag stiych I used and the embroidered mouth. First time doing that so I'm supre proud of myself. Cheesy

and the spot thingies. This is pre-cutting but you get the idea.

If you couldn't tell the caterpillar is the one I'm most proud of. It was the last one I did and they got better as I went along but everyone who received one was thrilled. Since I made the dino first I used it a bit before I washed it and wrapped it and they're actually quite warm. Comments and Criticisms welcome. Hope you enjoyed looking at them Smiley
62  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / First Amigurumi - Toothy octopus on: February 19, 2010 03:50:53 PM
So I taught myself how to crochet about a week ago and for practice I decided I wanted to make some Amugurumi because they're soo cute and seemed simple enough. I use a pattern I found on this site, I think it's in the pattern/tutorial spot above. I don't remember who posted it but thank you Smiley


bottom


I noticed that he came out really toothy but I've never embroidered before so tips on that would be great. Lemme know what you think Smiley
63  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first quilt (rag quilt) on: October 28, 2009 11:56:48 AM
I found some cute animal quilt patterns and decided I was going to make at least  3 for Christmas gifts. Little did I know how tedious all the cutting and pinning and sewing again and again was going to be. Especially since my table is too tall and I need to sit on a fluffy pillow on my computer chair to make it almost the right height (if I go any higher I won't be able to reach the foot). So after what felt like months (and was actually 3-4 days and maybe 12 hours or more) I finished my first quilt. A dinosuar rag quilt for my boyfriend's nephew. Here he is.


That's my kitty Waffles checking out the new comfy thing to lay on.



And this is the dino on my couch.

He needs a wash but after that I plan to make a little card with his name, Chompy, and a backstory for him as well as a washing directions. Now a crazy purple and pink turtle for my sister and a caterpillar one for my boyfriend's neice. Comments are appriciated on how I can improve this.
Thanks for reading all of this guys Cheesy
64  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Old sewing machine issue. on: October 24, 2009 09:25:09 AM
So I'm trying to make a rag quilt out of flannelet. My machine is an old Viking and was finally sewing silk easily. I've changed the tension and it sews great on a scrap test of the exact same material in the exact same order ( so it's the same thickness and ammount and everything. I then try to sew the actual piece and it bunches up, has tension issues, and randomly decides to switch stitch length and skip stitches. Does anyone know why it's doing this? I'm half tempted to go buy a new one so I can finish this quilt. Any advice is appriciated.
65  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilting issue, please help! on: October 23, 2009 09:08:00 PM
So I'm trying to make a rag quilt out of flannelet. My machine is an old Viking and was finally sewing silk easily. I've changed the tension and it sews great on a scrap test of the exact same material in the exact same order. I then try to sew the actual piece and it bunches up, has tension issues, and randomly decides to switch stitch length and skip stitches. Does anyone know why it's doing this? I'm half tempted to go buy a new one so I can finish this quilt. Any advice is appriciated.
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