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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / William's Nautical quilt :) on: January 14, 2010 05:44:11 PM
SOOO.. I have been working on this quilt for almost a year now, from drafting the pattern to picking fabrics to sewing (in secret!)..  My boyfriend is going to a maritime college to become (eventually) a ship's captain, and has been raised on the water his whole life. The top row is his three initials, then a mariner's compass, and then the entire alphabet of the nautical flags, A-Z. This was a lot of work since I could only find 2 similar quilts on the internet, and they weren't really all that similar! Anyways, finally got it done right before Christmas, and yes, he LOVES it!

On to the pictures!!!!!!

the entire quilt, way taller than me! It's about 7 x 8 feet, a queen-ish size

closeup of the quilting, I love how it gives movement but is still rigid like all the flag shapes.


I posted the facebook links incase the pictures aren't very clear or big, I took the photos with my cell phone so they are just uploaded to the internet.

It is all machine pieced, and there are 6 blocks that are hand appliqued. The backing is just leftovers of the fabric, I bought wayyy too much fabric, since I had no idea how much I'd end up needing! (did I just say way to much fabric? noo)...

Thanks for looking, c & c is always appreciated!!    Cheesy
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilt out of nautical flags -has it been done before? on: July 24, 2009 08:12:26 AM
Hi, I am currently in the progress of making a quilt out of the nautical flags for my boyfriend (a merchant marine and life-long sailor Smiley ).. I have searched and searched online and cannot find anything even close to what I am doing, so I was wondering--have any of you lovelies ever made something similar or seen anything similar?? I wrote up my own pattern-of-sorts to go by. I am not quilting actual nautical flags, I'm making each flag out of fabric, then I will put some sashing in and sew them up! If you have ever hear of/seen one of these quilts, can you please post a link perhaps?? Thanks in advance!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First completely finished quilt :) on: July 23, 2009 07:19:19 PM
This is the first quilt I've actually finished, tying and binding and everything. I've made several tops, but never seem to quite get around to finishing them!! I gave it to my friend who is pregnant with her first, a boy. I made it using umbrellamaker's spreadsheet pattern, it's amazing how totally different the same pattern looks!! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=296808.0 It went really quickly, as it is all borders basically, I made the top in two afternoons, and tied and (machine) stitched the binding in another. I felt like a cop-out machine stitching the binding, but it was for her babyshower and really wanted it to be finished!! I also wanted to have it quilted, but my moms machine broke and mine isn't up to the task, so it was tied in the sake of time.  So all in all, a really easy quilt! umbrellamaker said her quilt was 40" square, but mine was more like 46", don't know how that could have happened, I used all her measurements. Definitely was big enough for a baby without the last 2 borders, but it is so much more fun! Enough rambling, on to the pics!

the whole quilt

closer up
the backing is the rocketship fabric, had to piece it because it was just a littttle too big for a square piece of 45 wide. Sad. I just folded over the backing for the binding--soo easy!

thanks for looking!

and no, they're not changing his name haha.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Prom Dress with matching bf and FAUX FUR STOLE<3 on: May 15, 2008 04:08:40 PM
This is my prom dress that I wore on Aaturday.. my mother actually made it, I was waaay to afraid that I would ruin it so I didn't sew any parts on it. But I really can sew I promise! The pictures definitely don't do it any justice!

The theme was Diamonds are forever (as in James Bond) , the straps and all my jewelry are made of fake diamond rhinestones.

you can only partially see the back, it goes into a V with the rhinestones lining the edges.

not a very good side view buttt..

me and my date/matching boyfriend!!

i NEEDED a fake fur stole

more matching, and we won in case you failed to notice
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / [b]edited to add TUT![/b] Shirt, Shorts, and Skirt!!!! (Image HEAVY) on: July 22, 2006 05:41:44 PM
Alright, I barely ever post things I make, so here are three of them!!

first off-- a shirt I made yesterday/finished today!!!!!

 the front bit was supposed to be more, covering up, and the yellow tank top isn't attatched nor did I make it.

Side view

Back .. I know I know the hood isn't even, after about 25 mins of messing with it, I realized I'd just turned it rightside out the wrong direction(if you know what I mean)... I was extremely irritated with myself and just quit and sewed it onto the shirt ..

fabric detail

 numero dos--
more modest than average teenager shorts for work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!( we have to wear khaki bottoms--ewwy)



really difficult to take a picture of yourself- back

and finally-- a skirt I made about a year ago that I never wear but I loveee the fabric and it was super simple

even more difficult to take a picture^

waistband detail (black stretchy mesh that you can just tie!!)

fabric detail(see the roses??)

i never use patterns because i get easily frustrated with them, and they never turn out how i wanted. For this shirt I mostly just traced everything then serged it together.

first, get your fabric ( i used a jersey knit)

fold in half, as shown^

then find a shirt that fits the way you want from the waist down, and trace around it, leaving plenty of extra on the bottom if you want a longer shirt, seam and hem allowences. ( i used one of those nice water-soluble craft pens, but just going for it and cutting works nicely as well)

cut that out.

for the front top parts i used a vneck shirt i had, and since i didn't want to cut it up i folded the bottom i already traced up, and the sleeves in, and used the shirt for shoulder width and height (approximate)measurements

 haha if that drawing makes any sence at all

cut those.

now for the back... basically lay out the pieces you've cut in the shape of the shirt and just cut away. Only you don't need the fabric folded now.

to attatch everything i serged it because its fast and easy for this type of fabric. A zig-zag stitch would probably work fine as well.  First pin the top front bits to a bottom(or don't pin--whatever) you should line them up and sew both at the same time though so that you dont end up missing the first row of stitching when you go back to do the second front panel (right sides together!!). You should have a whole front of a shirt with only one seam. Sew the back two pieces together in the same direction.
 Now line up the front and backs right sides together and sew up the side seams.
 Finally.. sew across the tops of the shoulders.

 I traced (go figure) the basic hood shape from an existing sweatshirt. Fold the hood of the sweatshirt in half lengthwise. Fold your fabric TWICE so there is a total of FOUR layers of material.  Lay down the sweatshirt hood on top and trace, modifying for if you really want a functional hood or if you just want one for looks( I don't use hoods so I just made it thinner to save material and my time)

sew the hood into two pieces

attatch those two pieces (right sides together!!!!) so that you have just one of the shapes you had before.

 turn it rightside out, if the hood is laying flat and not the right shape, pull the two middle seams away from each other and push the other two seams to either the front or the back. sorry if thats confusing, pm for clarification (on any part)

attatch hood to back of sweatshirt in between the shoulder cover-y-up pieces.

Hem bottom and sleeves ( or don't if you like looking tough)



^Fairly tired after turning such a simple project into a complicated one^
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / nautical skirt! on: November 06, 2005 10:52:31 AM
okay, I've been a member for awhile, and I've made loads of things and just never got around to posting any of it.. so here's my first one...This is about the only thing I regulary wear that I've made (from SCRATCH!) ... well not anymore because it's getting pretty cold here in maine Sad  but it was really simple (I made it about 6months ago) so if anyone has any questions or wants a tutorial.. just ask... well enough of me talking, here it is ...


  Back (sorry about the mirror)

  Right side (note- the nautical themed buttons)

  Left Side

 I dont have an action shot, but I assure you it twirls nicely!
 .. I hope it worked!!
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