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21  Music Tote: Homestar Runner Color Matching in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by BatGrrl on: December 09, 2005 09:42:40 PM
Howdy folks!

So, I'm making my husband a personalized tote in which to carry his guitar books to his lesson, and I ordered the Homestar Runner patches to sew onto it (also got the freebie patch, so I have six).  I had originally planned to sew them onto a red tote, because it's my husband's favorite color and his guitar is red, but then I laid them out on a royal blue tote out of curiosity and now I can't decide (he also likes royal blue).  Help me make up my mind?

Either way, I'll eventually add iron-on sayings from the website between the patches.  If I use the blue, I'll do the quotes in white, quotes in black if I use the red.

The red tote:

The blue tote:

So, craftsters, what do you think?  Thanks!


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22  Jack & Sally Nightmare Before Christmas Baby Quilt **(Now with rough patterns)** in Quilting: Completed Projects by BatGrrl on: November 27, 2005 06:25:11 PM
***UPDATED***  Rough patterns now on page 6.  Not pretty, but it's a start.

Howdy, folks!

I actually completed this project back in spring, but I wasn't a member of Craftster until recently.  I'm still pretty proud of the project, noticed that there are several tNBC fans lurking about, and decided to post it.

I designed the quilt from scratch for friends who were having their first child before I even knew what gender they were expecting.

First, the Jack Side:

It's often reported that babies love black and white, so it's really a good color scheme for them.  Most of the fabrics were purchased around Halloween, like the dancing skeletons, Boo!s, and the glow-in-the-dark eyeballs.  I wanted the quilt to be in stripes with the wide parts being white patterns on predominantly black backgrounds and spaced apart with white-on-white stripes.  I thought the crooked zigzags would best convey a Jack sort of feel, and I added his shirt-breast, lapels, and bat-tie.  It's hard to tell, but the third black fabric from the left (or, bottom) has little white cat faces on it.  The third fabric from the right (top) has chalkboard letters on it--both parents are creative writers.  The center fabric just happened to remind me the most of Jack's striping from what I could find at the time.  Everything is pieced, even though it probably would have been easier to do the bat as an applique.  (Hindsight.)  The bat's eyes and the button are embroidered on.  

Then we have the Sally side:

Sally's side had to be a crazy quilt.  I stuck with basic pink, blue, and yellow and tried to match as many fabrics from her dress as I could, though I certainly had to make compromises to keep things unified and baby-bright.  The pattern repeats once on a diagonal, much like a playing card.  Many of the designs and shapes in the quilt are taken directly from the dress, while I eventually ran out and had to make up similar parts in the middle, with one blue shape in the center resembling the hill.  There were originally 45 different shapes and 89 separate pieces to her side, until I realized I couldn't do the zigzag "sleeve" pieces without cutting them into multiple parts--it was tough to try to match the print on that.  (Jack's side has more pieces because I pieced the bat and all the little parts between the wings.)  Because the pieces were all so unique and specifically shaped to each other, I had to trace each piece individually without seam allowances added, then pin them together with the pins matched up on the seams.  After it was all sewn together, I hand-embroidered black stitch marks between all the fabrics and blue stitches on the few pieces that were supposed to represent her skin in the bodice of the dress.  (Since the quilt is sideways, look at the lower left and upper right corners to see it.)  You can also catch a glimpse of my cat Pandora along the top edge of this picture--she demanded to be a part of every step of this project to the point of crazy-making.

Anyhow, thought some people might enjoy this.

UPDATE:  I'm going to scan in the 8"X11" pages I started with and blew up once I figure out where I stashed them.  Anyone ambitious enough will be able to blow the pattern up five times to get the same effect that I did.  Then I'm going to figure out how to scan and zip all of the full-size pattern pieces together if I can so they can be downloaded as such.  I'll include more tutorial  like directions when I find everything I need and get it together.  



*Edited to fix broken picture links.  I still can't locate my pattern.   Sad
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23  Re: Jayne Cobb Hat! in Knitting: Completed Projects by BatGrrl on: October 19, 2005 03:57:58 PM
OK, to show what a good sport I am, I'm going to post a link to my sad little hat with my inferior yarn and inferior stitches.  Now that I know what I'm doing and I'm not trying to knit a hat in twelve hours, I'm going to make a couple without dropped stitches or holes in general.  Luckily, some non-knitting people weren't looking carefully and thought the holes were part of the design because they were sort of evenly spaced... Wink

The pics funny because I kept trying to hold the camera out and get the whole thing without cutting off the pom on the top.

As to the hat in the film itself, I suspect that if it's not The Hat in actuality, it's The Hat in spirit--it's possible they auctioned it off for charity or it was simply sold as many props are or something along those lines.  I guess we probably won't know definitely until it comes out on DVD and we either freeze-frame it or listen to Joss rambling his fabulous commentaries over it (when he remembers to talk--he seems to do better if he has an actor to talk with):

"Ah, yes, and there we have Jayne's cunning hat...ooo--there it goes....Adam felt we really needed to have the hat make an appearance for the fans, but we didn't have the hat anymore because we sold it, and so this was the closest thing we could find...not quite as cunning, but it was the best we could do...."

Anyhow, I'm dying to know if any of you crafty people are also academically-minded folks, and if any of you were planning on presenting at the Whedonfest '06 conference that Slayage is sponsoring.  It seems like someone ought to do a presentation on the cunning hat.  Rhonda and David seem somewhat open to slightly unusual presentations...perhaps a short presentation on the hat and a how-to workshop?  Anyway, here's the link.  I presented at the '04 Slayage conference and it was a fabulous event.




*Edited to fix broken picture link
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