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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fountain Pen Roll-up on: February 10, 2015 08:19:07 AM
I hope this is the best category to post this project. I think my fountain pen roll-up is a sort of wallet for pens, that is my logic here anyway.

I am a big fan of fountain pens. I am not a big fan of ugly plastic sandwich bags to tote my pens in, especially since that is not the best way to store pens for best ink flow. So, I made up the following creation wholly from my imagination. It is cotton on the outside and oil cloth on the inside for easy wiping of any ink splotches and to give the roll-up some structure. Pictures!

Inside view (with pens & sticky notes):


Back view:


Close-up interior:



All rolled up!


I love that it stands upright and I think it turned out looking pretty sharp. Any comments or questions? Thanks for looking! :-)
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Star Trek Quillow on: February 09, 2015 08:53:04 AM
Hello! I know it has been a long time since I posted here but I've been really sick. Before I fell ill, I finished making this quillow for my brother. It is a quilted cotton pocket and a fleece blanket. I will be posting more of the details on my blog later this week but I wanted to share here on Craftster first. Picture time!

This is the Quillow folded up.



Here are close-ups of the quilting, I did the captain's insignia by hand.




Here is the back:


And here is the blanket:


Thanks for any questions or comments! I hope you like the quillow.  Smiley
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Doctor Who Purse on: July 14, 2014 09:39:47 PM
It has been a while since I posted on Craftster. I've had a lot of health troubles in the last 18 months and for a while I could not craft at all. I have been wanting to share this project here because it is the first project I was able to make after my troubles and I think it actually turned out really well.

I am a big fan of the show Doctor Who, both old & new, and, in order to attend the 50th anniversary screening in theaters in style, I made myself this bag:

I quilted the swirls and the TARDIS using glow in the dark thread. The strap is black belting with brass rings.

Here is the back (sorry about the angle):

                                                         I love that it has an extra pieced look to it due to the panel design of that fabric on the left.

Because the TARDIS is bigger on the inside I figured only the universe would do for a lining: You can see the small pocket I made for the hand sanitizer one always needs when going on adventures with a madman in a blue box.

I made up the pattern but it is basically just a simple rectangle. The clasp is magnetic. I used these fabrics: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/481155 & the blue box fabric on the back is from the same site but it is apparently no longer available to purchase. I supplemented these expensive fabrics with pieces from my stash that matched.

Thanks for looking! I hope you enjoyed my bag.  Smiley
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Jar Wedding Quilt on: July 15, 2012 12:59:53 PM
I finished a quilt this week that I have been working on for three years. One of my dearest friends got married three years ago but since it was a short engagement she knew that the wedding quilt I was planning to give her would take a while. Life happened but at long last I have finished the project. I made up the design to use different kinds of blocks and to use as many fabrics as possible that I thought she and her hubby would like. It is very scrappy and eclectic as a result. I'm just glad that it's only ~twin size rather than queen, if it had been any larger I don't know when I would have finished it.

All finished:


Closeup of some of the pieces. Note the homemade green binding.


Closeup of the quilted texture. I used an allover pattern in olive green. I did the quilting myself on my home machine using a darning foot, quilter gloves, and lots of grumbling when the thread snapped. All of the jars are zig-zagged down using glow-in-the-dark thread and I tied them in the center with glow-in-the-dark embroidery floss. Hopefully it adds an extra touch of magic.


I also made her a storage sack in which to keep the quilt.


So there it is. Comments and critiques appreciated, hope you enjoy it! Cheesy
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / (Mostly) Recycled Flannels Quilt (pic heavy!) on: March 20, 2012 05:48:48 PM
Finally! I have finished a massive UFO which I've been dragging around for far too long. Behold! My (mostly) recycled flannel quilt.



That is the quilt top. It has 168 blocks made out of flannel cut from my old flannel shirts. There are some scraps in there gathered from remnant bins over the years but mostly the yardage for the top comes from my old cut-up flannels, thus the the (mostly) recycled title. I talked about some of the personal story behind this quilt on my blog (http://technicolorlilypond.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/the-adventure-of-my-mostly-recycled-flannel-quilt/) but I'll stick to practical details here.

Because I took deep seams to compensate for the raveling of the old flannel the top turned out to be too small for our Queen bed. Therefore, I ran out and bought a bunch of pink plaid flannel and made borders. This caused the quilt to balloon to almost King size. Oh well! I pieced the back out of scraps from shirts, remnants, and a massive piece of purple flannel I found in a box in the basement. I think I bought it for some other project at some point but since I couldn't remember what that project was it got sewn into this quilt.




I quilted using white quilting thread and my Viking sewing machine. I used straight(ish) lines to accommodate the 2-4" quilting distance recommended by the batting. I had never machine quilted a quilt before without a buddy to help with the maneuvering. It was quite an upper body work out but so much more fun than lifting weights.




Because of the size of the borders I decided I wanted to hand-quilt purple flowers using perle cotton. I designed the flower, did the first one myself, and then my mom pitched in to finish the rest for me since I was on a deadline to finish a different quilt for a friend. I have the best mom ever. Below you will see my prototype flower and my initials with the date.



I also pieced the binding and zig-zag stitched it to my quilt using my machine. I think it turned out very cute.


I know it won't win any awards but I have to say that I am incredibly pleased with this quilt. I love how scrappy and energetic the top is, I love the memories it contains, and I love how incredibly warm & snuggly it is to cuddle under. I think this quilt will be our ticket to saving on heating bills for years to come, it is that warm to cuddle under. I hope you've enjoyed the pictures, I would welcome any C&Cs. Smiley
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First T-shirt quilt complete with my debut of stippling! (pic heavy) on: March 13, 2012 05:52:55 PM
For the past nine days I've been holed up in my parent's house quilting like a mad-woman with one of my best friends. Although we started making quilts together, stuff came up, and I wound up finishing hers. It was lots of fun. I got to try stippling for the first time since I could borrow my mom's darning foot. I also got to try pieced binding for the first time. I think I'm kind of obsessed with it now, the effect is just so cute.
The whole finished quilt:

Close-up of a block:


Close-up of the binding:

Binding in progress:


All we did was add Pellon P44 interfacing to the back of cut-up T-shirts, added cotton borders, pieced the top, and got quilting. The back is a bed sheet that my friend wanted to use. I didn't follow a quilting pattern at all. I just sort of went for it with the darning foot. It was a great upper body work-out I have to say and so much fun. I am thrilled to say that my friend loves how the quilt turned out. Smiley Hope you enjoy the pictures! Comments and critiques are welcome. Smiley
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Anime nerd purse & wallet plus some steampunk(ish) fun (pic heavy!) on: February 21, 2012 01:23:09 PM
So last weekend I got to go to my first anime convention. Naturally, this called for some nerdy bling. Using the free pattern available from All People Quilt called "Swing Bags," (link: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projects-ideas/bags-pillows/swing-bags_ss1.html) I made a nerdy bag to carry around the convention.


That's the front. It is decorated with a couple of pins I got from the convention. The pictures of anime characters are done using Printed Treasures iron-on printable fabric. The upper right design is a scene from the film "My Neighbor Totoro," and the lower left picture is my favorite anime heroine, Lum, from the show "Urusei Yatsura." I also decorated a black T-shirt with a larger version of the same Lum picture and wore matching oni horns around the convention. That is the closest I will ever get to cosplay.  Wink


That's the back of my anime bag. It is decorated with another "Urusei Yatsura" character named Kotatsu Neko. I really wanted both sides to be equally nerdy while using as many of my favorite Japanese themed fabrics as possible. I like how it turned out.

I made up my own pattern for a matching wallet. I quilted the fabric with a diamond pattern and put the whole thing together on the fly in under an hour.





Since I was making purses and such anyway I decided to make another purse for the fun of it.

I was going for a steampunk style vibe with this one. I think it needs some gear beads yet or something.

I used a soft color iron on transfer to add the crow design to the fabric. I like how it turned out.

This is the back of the purse.
This is the inside of both purses:

Hope you enjoy the pictures! All comments and constructive criticisms appreciated, thanks for looking. Smiley
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A yo-yo tree grows on my door (pic heavy!) on: February 01, 2012 08:24:40 PM
Well actually it hangs on a hook but that's semantics. I hope this is the right forum to post this project in. Please, someone tell me if I ought to have put it elsewhere.

Anyway, here is a wall-hanging I've been working on for several months of a tree made of yo-yos, buttons, and beads.

Over 60 yo-yos of different sizes make up the canopy of the tree. I used the extra small, small, large, extra large, and jumbo round yo-yo makers by Clover. For that extra touch of summer sunshine I stitched on beads and buttons amongst the yo-yos.


I stitched the brown cotton tree trunk down to the pre-quilted foundation using embroidery. I really like the texture.

Tonight I finished the final touch of whimsy by adding butterfly beads to the flower garden growing at the base of the tree. If you look carefully you can also see my signature frog bead which I add to my wall hangings.


Hope you enjoy my yo-yo tree! Comments and criticisms are appreciated. Smiley

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Yo-yo Snowman Ornament Tutorial (image heavy) on: January 08, 2012 08:58:02 PM
I am a big fan of making Christmas ornaments out of yo-yos. I like experimenting with them every year. This year I devised a yo-yo snowman ornament that I think turned out to be my cutest yo-yo creation to date. Behold!

My yo-yo snowman ornament.

Supplies you will need include: three stuffed yo-yos (Clover jumbo, extra-large, and small made of white cotton, stuffed with poly-fiberfil), one extra-large sparkly button, one large sparkly button, one red button, a small jingle bell, a short length of holiday ribbon, fleece scraps (one thin and long and one thick rectangle that can wrap loosely around the large yo-yo), black embroidery floss, white hand-quilting thread, needles, scissors, and blue hand-quilting thread. Unfortunately, I am not a great one for measuring things so I guess-timated the fleece scrap size.

1) Sew the buttons on the yo-yos using white hand-quilting thread. Affix the extra-large button to the jumbo yo-yo, the large button to the extra-large yo-yo, and the red button to the large yo-yo

2. Using white hand-quilting thread, stitch the yo-yos together being careful to overlap them slightly. When sewing the top or head yo-yo on I also stitch the ribbon hanger on the back. See pictures below.




3. Embroider the eyes and smile onto the snowman head (the top large yo-yo). I can't say that I'm a particularly accomplished embroidery artist. I am not good with French knots so I just sort of do a cross-hatch for each eye using small stitches and I take small stitches under the red button to form a hopefully non-creepy smile. I think small seed beads would also look super cute. See picture.



4. Accessory time! The snowman looks cold so I add a hat and scarf set using small scraps of blue fleece. First, I make the hat by folding over the small rectangle of fleece and stitching up the side using blue hand-quilting thread. Then I gather the top of the hat using a running stitch and pulling it tight. Now, turn the hat right-side out. Stitch the jingle bell to the top of the hat like a pom-pom. I also like to fold the bottom up for that extra bit of stylish flair. See pictures below.


If you look carefully, you can see how the hat stitches have been gathered at the top. Knot threads tightly.


Finished snowman hat, complete with jingle bell

For the scarf, I like to snip the ends so it has a fringed look. Then I wrap it round the snowman's neck and stitch it down with a couple of tack stitches. I do the same for the hat. See pictures below.


Stitching on the scarf. I used the blue hand-quilting thread for adding the accessories.


A complete, all dressed up, yo-yo snowman ornament by E.A. Schneider
Just tie any last knots, snip the threads, and you're done with your beautiful yo-yo snowman ornament.

Here are some thumbnails of one I made for one of my grandmas-in-law.


On my blog I have pictures of other yo-yo ornaments I made this Christmas and in the past if you want to check it out: http://technicolorlilypond.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/deck-the-tree-with-yo-yos/
Hope you enjoy the tutorial! Any constructive comments would be great, this is the first one I've done for Craftster. I would love to see any pics of any yo-yo snowman you make.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / NY, a wing & a prayer, and the galaxy: purses I just finished! Pic heavy on: December 29, 2011 11:03:12 PM
For Christmas this year I made some purses for some of my favorite women. I used fabrics from my stash that suited their interests.

First off, I modified the All People Quilt "sew simple purse," pattern featured here: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projects-ideas/bags-pillows/sew-simple-purse_1.html, using NY,NY themed fabric. Because I only had enough fabric to make a 19" square I did that rather than the 21" sq that the pattern calls for. I did a couple other things differently in the assembly process as well which resulted in a heavier duty feel to the bag. Here are some pictures:


I basted the handles to the purse body then I hand-stitched them in place using matching blue thread. I really like the finished look of the bag.
Here is a shot of the lining fabric:


This year I also tried something totally new for me. I made coin purses for a sister and a cousin. I've never done this before so there was a lot of trial and error. I used the pdf provided here: http://everythingmary.com/images/Videos/Downloads/Purse%20Frame%20Instructions.pdf
The pdf was basically a place to start. I wound up doing at least three layers of stitching around the purse frame to support the fabric tightly. I also hand stitched the sides up to the hinge part so it would look more finished.

First, here is a pic of the purse for my cousin. The wording on the fabric is a Lord's Prayer novelty fabric (my cousin is very religious and very fond of teal) I found some years ago.

I really like how the dove seems to fly up at you from the words.

Finally, here is a picture of the purse I made for my sister-in-law who is a big space buff.

I thought she deserved to have the galaxy in her pocket. Smiley



Hope you enjoy these! C&C are appreciated.
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