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31  Re: Teesha Moore Type Journal.. anyone want to play?? in Needlework: Stitchalongs by CraftyDiem on: September 26, 2010 09:19:31 AM
Some of my embroidered pillows:



I'm not sure what to do with them - may turn them into a flap for a messenger style laptop bag and I plan to embellish them after they are sewn together. 
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32  As it turns out (nook cover) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by CraftyDiem on: August 12, 2010 07:48:05 PM
I'm not that great at sewing.  I've made a few quilts but it seems that putting other things together is beyond me!  At any rate I made a nook cover using these two tutorials:

For putting the squares together:
http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=1398

For the nook cover itself:
http://wherethewildthingscraft.blogspot.com/2010/03/nook-cover-tutorial.html

SO rather than tell you all of the many things that I did wrong, fixed, did wrong in a new and different way, sort of fixed...well you get the idea - I'm going to just show you the pics of the finished product.  I'm pretty happy with it but it would be hard not to be happy with something made from that fabric line!!!


Closed:



Open:



Outside:



Inside:



So thanks for looking my crafty friends!
Emily
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33  First time free motion quilting in Quilting: Completed Projects by CraftyDiem on: July 25, 2010 07:53:53 PM
I think the title says it all...

Front:





Back:







Fabric is Arcadia by Moda...oh how I love you Arcadia! 
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34  Quilt border made easy tutorial and question in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by CraftyDiem on: July 25, 2010 01:47:06 PM
 

I'm working on a quilt for my almost three-year-old daughter. I've been taking precut triangles with me as I travel for work and sewing away on airplanes and during meetings. I'm finishing putting it together with my machine.

I wanted to create a border, and as I was going I thought of a quick way to put it together which I will share right here!

Using a white Bella solid I cut 6 inch strips which I then cut into 6 inch squares. I sliced each square in half to create the triangles I needed. We'll call this the "background fabric."


I chose how I wanted the patterned fabrics to come together and laid them out in order as seen here:





Now choose your first patterned triangle and grab one background piece and put them together so you know which way to sew like this:


 



Put your right sides together (if you have them - the white one doesn't) and sew along the edge shown next to the scissors:


 



Like this:





OK - Here comes the tricky bit so get ready! Once you get to the corner don't pick up your presser foot.


 




Now slip another patterned piece under the top triangle right side up. Lift your presser foot up and try to match the bottom corner first and then ease it up to match at the top corner. Youmight have to lift your needle to get it just right. T





This little tip is worth noting - when you turn the corner anchor your stitch by sewing forward two stitches and then back two stitches.  If you don't anchor then you end up with corners like this:







Then go ahead and start sewing down the side like this:


 



Now when you get to the corner grab another background triangle from your stack and match it to the corner to make a square, anchor your corner, and sew on down the side.


 




As you go it will look like this:



 




And spread out a bit:


 



Once you have sewn your row you can start on the next one or head over to the iron. We're going to go ahead and iron so you can peek at how it goes.



First set your seams by pressing the hot iron on them for just a second.  I laid mine out like this:








Then go ahead and trim those pointy corners now - it's going to make ironing them much easier!




 







Now I typically iron my seams to the dark side (join me in the dark side...)  ahem.  These are much less bulky and come together nicely ironing the seams each back to their own side.


 



Once you've finished go ahead and put them on your quilt.






Now I'm just wondering if I should put another round of sashing on the outside, or go ahead and bind it as is (after quilting).  I'm also not completely decided about how I'll do the back of it.  Any suggestions for finishing will be appreciated!
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35  Upcycled reuse plant labels...pics pics pics in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by CraftyDiem on: July 05, 2010 07:37:54 PM
So this would be my VERY first tutorial ever.  I had an idea that I thought was pretty clever (this happens all the time) and this one turned out to actually work (extremely rare occurrence).  I planted lots of seedlings but didn't want to spend any money on plant labels because I am a very "thrifty" person.  I've been saving these juice containers for ages and we have filled them with markers, played with them in the tub, and used them to collect dust on the kitchen counter.  When I saw them sitting there I thought those would make the perfect free plant labels!

Materials needed:
Plastic juice container
Scissors
Fine tipped permanent marker




First you cut a line down the plastic juice container from the top to the circle bottom. 




Continue cutting along the bottom until you have cut the circle out.  What you have left will look like this:




Some people would cut the strips a specific width but I am not those people:




Label your stick in writing legible only to you and a few select pharmacists:




Since my seedlings are still growing (and yes, it's awfully late in the year for starting seeds but the first round failed miserably) I'm using these alongside them until it's time to pot or plant:





And there you have it!  Free plant labels. 

Emily
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