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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Summer Dress for DD on: March 29, 2012 03:57:54 PM
Oh Thank You!! I was hoping you'd say a store I had around! Maybe I'll get lucky!!!

I looked it up, and it looks like the fabric is no longer being made. I even checked the JoAnn online, and they don't have anymore. Sadness.  BUT - there are plenty of other froggy camo patterns out there. :-)
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Summer Dress for DD on: March 28, 2012 03:40:30 PM
Oh My Froggy Goodness!!! That is too cute and I sooooo toadally need that fabric!!! Where on earth did you find it?!

LOL. I found it on the clearance rack at Jo Ann's...  I got the last of it - a little over 1.5 yds...  I'd love to have more of it, but such is life. :-D
13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Summer Dress for DD on: March 28, 2012 01:32:11 PM
In wending my way through the local fabric store, I came across a fabric I couldn't resist...  Camo... and frogs. Together they are so awesome as to hardly be contained!

And here is the result of the awesomeness...









I also made a pair of pantaloons for DD, but haven't yet gotten pics of them - she swiped them out of my hands immediately and put them on. I haven't seen them since...  *chuckle*

Enjoy!

~L
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Denim Coverlet - Made from Recycled Jeans on: March 26, 2012 11:44:00 AM
Nicely done! I did this for a friend of mine last month. They had a HUGE stack of old jeans and carhardts, and paid me $40 to make a king sized quilt for them...

The one thing I found about worn denim...  Making squares that are more than about 12"x12" causes huge warbles...  Which is good to know, if I ever decide to do anything that large ever again.  LOL!

Good on ya for doing something new and different!

~M
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: A Castle fit for a King... or a Knight. ;) on: March 25, 2012 06:59:31 PM
This brings back so many wonderful memories of growing up in a family that had a woodworker in it. My father made me an AMAZING doll house when I was little, and I had it til I graduated high school - it then went to my sister's daughter.

What wonderful stories he will have to tell when he gets older!

~M
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in? on: March 25, 2012 06:53:17 PM
Totally In!!!

We actually decided to do a mostly home-made Christmas for 2011, anyway, and I'm well on my way to Christmas 2012, too!

There's just something nice about realizing that all that stuff in your closet is going to be used up, making room for all sorts of NEW stuff!

LOL!

~M
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Charmed and Pinwheeled... Image heavy on: March 23, 2012 09:30:02 AM
A friend of mine works with a physical therapist/chiropractor who recently had a baby boy (like, this last week), and she put off making a quilt for so long that by the time the birth occurred, she was in a HUGE mess of worry, and finally looked at me and asked "Would you?"

Sure, I said, and headed off to the fabric store...  It was standing in the midst of the quilting fabric that it hit me - I have *NO* idea what this new mother wanted for a quilt...  Or liked - or didn't like. *chuckle* 

When asking my friend, she came back with "Creams, greens and browns..."  And then "Think yuppie 30-something organic soccer mom...  She wants all cotton, definitely baby-ish, but no marketed characters."

THIS helped a lot, so I got to wandering through the fabric and found the perfect combination for a quilt.


After it was pieced together as a pinwheel quilt...


I had to make a filler square, as I only had 4 patterns - which meant that it made 8 squares.


Done, with the edging and everything...


A close-up of the tie job I did...


The decorative stitch I did on the binding...  A few spots were a little warbled, but they'll smooth out in a washing or two...

While piecing all of this together, I got a charm packet from connectingthreads.com for $2...  I'd been curious about a charm packet, and figured for $2, I couldn't go TOO wrong, right?

The *softest* flannel I've ever felt came to me, and I decided that I needed to make a mini-quilt for the doctor to use while the baby is still itty-bitty...


The finished quilt - I actually put the quilt batting and the two sides all together, sewed around the edges and turned it all right side out, then hand-stitched the hole closed.


A close-up of one of the charm pieces - Fennic foxes! How cute is THAT!  Oh, and you can also see the machine quilt edging I did to hold everything in place...


Same backing as the other quilt, only a bit pieced together...  A peace print that's been pieced... Ha ha haha.... haha...  OK - bad pun, but hey! It looked cute. You can see a bit of the machine quilting I did on this one, too...  I decided to do a stitch in the ditch on this one, since it was so super small...

So, there you are - pinwheeled and charmed...

~L
18  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: (Mostly) Recycled Flannels Quilt (pic heavy!) on: March 20, 2012 06:05:07 PM
I love it! Always nice to make a quilt with such wonderful fabrics, that contain such wonderful memories... 
19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: New Easter Dress for DD... on: March 20, 2012 09:02:43 AM
 Grin Thank you for all your wonderful comments!

I know, it's not exactly like the Easter dresses in the store, and certainly not like they were when I was growing up, but it definitely brought a HUGE smile to DD's face when she saw the finished product.

And, as well, DD isn't exactly like most kids, anyway. Tee hee...  Roll Eyes

I think, honestly, she just wanted another princess dress to go to SCA events in...  I told her she could wear this one to indoor events only, thank you - and only after we got pictures for Easter to send to the family.

LOL!

Thanks again for looking!

~M
20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / New Easter Dress for DD... on: March 18, 2012 07:49:29 PM
So, my daughter decided that I needed to make her an Easter dress this year. She's 4, and apparently has been jonesing for one ever since we went to the mall a few weeks ago and she saw a whole bunch of them for sale. 

She's reached the girlie-girl stage, and everything has to be a princess dress...  I had no clue what to do, because the only dress pattern that was princess-y was the one I'm saving for the flower girl dress I'll be making for a friend's wedding... 

I took DD to the fabric store, where she picked out a color I would NEVER have chosen (salmon with yellow print on it), and then some sparkly chiffon to go on top of it - she even found matching ribbon to go with it...

We got home, and I offered up Simplicity's Pattern #3588 Child Dress or Jumper: http://www.simplicity.com/p-1938-child-dresses.aspx as the pattern...  DD chose view B, but insisted on the sparkly chiffon and ribbon to go on it as well...

This was the end result... 


The dress, just hanging around...


A close-up of the bodice...  The original design was for a stylized mandarin dress, but DD wanted a little more...


A close-up of the sleeve...  Note the colorful sparklies on it...


A delighted daughter in her new Easter dress.

Enjoy!

~M
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