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1  restoring/repairing vintage quilts? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by btlgrl on: August 18, 2005 08:06:44 AM
I was recently given 2 quilts which are hexagon flower quilts (which I call Grandmother's flower garden)   The quilts themselves are almost 100 years old.  They were made for twin boys who were born in 1904.  The outside of the quilts look ok for being almost 100, the inside portion of the quilt has suffered.  Mainly sun damage from lying near a window on a bed, then an accidental washing to an already delicate quilt.  The hexagons near the center are practically non existant.

I wonder if I should try and restore them, or simply fold them so the outside blocks are showing and just hang them on my quilt racks.  I've never restored a hexagon quilt and not sure if it was paper pieced or what. 

This is quilt 1: green solid hexagons


quilt 2: blue solid hexagons


example of good blocks:


example of a shredded block:


Part of me wants to leave them exactly as they are...  I just don't want them to deteriorate further.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

cj
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2  Harry Potter shoulder/messenger bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by btlgrl on: August 12, 2005 06:07:36 PM
I made this for an angel package I sent out for the Harry Potter Part Duex swap, for those of you who don't visit the swap gallery.  It is a shoulder/messenger bag.  It was kind of a make it up as you go whilst looking at one I had store bought, but it is very similar in style to this one: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2684.0

So here are the pics and trust me it looked better in person than the pictures can do...  And for those of you who read this on the swap gallery.. sorry for the repeat.

  It was very hard to take pics of the inside I got this terrible glare, but there are pencil holders and a cell phone pocket inside.  She likes the twins, so I used a picture (printed on fabric of the twins) for the flap.  It was completed with my precious Harry Potter fabric (catching the pixies) and the inside was this swirly blue that just said magic to me..



inside:


close up of flap






back



The strap on the bag is quite long, but can always be shortened. 
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3  Re: Harry Potter Swap Part Duex Gallery in The Swap Gallery by btlgrl on: August 12, 2005 05:59:25 PM
OK this is what I sent paradisecrane:

First up is the tissue box cover.  Harry playing Quidditch, printed on fabric and finished with the prettiest sparkly star fabric I had!!



Next are the Hello Kitty charms.  She said she liked Hello Kitty, so why not combine the two... meet Kitty Potter or Hello Hermione whichever you like...  I left them plain so she could do with them as she liked..



Next is the framed piece I made.  It is three smallish wooden frames connected by wire twirls and a heart wire hanger, I decopauged the pictures inside each of the frames (which are more like shadow boxes...  no glass).  She likes the trio and Siruis, so I tried to pick pics accordingly.



Next several pictures are of the shoulder bag/messenger bag I made.  It was very hard to take pics of the inside I got this terrible glare, but there are pencil holders and a cell phone pocket inside.  She likes the twins, so I used a picture (printed on fabric of the twins) for the flap.  It was completed with my precious Harry Potter fabric (catching the pixies) and the inside was this swirly blue that just said magic to me..



inside:


close up of flap






back



The strap on the bag is quite long, but can always be shortened.  I also sent her a sheet of Hogwarts addy labels with a nice Harry Potter font.

I'm glad she liked everything!!

cj
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4  Re: Embellished Lined Zipper Pouch Pix! in The Swap Gallery by btlgrl on: July 27, 2005 11:59:05 AM
OK....  First I want to say......  FIDGET ROCKS!!!!

I just got my package in the mail from her....  I am completely speechless..  She managed to combine my two most favorite things, Harry Potter and the Beatles into one KickA** pouch!!  Forgive my overexcitement.  And if that wasn't enough she crafted me another absolutely beautiful pouch!!  It is a cross stitch sampler similar to what you would find on a needleroll stitched on this absolutely beutiful piece of blush pink evenweave!!  I hope she doesn't mind that I post pictures...  I didn't take a pic of the inside, but the blue one has wonderful blue flowered fabric lining and the pink has  a pink roses with some greys and greens..  simislar to a watercolor!  Very pretty!!

So here's the pics!

Cross Stitch one:

 

Harry Potter meets the Beatles:



Fidget I adore both and thank you so much!!

cj
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5  Re: Harry Potter Swap Part Duex Gallery in The Swap Gallery by btlgrl on: June 30, 2005 07:08:54 PM
Since I know Zeeohee has received her package..  I thought I'd post some pics for all to see.  The anticipation of her getting it, was killing me... 

I sent her some address labels, not too crafty, but a necessary item, with her favorite house shield on them.  I made her a shrinky dink charm of her fave character, which is Snape.

Since she digs Yoga, I made her a yoga bag out of shiny green lame' fabric, lined with this groovy grey (Slitherin colors)  I fashioned the strap pretty long, so she could wear it diagonally (HA Harry Potter pun Diagon Alley) since that is how I like mine.  The Snape image I used is how she imagines Snape should look like Smiley

I made her a glass block light with Ravenclaw crest and the PoA image where Snape is protecting the trio.  movie contamination I realize, but it was the one part that made me think, ah Snape, not such a bad guy after all.  That part always gives me goosebumps  (ok so I'm a geek)

I included a braclet that I ran out of time to put pictures in, but sent it along anyway...  I had super fun making everything.. I did overcraft, however, and left several things out.  I'm all about round 3 now!!

CJ

Ravenclaw address labels (obviously name and adddy weren't darkened out!)



Snape Shrinky Dink charm



DD modeling the Snape yoga bag (pardon the mess!)



Yoga Bag

Yoga bag- another view



Ravenclaw side unlit



Snape side unlit



Snape side lit up



Ravenclaw side lit up

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6  Re: Harry Potter Swap Part Duex Gallery in The Swap Gallery by btlgrl on: June 30, 2005 05:29:57 AM
I received my package from Talon!!!  It was wonderful!!

Let me start off by saying that this was my first swap at Craftster.  I have been a participant on other craft/cross stitch/quilting boards and have joined in lots of swaps.  Unfortunately I have been flaked nearly every single time, and no one ever jumped in and crafted or stitched for me...  Sad I was quite nervous even signing it.  Figure I'd be burnt again.  But this package from Talon more than made up for it!!!  She is the best!

Now, what'd I get?

She sent me this Hogwarts pillow.  It is so unbeleivably soft.  It has these little house colors tassels in each corner.  The match up perfectly to the corner on the crest.. A nice little detail I really appreciate!!  Wink



Next is a wonderful picture frame with clay Quidditch pieces.  This is absoultey darling.  My favorite is the broom and the snitch.  So very perfect!!  Also in this picture is the quill (with extra inserts)  I  got!  Although DD thinks it's for her!



And last but not least, I received two beautifully painted tiles,  a clay Norbert, complete with egg, a Harry Potter bookmark, and a little Harry Potter trunnk full of darling miniatures.  There is a cloak, broom, Marauders Map, History of Magic, quill, wand, parchment, other books, Droobles gum, and a little money sack.  It is very cute!!



So my HUGE thanks to Talon for the wonderful swap package!  And I didn't even expect Girl Scout cookies for a second Wink

((HUGS))
CJ

Try to ignore all the water bottles and other stuff in the pictures....  I drink a lot of water and dind't clean the desk off yet!

It looks as though Zeeohee will get her package from me today...hopefully!!
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7  Pearl Jam backpack in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by btlgrl on: June 24, 2005 08:10:58 AM
I crafted this drawstring backpack for a friend.  It was inspired by another post on Craftster which I can't find...

Black is her favorite song.  I rubber stamped the lyrics on a piece of muslin.  Time consuming, but easy.  I lined it with spider web fabric.  I couldn't find the cord I had to use for the straps, so I used the spider web fabric which I folded and top stitched.  I used grommets on the bag corners and just buttonholes on the top of the bag.

Here's the pics.


Front: (sideways, forgot to rotate it before I uploaded)

   

Inside:



Whatcha think?

She adored it.  We work security staff in a concert pavillion, so we carry these kinds of backpacks with us to make sure we have supplies we need!  Now she has a very cool one to take when we work the Stones/Pearl Jam show in Oct!

CJ
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8  4 Halloween costumes in Halloween Costumes by btlgrl on: June 17, 2005 12:12:52 PM
These are the costumes I made for the kiddies this past Halloween. 

The teenage mutant ninja turtle was made using a 80s pattern and I used this heavy houndstooth material that just happened to be solid green on the back.  $1 fabric woo hoo!  The shell (you can't really see), the chest piece were both papier mache.  The mask was a Don Post mask that was originally Raphael.  I painted it to be closer to Leonardo's color and painted the mask.  The costume was adorable.  I especially loved the turtle feet and turtle hands!!

Darth Vader was a chore!  He is quite accurate (as my 9 yo DS would have it no other way)  right down to cod piece, chest box, belt controls, and leather like pants with quilted stitching.  The only authentic piece we are missing was the chain like closure for his outer cape.  Everything was pretty much done without a pattern, using pictures as a guide.  His pants were too big and making those stupid arm gloves look authentic was a big pain in the arse, but DS loved it...  Did I mention he wants a papier mache General Grievious this year?! Oh and mask was a vintage Don Post Deluxe (with updated posts). 

Strawberry Shortcake was made using an altered Raggedy Ann pattern.  Apron was on my own design with painted embellishment.  Tights were painted on PVC piping since I couldn't find striped tights in her size.  Wig was made using those colorful streamers you get for parties...  She opted for the shiny look rather than the more accepted yarn look.  Hat I made up on my own.

Cinderella....  OK After making this I promised to never make anything using satin fabric or sheers!!  But I will!  I used I think it was a Butterick pattern for this.  I also made a crinoline as it was much too long and it just needed that extra POOF.  I especially liked the way the trim looked on the bodice.  Wig was (gasp) store bought and came with crown, and wand and shoes, which she insisted on wearing despite not being able to walk!!

I have no clue what I'll be sewing or crafting next year...  But I think I'll start in July.



CJ


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9  Re: scarf/ belt in Weaving: Completed Projects by btlgrl on: June 04, 2005 07:01:16 AM
I saved the pic and just uploaded it to the craftster site.  Then you have the code to put the pic in.  The only thing I can see that you did incorrectly was to put the commands around the url.  But then again, you shouldn't direct link to that picture, as it causes too much bandwidth to be taken from the site.  better to save and upload it yourself.

CJ
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10  Re: scarf/ belt in Weaving: Completed Projects by btlgrl on: June 04, 2005 06:55:14 AM
I'm pretty confused too.  Here's the picture:



But I'm not sure I get all the finer details, but I really would like to know!

CJ

ok so I went to the site that the picture was from and they have instructions!!  http://www.kid-at-art.com/htdoc/lesson9.html  It looks pretty neat!  Thanks
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