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31  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Blue charity quilt on: August 13, 2008 06:53:19 AM
I made my first quilt for charity the other day.  I used a typing paper piece technique using scrap bits of flannel I had leftover from making the cloth diapers I never actually use.

My daughter "helped" by trying to hold the quilt fabric as it went through the machine.  And of course she tested it for comfyness.



The quilt will be going to a hospital so maybe it can comfort a child who's not feeling well.
32  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Skirt from own drafted pattern on: August 12, 2008 08:55:49 AM
I don't normally do patterns. (Too impatient to follow the directions and when I do I get a bad fit.)  Most of my clothing has been the slash the fabric, sew some seams and see what happens kind of thing.

I finally read the book "patternless fashions" and took all the measurements I needed. I drafted an aline skirt with a siz zipper and waistband. 

wow, was it easy.  Marked it right on the fabric and whipped it up in less time it normally takes me to cut out the darn pattern pieces.  I used some fabric in my stash that has been around since my honeymoon, 11 years ago.  It's a great tropical print in blues, browns and burgandies. 

 
33  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purse, tote, drawstirng bag set Now with pics on: August 12, 2008 07:42:21 AM
I found this stripey orange fabric remnant and felt the need to pick it up. I almost never do anything with orange.  But was darn near compelled to make a market bag.  So I dug out an orange fat quarter that I never used and made a huge market bag (no lining or anything just a good solid, need-a-bag bag). I used the orange fat quarter to make handles that went all the whay down the sides and strengthened the bottom.  So far it's making a great beach tote.

but I had fabric leftover and a warmed up sewing machine.... Wink

So I dug around my scrap pile and found a zipper and some sean binding the same color as one of the stripes. I made a cute little purse with zipper closer, outer and inner pockets and handles that match the market bag.

But I still had leftover fabric...  Wink

But I was running out of time in the day so I whipped up a little drawstring bag that I haven't decided what it will be used for yet.  (Most likely it'll be for carrying my daughters food to day-care, since I keep having to grab a plactic bag in the morning to throw in the baby food.

So now I have a great little set of matching bags for all sorts of uses. yay! Cheesy

34  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / first Teddy Bear: reconstructed from baby clothes on: August 12, 2008 07:07:21 AM
**edit* couldn't stop and now there's a whole family of them!

I'm so exicted. I'd been planning to make a few teddy bears to give to all the relative for yule gifts from my daughters baby clothes, and I finally did it!  Grin Last night was one of those night where I couldn't sleep anyway so I decided to be constructive and sew up a "project in waiting".

I used two outfits: one of them was a deep pink floral and the other was a lighter pink with pastel cats and the words meow meow all over it.

I used an incredibly simple pattern where the body is all one piece and only the head is shaped.  Sewing the head to the neck got a little wonky,  Angry but it's covered up by a pretty organza ribbon.  Cheesy

The arms ended up kind of stiff and stuck out from the body so I tacked them together at the paws to make him holdng his paws in his lap. (Yes, a him, no idea why I keep thinking of a pink bear as a him.)

I've got another one half done from a red and white shirt that is looking more like a wolverine than a bear. Still need to attach his head.

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