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11  Mom's Lapquilt for Christmas in Quilting: Completed Projects by sewmess on: February 17, 2012 06:05:37 PM
In about November I asked a question of the more experienced quilters about a t-shirt quilt I was going to make for my mom and I'm just now posting. And I only took, like two pictures.

All  of the tshirts mean something, some she had and some I picked up at the thrift stores.  The Alabama Dirt Shirt (middle of the bottom row) was donated by my Brother in Law.  She's from Louisville and LOOOOOOVES college basketball so when I saw those two shirts I had to grab them. 

The center piece was from a sweatshirt I made for her in about 1995, the first time I'd used fabric markers.

The weird looking rainbow thing in the lower left corner is meant to be pastels, which is her preferred medium.

I backed it with the fleece I had on hand, red and yellow and then simply put them right sides together, sewed and flipped.  I was going to tie it, but then decided that it worked fine without tieing.

Sorry for the fuzzy pictures: before Christmas I didn't have a lot of clear space & now that I look at it, I think this is just the top before I attached the back.

Thanks for looking!
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12  Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 7 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by sewmess on: September 25, 2011 02:21:53 PM
Sewmess received a couple days ago but was having trouble finding her camera cord and I got impatient  Grin so I decided to go ahead and post the picture I had.

I made her a tiny Fruit Bat (aka Flying Fox) from size 10 crochet thread.  The body is just under 3" and the wing span is about 6" (a little larger than the 5" 'rule' but if you curl the wings a bit it does fit into the dimensions)


And I love him.  He's hanging on the mantle and I'd love to show you pictures, but they won't load. Grrr.

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13  Re: Can't Get Enough Disney Swap! in The Swap Gallery by sewmess on: August 03, 2011 03:35:16 PM
grindhousehussy19 is having a not very good, horrible summer and has asked that I post the pictures of the goodies I sent her.  I realized that these are not the best pics, and I forgot to get pictures of a couple of things, so forgive me GH.

First up: simple stenciled Tigger tshirt - this was my first stencil & based on an old child's T that I found at a thrift store.

Next up: Mini Cast Members from a couple of her favorite rides.  Tower of Terror and the Haunted Mansion.  They're about 4 inches high and all hand sewn with simple embroidered faces.
Tower of Terror

Haunted Mansion

The dolls were in little bags I whipped up from some Mickey flannel I had in the stash, simple red with black oOo, if that makes sense.

As extras I slipped in a set of Villianess Notecards that I've been hording for about 10 years and a pair of Jack Skellington earmuffs.

Thanks For Looking!
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14  Mini Cast Members for Disney Swap in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by sewmess on: August 01, 2011 03:12:35 PM
I just finished my very first Swap and made my partner some little cast members (park workers) from two of her favorite rides.  I did a bunch of research & picked my Disney addict hubby's mind and came up with the following:

Female Cast Mini from the Haunted Mansion

I used some fabric markers to get the stripe details on the blouse and apron and cut up some lace for the, well, lace trim.  My favorite is the lacey/batty headpiece.  It's just a little fleece and lace, but it really looks like the real deal.

Male Cast Mini from Tower of Terror

(sorry for the blur; we were trying for an arty look that didn't really happen)

He's not as elaborate, but he's got his details too: seed beads for buttons and gold yarn trip on the hat (along with some more fabric marker details) and sleeves.  I was going to try the great coat that the cast members wear in the winter, but I ran out of time.

Faces were stitched with simple french knots & straight stitches.  Dark shoes are just painted on with acrylics

I'm sorry the pictures aren't better and I didn't get any great detail pictures.  I modified a pattern from a Japanese designer, Runo.  http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/mini/mini.html  I love her patterns.

I'd love to hear what you think.
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15  Re: Can't Get Enough Disney Swap! in The Swap Gallery by sewmess on: July 29, 2011 02:36:49 PM
GrindHousehussy19 is AWESOME!  And I have Pictures to prove it!

The whole swag: Fabulous T-Shirt, Magnets, inspired necklace and everything else - mostly; I realized one piece was missing and found it here, where my husband had plunked it after examination:

Goes well with the Wild Wild West, eh?

The mugs (one of which has already been used for the morning coffee) are fabulous.  The "M" is on one side and the dragon on the other, it's just in this arty picture that it looks on one side.

The Bowl for storing things that I would otherwise lose off my messy sewing desk:

She also made me Maleficent Magnets: 

Extra goodies including: Treats! Yarn! Felt! a pen with my name (harder to find than you'd think) dishclothes, a Canadian Moose and a notestack!

And to prove that the more Maleficent the merrier, here is one of the mugs added to my current stash:

The thumbnails are so I didn't overload anyone!

I hope everyone else gets as great a bunch of stuff that they love as well.  And everything gets sorted.

Thanks Again GH!
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16  Christmas Crafting Crappy Crops - bad picture alert in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sewmess on: January 03, 2011 06:09:53 PM
So I made at least six things for Christmas gifts and forgot to take pictures before I wrapped them up.  Then it turns out, even with a sparkly new camera, I took, like, four pictures - none of them beautiful.  But I cropped a couple for up-close baggy goodness.

Now, prologue completed, I start on the meat of the text - and craft!  I've been going through a reconstructed bag frenzy, possibly connected to the new love of interfacing or the amazing collection of cute t-shirts I've been gathering at amazing prices from thrift stores.  Anyway, inspired by the awesome tuts and bags here, I made some tote style bags for my sister and niece. 

My sister LOOOOOVES rhinos and so, when I was browsing through a thrift store one day and found about four rhino shirts, I had to make her a bag.  A little modification to the basic jordy bag and viola!

She kindly displays the solid blue back from a thrifted t-shirt.  If you look closely you can see the blue and pink paisley print I used for the lining and underside of the handle because I ran out of shirt material.

And now she shows the front with the cutey rhino.  And the A-Line shape.  There's a pocket, about four by six, inside.

My niece Loooves bunnies.  She has three and used to work at a bunny rescue place.  So, when I saw the "Bad Hare Day" shirt I had to get it and reconstruct.

The lining/binding is a piece of yellow something I had in my stash and the handles were up-cycled from a bag I got on sale at my local thrift store for about 85 cents.  They're a little heavy for the bag, but they spoke to me.

The only thing on either bag that I bought new was the interfacing.  Everything else - including the thread - were thrifted, stashed or otherwise on hand.

I know the pictures aren't fabulous, but I hope you enjoy.
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17  Re: ACTIVE: Granny-A-Day for OCTOBER start:10/01 - 10/31 in Crochetalongs by sewmess on: October 13, 2010 12:12:34 PM
I've some quick math and I think I'll need 54, I'm working with 4 colors with a fifth in reserve, so 12 each of the 4 main colors & 6 of the reserve to be scattered around.  That will give me a blanket about 3" X 4 1/2" or a little bigger.

And to let you all in on my insanity: Pictures.

All 24 currently completed squares.

Four squares fitting into a single inch on my cutting surface.
They're not perfect, but it is supposed to be made of handspun, handmade, rough made wool yarn for a rustic cabin.

I got the "yarn" at a thrift store.  I think it's needle punch or crewel thread.

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18  First Posted Project Past - Fairy in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by sewmess on: September 15, 2010 04:55:23 PM
This doll is based on a pattern I got from a book printed in the 70's.  She is supposed to be a marionette, but she's got no strings.  I made her about five years ago for one of my nieces because her room is all fairies.

Her body is flannel because that's what I had.  Her hair is cotton yarn and needle work cord and the dress was made from fabric picked up in thrift stores or from the remnant bin at Hancocks or Walmart.  I remember specifically picking up the green sparkly tulle remnant.  Her wings were this shiny cream tiger print that I enhanced with sparkly fabric paint and glued/sewed to the wire frames.

Her face was stitched on with primitive needle sculpting to define the features.  She was permanently looking off her right shoulder because I had not mastered the amazing dexterity to sew her head on straight.

Her hair ornaments matched beads and bells that were attached to each point of her underskirts, as seen in the picture with the details of her boots.  Which I loved and wanted a real life pair, but that's beside the point.

This final picture gives you an over all idea of the full doll.  I was pretty proud of her and wasn't sure I should give her to the child in question.  but I've learned a lot in the past years and could definitely make one even better.

Hope you enjoy. I've been so impressed with some of the stuff I've seen I've been a little reticent in posting my own work.
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