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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Adjusting a surplice top on: December 23, 2013 01:24:58 AM
Help! I made what should be an awesome fleece dress using a pattern from the Craftsy "Sewing with Knits" class. It is a surplice/wrap top with an empire waist. The bodice is too short, and when I sewed it all together the waistline hit just below the nipple. NOT A FLATTERING LOOK.  I cut the skirt off in an attempt to fix it, and now I'm kind of at a loss as what to do next. Suggestions appreciated!

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hobo purse! on: March 28, 2013 11:37:05 AM
the pocket in the lid came off the backside of the pants I used. I probably will use it for business cards in lieu of anything else that would fall out!

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hobo purse! on: March 28, 2013 12:46:06 AM
I borrowed an Ali Foster pattern, cut apart a pair of nice Tommy Hilfiger denim trousers and dug into my stash of Echino fabrics to make my first bag. I had a few issues with topstitching and of course, spent some time with my seam ripper. I am pleased with the results, even if some of the stitching is kind of sloppy.
Pics below:

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Simple quilt for my darling mother on: January 13, 2013 10:52:11 PM
Go to her house for an afternoon of slacking, and use it for her. She'll get the picture, especially once she sees how well it matches.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help with this Mega Man Quilt! Tips on thread please. on: November 28, 2012 12:40:46 PM
Great work! I love pixelated quilts. First, I wouldn't bother with in the ditch, and I don't have the patience for hand quilting, so I say lower those feed dogs and use your machine.
I would go with a variegated thread in reds & oranges. Maybe even a variegated blue and yellow! I have used King Tut by Superior Threads in a 40wt cotton, with good results. https://www.superiorthreads.com/shop/category/?Brand=King+Tut&Amount=Spools+%28500+yds.%29

I'm quilting right now using a variegated blue by Aurifil in the top, and a red/fuschia/purple poly thread by Mettler in the bobbin. I switch the colors between the sashing and blocks because I love both thread sets.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilting machines - what's yours? on: May 28, 2012 04:54:17 PM
I have a Bernina 440QE also, and I'm in love. I just had to oil it, having purchased it last July.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / puppy training TreatSack 1.0 on: April 29, 2012 01:26:05 AM
Treatsack 1.0 is a smashing success! I bought some webbing and a buckle, plus several varieties of thread and jeans needles. The 500D Cordura was a leftover scrap from mending some riding pants. I superglued magnetic tape to keep it shut, and added a front pocket for poop bags. I'll be so styling tomorrow at puppy class!

My machine didn't love working with the Cordura, or the webbing actually. Of course, the real culprit was the heavy duty upholstery thread. We'll see how it does tomorrow, I'll probably make a better one for my husband. As soon as I learn how to insert a zipper.

IMG_0774 by jujucabra, on Flickr

magnets... by jujucabra, on Flickr

Dog-tested, Barley approved. by jujucabra, on Flickr

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Wandering star lap quilt on: April 19, 2012 11:29:42 AM
I dig it. Especially the blueberry fabric!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / I put a sea bird on it. on: April 18, 2012 12:15:55 PM
So my BFF bought a condo last fall, and I made him a lap quilt as a housewarming gift. I started with a tutorial for a Friendship star, and then realized that Maverick/Liberated stars were much more interesting. I spent a few days measuring and cutting a ton of 4.5 and 5.25" squares, eventually adding in more fabrics as I found them. After a break for my honeymoon, moving, new puppy, I finally picked it up again around christmas, and four months later, it's done. It's almost an I-Spy quilt, as it's got a bit of a nautical/pirate/bird/bicycle theme using blue & orange. He had sent me a few yards of a Badtz Maru fabric that he purchased over 10 years ago, and I worked that into some of the stars as well as the backing. I used my Bernina 440QE and BSR to freemotion a meandering wave/water design around all of the stars using a variegated orange/green/red thread. I'm really pleased.

Here's a few pics.

10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: what foods are appetizing when pureed? on: January 11, 2012 12:02:21 AM
I really like pureed celeriac/Celery Root. Steam or boil it, then mash/puree with a hint of cream & butter. Beats the pants off regular old mashed potatoes. 

Also, try using nut/oat/hemp milks as a basis for the smoothies you'll inevitably make, as they'll up her protein intake and taste better than regular milk. I'm an avid believer in soy protein powder in my berry/banana/hazelnut butter smoothies.

Also, did nobody mention mushy peas?

Good luck, and good on ya.
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